Thanks to Lisa from Le Dolci, I am now aware of this beautiful gem of a coffee, tea, and giftwares shop! I felt so silly the first time Lisa took me here because it’s located on a street I’ve been on a number of times and in a downtown neighbourhood I’m not entirely unfamiliar with. Located near the intersection of Adelaide Street West and Portland Street (just east of Bathurst), La Merceria sits snuggly beside Sadie’s Diner and is wedged neatly between the Fashion Districts of King and Queen. With a few mannequins standing in the storefront window draped with pretty scarves, I completely mistook the shop for being a hip clothing boutique and always strolled past, conveniently averting my eyes so as to not tempt myself with more pretty things. I love accessories and clothes, yes, but we’re in the downtown core here; I want to come home with something in my wallet. I often avoid independent boutiques like the plague not because I don’t want to own all the gorgeous garments they have to offer, but because window shopping in such shops just makes me heart whimper a little.
So when Lisa took me here, I was shocked out of my pants to find out that La Merceria was in fact not a clothing boutique but was instead a fusion of 1) a gift shop, 2) a kitchen housewares store, and 3) a coffee and tea cafe with drinks and food. I could have died right there on the spot. It walked in and it was like a halo of light floated around me. This cafe and shop is beautiful. So country chic, so bright and clean, and so wonderfully cozy. Think wood floors, wood chairs, wood tea tables, cushiony seats and pillows, brilliant sunlight streaming through the front windows and door, and shelves and tables lined and stocked with some of the most adorable kitchen housewares, accesssories, stationery, and gifts imaginable.
It’s perfect for the cafe lover, droolworthy for those in love with interior decorating, and just dangerous for the kitchen accessory fanatic. Oh, this was bad. This might have been even worse than a clothing boutique. And all because I couldn’t stop ogling the lavender and powder blue tea cups, dishes, and tea towels. Oh, and the tote bags in the back of the shop. And the cute stationery. And the rest of the shop.
As Lisa informed me, the owners of La Merceria hail from Argentina and many of the drinks, artwork, and interior design and decorating in the shop show off this cultural heritage. I can’t wait to show you guys more of the food and coffee drinks they have here in future posts; I may not be a coffee drinker but I’m sure I can make an exception every once in awhile 😉 They have both hot and chilled coffee drinks (lattes, americanos, espressos, mochas, and more) and they also have lemonades and In terms of food, think more along the lines of light breakfast and lunch, snacks, and tea time with crunchy cream cheese toasted bagels, quiche pies, salads, sandwiches, small baguettes and biscuits, cookies and sweets, and vegan, dairy and nut-free desserts from Sweets From the Earth. I am so excited to actually have some food here. The quiches, biscuit cookies, and cute biscuit sandwiches were calling my name!
For the time being though, my favourite thing to do here (aside from staring at all the pretty things I want to buy) is to sit down at one of the lovely wooden tables by the front with the squishy cushions behind me with a hot cup of tea. They serve a selection of yummy Tealish teas and thus far I’ve had their Sweetie Pie Rooibos and Tahitian Moon Vanilla Rooibos and between the two I’m definitely in love with the Sweetie Pie! What I absolutely adore about La Merceria and their “tea”ness is how they serve it! The tea is served in giant glass or ceramic mugs on a dish with a little spoon (to stir with or to add honey or sugar) and the cutest little shortbread cookie biscuit! This biscuit with my tea just makes my morning. I may not have been to every cafe in town, but I can assure you that no other place I’ve been to serves their tea like this. It makes me so giddy and I love starting my morning this way. It’s the kind of place you envision yourself having a sunny bite in or a great coffee or tea date. It’s so peaceful, relaxing, and beautiful being here and I love it. This, my lovelies, is my new morning haunt.
La Merceria is located at 506 Adelaide Street West by the northwest corner of Adelaide and Portland Street, east of Bathurst. La Merceria is located beside Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar. Visit their website and blog here for updates, info, promos, events, pictures, and contact information and visit their Facebook page here.