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Istanbul Cafe

174 Eglinton Ave. 416.480.0303
Istanbul Cafe

Istanbul Cafe is a wonderful new coffee shop at Eglinton and Redpath that celebrates the culture of Turkey. It brings a much-needed independent twist to otherwise corporate cafes in the...


Second Cup Coffee Co.

287 King St. West 416.340.9386 Website
Second Cup Coffee Co.

The Second Cup Coffee Co. at King and John, located in the heart of Toronto's Theatre District, is the first location in the Second Cup chain to receive a complete...


Local Hero

73 Roncesvalles Ave. 416,534.7078 Website
Local Hero

Local Hero can be found inside the Film Buff on Roncesvalles, the latest addition to the Worsley family enterprise. This spot has always been a gem, but since the family...


The Tenant

1267 Queen St. West 416.901.1395 Website
The Tenant

The Tenant coffee shop took over after The Mascot went bust in Parkdale. By the looks of it I'm not sure if the name is a play on the Roman...



For The Win Cafe

3216 Yonge St. 647.350.6700 Website
For The Win Cafe

For the Win is the latest board game café to come to Toronto - this time in the neighbourhood of Yonge and Lawrence. The café is large and bright, with...


Bulldog Coffee (Gerrard)

86 Gerrard St. East Website
Bulldog Coffee (Gerrard)

Bulldog Coffee, and its effervescent and snappy owner Stuart Ross, have had their fair share of ups and downs: Location changes, location closings, controversial stances on Wi-Fi (the shop has...


Goat Coffee Co.

893 Pape Ave. 416.551.7737 Website
Goat Coffee Co.

Goat Coffee Co. has been, as its Twitter states, "kinda sorta open" for a little over a week in Pape Village. Occupying what used to be a Cash for Gold,...


BevLab

1115 Queen St. West Website
BevLab

BevLab has taken up a permanent space in the relatively new Theatre Centre. If its launch party featuring creative make-your-own cocktails dispensed into beakers from burettes on ring stands, liquid...



Outpost Coffee Roasters

1578 Bloor St. West 416.516.9040 Website
Outpost Coffee Roasters

Outpost Coffee Roasters has been trying to keep a low profile since opening a couple of months ago, but this part of Bloor - just at the southern edge of...


Hula Girl (Ossington)

456 Ossington Ave. Website
Hula Girl (Ossington)

Hula Girl Espresso has opened a sister location to the original cafe - this time on Ossington just north of College. Occupying the space that was previously the short-lived United...


White Squirrel Coffee (Rosedale)

1055 Yonge St. 647.428.4478 Website
White Squirrel Coffee (Rosedale)

White Squirrel in Rosedale marks the West Queen West cafe's first foray into a new part of town. Given their quintessential status as Trinity-Bellwoods' favourite cafe, you might have expected...


Lemon Lily Tea

410 Dundas St. East 416.846.1057 Website
Lemon Lily Tea

Lemon Lily Tea, a Toronto-based organic tea company, has made the leap from stocking the city's cafes to opening one of their very own. After supplying businesses around the country...



M Square Coffee

123 Queen St. West, Unit C24 647.350.6444 Website
M Square Coffee

M Square Coffee is the latest independent coffee shop to bring a caffeine jolt to the Financial District. Tucked under the Sheraton Centre, the cafe brings some carefully-chosen coffee and...


Kaffebar

2830 Dundas St. W. 647.388.0188 Website
Kaffebar

Kaffebar is adding a cachet of cool to the more desolate side of the Junction east of Keele. A little over a week old, this small, Norwegian-inspired coffee bar embraces...


Contra Cafe

1028 Shaw St.
Contra Cafe

Contra Cafe is tucked in the corner spot on Shaw at Yarmouth. Many may remember this location as the home of Hub Coffee and Locavorium but they've moved on to...


Bud's Coffee Bar

1934 Queen St. East Website
Bud's Coffee Bar

Bud's Coffee Bar opened in the Beaches at the end of August, taking over the middle third of what used to be a Binz store. (Quality caffeine over containers, I...



Gong Cha Tea

3636 Steeles Ave. East 905.604.9323
Gong Cha Tea

Gong Cha aims to change the way you enjoy your bubble tea. The brand-new flagship Canadian store of this humongously large international chain, located on the ground level of...


Cafe Plenty

1 King St. West 416.585.7842 Website
Cafe Plenty

Cafe Plenty recently opened a second location, this time in the heart of the Financial District at 1 King West. Like the first location on Dundas just west of University,...


Tandem Coffee

368 King St. East Website
Tandem Coffee

Tandem Coffee just opened in Corktown on King St., in a little sliver of one of those old houses, and it is as cute inside as it is out. Former...


The Social Gardener

1326 Gerrard St. East 416.465.6021 Website
The Social Gardener

The Social Gardener is a cafe and community space/resource centre for immigrant women located in Little India. While the cafe is open to the public at large, The Social Gardener...



Louie Craft Coffee

1187 King St. West Website
Louie Craft Coffee

Louie Craft Coffee popped up in Liberty Village recently, marking itself as the area's new go-to coffee joint. Opened by a pair of wise sisters, the space is both sleek...


Marvel Coffee

6 Donlands Avenue 416.887.6245 Website
Marvel Coffee

Marvel Coffee opened just steps from the Donlands subway station, bringing some fine coffee and treats to your TTC travels, or a stroll on that stretch of the Danforth. You...


Portland Variety

587 King St. West 416.368.5151 Website
Portland Variety

Portland Variety has taken over the coveted spot at the corner of Portland and King formerly occupied by KiWe Kitchen. The cafe (and soon to be launched restaurant in the...


