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The Best Tea Cafes in Toronto

The best tea cafes in Toronto know that tea isn’t just a beverage—it’s a lifestyle. These pros have some of the best recipes around, with their own styles of steeping and consistency at brewing the perfect cup.

Here are the best tea cafes in Toronto.


Plentea
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Plentea

There’s no tea bags offered at this Parkdale tea spot. Leaves here are strained through a special ‘teaspresso’ machine, with every cup made fresh to order and customized to your liking.

Kitten and The Bear
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Kitten and The Bear

Artisanal jams and Sloane teas are the speciality of this cafe in Parkdale. Tea time is all about ordering a half pot of tea to go along with scones and fruity, house-made jams.


Simit & Chai
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Simit & Chai

Turkish coffee might be more famous than its tea, but the latter is actually the focus at this King West cafe, with a special blend of ceylon and bergamot tea.

Cuppa Tea
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Cuppa Tea

Cuppa Tea’s cup of tea is Hong Kong-style brewed beverages. At this cafe by Yonge and College, all tea batches are brewed for 45 minutes, filtered, and served in cute little glass bottles.


Bampot Bohemian House of Tea and Board Games
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Bampot Bohemian House of Tea and Board Games

Take off your shoes and sip on over 80 different teas at this bohemian, Czech-style tea house in Harbord Village. Take There’s nothing cozier than snuggling up with a pot of piping hot tea and some cushions.


Marathon Cafe
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Marathon Cafe

This traditional Hong Kong-style diner in Richmond Hill serves up its award-winning black tea with evaporated milk with its pineapple buns and Cantonese dishes. You can also try their tea at their original stall on Midland Ave.

Light Cafe
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Light Cafe

This pretty Taiwanese cafe in Baldwin Village has a sizeable menu of infused loose leaf teas, ranging from oolong teas to fruity peaches. They’ve also got some luxurious flavours you likely haven’t tried like a rose iron tea.


Crimson Teas
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Crimson Teas

This Chinatown cafe has a wide variety of teas meant to boost health. Just ask the owner Phil and he’ll recommend a beverage with immunity-boosting benefits. Try the super strong and delicious Yin Yang blend for a Hong Kong-style mix of tea and coffee.

Icha Tea
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Icha Tea

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about the steps of an authentic tea ceremony, this Chinatown cafe is the place to go. Pick your leaf and watch the elaborate process of pouring, steeping, and serving. Witnessing it will make you enjoy your cup that much more.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Cuppa Tea. Additional images via @sloanetea of Kitten and the Bear, @girlyingrey of Simit & Chai, @whiteforkeats of Marathon Cafe, Bampot House of Tea

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