Combining two necessities of city life: This Toronto coffee shop will keep you both fuelled and tuned. Stop by Fix Coffee + Bikes to fuel up, before you trek out.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Pete Whish Contributing writer
Housed in a former Portuguese grocery store, Fix Coffee + Bikes has quickly become a hub for the surrounding neighbourhood since its relatively recent opening. At first glance, the space feels like your typical minimalist coffee shop. Yet, upon further inspection, every inch of space has a purpose. Beyond the front counter, the long benches that line the wall act as a communal space that is much more inviting than the standard coffee shop tables, where headphone-wearing freeloaders shut themselves off from the world.
The owners keep things fresh with a rotating exhibition from internationally renowned craft bike designers.
With the walls, floor and ceiling are painted bright yellow, the back of the space houses the bike repair gear shop. When standing in this space, looking through a large window at the bike mechanic, secluded in a white room, the contrast of colour and space feels like you are standing in a set designed for a Clockwork Orange-era Kubrick movie.
The shop is a multi-purpose space, acting as a gallery and event space when not pouring coffee and repairing your single speed. The owners keep things fresh with a rotating exhibition from internationally renowned craft bike designers. Add the spacious patio during the summer months, Fix Coffee + Bikes is more of a meeting place for the surrounding community than just a spot to caffeinate.
On top of all of this, the coffee is good. Very good. The locally roasted beans from De Mello Palheta fuel the perfectly balanced beverages poured by those who man the coffee bar. No latte art, just delicious caffeinated bevys to jump start your two-wheeled commute.
Though the name sounds like a trap with the intention to lure in hipsters and steal their souls, Fix Coffee + Bikes is actually the perfect place to grab a quick mid-week coffee or relax on a sunny Saturday morning.
Enter Fix to find a space combining a Coffee Bar, Bike Shop, and Gallery all organized under one roof
The shop serves as a community center for Little Portugal, Queen West and Parkdale with the house bike brand run by Detroit Bikes
Your trusty ride is in good hands with the shops professionals if in need of a tune-up, or cash in on some new clutch bike accessories
Coffee is sourced from De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters, served with small bits to curve a riders appetite