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Sam James (Ossington)

1000 Queen St. West Website
Sam James (Ossington)

Sam James Coffee Bar has pencilled itself into Lower Ossington, but be careful - blink and you'll miss it. You can recognize it by that signature diamond on the door,...


Madhus Cafe

982 Kingston Rd. 647.464.6541 Website
Madhus Cafe

Madhus Cafe must be an ironic name, for the Upper Beaches cafe is anything but a mad house. Instead, when I walk into the cafe on Kingston Rd., I'm enveloped...


Play Cafe

1517 Bayview Avenue 416.399.2627 Website
Play Cafe

Play Cafe at Bayview and Millwood is a great place to bring little ones. Designed to be family-friendly, there are two play areas designed for different age groups. The first,...


Extra Butter

283 Roncesvalles Ave. 647.340.7791 Website
Extra Butter

Extra Butter, a new coffee shop in Roncesvalles, has quickly taken over the old Gurts space just south of Geoffrey St. The counter has been pushed all the way to...



Pilot Coffee Roasters

50 Wagstaff Dr. 416.546.4006 Website
Pilot Coffee Roasters

Pilot Coffee Roasters have outdone themselves. They moved the roaster at Te Aro into 50 Wagstaff Drive, making a combination roastery, lab, tasting bar and distribution centre that's slick, gorgeous...


The Coffee Bar

346 Front St. West 416.792.8840 Website
The Coffee Bar

The Coffee Bar is right on trend with the moment we're having where country has suddenly taken hold in Toronto. Following in the footsteps of late night spots like Boots...


Oscar Coffee & Espresso Bar

2377 Queen St. East 647.350.2377
Oscar Coffee & Espresso Bar

Oscar Coffee & Espresso Bar occupies a nice corner spot at Queen East and Beech Ave deep into the Beaches neighbourhood. Transformed from the previous Best Coffee House by owners...


Boxcar Social

1208 Yonge Street 416.792.5873 Website
Boxcar Social

Boxcar Social, the latest coffee and wine bar in the Summerhill area of Yonge, owes part of its name to the train bridge and old station just steps away. The...



9 Bars

46 St. Clair Ave. E 647.831.5958 Website
9 Bars

9 Bars, a new coffee shop on St. Clair just east of Yonge, is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, where such intimate quarters are few and far between. As...


The Fifth Cafe

225 Richmond St. West 416.979.0390 Website
The Fifth Cafe

The Fifth Cafe, the newest addition to the Fifth Complex on Richmond, is smack dab in the middle of the Club district, but man, what a bore. Dressed up like...


Hola Cafe

1298 Queen St. E 647.350.1298 Website
Hola Cafe

Hola Cafe in Leslieville strives for a Latin vibe, and on that end it scores. The walls are cocoa brown, the counter is done in chilli red tile, the tables...


Brickyard Grounds

1289 Gerrard St. E 416.465.4444 Website
Brickyard Grounds

Brickyard Grounds, at the southwest corner of Greenwood and Gerrard, is a fantastic addition to the neighbourhood. Just steps from Greenwood Park, it's sure to become a pit stop for...



Red Eye Espresso

29 McCaul St 416.598.0598 Website
Red Eye Espresso

Red Eye Espresso is tucked away in a little space just off of McCaul Street. Clearly designed to catch the OCAD crowd, it's white as gessoed canvas, with little flashes...


Tea Dot Coffee

233 College St. 647.865.5985 Website
Tea Dot Coffee

Tea Dot Coffee, a new indie coffee shop on College Street just past Spadina, is the latest place for a coffee fuel-up on near the University of Toronto. Having just...


Hub Coffee House (Dovercourt)

983 Dovercourt Rd. 647.347.7789 Website
Hub Coffee House (Dovercourt)

Hub Coffee House on Dovercourt is what you get when you've cornered the market in a given neighbourhood. This just opened, second location to the Hub Coffee House and Locavorium...


Empire Espresso

668 College St. 416.792.8890 Website
Empire Espresso

Empire Espresso has one of the prettiest espresso machines I've ever seen. The La Marzocco machine at College Street's newest coffee shop is covered with a custom silkscreen adhesive in...



Roll Play Cafe

10A Edward St. 416.904.8483 Website
Roll Play Cafe

Roll Play Cafe opened in September just north of Yonge and Dundas, offering a selection of board games to play while enjoying a coffee, quick snack, or your next meal....


Flying Pony

1481 Gerrard St Website
Flying Pony

Flying Pony is a new cafe in Little India that serves up its coffee and baked goods with a side of fine art. The coffee shop, which opened in the...


