They say coffee flows in the “veins” of a big city. Is Toronto a big city? Well, you can argue about that. But not about the coffee part. And hey, the 6ix has some amazing spots to check out for your regular dose of caffeine with no regular quality. Forget Starbucks, forget Second Cup (though it’s def not the worst option!). And please, please, forget Tim Hortons. Meet my first short guide of cool coffee places all around Ontario’s capital.
MANY LOCATIONS AROUND THE GTA
Perhaps, the first option that comes after above mentioned Starbucks and Second Cup. The quality of coffee is better, yet it’s still targeted at on-the-go customers, unwilling to pay a lot. Lots of sweet coffee drinks, including Aroma Specialty Coffee (I never tasted, but my bestie approves).
I would recommend to go with canadiano, Canadian version of americano. What’s the difference? Well, you gotta taste 😉
Good news: Aroma Espresso Bar has a pretty nice menu list. Not just bakery and sandwiches, but also salads, soups and grain bowls.
BY THE HARBOURFRONT
Lavazza is a worldwide known Italian coffee company. And Italians know this stuff, believe me. So why not bring a piece of Italy into your life while in Toronto?
Beware. You will most likely end up spending hours just staring at the glass windows. With a cup of cappuccino or an espresso shot, of course.
KING STREET WEST
DUNDAS STREET WEST
This small elegant café serves delicious coffee (cappuccino for sure!), desserts (like amazing oatmeal cookies and lemon scones 😉 and some take-away options.
Ladies. If you choose the Financial District location, your chances of marrying a millionaire suddenly become a lot more realistic than you might have thought…
5379 YONGE STREET
Only one location, but totally worth visiting. It’s very “sweet” and girlish. Apart from tasty coffee, there is a whole range of mouthwatering desserts.
I’ll take a moment to complain, though. They used to have a big light cute café space. Well, I have recently been there and found out they sold half of the place to the Beauty Shop. Why why why?! I liked it so much 😢
Well, I guess… check out the other half 🙄
2011 YONGE STREET
The king of the neighbourhood. Or actually, the queen, since it’s Rachel. People from nearby come here to chat with their friends, to work on their computers or read a book. But that’s after they bought coffee. And maybe some yummy scones / cookies / muffins to compliment.
There are plenty of fantastic spots in the Kensington Market district, but this one was the first I visited, so it had to appear in my Toronto coffee guide #1. This café is stylish, it is well-equipped coffee-wise featuring coconut milk latte, for example, and it is super-tasty. Yes, they have food and this food is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. My personal favourites are Captain Croissant and Tokyo Omelette.
1208 YONGE STREET
QUEENS QUAY WEST
Just try their flat white, okay? Just do it. Boxcar is really Social. Whenever you enter it, you just wanna stay and well, socialize, I guess. If not with people, then with coffee and snacks. And wine. Oh, their wine looks sooo attractive 😼
KING STREET EAST
This one is all about creating a unique atmosphere. And they do so successfully. You come in, you buy yourself brewed coffee or almond flat white (with an organic energy snack, for example), you grab a newspaper / magazine from one of the tables, you sit down. You never leave the place.
My new organic love!! Only one location. Which won’t stop me from going all the way from Finch East to Summerhill just to get their energy treats and protein bars, taste their matcha or turmeric latte, read their wall tips on healthy eating and stare at their colourful screen art installation.
MANY LOCATIONS (BIGGEST AND MOST IMPRESSIVE – IN THE DISTILLERY DISCTRICT)
After you visit Balzac’s, after you try their coffee (ANY KIND), your life wouldn’t be the same again. Yes, it’s not cheap. Not cheap at all. But the quality is terrific, and sometimes you just wanna pay for that d*mn quality!
So, here it is. My first short coffee guide around Toronto. “You mean, there will be more?” Of course! COOOOOOFFEEEEEEEEE ☕️☕️☕️
See ya, my curious friends 👋🏽