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The top 5 espresso bars in midtown Toronto

Midtown Toronto's coffee scene is no longer dominated by the big chains. In recent years, third wave espresso bars have migrated north of St. Clair to meet the city's growing appetite for a more artisanal take to everyone's favourite morning pick-me-up.

Here are my picks for the top espresso bars in midtown Toronto.

de Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters
At rustic, industrial-chic de Mello, they take coffee very seriously. Here they roast their beans in-house and offer a number of custom blends and single origin beans.Their selection of treats is also next level, with the standard offerings of homemade croissants and muffins punctuated by more intricate creations.

Istanbul Cafe
At this Eglinton and Mount Pleasant spot coffee drinking is done with ceremony. Though they offer a good selection of espresso drinks, don't miss out on the Turkish coffee. Finely ground coffee is mixed with water, sugar and heated to just below boiling before being poured in an espresso sized cup and served on a silver tray with complimentary Turkish delight.

9 Bars
Outfitted with burgundy walls, exposed brick and a raw wood communal table, this Yonge and St. Clair spot is an oasis for coffee lovers in a neighbourhood otherwise devoid of much choice. They fire up a La Marzocco machine to make mean espresso-based drinks which you can pair with a homemade sandwich.

Crosstown Coffee Bar
The homey vibe of this cafe has won over locals looking for a spot to linger either indoors or out. They exclusively use Hale Beans for their espresso based and filter-brewed concoctions. Enjoy your brew with a La Bamboche croissant or a cookie from the Red Bench.

LIT Espresso
At the Leaside outpost of this popular Roncesvalles spot they roast their own beans under the Pig Iron brand. They serve standard espresso-based beverages as well as drip coffee from a rotating selection of single origin beans. Try the fresh pastries baked in-house with your drink of choice. The quirky opulence of the room welcomes anyone looking for a spot to work or just to dally a bit.

Did I miss anything? Add your favourite midtown espresso bar in the comments.

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