Game on! Stoke the Competition at Toronto’s Best Board Game DestinationsBy Nina Pikula
You’ve taken in the Toronto scenery, eaten at the city’s best restaurants and scoped out the nightlife scene … twice. Now it’s time to unwind with your favorite pals and have good old-fashioned board game fun.
Avid board game enthusiasts can head to a trendy cafe for a night of laughter and (friendly) competition — after all, one-person board games wouldn’t be much fun. Here’s a look at the hottest — and most playful — board game destinations in the city.
This cozy spot is often referred to as the “Bohemian House of Tea and Board Games.” Specializing in world-class teas and vegetarian eats — including an unforgettable poutine soup — and offering a selection of 130 board games, Bampot is one of the most laid-back, yet entertaining places you’ll visit.
Take off your shoes and put on a pair of slippers provided by the shop. Comfy? Now grab a seat in one of the secluded carpet-covered booths, enjoy a cup of tea and let the games begin.
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Location: 201 Harbord St.
Cool name, cooler vibe. Snakes & Lattes was one of the first spots in Toronto to encourage people to experience the fun of board games with a side of eats and drinks.
Quite a large space with tables that can be joined or taken apart depending on your group size, the cafe also offers cheap eats and drinks while you play. With entire walls stacked with board games, you would need months to get through all of them. Plus avid gamers can check out regular events like a board game designers night.
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Location: 489 College Street
Beer paired with Cards Against Humanity is always a good time, right? With a rustic feel and charming two-level space, the pub also makes it a point to provide patrons with oodles of classic board games.
Known for its selection of craft beer, delicious grub, game board selections and weekly trivia nights, this is the perfect go-to hangout for those who are seeking a laid back weekend night but still want to tote an alcoholic bevy in hand.
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Location: 221 Carlton St.
More of a day player than a night player? Rooster is the best place to come early in the morning to enjoy a strong cup of joe alongside a selection of board games. The laid-back and homey cafe is also known for its latte art (check your foam before sipping!), great service and a rustic feel.
With three different locations across the city, there’s plenty of Rooster Coffee house to go around.
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Locations: 479 Broadview Ave./ 343 King St. East./ 568 Jarvis St.