Gene Cafe

Coffee in Main Street

Colonizing a flatiron wedge of bare concrete floors and oversized windows, locals treat Gene as their living room hangout, especially if they manage to monopolize one of the three tiny tables overlooking Main and Kingsway. Coffee is artfully prepared and the menu has expanded to include flake-tastic croissants (gooey chocolate variety recommended) plus Aussie-style meat pies and all-day breakfast wraps.

On sunny afternoons, bask on a wood-block perch outside and don't miss the cafe's striking First Nations' mural exterior, one of many super-cool murals dotted around the neighborhood.