Best cafés in Toronto

Toronto is filled with amazing cafés and new and exciting ones are opening year after year, which makes choosing the best a difficult task. But we managed to narrow it down to the top ones that never disappoint. Each have something special to offer. So, without further ado, here are the cafés in the 6 that will win you over every time. [Photo courtesy of Sorry Coffee Co.]

Hailed Coffee

1
801 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y5

With a Scandinavian-inspired interior and a Middle Eastern twist on coffee, this Leslieville café is a sure standout. Hailed puts cardamom in its coffee, which makes each cup so soothing and aromatic. And rather than pouring sugar in your coffee, you can pair it with dates for a sweet yet healthy alternative or enjoy it with Hailed’s line of chocolates.

Safehouse Coffee Inc

2
1615 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1T9

You know that famous “Hi!” #selfeet you’ve seen all over the IG? That’s here. But there’s more cool vibes from this Dundas West café. There’s an ornate ceiling which came with the building, and the bare bricks and tiles add a relaxed touch to the place. It’s a popular spot amongst freelancers (there’s free Wi-Fi and ample amount of seating). The beans are from Pilot Coffee Roasters, which makes for a stellar cup of joe.

Versus Coffee

3
70 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2R6

This Financial District café is famous for its lattes, with creative details like rainbow art. Try the Campfire Latte, a maple syrup blend topped with “roasted” (with a blowtorch) marshmallows. There’s also a great selection of teas – Versus makes its own chai in-house. If you’re hungry, try the delicious pastries and snacks like avocado toast. And the summer patio is just perfect, with lots of seats.

Arvo Coffee

4
17 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Sharing space with a flower shop, this Distillery District café is charming and fits in with the whole cobblestone vibe of the area – the interior is a rustic, chic open space with exposed brick. Arvo uses Calgary roasters Phil and Sebastian and makes the cutest hot cocoa for kids called Babyccino (it comes in a tiny cup), which you can get with a mini croissant. Check out the seasonal signature drinks like the Hot Date Latte, a soothing mix of pitted dates, spiced ginger and cinnamon. There’s also coffee tastings and music nights here – check Arvo’s social media for dates.

Sorry Coffee Co.

5
102 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1M8

Located inside clothing store Kit and Ace in Yorkville, this coffee shop makes a delicious cup of joe. There is minimal seating, but people still tend to use it as a place to meet up one-on-one (because it’s just so chic). The menu is simple with the classics and there are a few pastries like croissants. If you get your cup to go, you’ll notice that the logo design on them change from time to time. It’s their way of collaborating with different emerging artists to showcase their work – pretty cool, huh?

Hale Coffee Company

6
1485 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3S2

This coffee shop is located inside the Clock Factory building in the Junction Triangle – a big industrial interior that is just stunning. There’s room enough for the massive roasting machine – yep, Hale brews its own beans. Staying awhile? There is soup, sandwiches and pastries to fill you up.

Sweat; & Soda

7
1091 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K7

Fitness junkies come here to connect and fuel up. This Leslieville café is big on healthy living, stocking in-house salads, chia pudding, energy balls, smoothies and Daily Press cold-pressed juices, to name a few. There’s also cold brew and kombucha on tap. Of course, you can also get a hot cup of joe, too. But if you want something different, try the Gojiccino (goji berry concoction) in your latte.

Neo Coffee Bar

8
161 Frederick St, Toronto, ON M5A 4P3

This is the place to go for a matcha latte – Neo Coffee Bar is known for it. You can also have delicious Japanese pastries like roll cakes. As for the coffee, there’s a different international single origin roast featured every month, so there’s always a new taste to discover. Enjoy espresso-based drinks, plus drip and pour-over coffee. There’s lots of seats here, too, so feel free to stay awhile.

Reunion Island

9
385 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1

Be sure to take a #selfeet on your way in or out of this Roncesvalles café – the floor tiles spell out “coffee.” The menu may be small but that’s because the focus is mainly on the coffee. They brew their own blend, which is top-notch. And they make a mean cold brew. The Cold Brewed Iced Cascara Tea is a refreshing choice during the summertime.

Baddies

10
679 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y9

A popular spot to brunch from Monday to Saturday, this Australian-style café is a sure winner. It’s the perfect place to relax with friends and enjoy great coffee and food (there’s vegan options, too!). The beans and teas are from Vancouver’s 49th Parallel and they make a delicious house-made sticky chai tea.

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