The restaurant: Coffee Oysters Champagne in the Entertainment District (214 King St. W., Toronto, ON)

The occasion: A belated bridal shower for market and fashion editor Elaine Jyll Regio.

The vibe: Parisian café meets James Bond-level intrigue. You’ll instinctively reach for your phone to grab a few snaps for Insta once you step into the super chic space, adorned in millennial pinks and golds. It’s lavish and glam—exactly what you want from any oysters and champagne experience. Once you’ve settled in, ask to see the impressively-stocked champagne cellar…you’ll thank us later. Oh, and pocket your phone for the night—no more pics are allowed past this point.

The food and drinks: Oysters are a must, obviously. Selection changes daily, but you can’t go wrong when opting for any of their dressed options, like the delicious Oysters Rocafella, served with edible rose petals, chives, caviar and a splash of champagne. Once you’ve overstuffed on oysters (is that even possible?), there are other non-mollusk options to try, which we’ll leave for you to discover your self (trust us: it’s worth it). Of course, we also started with bubbly—COC has the largest champagne list in Toronto. They also surprised us with a custom gin-elderflower cocktail, which was so sweet and refreshing and made us forget about the still-too-cold spring temperatures outside.

 

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The standout: Honestly…it’s impossible to pick just one thing. There wasn’t one weak spot in the night. The champagne selection was incredible, the oysters were among the best we’d ever had and the overall atmosphere made for a perfect night out. To top it all off, the service was top-notch and staff went out of their way to make us feel at home. We almost refused to leave at the end of the night.

We recommend it for: Stop by for coffee in the morning, for a glass of champagne any time after 11 a.m., or for a round of oysters with your BFFs for happy hour. We’ll definitely be back on a weekend night when the music gets louder and there may or may not be some…unexpected entertainment.