Thing about Toronto weather? With the majority of our months spent in blistery autumn or frozen winter, tis usually the season to curl up with a good book and a perfectly rendered, piping hot latte. Check out our list of Toronto’s cutest and coziest cafes to swing by this winter season.
Hip music bar by night and cute coffee shop by day, Holy Oak Café has a great selection of espresso-based drinks that are bound to keep you coming back for more. Be sure to bring cash to this homey haven – they don’t accept debit.
With an abundance of vegan-friendly pastries and their signature caramel chai latte, this coffee shop is a great place to chill out if you find yourself near Kensington Market. You can also purchase coffee beans here to make your own brews at home.
Perhaps one of the best espresso bars in the 6, Fahrenheit coffee is the perfect shop to enjoy some wacky music – and experience some stellar latte art. With superb croissants, next-level coffee, and charming owners, this place has a uniqueness that you won’t find at the chain cafés.
This place is a little more spacious than most, but its décor makes it feel cozy all the same. It features big tables for group work as well as small armchairs to relax on, and being houses in the Centre for Social Innovation fosters a sense of community.
Chances are, you've walked passed this amber-lit coffee bar on Harbord Avenue, the original in the locally born Sam James empire. Yes, there's limited seating, but if you can grab one it's the perfect place to duck off the chilly street and get some serious people-watching in. There's always a buzz about this shop and when it's packed, you're likely to sit down beside a stranger and have a great conversation. They also have a great selection of pastries from local Toronto bakers and one of the best Americanos around.
If you want to kick back, mooch some free WiFi, listen to cool music, and enjoy some delicious coffee, this is the place for you. Even if you don’t have anything to read, Tequila Bookworm will provide – there’s a whole wall with a massive shelf of books to choose from.
Want to read some Jack Kerouac and feel like you’re right in his world? Stop by this little gem in the hipster village of Queen West. Try their famous Greg’s roasted marshmallows and espresso and then take a stroll through Trinity Bellwoods.
Perfect for the caffeine connoisseur, Ella’s Uncle promises a relaxing experience with its white walls and dim lighting. Enjoy a classic Red Mocha with two shots of espresso, hot chocolate, and cayenne pepper while you people watch.