Coffeehouses & Desserts, No Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Less than $20
Cash, Interac, Major Credit Cards
Getting There |
Bus 3, 6, 11, 14, 16, 22, 33
Cross Street |
Mon-Fri: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stylish, Rustic Atmosphere
Mirage is the kind of coffee shop that inspires lingering with its comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. All of the shops in the small, Victoria chain feature the same rich, warm coffee colours and rustic feel. The décor is inspired by the European Renaissance and features paintings and mirrors in ornate gold frames, antique lamps and photos of coffee art on scrolls. Visitors sit at vintage-style wood furnishing, and when it’s nice out, the place to be is at one of the mosaic-tiled tables on the sidewalk patio.
Mirage prepares its own custom-roasted coffee blends using fair trade, organic beans, so you can be sure you’re getting a quality cup of joe. Florence-made La Marzocco espresso machines turn the beans into a variety of classic coffee beverages, and the baristas enhance every cup with a flourish of art. Mirage also serves some original espresso drinks like the Africano (Americano with steamed milk) and the Bella (latte with vanilla and caramel flavours). For those who want to enjoy the Mirage experience at home, the beans are available for purchase along with some top-of-the-line brewing gear by names like Bodum and Bialetti. Mirage also supplies many restaurants with coffee, and wholesale orders are welcome.
Sweet Treats and Premium Sandwiches
Whether you want to grab something sweet with your espresso on the way to work, or enjoy a leisurely lunch, Mirage has some excellent breakfast and lunch options. Grab-and-go choices include original muffins like the sour cherry and poppy seed, Danishes and scones. There’s also a great selection of sweet and savory croissants, from the decadent chocolate-almond to the rich spinach-feta. Other lunch items include a variety of premium wraps and paninis. And if you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, the biscotti is your best bet with a variety of flavours sure to please.