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The Best Cappuccino in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / February 3, 2014

Cappuccino TorontoThe best cappuccino in Toronto can be found at cafes where baristas are well trained and always on their game. Delicious and deceptively simple, the cappuccino is considered by some to be the most difficult coffee preparation to master. Traditionally 5-6 fluid ounces, broken into thirds of espresso, hot milk and steamed microfoam, the trouble is getting that harmonious blend of coffee and creaminess. Too little milk and you can quickly careen into macchiato territory, too much and you have on your hands a full-blown latte.

Fear not. As the city becomes increasing serious about their coffee, we see and taste cappuccino making on the rise. The humble beverage, named for the colour of Capuchin friars' hooded frocks and first popularized by Venetian coffee houses as the "Kapuziner," is having a moment here in this coffee-crazed town.

Here's where to find the best cappuccino in Toronto.

See also:

The best Americano in Toronto
The best cafes in Toronto (west side)
The best cafes in Toronto (east side)
The best late night cafes in Toronto
The best cafes in Toronto for free WiFi

Sam James

Sam James

Sam James applies his expertise to every aspect of coffee making. Using his Cut Coffee beans to form the nutty espresso base and keeping the ratios tight, his cappuccino is divine. Even his various shop spaces harken back to the Euro style of coffee consumption. One, two deep sips in quick succession and off you go. More »

Fahrenheit Coffee

Fahrenheit Coffee

Fahrenheit Coffee may lack seating or mini-chain status but it worships the coffee bean in all its incarnations and thus produces some of the best coffee drinks in the city. The cappuccino is one of owner Sameer Mohamed's specialities, using Pilot beans for espresso and delicately layering the hot milk and foam to wonderful results. More »

Capitol Espresso

Capitol Espresso

Parkdale's Capital Espresso has the neighbourhood on lock with its amazing coffee concoctions. Their cappuccino is especially good, the microfoam enveloping the bittersweet espresso (made with local Social Coffee Co. beans), creating that signature ring of tawny brown against the remaining white centre. More »

Crema Coffee

Crema Coffee

Starting out in the Junction and now heading eastward, Crema Coffee has upped the ante once again, in using Propeller roasted beans to make their coffees. This results in a rich, dark espresso full of brightness and bite, and with the addition of creamy warm milk and topping foam, quite a lovely cappuccino. More »

Te Aro

Te Aro

Te Aro makes a mean cappuccino with their award-winning Pilot beans. And it makes sense that their masters the game since besides covering their own two shops, they also supply a number of other top-ranking cafes in Toronto with their delicious roasts. More »

Lit Espresso

Lit Espresso

Both locations of Lit (On Roncesvalles and College, respectively) can whip you up a great cappuccino. The chocolate and citrus notes of their own Pig Iron beans are complemented by the warm milk and cloud of foam on top. More »

Manic Coffee

Manic Coffee

Manic Coffee on College Street uses exclusively Intelligentsia beans to make their cappuccinos. As an early proponent of direct trade and fine bean roasting, Intelligentsia beans continue to signify serious coffee culture, and Manic Coffee makes the most of their flavour profile in the production of their balanced and delicious drinks. More »

Mercury Espresso

Mercury Espresso

Tried and true Mercury Espresso has been in the business of serving great cappuccinos before much of the other competition was even a glimmer in their mother's eye. Their version set the tone for cappuccino making in the early days, and still holds its own as one of the best around. More »

De Mello Palheta

De Mello Palheta

De Mello Palheta has been making waves (and playing favs) amongst coffee drinkers in the city with the flavour profiles of their house-roasted beans and barista skills of the Melbourne-trained owners. The cappuccino is delightful. It's rich, creamy and properly balanced, with a subtle crown of foam. More »

Discussion

18 Comments

Steven / February 3, 2014 at 02:45 pm
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Capitol and Mercury remain some of my favourites, but, I recently tried the buffalo milk cappuccino from Bar Buca...a whole other world. So good!
VadimM / February 3, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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Nice. I would add the "Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar" on Queen West to this list.
gigi / February 3, 2014 at 04:03 pm
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Are the thumbnail pictures not of lattes? I thought this was best "cappuccino"...
Biscotto / February 3, 2014 at 04:06 pm
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Awesome list, especially first and second. Rooster and R Squared are definitely up there as well.
Jaloodge / February 3, 2014 at 04:21 pm
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Cappuccinos are so pedestrian.

The Cortado adheres to the golden ratio.
Eastcoastbreeze / February 3, 2014 at 05:44 pm
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Ahhh 2 of my favourites - thanks for representing the east side.
TheHipster / February 3, 2014 at 05:49 pm
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I hear that Tim Horton's makes some fantastic cappuccino. Also, there are tons of locations. Great prices too.
JAMES / February 3, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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Best one comes right outta my home espresso machine at a fraction of the cost.. Stupid people paying $5 for a cappuccino!
Nick Nikopoulos / February 3, 2014 at 07:39 pm
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Café Café Lamanna in Scarborough must be experienced.
Joe's Cappucino or espresso is second to none and the deserts are fantastic.


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loper replying to a comment from JAMES / February 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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I can open up a can of beer at my house but I'd be drinking it by myself. Why don't you put on some pants and explore the outside world? Other people aren't that scary.
Jesse replying to a comment from gigi / February 4, 2014 at 12:34 am
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No they are of cappuccinos..... Just cappuccinos with microfoam instead of fluffy foam...
JAMES replying to a comment from loper / February 4, 2014 at 08:28 am
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I make it to go thanks… Why waste $5 on a coffee shop when I can make the exact thing at home and have beans left over?
johnsonstarfishhole / February 4, 2014 at 09:25 am
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The Mascot in Parkdale has the best cappuccino in my opinion.
RobT replying to a comment from JAMES / February 4, 2014 at 09:37 am
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There is no way you can make a cappuccino as well as any of these places using your "home espresso machine." Also, none of these places charge $5 for a cappuccino. A cappuccino is $3.50 at Sam James.
King Rob Ford / February 4, 2014 at 02:27 pm
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That'll be one capp 'n one crack. Thenkyah!!
Marce / February 13, 2014 at 08:26 am
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In my opinion. Cappuccino consist in 3 parts
1 part esspresso
2nd part stemed milk
3rd par lots of foam
Thats my cappuccino !
Brendan / July 13, 2014 at 08:25 am
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Sublime Cafe, Kensington Market.
Joel replying to a comment from johnsonstarfishhole / July 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm
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*Had

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