On the road that divides Barrie in half, a hub for many coffee lovers, and a well-established, quaint cafe, located on the main strip of the downtown core, Bohemia boasts to the well-versed of creativity and hand-crafted.
When you walk in the cafe, the aroma of vegetable gardens mixed with freshly brewed coffee, fills your nostrils, so much so that you wish your inhale lasted much longer than it did, and then you remember to breathe again. Greeted with a smile and a loud hello, the workers there are super welcoming and inviting of your presence. So much so that a friend of mine recognized me from a couple years ago! That's how business gets done. the atmosphere is very boho-eclectic, with a playlist of songs you'll never guess coming next, old-fashioned furniture with beautiful creaky floors, the kind you want your house to sound like in a few hundred years. There is a cute second floor that has a wonderful view of the Barrie lakeshore which sets the mood for any "business meeting", (but let's be honest, who wants to do business at a cute place like here). Speaking of business meetings, they do have a wonderful outdoor patio as well, for the adventurous as heart. The patio also has a staircase that leads straight to the lakeshore, so if at any point your date goes bad...feel free to dip! If your a photographer, one of the cool spots of Barrie is actually the staircase from Bohemia...well not the staircase but the beautiful ivy wall that blooms in the summer months. Quite the lively attraction!
The servers are lovely and don't impose any decisions on you. The power is given to the customer, the way it should be. They serve you the coffee with milk and cream and sugar on the side, giving you the option to pour, how much to pour, what frequency and so on, like a good sit down cafe. The menu they boast there is quite the extravaganza. With sandwiches, paninis, veggie burgers & wraps, the choices are fine and you can bet that your getting a hand-crafted meal. Special menu items to look out for are the Summer & Breakfast Bowls. Both carry alot as they pack so much into a bowl for you to mow down on.
The drinks are as well, lovely with versions for every time of day, every season of the year, and for every mood of the hour. Americanos, Espressos and Cappucinos all made with freshly brewed beans, and latte's with endless combinations of flavour shots are sweet as well. Feeling hot? Try one of their iced latte's, they're the BOMB! You can (and should!) pair one of those drinks with a sweet. freshly baked scones daily, cookies, bars, squares, and they're legendary carrot cake are just phenomenal.
If your a commuter from Toronto the the Greater White North, your first stop should always be at Bohemia. If you have the luxury of living on the lakeshore of Barrie, you've probably already made Bohemia a part of your morning routine, and I don't blame you. Lovely sights, lovely vibes, keep it going Bohemia!
This is part of new project dedicated to researching what makes a good coffee shop. All places I visit will be documented in the form of a blog post or review. My dream is to one day, open up a coffee shop myself in downtown Barrie, that offers the best donuts in town acts as a photo studio as well, AND is open late. I am currently in the research stage of what makes a good coffee shop, the design, the atmosphere, the interior/exterior, the visual presence, online website experience, the customer relations, the coffee beans, everything. Join me on this journey as I explore, rant, rave, and get diabetes from drinking all this caffeine in search of the perfect coffee shop experience.