A Great Buzz: Toronto’s Finest Are ‘Lovin’ the New McCafé

Last Wednesday, yours truly hosted a handpicked selection of some of the city’s most influential tastemakers at the launch of the Canada’s second standalone McCafé at Toronto’s Exchange Tower downtown.

One thing is for sure – this is McDonald’s like you’ve never experienced it.

And yes, we’re lovin’ it.

Though you won’t find beloved Big Macs or Chicken McNuggets here, you will find your new favourite café dishing up everything from gourmet lattes, cappuccinos, and smoothies, to an assortment of savoury snacks and pastries that literally break apart in your mouth.

It even has charging stations for your phone (and Wi-Fi) and automated ordering stations – perfect for the young professional (YP) on the go.

Let’s be honest, the “healthy options” at fast food joints are rarely satisfying. But that’s not the case at McCafé. Trust us. Guests got to sample healthy dishes like the Apple Walnut Salad and the Lentil and Sweet Potato Hummus Wrap with Kale (so delicious).

Other crowd-pleasers included the gooey home-style Grilled Cheese (just like mom used to make), the dreamy Apple, Brie, and Honey Croissant, and the spot-hitting Sriracha Pulled Beef sandwich.

Another great treat, the iconic Egg McMuffin is available all day long at the new standalone McCafés. For those days when you just have a craving (usually after a big night out).

For an afternoon pick-me-up, McCafé also serves up some of our favourite go-to McDonald’s desserts, like McFlurries and a new classic, the Affogato (exclusive to McCafé).


Aside from the menu sampling and networking, perks of the evening included live music and a selfie station that produced some pretty cute (and hilarious) GIFs of the guests, complete with props. Speaking of guests, they included fellow influential McDonald’s lovers like Mira Singh, who revealed her love of McCafé coffee and salads to us earlier this month, and Denise Chow, who has a thing for the classic McChicken.

Now, excuse us as we take care of our own McCafé ritual. Coffee and croissant here we come…

This post was sponsored by McCafé.