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10 new cafes for studying and free WiFi in Toronto

Posted by Alice Prendergast / February 27, 2016

study spots torontoToronto is basking in new cafes that make great study spots and offer free WiFi so it's easy to get connected. If you're tired of campus study options, opt for one of these new cafes the next time you need to dig into your notes.

Here are my picks for the top new cafes for studying and free WiFi in Toronto.

Krave Coffee
Krave Coffee has quickly become a fan favourite for working and studying on St. Clair West. Its two-person tables are ideal for solo caffeine-fuelled cram sessions.

Quantum Coffee
This streamlined King West spot offers few distractions (decor elements are minimal) and ample space for studying. Head to the large back room if you're with a group or are touting a bounty of books.

5 Elements Espresso
This Italian-inspired cafe in Yorkville offers two floors of study-friendly space. There's a mix of solo seating and large tables, so it's conducive for tackling everything from essays to group work.

Zavida Coffee
Located on the ground floor of Aura at Yonge and Gerrard, this cafe is a great alternative to Ryerson's ever-crowded Student Learning Centre. Bonus: the coffee beats the offerings from the university's Tim Horton's kiosks, and the space is much more inviting than its library cubicles.

The Shmooz
If you're in full-blown study mode, chances are your cafe session will take a few hours - so you're gonna get hungry. If you need more than biscotti and lattes to fuel your learning, this Pape Avenue cafe has got you covered with its robust lunch menu.

Jimmy's Coffee (Ossington)
It should come as no surprise that the newest Jimmy's makes this list. Its three other locations - on Portland, Gerrard and Baldwin - are already favourites of the city's student population. This offshoot boasts comfy leather armchairs, table seating, and the usual selection of caffeinated beverages.

Creeds Coffee Bar
Creeds is a triple threat for all the things you don't want to do at home: your laundry (it offers a dry cleaning service), cleaning off your desk, and making your own food and beverages. There's plenty of seating and the baristas have really honed their craft; all that's left for you to do is to stop procrastinating.

Rooster Coffee (Jarvis)
If you find the fluorescent lights and questionable scents of school libraries less-than-inspiring, hit up Rooster Coffee's newest cafe on Jarvis. The shop has high ceilings, masterfully brewed bevies, and tons of seating more comfortable than plastic chairs.

Coffee Public
Located in close proximity to both Ryerson and U of T's campuses, Coffee Public is a welcome retreat from school for students of both universities. The space is bright and makes for the perfect essay-writing spot. There aren't large tables, so if you're with a group you're best to head elsewhere.

Constantinople Bakery
Need a sweet escape from the stacks? Head to this bakery/cafe hybrid on Queen West. It has a homey vibe and enough seating that you'll likely find a table. If you spend to much time at the pastry counter, I can't promise that you won't pack on the freshman/sophomore fifteen.

What did I miss? Add your new study haunts to the comments.

Photo of Krave Coffee by Jesse Milns

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