This is a part of the #TPLFoodHunt exploration series.
Something a little different today as I’m preparing for my trek in Tanzania. I mentioned a few weeks back that my friend and avid food blogger Lisa Sit would make good use of the Toronto Library Passport. The idea is to capture a glimpse into each public library, and seek out a place to put to rest those hunger pangs when they strike in the middle of your visit to the library.
Following our trip to the Northern District library (that post will be next week!) close by to the Yonge and Eglinton area, we decided to tackle the next closest library in the vicinity on Mount Pleasant. Compared to the noisy hustle and large volume of foot traffic on Yonge, Mount Pleasant Road was practically like walking in a park.
Lined up with boutique storefronts and relatively small offices, Mount Pleasant Road is actually quite a nice street to take a stroll and take in a bit of the diversity. What is fascinating about Mount Pleasant Library itself is that it is wedged between storefronts and is rather a quaint little library.
Despite there being a staircase leading up to a second floor as you enter the library, the main attraction is just on ground level where the bookshelves, computers, and study areas are. Everything appears as if it is just one large room but the bookshelves serve as dividers.
Despite being a small library, Mount Pleasant was surprisingly busy. A lot of people were on the computers or sitting back enjoying their read. Based on our observation of folks around us in the library, it looks like snacks and coffee or tea are permitted. I think it may be a little harder to bring a burger in here to enjoy but fear not, there is a nice cafe Lisa found nearby for a quick fix if you don’t have time (or don’t want) to sit down at one of the nearby sushi restaurants.
Thobors Boulangerie Patisserie Café is just a quick walk north of the Mount Pleasant Library and serves a variety of sandwiches and baked goods. Perfect for the “grab and read” too. I grabbed a vegetarian sandwich but there was a little too much butter for me. It may just be a personal preference.