For most of us, coffee is a necessity in the morning, sometimes even throughout the day. Luckily, Toronto has an amazing selection of independent coffee shops to help you shop locally and ensure you get your caffeine fix. Spring is on the way which fortunately means it’s just about iced coffee season (unless you’ve been drinking them all year long, we don’t judge). The baristas at these coffee shops are serving up perfect coffee and tea beverages alongside tasty snacks and treats. Whether you’re looking for ethically sourced beans or delicious pastries, these Toronto coffeeshops are sure to deliver.
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Serving you a serene coffee experience and minimalist beauty, you can find Neo Coffee Bar at Frederick & King as well as Bay & College. Try out their delicious quiches, strawberry shortcake and impeccable coffees.
Head over to Tandem Coffee at 368 King St. E for friendly faces and perfect drips. The staff here are knowledgeable about their coffee beans and it shows. Enjoy good music and a great atmosphere while enjoying your sesame latte and a matcha cookie donut.
Luckily for coffee lovers, Hotblack Coffee is selling their precious brews at 3 locations downtown. Equipped with a reverse-osmosis water system, under-the-counter Modbar and multi-grinders these high-tech cafes strive to bring high-level quality and consistency to all of their beverages. Plus their baked goods always look, and smell, too good to pass up.
This coffeeshop in Roncesvalles is baking delicious pastries in-house daily and they are phenomenal. Their muffins are particularly delicious, and while the flavours change frequently, you have to try the Earl Grey with Orange Glaze Muffin if you’re lucky enough to spot one. Cherry Bomb also happens to sell their immaculate coffee beans by the bag for those who want to have their cup of joe at home.
The baristas at The Good Neighbour are definitely living up to the name of this lovely coffee shop, with 2 locations in the city. At these coffee shops your perfectly brewed coffee will be served with a smile, and if you’re lucky, with one of their delicious butter croissants. These perfectly flaky pastries sell fast, so make sure to get there early!
You can find Versus Coffee at 70 Adelaide St. E, and you’re going to want to do so sooner rather than later. This cute coffee shop is creating perfectly Instagram-able rainbow latte art and it is amazing. Make sure to try out their ginger molasses cookies as well!
This coffee shop company has expanded all over the city, due to the popularity of their tasty menu offerings. This is a great place to go if you’re looking for something more than just a snack as their sandwiches are quite filling. The baristas at Dark Horse have also perfected the art of delicious cappuccinos and lattes.
From cute packaging to a trendy interior, Strange Love is the kind of place you will want to spend your mornings (once we’re allowed to enjoy coffee shops in their full glory). Their coffee offerings change weekly and if you’re craving a snack- they’ve got you covered with an extensive menu. With multiple locations across the city, you’ve got to try their Lover’s Matcha (don’t forget to snap a cute pic with their beautiful cups).
This Kensington Market café is brewing high-quality and well-sourced coffee beans and including a Turkish Delight on the side! At Istanbul Café you can explore traditional Turkish food in a warm and welcoming environment. Give the sweet Baklava a try next time you’re in the neighbourhood!
Find this student-loved coffee shop at 426 College St. Here, Manic Coffee is serving up tasty croissants, sandwiches, cookies and other treats! Plus their drip coffee is consistently good, what more can you ask for really?