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The Best New Cafes in Toronto

The best new cafes in Toronto kept us caffeinated through another year of lockdown. These counters are providing some small sense of normalcy with coffee, tea and baked goods, even if it’s just to-go.

Here are the best new cafes in Toronto.


Nava Social
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Nava Social

Owner Gabriel Navarro has opened not one but three Nava cafes in the last year. The coffee careerist took over the old Odin space first but has already expanded beyond Corktown with shops on King West and St. Clair West offering pour-overs and curated beans.

Terminal 3
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Terminal 3

Even your mask can’t hold back the aromas of freshly roasted beans at this new Etobicoke roastery and cafe. We may not be able to travel much right now but at least we can sip on coffee made with organic beans from around the world.


Omnia Coffee Roasters
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Omnia Coffee Roasters

Grab a nitro cold brew while you wait for your Harley tune-up at this airy, industrial cafe. The owner of Fahrenheit Coffee launched this coffee shop in tandem with Leslieville bike shop Flying Squirrel next door, so you’re not the only thing revving up.

Black Pony
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Black Pony

Little India’s Flying Pony is back with a new concept. The You Are Home mural and the flying horse sign are still around, but the former owners of now-gone tiki bar Shore Leave have revamped the space with the usual coffee from De Mello, plus extra snacks.


Emily Rose Cafe
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Emily Rose Cafe

Palmerston Ave. residents have a coffee shop to call their own. Alessio Peluso is running her quaint cafe in the heart of this residential neighborhood with house-baked goods, Rufino espresso and Honest Leaf teas.


Playground Cafe
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Playground Cafe

Cabbagetown’s sleek cafe takes the prize for most stylish newcomer. Pair sweet potato lattes with rotating art installations and you have yourself the most Insta-friendly spot to get your caffeine fix.

Good Good Coffee
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Good Good Coffee

This cafe in the Junction specializes in single origin beans from Ethiopia, Colombia and Brazil, roasted locally in Toronto. There’s another bike correlation here: Good Good shares a space with e-bike store Beachman Bikes.


Madras Kaapi
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Madras Kaapi

Toronto has a new hub for kaapi, or South Indian filter coffee blended with chicory root. If you’ve never tried this frothy concoction before, visit Shilpa and Aditya’s spot in Little Italy and witness the epic back-and-forth aerating process.

Lola's Coffee
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Lola's Coffee

If you consider yourself a Led Head, you’ll fit right into this rock and roll inspired coffee shop in Brockton Village. Eriola Galanxhi combines her love for Zeppelin and Alice in Chains with espressos and snacks.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez of Emily Rose Cafe. Additional photos courtesy of Nava Social and Playground Cafe.


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