Jimmy’s Coffee, the infamous Toronto coffee chain, has opened its newest location in Roncesvalles. The coffee shop opened in early December and can be found at 2210 Dundas St W. This marks Jimmy’s 9th location in the city (the other eight: 107 Portland, 100 Portland, Kensington Market, Gerrard, Ossington, Queen West, McCaul, Royal York).
If you’ve been to a Jimmy’s Coffee before, you are familiar with the café’s cool vibe. Jimmy’s is known for repurposing their spaces, and their Roncesvalles location is no different. Taking on a more street casual feel, the new café mixes wood panelling, tiled flooring, exposed brick, neon signs, and vintage furniture to create a space that leaves you in marvel. It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but as soon as you see the space, it just clicks.
Nothing screams Jimmy’s Coffee like its iconic yellow, black, and white colour scheme. I love how it is integrated in the space’s large mural, as seen below.
Due to current restrictions, seating inside the café is not available. However, for future visits, note that the café’s seating is limited. Instead of dining in, I would suggest grabbing your coffee to-go and exploring the neighbourhood by foot.
The menu at Jimmy’s Coffee stays fairly consistent across its locations. Never been before? Here’s what to expect:
Beverages at the café range from $2.50-$5.50, with most drinks in the $4 range. Adding ice to your drink is free, but adding steamed milk will cost an additional $0.50 and milk substitutes, espresso shots, & flavour shots will cost an additional $0.75 each. You can also save $0.25 by bringing your own mug!
Jimmy’s serves a classic coffee shop menu (i.e. brew coffee & espresso-based favourites). One unique drink – and my favourite on the menu- is the JVO: Jimmy’s Very Own. This very sweet beverage (comparable to a vanilla-caramel latte) is my drink of choice 9/10 times visiting the coffee shop. If you have a sweet tooth like myself, don’t miss out on this drink. Not a sweets person? All the coffee at Jimmy’s is solid (a testament to why the chain has been so successful in Toronto).
Jimmy’s Coffee typically offer seasonal beverages as well, but given the recent opening of its Roncesvalles location, the café does not serve any at the moment.
Along with coffee, expect amazing baked goods at Jimmy’s. Their new café has a smaller selection than its other locations, but do not fret, because there are still many delicious options to choose from. The café serve scones, loaf cake, cookies, muffins, croissants, danishes, etc. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.
I’ve visited other Jimmy’s dozens of times, and I have never tried a food item I didn’t like (which is honestly very impressive). What I’m trying to say is that you can’t go wrong with whatever you order. If you are looking for a recommendation however, go for their brownie stuffed cookie or white chocolate dipped ginger cookie.
Given its funky atmosphere, it’s no doubt that Jimmy’s Coffee is playful. One of my favourite touches of the coffee chain is the names of their bags of coffee. The different blends of coffee are all named after a different famous Jimmy (“Dean”, “Hendrix”, “Carter”, “Hoffa”). Their bags always put a smile on my face. Keep an eye out for them on your next visit.
You can buy bags of beans to brew at home, along with other merchandise like mugs, hats, tote bags, shirts, patches, and pins. Gift cards are also available for purchase.
Jimmy’s Coffee is a pillar in Toronto’s coffee scene. There are 9 locations across Toronto, with its Roncesvalles location being the most recent edition. The coffee shop’s atmosphere is eclectic and fun, adjourned with the classic yellow/black/white colour scheme and vintage furnishings. As for the menu, Jimmy’s serves classic coffee shop fare along with their unique JVO – a sweet coffee that is my personal favourite. You can’t go wrong with any of their beverages or baked goods. Its affordability and deliciousness proves why the chain is as popular as it is. On top of food and drink, you can also purchases bags of coffee, merchandise, and gift cards at the café. As someone born and raised in Toronto, I have a soft spot for Jimmy’s Coffee. After visiting the café, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do.