Coffee is a integral part in almost everyone's day. We use it to wake ourselves up at 7 am to get to work, as an excuse to catch up with old friends, and an end to a delicious meal at a fancy restaurant. Whatever the reason is, almost everyone can admit that they make room for at least one coffee in their day, every day.
Lucky for us, Toronto has a coffee culture that is completely unique and most definitely thriving. If you walk down almost any street in the city and you're bound to run into at least one independent coffee shop that will serve you the best coffee you've ever tasted.
While this is definitely a blessing, it can also be a curse because how do you decide where to go next? Well, if your goal this year is to hit up all of Toronto's best coffee shops this list is here to help you narrow it down. Use this as your coffee shop holy grail for the city, and start checking these off your bucket list!
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Sam James Coffee Bar
Where: 917 Queen St W // Trinity Bellwoods
Why You Should Go: This cozy coffee shop in the trendy Trinity Bellwoods area is a perfect place to get a quality cup of coffee on the go. There isn't much seating available but they do make some perfect espresso drinks to take with you.
Neo Coffee Bar
Where: 100-161 Frederick St // Old Toronto
Why You Should Go: This coffee bar makes magic with matcha! Their specialty is their matcha latte but they also make lots of espresso drinks and tea lattes. They even make amazing desserts with matcha like their matcha white chocolate rolls and their matcha cheesecake!
Where: 983 Queen St E // Leslieville
Why You Should Go: This East side classic always makes a faithfully delicious cup of coffee. People in this area frequent Te Aro cafee because of how amazing their coffee is, how comfortable their atmosphere is and how delicious their baked goods are!
Where: 300 Campbell Avenue // Junction Triangle
Why You Should Go: This uniquely designed coffee shop is located in the hip area of the Junction Triangle. They're a cafe and roastery located inside an old Clock Factory building that's a perfect space for studying and work!
Dark Horse Espresso
Where: 215 Spadina Ave // Chinatown
Why You Should Go: This cafe is clearly beloved in the city because they have multiple popular locations. Their busiest one is the Spadina location where they serve amazing coffee in an open concept interior with tons of seating.
Where: 235 Queens Quay W // Harbourfront
Why You Should Go: This adorable and cozy cafe is the perfect place during the winter and summer months. It's located directly on the harbourfront with stunning views of the water to pair perfectly with your warm cup of joe.
Dineen Coffee Co.
Where: 140 Yonge St // Downtown Toronto
Why You Should Go: This elegant downtown coffee shop is one of the best in the area. They make an impeccable cup of coffee that pairs perfectly with any of their baked goods.
Where: 426 College St // Kensington Market
Why You Should Go: The locals in this area of Toronto love Manic Coffee, which shows you how great their coffee really is. They also serve tons of great desserts including gelato!
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Odin Cafe + Bar
Where: 514 King St E // Corktown
Why You Should Go: This cafe on King East is completely unique because of their interior design. It's a Scandinavian-inspired cafe that serves coffee, cocktails, beer and snacks!
Fix Coffee + Bikes
Where: 80 Gladstone Ave // Little Portugal
Why You Should Go: This creative cafe combines two great things into one: coffee and bikes! They make impeccable cups of coffee and have a place that fixes bikes in the back.
Where: 174 Eglinton Ave E // Yonge and Eglinton
Why You Should Go: This cafe is completely unique in the city. It serves up Turkish coffee in silver tea sets paired with a delicious Turkish delight dessert!
Sorry Coffee Co.
Where: 102 Bloor St W // Yorkville
Why You Should Go: This Yorkville classic is everyone favourite, partly because their name is so simple and catchy and partly because they make insanely delicious coffee.
Bud's Coffee Bar
Where: 1966 Queen St E // The Beaches
Why You Should Go: This is one of the best coffee bars in the East side of Toronto. It's a small space that offers most to-go options but they do have a small amount of seating to watch the bustling of Queen Street East pass you by.
Early Bird Coffee and Kitchen
Where: 613 Queen St W // Queen West
Why You Should Go: This spot is both an adorable cafe and brunch spot that serves up some insanely unique plates. They make rose shaped avocado toast, pink eggs Benedict and beautiful smoothie bowls!
Hula Girl Espresso Bar
Where: 456 Ossington Ave // Trinity Bellwoods
Why You Should Go: This adorable cafe on Ossington definitely deserves a spot on your cafe bucket list. It's decorate with fun pop art, they serve amazing coffee, not to mention their baked goods are delicious!
Forget Me Not Cafe
Where: 506 Adelaide St W // Queen West
Why You Should Go: This cozy little cafe isn't just all about the coffee. They also offer a super relaxing atmosphere with a boutique in the back of the shop! Their drinks are also so delicious, Nutella latte anyone?
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Mercury Espresso Bar
Where: 915 Queen St E // Leslieville
Why You Should Go: This classic Leslieville spot doesn't boast an over the top space, they're all about the basics. For them that means serving up a faithfully good coffee time after time!
Where: 28 Kensington Ave // Kensington Market
Why You Should Go: This is 100% my go-to cafe whenever I'm in Kensington. They have an adorable space that's perfect for a day of work or studying and their coffee is great. But what I really recommend is their lavender white hot chocolate!
