We’re often asked: “what options are there for meals and good coffee locally”?
The Lab is located in Toronto’s vibrant Leslieville neighbourhood, which is home to tons of cafes, take-out spots and catering companies.
So we decided to make a list of local businesses that can fuel different production sizes, cater to dietary restrictions and serve cosmic eats that taste infinitely better than actual space food. 🌎
We all know that coffee is the most important meal of the day. Why order from the Big S when there are insanely awesome artisanal coffee shops just steps away from the studio? 🔥
Remarkable Bean is a cosy cafe known for their Fair Trade Organic Certified coffee. This family-owned operation roasts all of its beans on-site. Along with heavenly coffee, you’ll find a wide selection of baked goods, quiches and sausage rolls. 🛸
This shop lives up to its intergalactic name by offering out-of-this-world espresso. A community staple since 2006, this snug cafe serves a variety of coffee, tea and pastries. ☄️
Located just up the street is the original storefront of one of Toronto’s favourite coffee chains. This Leslieville gem features a decked-out coffee and espresso bar, cold brew and tasty pastries served in a chill industrial-style cafe. 🚀
Founded in 1993, this cafe is one of the oldest in Toronto. Tango Palace’s freshly brewed coffee pairs perfectly with their baked goods. You can read this article about the cafe to learn more about its rich history.
If you’re ordering for a smaller team and need quality food fast, look no further! Below, you’ll find spots that serve sandwiches, tacos and even BBQ that will take you to a new universe. 🚀
Located inside a general store, Leslieville Pumps is home to some of Toronto’s best BBQ and poutine. If you’re looking for hearty and mouth-watering eats, this is the place to be. Fun fact, this spot used to be a gas station.
Completo has incredibly tasty Latin Food. You don’t want to miss out on their stuff-your-face good dishes. Good luck leaving without an armful of tacos. 🚀
Samaira’s Kitchen is known for its amazing pizza, calzones, burgers, fries, onion rings and salads. They’ll make you never want to order from a pizza chain again!
We can confirm that Mira Mira has some of the most inventive and delicious sandwiches in the east end. You’ll find all the classic diner hits at this quirky take-out spot. Their crinkle-cut fries, milkshakes and fresh cookies are to die for! 🛸
It’s impossible to miss this vibrant purple cafe and its paninis, fresh baked goods and sandwiches served up in Montreal-style bagels. Make sure to grab their famous made-to-order fritters for the entire crew (or just yourself… we won’t tell)!
Make a pit stop before an early shoot and grab a classic dinner meal at OK OK. Shoutout to Reid Nielsen, who suggested this old-school spot for its quality bacon and egg breakfast.
When grab-and-go just isn’t enough, these next spots will come in clutch! Here are some catering companies and food trucks that specialize in feeding loads of hungry mouths. 🛸
Pumpernickel’s serves breakfast boxes, sandwiches, hot entrees, coffee and sweets. With many locations throughout the city, they also offer easy and professional delivery services. 🚀
The Food Dudes provide sophisticated dishes using fresh and local ingredients. With hospitality at the forefront, they offer buffet and food truck packages that suit a range of productions and budgets.
Note: they no longer offer a walk-in storefront on Carlaw, so orders should be placed in advance!
Blazing Kitchen specializes in catering for film, TV and music video shoots. Beyond offering self-catered lunches, their food truck, Rancho Relaxo, serves delicious Mexican-inspired fare. ☄️
Feeling bougie? Look no further than Cinq Foods. They provide individually packaged meals made from fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. With over 25 years of experience, Cinq Foods can customize its menu to suit your needs. 👩🚀
Cleese Catering offers customizable menus made with local and sustainable ingredients. From individually boxed meals to hot buffets, to artisanal food platters, they have it all! 👏
These next places exclusively offer vegan eats that will even leave meat-eaters satisfied. 🚀
This family-operated joint is all about serving reasonably-priced vegan food. This spot is so good that even Joker star Joaquin Pheonix and Acadamy Award Winner Rooney Mara grabbed a bite when they were in the six. 🛸
KaSpace Cafe serves healthy and flavourful plant-based vegan soul food. This Jamaican-inspired spot offers breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and a juice bar. KaSpace Cafe is also zero-waste! 👩🚀
nutbar is a superfood cafe perfect for those looking for healthy grab-and-go items. Their smoothies, matcha, salads, coffees, juices and bowls will keep your team fueled throughout the entire day.
Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Our mouths are watering just thinking about these next spots. Your sugary cravings are guaranteed to be satisfied.
Sweet Bliss’ cinnamon buns, scones, cupcakes and butter tarts are next-level. It’s impossible to leave this take-out counter with only one tasty treat. Buy sweets from Sweet Bliss and your team will love you for infinite. 🚀
Brick Street Bakery is home to artisanal bread and fresh pastries. Along with Canadian classics like Nanaimo bars and butter tarts, this place makes loads of savouries and sandwiches. 🛸
Craig’s Cookies has become a Toronto classic. This place has over 100 unique rotating cookie flavours including Mars Bar, M&M and apple pie.