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Toronto's original Middle-Eastern restaurant.
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Whether you are looking for delicious Sunday brunch or a music venue and bar by night, we are your place! We offer original Home Cooked Food including Jewish, Middle-Eastern, Canadian Classics and Market Specials from around the world. Everything made in house is reasonably priced. We have Vegan and Vegetarian options. Famous for our Soups, Latkes, Blintzes, Falafel, Smoked Meat and Brisket.
For 25 years Free Times CafÃ© has been Torontoâ€™s College St. home of alternative Canadian /Jewish culture, food and drink. Homey, artistic, authentic,casual and affordable. Nightly concerts of original Canadian Folk as well as art shows, poetry and theater. Klezmer and Yiddish music at the â€œBella! Did Ya Eat?â€ Sunday Brunch.WEBSITE
For over 30 years, the Free Times Cafe has been a staple on the Toronto roots music scene, with nightly live music showcasing some the best folk and acoustic artists in the city.
In addition a diverse menu of Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Canadian dishes, we also serve up daily market-fresh specials, and are famous for the traditional Jewish fish and dairy buffet on Sundays.
We found the Free Times Cafe on a stroll around the Kensington Market area of Toronto and stopped for lunch. The Cafe is a great little place to refuel. The staff are pleasant and friendly, and we felt welcome. This place offers an excellent menu, with reasonable prices. The food is good and the portions are huge. A very comfortable... more
Ideal place for lovers of jewish cuisine. Very home-like atmosphere. Buffet or table service. Excellent food. Bagels, cream cheese, salmon(lox), white fish, scramble eggs, blintzes, potato latkes, lots of sweets:halva, apple strudles and more. You can eat and listen to live Klezmer music. Reservation required.
I’ve been to Free Times a number of times and while down-the-street competitor Caplansky’s can on the odd occasion serve a better smoked meat sandwich, Free Times is always consistently good, whereas the Caplansky’s experience is variable.
The Free Times version comes on caraway rye (Silverstein’s, I believe). Like Caplansky’s - and Schwartz’s for that matter - the sandwich is... more
Known as one of Toronto's most popular folk clubs, this resto-bar just west of the University of Toronto campus offers live music, poetry readings and dramatic performances to go along with its Israeli/Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine. Try the bowl of matzo ball soup, or a deli salad that combines eggplant, beets, cucumber and couscous. For a full meal, go for the falafel platter. Located on the... more
Known as one of the city's most popular folk clubs, this resto-bar just west of the University of Toronto campus offers live music, poetry readings and dramatic performances to go along with its Israeli/Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine. Try the bowl of matzo ball soup, or a deli salad that combines eggplant, beets, cucumber and couscous. For a full meal, go for the falafel platter. See the... more