Arvo Toronto

Arvo Liberty Village

Arvo Coffee takes its inspiration from Aussie cafes, the word “arvo” slang for afternoon, as in, “Meet me in the arvo for a coffee.”

The multi-roaster cafe is especially known for their pour over, and serves a tight menu of Insta-worthy sweet and savoury toasts. 

Arvo Toronto

In Australia, different locations of the same cafe often embrace a totally different feel from others. Arvo follows suit for this second location, their first being in the Distillery District.

Arvo Toronto

This Arvo opens up the small, low-ceilinged design with lots of Scandinavian-inspired light wood, raw brass and concrete. 

Arvo Toronto

One of the first in Toronto to boast a minimalist under-counter second-generation Modbar, Arvo’s is completely one-of-a-kind due to an electroplating process that creates a rich finish on the metal.

Arvo Toronto

Modbar is the ultimate in consistency and precision when it comes to espresso machines, a scale connected to a console part of the base metal grid. The under-counter design also encourages interaction between customer and barista.

Arvo Toronto

A cortado ($3.75) comes out smooth, bright and acidic, latte art sitting like glass in custom ceramics designed just for Arvo.

Arvo Toronto

Pour over ($5.25), as is typical, takes a little longer than an espresso-based beverage and isn’t quite as visually astounding. However, it’s the best way to taste all the flavour notes of unadulterated black coffee, so a feature roast is usually brewed using this method.

Arvo Toronto

Get pretty much any drink iced, with a shot of vanilla, or in a larger size for a 50-cent upcharge.

Arvo Toronto

A matcha latte (starting at $4.25) is one of many seasonal beverages that make up about a third of the beverage menu, prepared quickly but traditionally using high-grade matcha powder that yields a rich grassy flavour.

Arvo Toronto

The Hot Date Latte ($4.25) is a caffeine-free blend of pitted dates, fresh spices and ginger steamed with milk and topped off with cinnamon. This drink is actually inspired more by cafe culture in Korea than Australia.

Arvo Toronto

A Hot Ginger Lemonade ($3.75) is a similar offering geared more toward soothing, warming and boosting than caffeine-fueling, made using a ginger reduction syrup that’s been boiled down for five hours mixed with simple syrup and lemon juice, steamed, and topped with cayenne. It feels a little like a steamy, citrus-y non-alcoholic hot toddy.

Arvo Toronto

Greenhouse lime kombucha ($5.25) is pricey but refreshingly nitro-infused, something not a lot of places do.

Arvo TorontoToasts like the ricotta and jam ($7) are all on Blackbird bread, this thick slice topped with whipped fresh Italian ricotta, Kitten and the Bear strawberry raspberry preserves, Blackbird granola, blueberries and mint.

Arvo Toronto

Smashed avo ($8) is accompanied by radish, chive, Cholula, and you can add a sous-vide egg to any toast for $2.

Arvo Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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