Gene Cafe

Coffee in Main Street

Colonizing a flatiron wedge of scuffed concrete floors and oversized windows, slide alongside a cedar bench with your well-thumbed copy of L'Etranger and you'll fit right in here (copious back issues of local Montecristo magazine are also available). Add a cappuccino and a perfectly flaky house-made croissant but be sure to snag a chunky cookie to-go on your way out.

On sunny afternoons, bask on a wood-block perch in the sun outside and watch the Mount Pleasant locals strolling around the neighbourhood as if they own the place.