Arts & Culture

Tiqa Bakery and Café

By Jared Erving

Looking for something different? Maybe a quiet breakfast or meeting place? Tiqa Bakery and Café, located in Deering Oaks Park, is a fantastic mid-morning breakfast or early-afternoon lunch spot. They serve fresh baked goods and fruit, espresso in mini coffee cups and mimosas; the food is good and decently priced. The food options are healthier than expected, and the scones contain enough fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. Located near the Farmers Market, it is a great start to your Saturday with a pleasant calmness and air of welcome. The staff are friendly and easy to talk to. During my visit there, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Deen Haleem, while he was getting the outdoor fireplace started. Enthusiastic about his establishment, he was more than happy to discuss the origins of the Café and the history of how he was presented with the opportunity to turn “the Castle” in Deering Oaks into a small gem in the park.


Illustration by Roberto Lemus

Tiqa has more than just food and a friendly atmosphere, it has games too. From picnic-style games such as bocce, horseshoes and outdoor chess to bean-bag toss (for a little New England touch), there is a nice variety of things to do. Tiqa Bakery and Café is a wonderful place for food and a social get-together with friends.

If you are not there with friends, then there a plenty of people to talk to as well. From the regulars to passerby, you can walk away having met someone new, or maybe if being a socialite is your thing, like it is mine, you can walk away having made a new friend or even gotten a job offer. Any culinary students that might be looking for something new or maybe a stage, there are opportunities to be found at the sister restaurants Tiqa Bakery and Café and Tiqa Pan Mediterranean. If you drop the name SMCC when talking to Deen Haleem, you might be impressed with the interest in our students.

“Seating themselves on the greensward, they eat while the corks fly and there is talk, laughter and merriment, and perfect freedom, for the universe is their drawing room and the sun their lamp. Besides, they have appetite, Nature’s special gift, which lends to such a meal a vivacity unknown indoors, however beautiful the surroundings.”

– Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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