The infamous albino squirrel that lives in Trinity Bellwoods Park is the spirit behind one of the best coffee spots in town; and like its namesake, White Squirrel is a rare breed.
The coffee shop is a true neighbourhood haunt on Queen Street West that makes a special effort to cater to locals. Baristas encourage to-go patrons to take their coffee away in a glass (complete with homemade fabric cosy) that can be returned later in the day. Not only is this service environmentally friendly, it also elevates the take-away coffee experience and strengthens community ties. By lending out their glassware, White Squirrel shows esteem for its customers and fosters trusting relationships with its regulars. The service is particularly popular with near-by vendors, who enjoy having their morning coffee in style, in situ; and with summer slackers, who shift all life activities to the park.
White Squirrel may work extra hard for its neighbours, but it’s reputation is city-wide as it is the only cafe in town that offers the coveted flat white. The flat white is essentially a latte with a higher ratio of coffee to milk. Imported from Australia and New Zealand, this hard-to-find espresso beverage has an international cult following. What’s the perfect compliment to your atypical cuppa? How about a kooky biscotti? White Squirrel serves up mandelbread, a delicious Eastern European Jewish variation on the Italian classic.
If love is in the details, then White Squirrel has found the way to my heart.