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AUSSIE-STYLE COFFEE SHOP BLUESTONE LANE HAS ARRIVED IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO

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Marie Waine

From espresso bars in the back of bike shops to cups of joe served with tropical vibes, the coffee shop scene in Toronto is anything but boring. And an ultra-popular, Australian-style café has noticed — it opened its first international outpost right in our downtown core.

G’DAY, MATE

You’ll see the signature blue-coloured canopies—beloved sights for tired eyes in LA, NYC, and more—from down the street and wonder if you’re dreaming. Well, as of April 2019, Bluestone Lane is really here and ready to fuel us with its favourite espresso-based brews and healthy, luxurious eats.

Nestled up beside the Omni King Edward Hotel, at the corner of King St. East and Church, Bluestone Lane is in a prime spot for a quick breakfast, lunch, or caffeine hit.

Walk into the bright and modern space and you feel a sense of relaxation. Plants sit on every table and big windows are fitted with benches full of pillows. There’s counter seating for the solo diner and round tables for friends bonding over the signature Avocado Smash, a sourdough toast piled high with chunky avocado and sprinkled with chili flakes.

Whether you’ve been to one of the café’s US locations or are new to the BL movement, you’ll be equally excited to know there’s a menu full of more tasty toasts, coffees, specialty lattes, wellness drinks, and veggie-packed bowls, with tons of gluten-free and dairy-free options.

EAT AUSSIE-STYLE

If you’re stopping by in the morning, start by ordering a classic Australian Flat White, an espresso with steamed milk and a thin layer of microfoam, and pair it with the Prosciutto Toastie, a multigrain slice with prosciutto, spinach, feta, tomato, provolone cheese, and chimichurri.

Out for lunch? Go for the Rainbow Bowl, carrots, red cabbage, corn salsa, feta, spinach, avocado, and a poached egg over a bed of quinoa, all drizzled with yogurt dressing. Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Forget your regular iced latte and go for the Aussie version — a double shot of espresso poured over whole milk and ice cream.

Though the space is practically designed for long lunches and all-day hangs, you can also make it a quick stop. As you order at the coffee bar, you’ll notice a selection of grab-and-go options, like local Greenhouse Juice Co. cold-pressed juices and pre-made oatmeal bowls. You’ll also want to pick up Bluestone Lane coffee beans so you can try and replicate your new fave brews at home.

It’s clear this unassuming Melbourne-inspired, community-centric cafe has found a new home in Toronto, and we’re here for it. Fitt Tip: Before you head over to Bluestone Lane, download their app and you’ll be credited with $5 towards your brunch binge!