20 Toronto Coffee Shops You Need to Visit Now
Written by Michelle Johannesson
1. Ella’s Uncle
This quaint, antique styled coffee shop is the perfect location to pass the time with a good book and a warm drink. Offering an abundance of natural light and decadent freshly baked goods, this caffeine destination will brighten your mood on even the gloomiest days.
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2. Te Aro
A branch of the Pilot Coffee Roasters corporation, this hip and edgy industrial-inspired coffee shop attracts all of Toronto’s trendy coffee lovers. Te Aro’s beans are freshly roasted in Toronto’s Leslieville , which is why their brews are seriously bangin’. The bright and friendly interior make this the perfect weekend or weekday hangout.
3. Sam James Coffee Bar
The first Sam James shop opened in 2009 on Harboured Street. Here, the shop turned an old junk store into a bustling community coffee spot. Sam James quickly established its roots from which it grew 4 new locations. Each Sam James cafe exudes big flavour and lots of personality; everything you want in your regular coffee hangout.
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4. Quantum Coffee
Plan your next caffeine rendezvous at Quantum Coffee! In addition to a first-rate espresso bar, the minimalistic interior decorated with colourful succulents will have you feeling calm and serene. Quantum also hosts “brew classes”, where budding coffee connoisseurs can grow their java smarts by learning how to make barista-style coffee at home!
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5. Mercury Espresso Bar
Mercury Espresso Bar is a Toronto classic. Situated in the hip and cheerful Leslieville, Mercury has simple but cute decor and very friendly staff. At 10 years old, this cafe is no rookie to the brewed bean game. Mercury Espresso Bar continues to provide a classic, high quality experience to their regulars and newcomers alike.
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6. Snakes & Lattes
Snakes & Lattes is everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a coffee date spot. Grab a pal or your date and spend an afternoon over great coffee and classic board games like Snakes and Ladders and Monopoly. You’ll be surprised by how refreshing it is to unplug from your electronics and get back to the good ol’ basics!
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7. Boxcar Social
Looking for a cafe that really stands up to its reputation? Look no further than the popular Toronto favourite, Boxcar Social. Boxcar’s website describes the cafe’s energy perfectly,“the concept behind Boxcar Social was simple: Do what we love, do it with our friends, and do it really well.” Visitors can enjoy carefully curated java blends, wines, craft beers, whiskies and charcuterie plates in a laid back and charming environment. It’s the perfect atmosphere to casually catchup with friend or take some much needed personal time.
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8. Dark Horse Espresso Bar
Take a detour into one of the hip locations of Dark Horse Espresso Bar. Big windows and warm, rustic furniture make this spot a cosy go-to when you want to get those creative (or motivated) juices flowing. With cavernous ceilings, photogenic red-brick walls, and seriously awesome beans, Dark Horse has everything you need to recharge your batteries and your inspiration.
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9. Ballzac’s Coffee Roasters
Ballzac’s Coffee is a Toronto coffee shop classic. Each location exudes an eclectic vintage style, while also incorporating the energy of the surrounding neighbourhood. In case you can’t get out to one of the cafe to enjoy a good book and delicious coffee, Ballzac’s sells its fair trade organic roasted coffee online!
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10. Dineen Coffee
Located on the historic corner of Yonge and Temperance inside one of Toronto’s oldest structures, this boutique cafe provides a vintage-style environment where visitors can get a taste of Toronto’s heritage. Great coffee, delicious breakfasts and floor to ceiling windows make this spot a fantastic coffee stop.
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11. Merchants of Green Coffee
If you love fair trade and good coffee (who doesn’t), Merchants of Green Coffee should be your next coffee shop stop. This warehouse-style cafe is bursting with character and eclectic decor, which has helped it to become a popular workspace for entrepreneurs, bloggers, and designers. Grab a latte and soak in the awesome energy.
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12. Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar
This bright and cheerful coffee bar offers great coffee, small treats and drinks. Visitors are welcomed by trendy and hip decor, featuring exposed brick walls and industrial light-bulb fixtures. Pop in on a Saturday morning and you’ll be greeted by the warm hum of friends catching up and working people whizzing away on their laptops.
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13. Manic Coffee
This community cafe has made sure to cover all of its bases by offering refreshing cold brews, delicious lattes, and authentic gelato! Unlike most espresso joints, you won’t see many laptops and tablets out in Manic Coffee. In efforts to foster a community environment, Manic Coffee does not offer WiFi. As a result, customers feel compelled to engage in conversation- not in their electronics. Very cool.
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14. Fahrenheit Coffee
Turn up the temperature on those bitter winter days at Fahrenheit Coffee! In-house roasted beans and a simple warm decor make this one of our favourite places to escape the cold and warm our spirits. Fahrenheit offers three different espresso blends and never fails to provide the perfect coffee experience. The cafe has been voted ‘Best Specialty Coffee House in Toronto’ since 2012, indicating it has definitely earned its stripes!
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15. Cherry Bomb Coffee
This snug little cafe is the perfect pitstop for an afternoon pick-me-up. In-house roasted blends, tasty sweets and a cozy community atmosphere are the perfect ingredients for a laid back coffee shop date or an afternoon spent with a good book. Restore your zen at one the quaintest coffee shops in Roncesvalles!
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16. The Mad Bean
Get your next dose of caffeine at The Mad Bean. A creatively designed coffee hangout, The Mad Bean will inspire new ideas and your taste buds. Photographs and paintings by local Toronto artists conceal exposed red brick and a large bookcase offers guests literary classics to thumb through as they enjoy their coffee. On weekends, this unique cafe hosts live music matinees. The Mad Bean invites coffee lovers to get comfy and loose track of time..
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17. Voodoo Child
Sip your coffee on the wild side at Voodoo Child! This boutique apothecary-styled cafe serves up some killer lattes and equally fantastic cocktails. Funky music, great staff, and espresso shots served in mini glass skulls will have you humming the tune to Jimmy Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Child’!
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18. Rooster Coffee House- Broadview location
If you have a love for views of the six, you need to check out Rooster Coffee House’s Broadview location. Nestled in between adorable town houses, Rooster Coffee faces a picturesque view of Toronto’s city scape and the Don Valley. Get cosy inside with one of Rooster Coffee’s delicious baked goods, a creamy late, and admire one of Toronto’s best views.
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19. Sweet Jesus
You’re probably familiar with this spot for the epic Insta-worthy cones it pumps out, but Sweet Jesus also serves up some seriously awesome coffee. Menu items like espresso topped with soft-serve and toasted marshmallow hot-chocolate have us saying ‘Sweet Jesus’!
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20. Goat Coffee
In addition to their flavourful brews, Goat Coffee cooks up some of the best sandwiches in the East end. Offering freshly baked bread and sandwich ingredients like grilled chicken breast, goat cheese, and sauteed onions, Goat Coffee slays the lunch and breakfast game. This trendy java spot is also known for its Insta-worthy decor. A pic of the giant ‘GRAZE’ sign hung above the cafe’s seating is sure make your followers double-tap.
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