Toronto’s coffee scene has experienced a surge of newcomers this year, from east to west. It’s one of the things I love about the city. You can find some of the coolest cafés in odd areas and quiet corners, and busy neighbourhoods alike. From old, rundown spaces revitalized, to beautiful environments that make grabbing a cup of Joe a luxurious pastime, here are my favourite cafés that opened in 2015.
Whether looking to study the art of the tea sommelier or just trying to break your coffee habit, these special-tea shops pack a diverse selection of loose leaf brews from around the world, each with its own travel story. Sommeliers will happily tell you about the history of this beloved plant, creative ways to use it and prepare it, and send you away with a sweet smelling beverage to keep you warm and cozy on cold winter days.
Eggnog is a holiday classic in Canada and the United States. This dairy-based drink is made with sugar, cream and/or milk, whipped eggs and, often, bourbon, rum or brandy. If you're looking to elevate your eggnog experience this winter, order an eggnog cocktail at these Toronto spots.
Warm ginger smells on cold winter days – it’s a signal that the holidays are here. Whether you like the traditional ginger snap or the ginger cookie made with molasses, you can enjoy this seasonal flavour right here in Toronto. From Liberty Village to Bloordale Village, and everywhere in between, indulge your craving for gingerbread cookies.
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.
Cafés are a dime a dozen in Toronto, but stumbling upon a dazzling space that beautifies your Instagram feed while enjoying a cup of joe is truly something special. Whether it’s a bright space or just the perfect unique details, coffee shops are no longer just about the coffee. Enjoying these next-level spaces is one thing, but catching a great photo for your feed is icing on the cake – or the foam on the latte ;)
Downton Abbey may have made having high tea all the rage, but you don’t have to dress like Countess Violet to tuck in for some creamy Earl Grey. There are plenty of cafés, shops, and restaurants across Toronto that are offering casual high tea experiences that are just as scrumptious as their fancier counterparts. Here are some places you can sip without having to put your pinkie up!
Chock full of latte lovers and cortado connoisseurs, midtown Toronto has seen a huge influx of coffee shops and cafés, each on an aesthetic playing field all their own. For a caffeine boost and a dose of decorative perfection, we’ve got the goods on some of the most unique spots the area offers. [Feature image: Istanbul Café and Espresso Bar]
Hot chocolate has long been considered one of the greatest comforts of winter, and Toronto is more than ready to keep us re-discovering this treat thanks to a host of creative flavours. If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your favourite hot treat, get ready to experience it again and again at any of the locations below.
Nothing beats biting into the perfect macaron. The delicate, palm-sized Parisian treat has a delicate crunch on the outside, and by the time you get to the ganache, you’ve been transported to a café on the Champs-Élysées. Sea salt and caramel, blackcurrant, or roasted pistachio – the varieties are endless. And in Toronto, here’s where they do it best.
Toronto’s streets are brewing with cafés – from the corner coffee shops at the end of your residential avenue to the retail coffee giants dotting the narrow downtown streets. You'll find these sweet spots serving up everything from your average latté to the more discerning Argentinian maté. Here are some of our favourite spacious cafés where you can settle in to pass a few comfy hours.
Wander into a coffee shop in Toronto and the best kept secret off the menu is probably the cortado. Typically served in a glass tumbler, a cortado is one part espresso and one part velvety steamed milk. These west-end cafés serve up a taste of the Spanish classic, offering quiet, communal spaces for a quick bite and your daily caffeine fix.
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