The Binary Cafe

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The Binary Café was an internet cafe which operated on Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario from approximately June 1994 through December 1994. It is significant in that it was Canada's first internet cafe.[1] It was run by Steve Bernhardson and staffed by a handful of employees/volunteers.

The full name of the establishment was actually The Binary Café and Hexadecimal Emporium, a name which reflected the two main components of the space—serving food and drinks, and selling cyberpunk-related books, magazines, and zines.

Internet access was available through two x86 computers, which shared a single telephone line for their PPP connection.


  1. ^ Esharenana, Adomi. "Security and Software for Cybercafes". Delta State University. Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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