Odin Hus is much like its neighbourhood of Corktown: still in progress. Located at the crux of where King and Queen meet at the foot of River street (coincidentally near the bridge under construction), the cafe is still adding to its menu and filling its shelves — but even now, it’s a Nordic paradise for coffee fans. The beer, wine and tasty food, however, mean it’ll do for a good late-night socializing session as well as your morning eye-opener.
Walking inside is like stumbling into a Scandinavian design blog. It’s bright and airy, with stunning wooden grid designs in the ceiling above the counters. The counters themselves, also wooden, are full of jagged curves — “modern and playful,” in the words of co-owner Tom Junek, and the space is full of light and natural materials. You might also notice a (newly completed) mural of wolves over on the wall as you grab a seat.
Odin Hus is an elevated version of the popular Thor Espresso Bar; at Odin, you can get the same expertly crafted coffee, made with Pilot beans. And while you listen to the cheerful whirring of your latte being made, you can buy a bag of beans for home, or pick up an Odin Hus coffee mug while you’re at it. Coffee’s not your thing? Shop for cold-pressed juice from Village Juicery.
But this is no simple coffee-and-juice shop. Odin is going to be an all-day, late-night establishment (open 7 a.m. to midnight daily), and provides meals, snacks, dessert, and local wine, and craft beer, too. The taps are already flowing with local gems like Left Field’s Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale, as well as the thematically appropriate Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale from Beau’s.
While both neighbourhood and the café are under construction right now, Odin promises to grow into a one-stop destination in Toronto’s revitalized neighbourhood – so keep checking on their progress.