Craque de Crème is located at 1360 Bathurst St, a short walk from the intersection of Bathurst & St. Clair. Specializing in gourmet crème brûlée, the café is open Monday-Tuesday 8am-3pm, Wednesday-Saturday 8am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-9pm*. With its range of hours, the café is perfect to grab a morning cup of coffee or late night bite to eat. You can also find the café on Uber Eats.
The café serves your regular fare of coffee options, however, special additions such as Vietnamese coffee (pictured below), unique flavour shots, and a variety of tea latte options give Craque de Crème an extra edge. Beverages at the café range from $2.50-$4.75, and soy & almond milk are available as dairy substitutes for $0.50.
The coffee is great, but the shining star at the café is their crème brûlee (it is the namesake of shop after all). Craque de Crème has 15 crème brûlée options, including vegan and boozy options. You can’t go wrong with any of their flavours, but my top three favourites are the vanilla bean, Vietnamese coffee, and dulce de leche.
Along with the crème brûlée, the café also sells a variety of other sweet treats, such as scones, cookies, croissants, ice cream, Belgian waffles, and macarons.
As for the café’s atmosphere, Craque de Crème is an artistic space with industrial touches. The café is softly lit, but accentuated by the natural sunlight that comes in from the shop’s almost ceiling-to-floor front windows. The art around the café breathes creativity into the space, and showcases a range of large and small pieces (with some available for sale).
I personally like their use of metal siding as décor, along with other small touches, such as their petite water glasses and draping greenery on their menu board.
The café can seat around 25 people at small tables, benches, or at the large communal table at the back.
Craque de Crème is the epitome of where a good coffee date should take place- no wifi (with no distractions, you can focus more on one another), good coffee, and treats good enough to share. It is a coffee shop I frequent with my S.O. and friends alike. It is definitely a café better attuned for interacting with others than sitting solo, but hey, if you want to work on your computer alone & eat crème brûlée, more power to you!
*Given the COVID-19 pandemic, hours and offerings depicted in this post may be skewed as businesses adapt to better serve its staff, customers, and community.