Super-Jet International Coffee Shop

346 Dupont St. Website
Super-Jet International Coffee Shop

Super-Jet International Coffee Shop opened a few weeks ago along the Annex's northern edge on Dupont Street just west of Spadina. When I arrive on a particularly sunny and...


Nespresso Toronto

159 Cumberland St. Website
Nespresso Toronto

Nespresso, the flagship Toronto boutique and cafe from the international coffee magnate opened last week where the Cumberland Cinemas used to be. The space, transformed by Italian architect Goring and...



FormoCha Bubble Tea

55 Eglinton Ave East 416.545.0007 Website
FormoCha Bubble Tea

FormoCha Tea House is, at first glance, just another bubble tea shop near Yonge and Eglinton. But just like a Transformer robot, there's more to it than meets the eye....


Easy Drink Easy Go

5423 Yonge Street 647.748.5423
Easy Drink Easy Go

Easy Drink Easy Go is proof in the value of double-takes. While you may at first glance not see this bubble tea spot when walking on Yonge Street after a...


Crema Coffee

3079 Dundas West 416.767.3131 Website
Crema Coffee

Crema Coffee holds bragging rights as the first of many fashionable cafes to grace the Junction. Don't get me wrong, though: it's fashionable in a true-spirited kind of way. It...


Mercury Espresso Bar

915 Queen Street East 647.435.4779
Mercury Espresso Bar

Mercury Espresso is a Leslieville staple that's never allowed itself to get distracted from its mission of providing great coffee made from socially responsible beans. Though it's been open for...



Lit Espresso Bar

221 Roncesvalles Avenue 416.538.9700 Website
Lit Espresso Bar

Lit Espresso Bar thrives in not one, but two Toronto neighbourhoods, and owner Joe Angellotti says they're always looking to expand on that success. The cafe's first location opened on...


Manic Coffee

426 College Street 416.966.3888 Website
Manic Coffee

Manic Coffee opened its doors at Bathurst and College exactly six years ago, and it's been a haven for regulars ever since. Manager Luis Pereira says no matter what the...


Everyday Gourmet

91 Front St. East 416.363.7662
Everyday Gourmet

Everyday Gourmet is a coffee shop on the ground floor of the St. Lawrence Market stocked with a bazillion kinds of beans. It's been owned and operated by the same...


The Grind

20 Bloor St E 416.944.0910 Website
The Grind

The Grind is a somewhat ideally, somewhat mysteriously located coffee shop decorated like an eccentric French lady's salon/boudoir. It's a wholly unexpected discovery, as it's located underground at Yonge and...



Casa Acoreana Cafe

235 Augusta Avenue 416.593.9717
Casa Acoreana Cafe

Casa Acoreana has lived many lives in the half century it's spent on the corner of Augusta and Baldwin. The cafe is now known as one of the Market's staple...


Moonbean Cafe

30 St. Andrew Street 416-595-0327
Moonbean Cafe

Moonbean Cafe has been a beacon of caffeinated hope in Kensington Market for 18 years, and while it's changed with the times, owner Alan Erdstein has always kept coffee as...


Cafe Nikoletta

381 Donlands Avenue Website
Cafe Nikoletta

Cafe Nikoletta is a new cafe in East York that looks like it was pulled from one of those design blogs flouncily showing off and advocating for stark all-white interiors....


Kung Fu Tea Shop

207 Dundas St W 416.979.1888
Kung Fu Tea Shop

Kung Fu Tea Shop may just win the Most Adorable Bubble Tea Shop Name non-award. The newest entry in the recent deluge of Taiwanese bubble tea franchises branching out in...



United Coffee

456 Ossington Ave
United Coffee

United Coffee is a mini-cafe that opened a couple of weeks ago at College and Ossington. Perched on the northwest corner, it's an ideal spot to pop into and grab...


Early Bird Espresso

613 Queen St. West 647.962.4204 Website
Early Bird Espresso

Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar is a new cafe on Queen West just east of Bathurst. They just opened this week, but they're attracting plenty of folk from the...


Du Cafe

885 O'Connor Dr 416.752.2233
Du Cafe

Du Cafe is more of a lunch and dessert setup, really, located at St. Clair Ave. E. and O'Connor. As I wander in for a visit late on a Tuesday...


Bloor Barista

1280 Bloor St. West 647.748.3319 Website
Bloor Barista

Bloor Barista opened at the start of June on the increasingly bustling strip of Bloor between Dufferin and Lansdowne. After catching a glimpse of the bright and welcoming interior one...



Full Stop

2948 Dundas St. West
Full Stop

Full Stop has, potentially, one of the most fitting names of any new business in Toronto. The new spot in the Junction, just west of Keele and Dundas, is pretty...


