The place is lovely. Small and quaint. Family owned, with very friendly staff. Some lovely features of the building have been preserved (like the stained glass store-front window uppers). They have table service, but you go to the counter to pay. The coffee is nice, and the sandwiches solid (if a little small). It's become one of my favourite places to go for breakfast. I like the Early Start, which comes with 2 eggs, toast, and a choice of meat (try the choritzo). Again, the portions are not large by any means, but they're enough and I'm happy to pay a few more dollars for the atmosphere.
The back patio is small, but cosy, done all in wood. Last time I was there, I signed a petition that I hope will allow the joint to keep the patio open because apparently, the neighbourhood is being rezoned and they might not be allowed. I'm crossing my fingers.
What I love most about CocoaLatte is that the family business feeling really shines through. Though it's pretty, it's not pretentious at all. The interior is done up largely in inexpensive IKEA (featuring the finds like the chandelier, chairs and canvas map shown below), and it works. The owners are also clearly trying hard to make a go of things with a website and even a blog (which I'm not sure they've quite got the hang of updating yet). None of it is perfectly done, but the effort is nice to see. And don't mind the typos. At least the place is online.
I love it when a small local business is easy to support. CocoaLatte has everything going for it.
671 St Clair Ave W
North York, ON M6C 1A7
*First photo from the CocoaLatte website.