Coffee Talk, Toronto
Collected by Natalie Taylor, AFAR Local Expert
Toronto has a very competitive coffee scene and a discerning taste for the bean. Beyond Starbucks, here are the places unique to Toronto where you can get your “espresso-on.”
479 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N4, Canada
It's one of the most beautifully decorated places in the city. It's away from the tourist fray in the East End, but if you're lucky to have your cuppa here, you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the skyline from Riverdale Park. This is a...
1 Trinity St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
Staying caffeinated and warm is my agenda when I'm in Toronto. I like the cozy insides of Balzac's, especially the water front one in the popular Distillery District. They are so inviting in comparison to the brisk spring winds outside. No long...
64 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7, Canada
I don't know of many places where you can grab a coffee, read a magazine, pull a pint, flip a tractor tire, swing a sledgehammer, and finish off with an organic wheatgrass and kale smoothie, but then I don't know many other places like the...
100 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N2, Canada
The coffee at Jimmy's is fantastic- but the environment of this Kensington Market coffee shop is what sets it apart. The Interior is filled with studious bookshelves and deep leather furniture, and the outdoor patio is large and filled with...
35 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 2P2, Canada
These guys know coffee and they do it right. The space is Scandinavian minimalist minus the ginormous mural of a hammer-wielding Thor. In addition to your espresso, there's a number of paninis and delightful desserts that change on a regular...
9 Clarence Square, Toronto, ON M5V 1H1, Canada
Clarence Square is a nice, shady little square in downtown Toronto, near King and Spadina. The friendly French waitstaff at Le Neuf Cafe serve great coffee and pastries (with more substantial offerings later in the day, though I was there in the...
140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 1X6, Canada
Located right in the heart of the Financial district, Dineen is the prettiest place to get your morning java fix in TO. With its ornate European tiles, large chandeliers and gorgeous shelves, you'll want to stay in here all day. An ideal place for...
426 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1T3, Canada
Manic really set the trend for high quality coffee in Toronto when they opened shop in 2007. Since then, Toronto has undergone a boom of independent coffee shops. Manic specializes in intelligentista coffee, latte art and now serves an impressive...
375 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A5, Canada
If you need a shopping pit stop off Queen, walk south of the GAP on Peter and you'll find Little Nicky's likely where creatives are meeting during the week. The chai lattes and coffee here are great. The cool lunchonette sign is by SMASH. But...
150 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3T9, Canada
Frequent champion of the Eastern Regional Barista Championships, Sam James opened up his shop on a sleepy strip of Harbord near Brickford Park in 2009. He's come a long way since then with two other shops in the city, his Coffee Pocket near...
1349 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1M1, Canada
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