Red Fish Blue Fish Creative Cafe

73 Harbord St. 416.960.2233 Website
Red Fish Blue Fish Creative Cafe

Red Fish Blue Fish Creative Cafe is a new spot in the Annex that is exactly as it sounds: a haven for mamas and their babies. The space, located in...


The Brockton Haunt

1150 College St 416.893.4578 Website
The Brockton Haunt

The Brockton Haunt is a new café on College just west of Dufferin, but it feels much more like a friend's kitchen than a café. It's bright and airy, with...


Castle Board Game Cafe

454 Spadina Ave 647.748.1955 Website
Castle Board Game Cafe

Castle Board Game Cafe at College and Spadina is the latest manifestation of the social gaming trend taking hold in the city at places like Snakes and Lattes and Parkdale's...



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  • Dark Horse Espresso Bar (Chinatown) Nice place, good coffee. I used to come there often for an hour or two, have lunch and do my work as well. However, they recently got rid off all...
  • Sam James (Ossington) Thanks for the clarification, Robert. Every time I see one of these uninviting Sam joints, I'll just keep walking. Many, many, and again, many coffee shops have decent seating. Most...
  • Sam James (Ossington) yes it is uninviting. it's a take out coffee place, you get your coffee & you leave. same concept as the other sam james locations.
  • The Brockton Haunt The "Brockton Haunt is the "BEST COFFEE SHOP AROUND"!!!!!!!!!! The Common does not compare. Julie,Chris are such "Wonderful People",very kind, very conversational, always smiling, their Coffee is "GREAT"...
  • Sam James (Ossington) I agree. The place has a foreboding 'back of a warehouse' look to it. Oh,why oh why do they only give patrons hard and chilly concrete to sit on to...
  • Caffe Bacio BACIO: Very BAD I don't like it. Rip up - very expensive and bad quality food
  • Caffe Latte So lovely! I had the most wonderful latte there yesterday! Me and my sister sat on the patio, it was really nice. Really great service as well!
  • The Espresso Room Out of business! Was just passing by the other day and to my surprise it was closed down. My favourite place to grab an Americano and a vegan nut and...
  • Sam James (Ossington) RIP church & wellesley steps.
  • Balzac's Coffee It's a beautiful Balzac's location, a beautiful and historic building with a great restoration and preservation job. It does have a problem with being too packed and crowded. This is...
  • Sam James (Ossington) This place looks... cold and uncomfortable? That one lady in the pink tights looks like she's trying really hard not to slide off those.. umm... steps? Keep it...
  • Sam James (Ossington) Cool guy coffee for sure. "Show some respect", for what exactly?
  • Sam James (Ossington) So says the not so silent partner.
  • Sam James (Ossington) Anyone talking shit about Sam needs to check themselves. Dude started from nothing and has been killing Toronot's Coffee scene. Show some respect.
  • Sam James (Ossington) Pretty sure Kramer had the idea for levels well before this place.
  • Sam James (Ossington) It looks like they're waiting for the bus. Strange set-up. Not especially inviting but I guess they just want people to get their coffee and then get out....
  • Sam James (Ossington) Kelowna Kim, inane comment, who cares about hipsters and all the negativity. The place looks great!
  • Capital Espresso 100% agree. Pretentious hipster douchebags think they are god's gift to coffee and can fuck right off. Enjoy slinging java for the next decade of your livers you pricks before...
  • Sam James (Ossington) I believe it is intended as a 'hipster perch' so they can savor the flavor of the coffee and slouch at the correct hip angle. Like a modern version of...
  • Sam James (Ossington) What is this odd stoop thing in there? Interesting...
  • Boxcar Social Fantastic little place and run by owners who invest their heart and soul into it. Highly recommend!
  • Sam James (Ossington) such a cool spot. clean, bright, and fresh. love the stoop!
  • Sam James (Ossington) Bench looks nice, but the lighting seems very bright.
  • Sam James (Ossington) Congrats to Sam and his team - their coffee is always delicious and the new shop looks beautiful!
  • Sam James (Ossington) Coffee makes my anxiety worse. So does advertising.
  • Boxcar Social Great coffee, great service and.good prices. The decor is cool too.
  • Tea Dot Coffee I swung by yesterday just before the rain dropped on us and had myself a a terrific drip. He said it was their new coffee by hale or something and...
  • Capital Espresso Tis tru
  • The Beet used to go on a regular basis, not anymore, i spend my money at other establishments, there are plenty to chose from now in the junction.
  • Madhus Cafe @Brian Sorry we missed you this morning! The party we hosted the night before is partially (fully) to blame. But that is no excuse, you need your coffee and you...


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