TARTS AND TORTES
Meet at 66 King East Cafe
As I settle into a large, comfortable wingback chair, the cappuccino that I ordered arrives on a tray, and is placed before me on a table. Looking around, I feel like I am about to have tea and biscuits in my grandma’s parlour, except this grandma is way cooler than my own. This is the type of grandma who rocks a purple streak in her hair, and wears bright red lipstick.
The interior of Meet at 66 King East is a lot like that cool grandma. Thoughtful conversational groupings of upholstered chairs and love seats, interspersed with little café tables. Coffee table books stacked neatly on sideboards, throw rugs, patterned tablecloths and crystal candy dishes, floor lamps, and doilies. A piano. Very much like a set from “Arsenic and Old Lace”.
Yet the walls are a riot of colour – painted in bright, bold shades of magenta, lime green, lemon yellow and orange. Hanging on the walls are an eclectic and colourful array of art – large vibrant cubist prints, whimsical triptychs, framed posters and vintage oil landscapes. From the ceilings hang chandeliers interspersed with mobiles and birdcages and other interesting objects. Unique artifacts and various objets d’art are situated throughout the space. All of this results in pure magic: a café that is both vibrant, energetic and alive, and also quiet, cozy, relaxed and intimate.
The menu offerings are no less sublime: a variety of specialty coffees, a multitude of teas, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, and a small selection of wine and beer, sandwiches and gourmet soups. Desserts range from cookies, biscuits, and tarts to a full selection of Dufflet pastries including cakes, pies, individual desserts, and gluten- free offerings.
On the morning we were there, we selected our perfect spot from a handful of different conversation areas, and sank ourselves into cozy oversize wingback chairs. As we sipped away at our cappuccino and chai tea, we got down to work.
We love that this is not the type of place where the servers hover or constantly bother you. After he brought our beverages, our server David left us alone, but we knew he would be right there if we needed him. Generally open 9-5 on weekdays and 9-4 on weekends, Meet at 66 King
East is also the venue to some evening events including live musicians and the Cobourg Poetry Workshop which occurs on the 3rd Thursday of every second month.
Meet at 66 King East is the place you want to come to relax and chat away the afternoon with that dear friend you haven’t seen in ages, or where you want to finish that last 2 chapters of your book undisturbed, or where you come to talk shop and make plans with your business partner. You may find yourself hanging out with a bunch of little old ladies, but trust us, they are cool old ladies, and they have great taste in cafes.