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A Piece of My Mind
March 28, 2017

The Lisboa Café

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  • 1University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Copyright 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA. 2017;317(12):1213-1214. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16801

The Lisboa Café is an unusual little place in one of Toronto’s artsy districts, a charming but run-down restaurant with a hipster vibe that has survived both modernization and gentrification. It is located far from the bustle of downtown hospitals, at the intersection of two important thoroughfares that carry work-worn commuters out of the city. The Café’s clientele is a strange mix of the familiar and the bizarre: on any given night, self-conscious couples may share aisle space with large parties of 10 or 12 who sit, for the entire duration of dinner, in hushed silence—even as the live band plays a number that puts everyone else in a social mood.

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