It is a widely acknowledged fact that a person in possession of a free afternoon may wish to pass it with a hefty supply of books and a delicious drink on hand. Fortunately there are several establishments along Maginhawa Street which see to these two needs all at once. Among these places is Antiteasis, a teahouse-and-library located at the forefront of 154 Maginhawa Street. A traveller to this part of town may need to keep his or her eyes peeled; this place is not easily spotted in the smorgasbord of restaurants and cafes in the neighbourhood.
Antiteasis’ otherwise unassuming exterior belies its cozy and relaxed interior, wherein readers can comfortably lounge on floor cushions placed around small tables. A large bookshelf showcases a whole range of titles ranging from childhood favourites like Dr. Seuss and Nancy Drew, all the way to nonfiction and biographies. Yours truly wound up engrossed for a time with a difficult to find title from one of her favourite writers in the field of neurology.
Yet an avid reader should still definitely pay attention to the selection of teas, smoothies, and snacks available here at Antiteasis. During our afternoon jaunt here, we decided on the apple basil smoothie, as well as the strawberry Yakult smoothie. Much to my delight, the apple basil smoothie was light and just what we needed to cleanse our palates after a hearty lunch. I would daresay it was just as good as or even better than the traditional sorbets served for such purposes. The strawberry Yakult smoothie was also just as delicately flavoured, with a hint of sweetness mixing with the tartness of the fruit and the Yakult. This particular concoction could be considered a dessert on its own.
Antiteasis is certainly not one of those library cafes wherein one can hang out for hours and park a laptop for study or recreational purposes. It is however a place where one can curl up with a cherished book and a delectable beverage, and disappear from the frenetic world for a bit. In this increasingly frenetic world, this place is a haven. In short, absolutely necessary.
The Food Score: 4/5. The quality of the drinks we had here is definitely worth recommending. However the range of snacks available is rather narrow, and may discourage patrons who would rather have something heartier to enjoy alongside a good read.
Ambiance/Service Score: 4/5. The teahouse is rather tiny, and may feel poky or claustrophobic to some patrons. The indoor furnishings consist mostly of floor cushions and low tables, which may not be comfortable or good for the posture. However there are tables and chairs out on the patio for those who prefer to enjoy their drinks in more conventional settings.
GERD Score: 4/5. Thankfully, there’s tea and a variety of snack options for the discerning tastes that won’t cause burps and hurts. Also, since I drink more probiotic drinks than ever before for heartburn, the strawberry yakult option is a welcome dessert drink.
Epilepsy Score: 4/5. Of course there’s tea and coffee here, but there’s a wide range of herbal infusions and of course the smoothies for diners who cannot have caffeine. Patrons who are sensitive with regard to foods’ preservative contents may need to eschew some of the snack selections too. The muted tones of the decor and the calm ambiance are a great help too for people who find themselves a tad overstimulated in this urban environment.
Team Glasses Score: 4/5. This place is a small but definitely promising library cafe. We look forward to hearing more about this haven.
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