Best café bars in Toronto

Quaint coffee shops by day and trendy cocktail bars by night, these café bar hybrids are doing something right! The attention to detail, no matter what type of service, is what keeps Torontoians coming back for more. Whether you enjoy the daytime atmosphere or the intimate cocktail hour space, these are the best spots for coffee and cocktails in Toronto.[Photo of Boxcar Social by Alexandra Caufin]

Belljar Cafe

1
2072 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1W9

A little bit rustic and a little bit chic, Belljar is the ultimate hybrid café bar. The bar is known to host events that have included book launches, live music, poetry readings and more. The West-end bar is popular with both the creative-types and cocktail bar lovers.

Odin Cafe and Bar

2
514 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1M1

ODIN is appropriately named after the revered god in Norse mythology. The Nordic inspired café and bar has two menus, one for day and one for night. The day menu features coffee, tea and freshly baked pastries, muffins, scones and cookies. The nightly menu features draught beers, wines and a list of classic cocktails, alongside a revolving snack menu.

Page One Cafe

3
106 Mutual St, Toronto, ON M5B 2R7

Page One Café & Bar’s literary theme can be found in the typewriters decorating the shelves and on the cocktail menu. The hybrid café and bar is a popular spot for Toronto’s writers. The lunch menu is simple, with salads and sandwiches. Later in the day you can chose from a selection of craft beer, ciders or hand-crafted cocktails like the popular vodka and espresso-infused Writer’s Block.

Boxcar Social

4
1208 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W1

The owners of Boxcar Social pay equal attention to both sides of the restaurant. During the day, it offers a carefully curated and rotating list of coffees from the best roasters in the world, and when the sun goes down there’s a selection of some of the world’s top wines, craft beer and whiskies. From 8 am until 4 pm there’s pastries and lunch items like Avo Toast and fresh salads, and starting at 6 pm you can enjoy the charcuterie boards and crostini.

Portland Variety

5
587 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

Portland Variety has created a name for itself offering the daytime guests a selection of delicious menu items and premium coffee blends, while offering the nighttime crowd a list of creative cocktails in an intimate setting. Daytime dwellers should try the lemon ricotta pancakes, while evening visitors should try the Portland daiquiri.

Northwood

6
815 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M1

Cocktails, craft beer and coffee are the words that Northwood lives by. The cocktails are a selection of clever twists on classic drinks like the Tiki Old Fashioned, alongside coffee-based cocktails and traditional drinks. If you want to take some Northwood home with you, you can head across the street to the general store where they sell a selection of coffee and tea as well as kitschy décor and accessories.

The Walton

7
607 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B5

In the morning, The Walton is a neighbourhood coffee spot, serving a selection of pastries and caffeine. The furniture, ornate teacups and rustic offerings give the space a country-like atmosphere. By night it serves drinks on the stronger side. The cocktail menu is filled with creative cocktails and a few traditional options. Check out the small snack bar menu.

Café Pamenar

8
307 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

Whether you’re getting a cup of coffee or one of the draft beers, Café Parmenar always promises guests a good time. The intimate café is perfect for a quick study session over sandwiches and freshly brewed coffee, or celebrating a birthday with carefully crafted cocktails. Café Pemenar is located in Kensington Market.

The Only Cafe

9
972 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9

Open for the past 30 years, The Only Café may promote the nighttime side of things more than its espresso offerings, but no matter what time of day the friendly staff will always greet you with a smile. They offer an assortment of sandwiches and deli plates alongside a massive selection of craft beer. The Only has been known to host events for local breweries from time to time.

The Steady

10
1051 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M4

This Miami-inspired spot is the life of the party on Saturdays. Open in the morning for brunch, only to turn into a party spot at night, The Steady Café & Bar makes the day to night transformation seamless. The weekend brunches offer many vegan options including the famous award-winning vegan doughnuts. At night, expect homemade cocktails and craft beers.

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