Best New Cafes Toronto

The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2008

Despite a year filled with rumours of a Starbucks moving into Kensington and a Tim Hortons opening up at Queen and Bathurst, 2008 has actually been a very good year for local, independently owned cafes in Toronto. In fact, it seems that the major chains have actually helped pave the way for much of their success.

After all, it was Starbucks and Second Cup that set the bar for $4 and up mochachinos, and through their cookie cutter confines and margin-focused product strategies have made it all too easy for others to offer a superior (often fair trade and organic) product for less money. Throw some eclectic furniture into the mix, some free WiFi and maybe even some latte art and all of sudden you have a collection of amazing new spots to fill our list of the best new cafes to have surfaced in Toronto in the past 12 months.

From the Junction to Leslieville, here's a look at the best cafes that opened in Toronto in 2008.



Lit Espresso Bar
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Lit Espresso Bar

Taking over from the lactose-fueled Daddy O's Milk Bar on Roncesvalles, Lit has helped cement the street's rep as having perhaps the best concentration of cafes in the city. Good eats like fresh panini and butter tarts are paired with high quality Intelligentsia beans.

Broadview Espresso
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Broadview Espresso

Found in an old porn shop north of the Broadview subway station, Broadview keeps things on the straight and narrow with some well made americanos, chai latte, foamy hot chocolate and excellent zucchini loaf.


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