Dundas and Carlaw

1173 Dundas St. E 647.639.7281 Website
Dundas and Carlaw

Dundas and Carlaw took over from the old Lolabar space at; you guessed it, Dundas and Carlaw. The space has been transformed with white subway tiles, vaulted ceilings with chandeliers,...



Sense Appeal (Etobicoke)

2814 Lake Shore Blvd. W 416.255.5665 Website
Sense Appeal (Etobicoke)

Sense Appeal has opened a major headquarters on Lake Shore, and it's big. Taking over a former restaurant, the space is vaulted and wide, and they've done a great job...


Propeller Coffee

50 Wade Ave. 416.479.3771 Website
Propeller Coffee

Propeller Coffee offers a good reminder that one of the few bright sides to watching the urban industrial heritage of your city disappear is that whole new areas, once known...


Jimmy's Coffee (Gerrard St.)

82 Gerrard St. W 416.901.2289 Website
Jimmy's Coffee (Gerrard St.)

Jimmy's Coffee has opened another little coffee house, dwarfed by the giant towers and buildings surrounding Gerrard and Yonge. This is becoming something of a signature for Jimmy's Coffee, to...


Balzac's (Market St.)

10 Market St. 416.368.4949 Website
Balzac's (Market St.)

Balzac's has opened its eighth cafe in the burgeoning Market St. area. It's a suitable place, with its cobblestones, wide patios and plenty of tourists and city dwellers hitting the...



Atlas Espresso Bar

550 Front St. West 416.472.8527 Website
Atlas Espresso Bar

Atlas Espresso Bar has quietly creeped into a neighbourhood that doesn't quite feel like one yet. The bright and minimalist room is on Front Street, just west of Portland in...


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

Hole Cafe Wine Tapas Bar has moved on from its original incarnation as a coffee shop and now serves up dinner, cocktails, wine and tapas. Still, coffee is available on...



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  • Second Cup Coffee Co. wow, what can I say Danforth ave second cup, what happened? the last 2 coffees I had were like hot water, the Flat white is that exactly FLAT! Mocca chino...
  • Istanbul Cafe I've been in Toronto for just over a year now and in that time have visited lots of the independent cafés; often leaving comments here on the wonderful blogTO website,...
  • Little Nicky's Coffee THESE DONUTS ARE THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME
  • Capital Espresso The Steady has free wifi and a full espresso/tea menu and is open nights from 6pm onwards. Lots of seating, cool vibe.
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. I noticed that as well. Does management from The Second Cup approve photos that will be posted, published? I can't see them approving that picture because it is a...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. That's funny - my public health related comment pertaining to employee operating Steampunk in violation of health code with regards to hair not tied back was removed. Please do not...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Oh wow, a second Dineen location!
  • Kaffebar I definitely respect her commitment, work ethic, and genuine Scandinavian-ness. That said, Scandinavian coffee means more than just a minimalist store aesthetic -- it's characterized by a very light roast...
  • Istanbul Cafe Too bad they didn't use Turkish decor to create a cozy atmosphere. Love the coffee cups!
  • Contra Cafe The coffee isn't bad, but the inside of this place looks like some sort Danish dentists office. I really miss the hub. It was warm, inviting, the baristas were friendly...
  • Istanbul Cafe Nice to see Turkish flavour around our multicultural city which is rare.
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Kudos to SC for trying something new. But I think they are trying to be too upscale. They should be targeting a mass audience, not just a select few who...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. I love the Second Cup; think their coffee is okey dokey lowkey. If you don't like their coffee then go somewhere else; or ask for another cup of whatever....
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Second cup is not the first coffee shop with steam punk in Canada guys .Rsquared at queen west had the Alphadominche since end of summer .
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. This looks amazing. It's also about time they changed up the decor. Looks absolutely lush. Pretty good for a company started up by a Canadian homeless drugaddict (but actually)
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Can they please redo the Second Cup on the SE corner of University and Adelaide. That place is the most depressing coffee shop in Canada. Half the space is empty,...
  • Cafe Princess They have awesome pastries here~~~~ i love the sikhye I had here too!I heard they also have a party room for private events! Does anybody have an information regarding their...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Very cool looking but prefer the real indie thing!
  • Istanbul Cafe Monday to friday 7am-10pm saturday 8-10 sunday 9-10 Wi-fi available
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. About time they did a reno on that place.
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. If they don't improve their coffee... all these branding crap is just some more gimmicky things I don't care about.
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. I agree, but it sure would be fun watching that cute blonde stick her head up her bottom. Bet the yoga position brewed coffee tastes funny when that happens.
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Timmie's coffee is the best. End of story.
  • Istanbul Cafe Do they have wifi here?
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. I'm sure it's easy for a corporation to sink a ton of money into one imitation, indie coffee house. what about updating all the outdated franchised locations across the country? most...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. This looks surprisingly good. I don't get the (admittedly minority) Second Cup hatred on here though. They are a good Canadian Company, used to have great product and...
  • Bulldog Coffee (Gerrard) Do not support Bulldog. Stuart is an awful man who does not deserve our business. He obviously thinks his coffee is god sent. Nope. There are other great joints in...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Yeah, see...that's what is blowing my mind, that I'm actually drinking SC coffee. crazy. while i'll never step foot in a regular SC again, but if they get...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Oddly one of the only places to grab a coffee before a show at Roy Thompson hall et al that isn't Tim Hortons. The sidewalk patio is also a nice...
  • Second Cup Coffee Co. Jorgo - Medium drip: $2.10 +tax. and what business doens't pass along costs to their customer?? i think i was quoted 4.50 for a steampunk medium. mhr - agreed,...


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