They have managed to give the interior of the coffee shop a very retro feel, complete with wall hangings and random complementary signage that adds to the homely feel of the café.
Tired of the Starbuck’s or Timothy’s coffee shops that have taken over the city?
Take a trip to Little Nicky’s Coffee shop, a few minutes west of Queen Station, in the heart of the city. This chic little store has managed to trap itself in a state of classical Toronto, keeping the décor and atmosphere that made coffee shops the venue of choice for friends and gatherings before anyone had heard of franchising.
Located on Peter Street, just south of Queen St., it’s easy to walk by Little Nicky’s without realizing what you’re looking at. An inconspicuous window sign and the bold letters on the street sign are just about all there is separating this cozy shop from the bland, normal city around it. Step inside, however, and you’ll feel like all’s right with the world. Friendly staff are more than happy suggest a beverage for you, and if you happen to be in the mood for a bite as well, their mini-donuts and cookies are cheap ways to fill a stomach in a hurry. Their pastries are prepared freshly and often, and are highly recommended by all the patrons in the store. The staff members take pride in preparing drinks to the customer’s satisfaction; their customer service is impeccable. Although the store itself is quite small in space, the service and food more than make up for it. The out-of-the-way location makes for a smaller regular crowd, making up a very welcoming crowd. “I’ve come here every week for years now”, says Benny, who lives down the street from Little Nicky’s. “What’s there not to like? Coffee and donuts, it’s pretty great”, he finishes with a smile. (Benny, we learn, is a retired security officer. Go figure. But the coffee is quite good.)
What strikes you most about Little Nicky’s is the unique décor. They have managed to give the interior of the coffee shop a very retro feel, complete with wall hangings and random complementary signage that adds to the homely feel of the café. Enjoying a cup of latte with a biscuit, accompanied by friendly people and good music only gets better when you feel like you’ve teleported back in time to the 1960s. Step in from the cold of a wintry Toronto evening, and there’s really nowhere you’d rather be.
So, if you find yourself in the western end of Toronto, and thinking about heading inside for a cup of Joe and a snack, take a run by Little Nicky’s. Benny the cop recommends it; and the man knows his coffee.
Little Nicky’s Coffee
375 Queen St. West.
416 260 0500
Espresso 2.00 (reg) 3.00 (lrg)
Cappuccino 3.00 (reg) 4.00 (lrg)
How to get there
By bus: Subway to Queen Station. Take the Queen Street streetcar westbound. Get off at
Soho Street/ Peter Street. Little Nicky’s is just south of Queen Street, on Peter Street. (
look for signage on Queen / Peter )
By car: There is parking available next to Little Nicky’s on Peter Street.
Mon – 730-1600
Tues – 730-1800
Wed – 730-1800
Thurs – 730-1800
Fri – 730-1800
Sat – 930-1800
Sun – Closed