283 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
Call: (647) 352-1668
Whenever a new coffee shop opens, I am like a kid in a candy store – planning a way to check it out and get a taste of it. Coffee Dak Lak extended its small stall in Pacific Mall to a full cafe on College Street late last year. I know... Another coffee shop in the already saturated neighbourhood of Kensington Market and Little Italy, but Coffee Dak Lak offers something different - specializing in Vietnamese coffee.
If you've never had one, you are missing out! Vietnamese coffee is made with condensed milk and VERY strong coffee for a sweet drink that will be sure to wake you up. You can have it hot or iced - iced is very popular. They are also famous for their egg coffee, and their Thai milk tea is also another popular drink.
From the moment you arrive, you'll notice that the owners made sure the cafe was accessible right from street-level with an automatic entrance. The door measures 35" wide and opens toward street level for ease of access as you enter or leave the cafe. The button is positioned on the left side of the entrance, before the ramp to allow the door to open before entering.
As soon as you enter, you instantly feel the warmth and the welcoming owners and staff are always happy and ready to greet you. The floor is paneled with wooden slabs throughout the entire cafe that is slightly textured for easy manoeuvrability. There are many tables to choose from if you are staying awhile which all measure 28" high and are easy to move around to make room.
Down past the service counter is more seating in the back and a washroom. The washroom door measures about 35" wide that opens with a lever handle. Inside, the flooring is tiled and slip resistant with a lot of space to move around. The toilet is equipped with an automatic flusher and two grab bars around the toilet. The sink is 34" high with the soap and dispenser conveniently nearby.
If traveling by TTC, Coffee Dak Lak is just around the corner from Spadina and College and best accessed by the 510 Spadina streetcar which is accessible. If driving, there are a few street parking spots at the North-West corner as well as within Kensington Market which is just south behind Coffee Dak Lak.