Lit Espresso Bar
Where: 221 Roncesvalles Ave // Roncessvalles
Why You Should Go: You can tell by the name of this place that they're going to be serving up some lit cups of coffee. They also offer a great interior for hanging out or working and delicious baked goods to go along with your coffee!
Where: 70 Adelaide St E // Old Toronto
Why You Should Go: This cafe offers colourful lattes, need I say more? They also have a super cute space to enjoy your coffee or light snack!
De Mello Palheta
Where: 2489 Yonge St // Yonge and Eglinton
Why You Should Go: This is one of those completely unique cafes in the city. Their interior has a ceiling that's cover with black umbrellas and the back walls are covered in a bright graffiti!
Where: 1413 Dundas St W // Brockton Village
Why You Should Go: This cafe on Dundas is definitely not large, it holds a small space but they really made it unique and special to the area. It has bright wallpaper, hanging plants and neon signs that make it stand out from all the rest!
Where: 867 Dundas St W // Little Italy
Why You Should Go: This space is more than just a cafe it's also a concept that that's used for things like fashion shows, photography shoots and art galleries! But they also offer an amazing and unique space to study and work with a delicious cup of coffee.
Where: 723 Gerrard St E // Riverdale
Why You Should Go: If you're an artist, aspiring artist or looking for a new fulfilling hobby in the city, this cafe is definitely the place for you! They offer tons of paint classes, spaces for people to work on their art while drinking coffee, and a bar at night!
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Where: 107 Portland St // King West
Why You Should Go: Jimmy's Coffee has a few different locations in the city because they offer a great cup of coffee for a seriously good price. Each of their locations are great for hanging out, working or studying!
Where: 1374 Queen St E // Leslieville
Why You Should Go: If you're a lover of all things comic books in the city, this is the perfect place for you. This cafe is dedicated to the sidekicks in all your favourite comic books, plus they offer some delicious coffee as well!
Where: 126 Main St // Upper Beaches
Why You Should Go: This spot is a staple in the area because it serves amazing coffee, it has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and their food is delicious. It's the perfect place to hang out with a coffee, get some work done or stop in for a quick lunch!
Little Nicky's Coffee
Where: 375 Queen St W // Queen West
Why You Should Go: This cute little coffee shop off of Queen West is a staple in the area because of the iconic sign. They serve a mean cup of coffee as well as their signature mini donuts!
Where: 1 Trinity St // Distillery District
Why You Should Go: While Balzac's has a few different locations across the city, their most iconic is their Distillery location. They have a two story cafe with tons of seating in the heart of Toronto's beautiful Distillery District. It's the perfect place to grab a coffee, a baked good and then wander around window shopping.
The Kitten and the Bear
Where: 1574 Queen St W // Parkdale
Why You Should Go: This adorable spot is less of a cafe and more of a high tea shop! They serve artisanal teas, scones, and desserts for an adorable experience with friends or family.
Where: 633 King St W // King West
Why You Should Go: This spot is all about the aesthetics! Their space is so beautiful you won't believe your eyes! They serve full meals or coffee and desserts to enjoy while you're there.
Where: 368 King St E // Old Toronto
Why You Should Go: This adorable cafe on King East is a great place to go when you're looking for a cozy space to hang out in. They offer delicious drinks like their matcha lattes, black sesame lattes, and regular coffees! They also have tons of delicious baked goods to try as well.
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Where: 23 Baldwin Street // Downtown Toronto
Why You Should Go: This cafe/dessert shop serves up some unique things that you've got to try at least once. Their specialties include: a cotton candy coffee, black charcoal waffles, massive salads and so much more!
Where: 27 Baldwin St // Downtown Toronto
Why You Should Go: This cute spot is both a cafe and a restaurant serving up some delicious Taiwanese eats! They have a menu filled with bubble teas, milkshakes, hot teas, and meals that you can enjoy in their massive space perfect for studying!
Where: 100 King St W // Old Toronto
Why You Should Go: This coffee shop is so aesthetically pleasing, it's the perfect spot for your next Instagram photo shoot! But it's not just a coffee shop; it's also a bakery that serves insanely delicious baked goods and a breakfast spot!
Reunion Island Coffee
Where: 385 Roncesvalles Ave // Roncesvalles
Why You Should Go: This cafe isn't just your average cafe, they also roast all their own coffee here too! This is their location in the city where they can showcase their classic and new coffee blends.
Rooster Coffee House
Where: 568 Jarvis St // Yorkville
Why You Should Go: This coffee shop has a few different locations in the city, so you know that their classic cup of joe is going to be faithfully delicious. They also serve lunch items and yummy baked goods!
Where: 135 Ossington Ave // Trinity Bellwoods
Why You Should Go: This spot is a west end favourite created by the east end coffee shop, Te Aro! They serve one of Toronto's best coffee blends, Pilot and their interior space is cozy and welcoming.
The Tempered Room
Where: 1374 Queen St W // Parkdale
Why You Should Go: This 2 story cafe is the perfect place to catch up with close friends and family members. They make baked goods that will literally warm your soul and coffee that will keep you energized all day long.
Where: 801 Gerrard St E // Leslieville
Why You Should Go: This is probably one of Toronto's most Instagrammable cafes because it gives such a simple and pretty background! They make a delicious cup of coffee and classic pastries to go along with it.