Study Spot: Cafe 1842

With so many chains out there it’s always refreshing to find a place with character!

Cafe 1842 on King Street North in Waterloo is a great find for anyone looking to warm up with a festive drink, study, or catch up with friends. It’s part of the Huether Hotel – a huge converted maze of a building that houses other restaurants like Barley Works, Lion Brewery Restaurant, and The Jazz Room.

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Dates at The Jazz Room are wonderful (and something more unique than your typical dinner and movie), Barley Works has a fantastic patio, the (vegetarian) wraps at Lion Brewery Restaurant are awesome, they have waffle fries, and there are pool tables in one of the rooms. Win, win, win!

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Despite the charm of the other areas/restaurants, Cafe 1842 is my favourite. It’s low-key and personal while still being casual. Their menu changes with the season and are more affordable and tastier than chain alternatives. They have fresh-baked goods (no sugar and gluten-free if you don’t feel like indulging) and breakfast until the afternoon.

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[ This time I tried the Spiced Chocolate Steamer – just as good as it sounds – and my boyfriend got a Hazelnut Coffee, which was delicious! ]

The breakfast is good but I prefer stopping in for a drink and snack with my laptop or a book.

The exposed brick, unique architecture of the entire building, and special touches make the space feel just like home.

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If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend checking it out!

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