After years of casual fandom, I’ve hit this year’s version of Toronto’s hotdocs film festival with a focused ferocity. I’ve bought a ten pack of tickets and have been watching documentary movies as though they were signposts on a marathon route. Last weekend, I saw a movie at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox (aka - the festival’s home theatre) and took the time before to stop in at the attached cafe, called The Canteen.
The Canteen is a ultra-cosmopolitan resto-cafe that is as comfortable and enjoyable from the inside as it is enticing and cool-looking from the outside. I bought an espresso and small pastry and shared a table with a fellow movie-watcher. I so enjoyed the experience that I came back the next day for a full evening meal with a group of friends.
Whether or not you’re taking in a movie, the Canteen at the Bell Lightbox is a worthwhile stop - for food, coffee or just people watching.