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The Sidekick

1374 Queen St. East 647.444.7875 Website
The Sidekick

The Sidekick is something Chris Watton has dreamt about owning since she was 16, and now she's made it a reality. This Leslieville spot combines her two passions in life:...


Boxcar Social (Riverside)

4 Boulton Ave. 647.344.4530 Website
Boxcar Social (Riverside)

Boxcar Social has a second location in Riverside in addition to its original spot in Summerhill, bringing its highly specialized brand of cafe-bar hybrid to the east side of town. This...


Reunion Island

385 Roncesvalles Ave. 416.837.8996 Website
Reunion Island

Reunion Island Coffee Bar proves Roncesvalles still hasn't reached its cafe saturation point yet, replacing Roncy's Bean with this first flagship shop of the 20-year-old Oakville-based coffee roaster, which went...


Dark Horse Espresso (Geary Ave.)

120 Geary Avenue 647.347.3131 Website
Dark Horse Espresso (Geary Ave.)

Dark Horse Espresso Bar, one of the original Toronto indie coffee brands, has expanded its empire with a fifth location, taking over what used to be an auto body shop...



Lit Espresso Bar (Leaside)

1517 Bayview Ave. 416.519.1884 Website
Lit Espresso Bar (Leaside)

Lit Espresso Bar has closed up its location at College and Ossington and opened an outpost on Bayview in Leaside instead. Taking over the space that used to be Play...


Sharetea (Yonge & Dundas)

86 Dundas St. E 647.748.9355 Website
Sharetea (Yonge & Dundas)

Sharetea is a popular bubble tea chain from Taiwan that already has a few locations in Toronto. This particular outpost is a bright space conveniently located by Ryerson just east...


Clockwork Coffee

36 Toronto St. 416.216.7070 Website
Clockwork Coffee

Clockwork Coffee opened its first cafe in the Financial District in the spring of 2015, as part of a shared location with Rose City Kitchen and Smash Juice Bar. The...


Sam James (Toronto St.)

15 Toronto St. Website
Sam James (Toronto St.)

Sam James now has a fifth coffee outpost, this time on Toronto St., where a mom-and-pop lunch takeout spot called Young Cafe used to be, beside Mercatto. Like the others,...



Oakwood Espresso

342B Oakwood Ave. 647.537.5822 Website
Oakwood Espresso

Oakwood Espresso is a tiny coffee shop located just around the corner from Oakwood Ave., a few blocks north of St. Clair West. The corner of Oakwood and Rogers, where...


Tucana Coffee

1413 Dundas St. West Website
Tucana Coffee

Tucana Coffee is a coffee shop on Dundas West from Tenille Clarke who worked at Ossington coffee shop Crafted for four years. She received her training and knowledge from Pilot...


Cafe Novo (Kensington)

254 Augusta Ave. 647.350.3538 Website
Cafe Novo (Kensington)

Cafe Novo in Kensington Market is the latest home of the former High Park hangout. After occupying the same quaint, cozy spot above High Park station for five years, Elizabeth...


The Common (Annex)

408 Bloor St. West
The Common (Annex)

The Common has a new Annex location - at Bloor and Brunswick, a few doors down from By The Way Cafe and just across the street from Future Bakery. The...



Remarkable Bean (Leslieville)

1103 Queen St. East Website
Remarkable Bean (Leslieville)

Remarkable Bean in Leslieville is the brand-new sister location to the venerable Beaches cafe, which turns 21 this year. Owners (and siblings) George and Marianne Fowler are parlaying their dedicated...


Red Bulb Espresso Bar

6148 Main St., Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON 905.591.2054 Website
Red Bulb Espresso Bar

Red Bulb Espresso Bar is bringing the indie coffee scene north. Located on Stouffville's historic Main St., Red Bulb is the perfect local coffee shop in a community experiencing tremendous...


Milano Coffee

266 Adelaide St. West 647.344.6566 Website
Milano Coffee

Milano Coffee is the first Toronto location for what's already a Canadian coffee institution. The company's operated three branded cafes in the Vancouver area for years - but, before that,...


