The Best New Cafes in Toronto for 2015
The best new cafes in Toronto are on the cutting edge of coffee trends. They can be found in some unexpected and wonderful places; inside a used bookstore, at the back of a luxury clothing shop or even in a shipping container in a former loading dock. In keeping the independent spirit alive, they all have their own unique vibe.
Here are the best new cafes in Toronto that opened in 2015.
This newly restored heritage building at King and Spadina that was last Global Village Backpackers is now a bright and airy place to pick up a pour-over (or five) made by the first-ever automated Pour Steady machine in Canada. Other fun beverages include creme brulee cappuccinos with tops caramelized by blowtorch so that, like the dessert, you get to crack into it.
Located on the ground floor of a condo in Corktown, this sibling cafe to Thor Espresso Bar on Bathurst clearly has a Nordic influence in its striking minimalist design. Along with coffee from local roaster Pilot, local microbrews and Ontario wines are served here. Eats-wise, the menu includes baked-in-house pastries plus Sunday brunch.
This local coffee roaster has been around for over 20 years, but only opened its first-ever flagship cafe on Roncesvalles in 2015. It definitely does things right, featuring seasonal single-origin beans for its espresso-based beverages, pour-over coffees and addictive cold brew & tonic. And who can resist those highly Instagrammable floor tiles in the entryway?
Turkish coffee, breakfast and house-made baked goods (think borek and simit) are the specialties at this spacious cafe on Queen West. Also available are espresso-based drinks using a custom "Sultan" blend of beans from local roaster Propeller Coffee, plus French breads and pastries.
Found inside Willow Books in the Annex, this might be Toronto's smallest coffee bar at just 52 square feet. Regardless, it packs a mean caffeinated punch, with espresso drinks, pour-overs and batch brews featuring a rotating roster of indie coffee roasters from all over. With its use of beakers, test tubes and Erlenmeyer flasks, this spot knows coffee-making is also a science.
If you're looking for hip, this is it. Occupying a modified shipping container in a former loading dock, this compact shop serves up espresso-based and drip brew beverages using custom de Mello Palheta beans. It also sells its own luxe brand of menswear and carefully curated international candy and cannabis-related items.
Named as a playful nod to Canadian politeness, this cashless coffee bar (debit or credit only) can be found at the back of the Kit and Ace flagship store in Yorkville. Expertly made espresso-based drinks use a de Mello Palheta blend while pour-overs feature a rotating selection of single-origin beans. Finally, some quality coffee in this area
This sibling cafe of Broadview Espresso brings its community-minded ethos (along with cappuccinos and cortados) to Corktown/south Regent Park. House-made eats like sandwiches and brownies, not to mention a friendly atmosphere, make this a very welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
With its main focus on pour-overs, this small spot in the Financial District is designed to be efficient and boasts it's the fastest slow bar in existence. Choose from a couple of featured single-origin beans, or for espresso-based beverages, go with the custom Big Ben house blend from nearby Hale Coffee Roasters.
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