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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.
Love the Sunday brunch and live klezmer bands... Done it many, many times... Loved it!
We went for an open mic night... Not expecting much. Fun atmosphere, good food, and worth doing again! Would feel comfortable going solo, too.
There are so many great places to eat in Toronto but this cafe is distinctive. I would have liked to try the main menu but it was Sunday so we ended up at the brunch which is popular (so do call for reservations). The regular menu has Jewish food and others, brunch is all Jewish. And what a spread! For... more
Our favourite Sunday brunch restaurant is the Free Times Cafe on College Street. Not only is the cost reasonable, the food selection is terrific and tastes like it was prepared by your Bubie. And of course that is part of its rough charm - the restaurant is a labour of love by Judy in honour of her grandmother, who must... more
The back room at the Free Times Cafe is the definition of intimate. It is small, warm, and dim. In the winter especially, with steaming drinks on every table and someone strumming a guitar, you feel as if you are in a log cabin away from the city. The cafe usually draws artists and musicians in their late 20s and up, patrons who like their service without the attitude.
The Free Times is also... 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 (CAD3.95), or a deli salad that combines eggplant, beets, cucumber and couscous (CAD2.95). For a full meal, go for the falafel... more