Dark Horse Espresso (Queen East)

630 Queen St. East 647.436.3460 Website
Dark Horse Espresso (Queen East)

Dark Horse Espresso has a brand-new Queen East location, just a stone's throw away from the original location (now closed). The new digs replace the first spot, and the similarities...



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,...



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  • Milano Coffee I had a delish cafe latte today, and really enjoyed the atmosphere.
  • The Coffee Bar Your means of explaining all in this piece off writing is truly pleasant, evry one be capable of sjmply be aware oof it, Thanks a lot.
  • Dineen Coffee Co. "We walked in through a large patio, a space enjoyed by quite a few people wanting to be part of the outside social scene while enjoying the light breeze and...
  • Tucana Coffee Looks awesome, we have you listed on our site, hope your location does well!
  • Portland Variety Very small menu, left really hungry! Asked waiter if I could have toast with my eggs benny instead of a criossant - he said sure but came back to say...
  • Manic Coffee Coffee and food is good. I really wish they would offer washable glasses for people that are having cold drinks in the cafe. I am tired of creating...
  • The Sidekick Drop the "the".
  • Boxcar Social (Queen East) Nice to have cool things on the east side and all but how dumb would I have to be to pay $8 for 13 ounces of Beau's?
  • The Sidekick This place and Chris are awesome. I wish every success!
  • The Sidekick I'm a huge comic nerd who has been happily married for 8 years (for those keeping count, that's 8 years longer than Rick's longest relationship) and I would love to...
  • Cafe Novo (Kensington) @foodie Commercial leases aren't residential leases. Landlords gonna lord. http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page1698.aspx
  • Louie Craft Coffee This place looks awesome, might check it out this Sunday.
  • Uma Cafe Did this place close down? Aw, that sucks. :(
  • The Sidekick Amazing space with a great atmosphere. Very inviting and Chris makes the best coffee in town. Embarking on getting to know the comic book industry and it's quite something....
  • Te Aro Tsk tsk, a good ratty neighborhood was turned upside down when these sort of pretensions barged in. Over priced coffee in what was once a greasy garage. They took all the...
  • The Sidekick Possibly the first time I'v allowed BlogTO to tell me what is cool and then go to that place. Impressed on all levels. 10 minute conversation with Chris,...
  • Hank's Hanks will always and forever be my go-to hangover breakfast spot. $9 for breakfast poutine that is soooooo good and so satisfying after a night of drinking. I've been here...
  • The Sidekick Surely if two respected adult scientists like Sheldon and Leonard can fit comics into their lives, some of the rest of us can too. Check out Beguiling and the wonderful...
  • The Black Canary Espresso Bar We really appreciate your concern with our establishment. We are extremely sorry that you felt uncomfortable in our place of business, our deepest apologies for that. With respect to the...
  • The Sidekick Alos, Karen: Godzilla has always been cool. And will continue
  • The Sidekick Stopped by The Sidekick the other weekend - it was great to see Chris again, who I knew from her time at Bud's and the Remarkable Bean, and the coffee...
  • The Sidekick This is an awesome place. Kris makes excellent coffee and its a very relaxed and engaging space..
  • The Sidekick Awesome!
  • The Sidekick I think if you actually knew the owner, she is being exactly the person she always has been and is not trying to be "hipster". Don't bash people's dreams or...
  • The Sidekick I recently was given the whole series of old comics, was wondering if you heard of them they're called Classics illustrated, classic literature in comic form. An older gentleman...
  • Clafouti I used to buy croissants from Clafouti for a very long time and it used to be my Sunday morning ritual to wake up, go there and have the delicious...
  • The Sidekick Who's saying that she isn't investing or being smart with her money while following her dreams to open this cafe. Along with those that read comics and play boarding...
  • The Sidekick Hopefully people pay for their comics before having a latte
  • The Sidekick This is pure genius. Will Have to come here!
  • Reunion Island Mike, it's perfectly normal for places offering baked goods to run out by 2pm (especially on a weekend!). They get baked early and won't be very good by then anyway....


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