The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2013
The best new cafes that opened in Toronto during 2013 speak to the continuing rise of coffee culture in this city, which has led to superior coffee shops popping up in virtually every neighbourhood. Competition is fierce, so baristas and shop owners are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about their product.
While being open, friendly, and set on delivering a masterfully pulled jolt from their espresso machines was once enough to build a reputation on, these days you've got to go that extra step. Head out and watch Toronto's best new cafes raising the bar on design, roasting, baked goods, efficiency, and price, and drink to a standout year for caffeine in Hogtown.
Here are the best new cafes in Toronto for 2013.
Started by two Melbourne trained Korean-born brothers, this Yonge and Eglinton cafe roasts and grinds their own coffee on-site, employ a variety of coffee makers (espresso, beehive drip, pour over, and more) to extract the best flavours from the blends and single-origin beans on offer, and the sweets and snacks they make in-house are out of this world. More »
Hello Gorgeous! Dineen Coffee Company brought old world charm and beauty to Toronto's Financial District this past year, raising the bar on aesthetics and coffee alike. Stop in for breakfast or lunch, or take something sweet back to the office along with that delicious brew. More »
There are lots of reasons to love Early Bird Espresso near Queen and Bathurst. With a rooftop patio, free Wi-Fi, plenty of seating and expert brewing, it's been a solid addition to the area's coffee haunts. They also make delicious cold-brewed coffee in the summer months. More »
The second location of Rooster Coffee House is proving to be as popular as their first on Broadview. You'll find the same warm, cozy energy from the staff, the same custom Pilot blend for espresso (along with other featured beans) and the same wonderful selection of sandwiches, salads and sweets brought in. It seems there never is too much of a good thing. More »
Bright details abound in Empire Espresso, the new charming cafe on College Street. Instead of reflecting Little Italy they've chosen Moorish accents in decor and in their house-baked treats, as wafts of cinnamon and pistachio mend with the fresh pulled coffee. More »
Since opening, Wallace Espresso has had neighbours rushing in for their coffee, even if (without much in the way of seats) most of it is rushed out again as take away. Where else in that hood are you going to get coffee as well executed and by such charming people? More »
The Junction's newest cafe is impressively big, with upwards of forty seats inside and a huge patio out back for relaxing. Full Stop. It has good Wi-Fi work options and a playful interior design. Full Stop. But the best is the great coffee (and cheap Americanos) and the food, house-made snacks covering both the savoury and the sweet. Full Stop. A bonafide hit. Full Stop. More »
The students at OCAD got an early holiday present last year with the opening of Red Eye Espresso on McCaul. A simple, inviting space with walls to display art, excellent, and inexpensive, coffee, and homemade banana bread and other treats has the whole neighbourhood very, very happy. More »
You'd think that setting up a coffee shop near Jet Fuel might be like hitching a ride on the back of an Apollo flight, but Cafe Olya has carved out its own winning trajectory through their amazing house-baked goods, hospitable owners and rotating bean selection from out of town roasters. To the moon, Olya! More »