The top 30 cafes in Toronto by neighbourhood
The top cafes in Toronto always have amazing coffee on deck. Whether you’re heading over to hang with friends or just rolling solo for a simple cup of joe, these spots will do the trick.
Here are my picks for the top cafes in Toronto by neighbourhood.
It’s all happy vibes at Bud’s Coffee Bar, where seasoned barista Ken Gailbrath (who also runs Porch Light) makes brews from Cut Coffee and serves baked goods from Circles and Squares.
Grab a latte and drink it on the bleacher seating at Run and Gun, the subtly basketball-inspired cafe with tons of space for work sessions and catch-ups with friends.
The red drenched walls of Jet Fuel fuse cycling and coffee together by offering a bike sharing station outside the cafe. Coffee here has been a hit for years; foamy, affordable drinks being their specialty.
This Dark Horse Espresso is definitely the prettiest one in the city. With huge ceilings and lots of seating, it’s the ideal spot to get some work done (try and a nab one of their extra comfy couch seats).
Toronto coffee ingenue Sam James’ Spadina location is a minimalist go-to for great brews. Fronting the Stussy store, expect only Cut Coffee here: the single-origins beans by Sam James himself.
Even if you’re not a coffee fan, Odin is worth visiting for its interior alone. Designed by Toronto firm Phaedrus, this iceberg-inspired cafe is all white decor and Baltic birch. They’ve also got full meals and cocktails too.
If you’re into pour-overs, you’ll love the Yama Silverton pour-over system at Arvo. One of the first to carry it in the city, this exposed brick Aussie bar also has a bunch of amazing espresso equipment for guaranteed amazing brews.
The Vancouver-based coffee chain JJ Bean roasts its beans in the back of its minimalist cafe on Bartley Drive. These guys are the coffee providers for Joeys and 5 Elements, so don't be fooled by its industrial exterior that looks more like a stylish office than a coffee shop.
The super adorable cafe Strange Love doesn’t look spacious from the outside, but it actually has a backroom with its own huge window. Decked out with a plethora of little plants, these guys also do dainy French bon bons.
With two locations in the area including the corner of Yonge and Temperance and Commerce Court West, Dineen is a go-to for the Bay Street crowd.
A longtime favourite in the area, Crema Coffee is where people go to caffeinate themselves before a long work sesh at one of their many two-seater tables.
Both a roastery and a coffee shop, the folks at Hale Coffee grind their beans in the industrial space of the Clock Factory. Head here for their cool geometric design and the intoxicating aromas of freshly roasted coffee.
There’s a number of notable coffee shops in the Market, but Cafe Pamenar is just one of those spots that does everything well. Perfect for hangouts and work, these guys do coffee and even transform into a bumping bar at night with a no-laptop policy after dark.
Minimalist digs and Japanese treats are the wave at Neo Coffee Bar, and their stylishly moody seating in the back is pretty good for business meetings.
The cafe of choice for students of adjacent building BrainStation, Quantum Coffee stymies patron overflow by having customers order on one side of the bar and picking up their pour-overs from the other end.
This location of Good Neighbour is even more chill than its Junction location. It’s almost always quiet in here; most people come here to grab an Americano and hunker down with a book or a laptop.
Te Aro is one of those community hangs that’s always full of locals who head there for some food and excellent coffee, courtesy of one of Toronto’s best roasters, Pilot Coffee.
With a quaint entrance embedded in a moss-covered wall, Louie Craft Coffee has the perfect ambiance of an ideal neighbourhood cafe. It has exposed brick and delicious pastries like pecan squares, with occasional options like vegan sushi too.
The freshly baked goods at Empire Espresso are the main draw here. This lovely space serves up Cut Coffee brews and scones in an intimate setting.
Oakwood Espresso definitely still retains elements of its hair salon-past, in fact the vibes here are distinctly old school Italian barbershop. Run by an espresso machine repair man, this cafe has great traditional, coffee-loving vibes.
Taking up some prime corner lot real estate, Capital Espresso is the gathering point for the Parkdale community, with good brews and the occasional art shows to draw in dedicated locals.
Always bustling, Hot Black Coffee doesn’t offer WiFi, making it bad for work sessions but amazing for some wholesome face-to-face convos. They also do bonfires in the back in the evenings – how great is that.
Boxcar Social now has several locations around the city, but its two-storey original Victorian location took the area by storm with its cafe-bar hybrid concept. Not only does it have a patio, you can also grab slices of Yeah Yeahs through a little window in the cafe.
Customers at Merchants of Green are ride-or-die: building a strong community of coffee lovers, this cafe specializes in fair trade brews and take their coffee knowledge to another level.
Everything at Reunion Island is visually pleasing, from its floor tiles to its Modbar espresso system. Acting as the flagship of the 20-something year-old roastery, this place is usually flush with laptops because of their abundance of seating.
The only third-wave coffee shop in the area, Supercoffee is where locals gather for some Rufino brews: a good alternative if you’re sick of McDonalds and Tim Hortons double-doubles.
Fix Coffee + Bikes has it all, from coffee to housemade baked goods, bags, and whole bikes for sale. Get a caffeinated pick-me-up here and ride away on your brand new wheels.
Nutellaccino: enough said. Black Canary has a Nutella cappuccino that’s at least worth a one-time visit. If you’re into comic books, you’re in luck – this joint is located inside the Silver Snail store, life-size R2-D2 and Batman statues
Filled with top-of-the-line brewing equipment, de Mello Palheta is not only a fantastic cafe, it’s a roastery that provides beans to some of the top cafe in the city (many listed above). They’ve been doing it for over ten years – no wonder why they’re a Toronto favourite.
Goldstruck is something akin to a cozy bunker for coffee lovers. Located downstairs, this cafe is a subterranean getaway filled with pastries and espresso-based drinks.
Hector Vasquez at Jet Fuel
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