Hate Mondays more than Garfield? Saving Mondays is your retreat from beginning-of-the-week blues. Open 7 days a week from 8am-3pm* at 1655 Dupont St #100, just off the West Toronto Railpath.
This Junction Triangle bakery and café is the lovechild of Hale (located only a few blocks east), and it opened its doors at the start of 2020. The café closed for a few months when the pandemic was first announced, but it has since reopened for take-out.
Saving Mondays’ industrial space has a really cool vibe to it. Its high ceilings, hanging lights, and exposed pipes are paired with great tunes and even greater staff. The shop has a lively feel to it that is sure to be felt the moment you walk through their doors.
Want more of a feel of the café? Just check out their About on their website (seen below). Their cool demeanour is even felt through text.
As for seating, although it isn’t currently offered due to Toronto’s dine-in restrictions, in the future, expect an array of high-top and regular tables available for patrons.
As predominantly a bakery, the baked goods should be the motivation for visiting the café. Saving Mondays offers a selection of freshly-baked croissants, cookies, muffins, & scones.
The cookies and muffins are especially good, in my opinion. My top two favs are the salt flake city chocolate cookie and the chocolate toffee muffin.
Are you vegan and/or gluten-free? Don’t worry, Saving Mondays has options for you too. (P.S. their gluten-free banana chocolate muffin is easily my third fav because it’s one of the moistest muffins I have ever had – don’t miss out on it!)
Aldo don't forget to keep an eye out for any of the café’s daily specials - like 6 baked goods for the price of 5 - when visiting.
Looking for something a little heartier? Opt for the shop’s bagels, salads, or bowls. That being said, options may be limited due to the pandemic.
As for beverages, the shop offers a standard coffee shop menu with options like filter coffee, lattes, cortados, chai/matcha, mochas, etc. The shop serves Hale beans, and offers alternative milks (+$0.25), ice (+$0.25), flavour shots ($0.50), and extra espresso shots ($1.50).
Seasonal specials are also available, and are parallel to the ones served at Hale. Pictured here is one of their seasonal items: the maple vanilla tea latte.
Outside of their storefront, you can find Saving Mondays’ baked goods sold at a variety of cafés across Toronto, including Hale, Strangelove Coffee, The Library, Pop Coffee Works, Café 66, The Daily Press, Crosstown Coffee Bar, and Café Moi.
Want to bring delicious baked goods and coffee home? At the shop, you can purchase tubs of Saving Mondays cookie dough to bake (or eat raw – I don’t judge), and bags of Hale coffee beans to brew at home. Purchase by debit, credit, or through the Hale phone app (use code victoria-a2836 to get a free coffee or baked good**)!
Great coffee meets great baked goods at Saving Mondays. The bakery offspring of Hale Coffee Roasters is open 7 days a week from 8am-3pm, just off the West Toronto Railpath. In an industrial space with a cool vibe, Saving Mondays serves fresh-baked croissants, cookies, muffins, and scones. Open for take-out, pair their baked goods with a warm or iced beverage of your choice for the perfect pairing. Also check out their vegan & gluten-free options, daily/seasonal specials, tubs of cookie dough for home, and points-earning app. Mondays will never be the same.
*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.
**Earn 50 points when you sign-up for a new account.