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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.
We were taken here for the: 'Bella, did you eat?'Jewish buffet Sunday brunch. It was so so good and so plentiful. Fantastic, friendly atmosphere. Brunch was enhanced by the music of 'The Horribles' who were not horrible at all but a lively band who played, appropriately, Jewish music. Great for all ages. You need a big appetite - the hostess... more
I used to live really close to the Free Times, years ago, and each time I'm back in the area I try to visit. The neighbourhood has gentrified quite a bit since then, but thankfully the "Bella! Did Ya Eat?" Sunday brunch hasn't changed! It is my favourite brunch in the city. There is such a great atmosphere, with live... 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