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The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2011

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 3, 2012

New Cafes Toronto 2011The best new cafes in Toronto in 2011 offered great atmosphere as much as quality espresso. With more and more independent cafes popping up around the city, the best of the bunch were able to deliver that intangible "it" factor (and others, laundry drop-off services, stocked bookshelves, and of course, free WiFi).

As well as new arrivals pulling their inaugural shots in 2011, the year saw the opening of new locations of popular cafes; Crema on Spadina and the Danforth, Bulldog at Yonge and Eglinton, and TAN in Baldwin Village, to name a few.

Amid all that competition, the best were able to make themselves known, be it through cups of cold drip, homemade almond milk, or lovely latte swans almost too pretty to sip.

Here are the best cafes that opened in Toronto in 2011.

See also:

The best new cafes in Toronto 2010
The best new cafes in Toronto 2009
The best new cafes in Toronto 2008

Cafe Pamenar

Cafe Pamenar

We all thought Kensington was at indie cafe capacity until Cafe Pamenar opened in early 2011. While the decor is rustic and comfy and the atmosphere always pleasant, it’s the solid, reliable espresso pulls that make this spot one of the best arrivals of the year. Plus, a back patio in the summer. More »

R Squared

R Squared

R Squared opened in the former home of Quaff Cafe summer 2011, distinguishing itself with a rebranded look and food and drink makeover. The coffee, Americano in particular, is consistently fantastic, likely thanks to the award-winning baristas who regularly staff the counter. More »

Fahrenheit Coffee

Fahrenheit Coffee

Sameer Mohamed left his consulting gig at Sense Appeal to open his own cafe in 2011, first opening a shop on the Esplanade and later moving to Lombard. Wherever coffee-drinkers happened to find it, Fahrenheit Coffee delivered expert pulls and incredible latte art. To top it all off, Fahrenheit introduced its own homemade goods by the end of the year. More »

Seven Grams

Seven Grams

While Yorkville is arguably one of Toronto’s most Starbucks-enthused communities, the addition of Seven Grams brought some true coffee appreciation to the area. Beyond typical espresso and drip options, this stylish spot offers cold drip, pour over, and trifecta coffee, along with truffles, baked goods, and of course, free WiFi. More »

Lazy Daisy’s Cafe

Lazy Daisy’s Cafe

From the farm to, uh, Gerrard East, Lazy Daisy’s Cafe specializes in local, natural foods sourced form nearby Ontario farms. The house chili (and accompanying jalapeno whoopie pie) is Daisy’s specialty, along with sandwiches, salads, and fresh coffee and tea. Moo-ve over artificial ingredients? More »

The Bandit

The Bandit

The Bandit not only brought great coffee to an otherwise dry stretch of Gerrard East, but it also brought the convenience of a dry cleaning depot for those stopping in on their ways to work. Yes, the lattes are incredible, but even more incredible is scratching an errand of your to-do list while enjoying said latte. Nicely done, Bandit. More »

Discussion

18 Comments

Jer / January 3, 2012 at 02:03 pm
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R Squared is my new favourite cafe in the city.

GREAT coffee with fantastic people working there.
pendar / January 3, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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congrats Pamenar, fully deserved.
jfje / January 3, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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Pamenar, while nice inside, has to have the most unpleasant employees. They just don't really seem to give a sh!t, ever.

This is just my impression and it seems to be consistent every time I go. Good coffee though.
YR / January 3, 2012 at 04:58 pm
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Pamenar is great! Best coffee, by far and large, and best location. The patio in the summer is quite the place to hang too.
Splash / January 3, 2012 at 07:21 pm
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Toronto Coffee Company! yes!
Susan / January 3, 2012 at 07:31 pm
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You neglected to mention Noir at St. Clair and Christie, next to Stockyards. Great coffee and atmosphere.
bikeroo replying to a comment from Susan / January 3, 2012 at 08:07 pm
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They opened in the summer of 2010 not 2011.
Jay / January 3, 2012 at 09:24 pm
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Both Bandit and Lazy Daisy are welcome additions to us in the east end.
Franky / January 4, 2012 at 01:13 am
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Pamenar could almost probably a second location 'cause it's completely full by noon (which kinda sucks).
Susan replying to a comment from bikeroo / January 30, 2012 at 02:04 pm
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And yet Noir was not mentioned in BlogTO's 2010 best new cafes either. Why does everyone neglect St. Clair West - so many great destinations!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm
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Pamenar is great! Best coffee, by far and large, and best location. The patio in the summer is quite the place to hang too.
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