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.
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.
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.
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.
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