The Small World Cafe needs our help. Owner, Tony Da Costa, tells me they are sinking deeper and deeper and need some real help to keep the business afloat. They’ve reduced their costs where they can, but they still aren’t getting a steady enough flow of customers to pay the bills. Tony says the story in the Toronto Star last week didn’t help things either.
This Saturday, November 21st from 2-4 p.m. the band “Related” will be playing at Small World. Related usually plays the Black Swan on the Danforth. It’s just the beginning of what they hope will be more music as Small World.
If you’re not familiar with Small World, it’s a nice little spot on the south side of the Danforth east of Coxwell (east of McDonalds) where you can have a bite to eat and a cup of coffee with the newspaper or hang out with your little ones at the back play space. Below is the ‘Danforth Gem’ written by Jessica Schmiedchen about a year ago.
Small World Cafe, By Jessica Schmiedchen
You had me at “hello…we’ve got Dufflet pastries and a children’s play area”.
Let’s be honest, Small World Cafe was a bit of a no-brainer for a woman like me. Up until Tony and Beth Da Costa opened their cafe this summer, I had little to no local options for a place to sit with my kidlets and enjoy a coffee.
Longtime Danforth East residents, and parents of five children, Tony and Beth felt the void in our community and decided to do something about it. The result is a vibrant space, filled with delicious treats, fair trade coffee from Mountain View, and a child-friendly attitude I’ve never seen in a Toronto cafe.
In addition to the sumptuous brownies and squares from Dufflet, Small World Cafe offers everything from croissants and muffins, to quiche and made-to-order wraps, and my new favourite thing in the universe: portuguese tarts. Flaky on the outside, custardy and caramelized on the inside, it’s a little piece of heaven for just $2. Portuguese tarts…you complete me.
Location: 1775B Danforth Ave (east of Coxwell)
Hours: 8-8 M-F, 9-5 weekends
Highlights: Great coffee, great food. Children’s play area and change table, Portuguese tarts, Dufflet pastries, Three’s Company food, Friendly, local ownership