Midtown coffee shops around Yonge and Eglinton

Midtown Toronto may have a reputation for shopping and nightlife, but there’s also a strong subculture focused on fine coffee. When your shopping bags are weighing you down or you need a pick-me-up after having too much fun the night before, stop by one of these coffee shops near Yonge and Eglinton.

De Mello Palheta

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2489 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2H6

Coffees and lattes and teas, oh my! Found in the Yonge and Eglinton area, de Mello’s is one of the finest coffee houses in the entire city The storefront is done up in funky graffiti with an interior that’s got plenty of rustic steampunk chic, from the metallic overhead lights to the daily specials on the chalkboard. If you’re not terribly coffee-savvy, lean on the staff for advice and you’ll never be disappointed.

Himalayan Java Coffee

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2552 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2J2

When most people think of strong coffee regions, places like Central and South America, Eastern Africa and Indonesia typically come to mind. But you can now add Nepal to that list, as Himalayan Java has been sourcing their beans from Kathmandu since 1999. Their coffee is special because it's grown at a semi-high altitude, with cooler air and slightly less oxygen, contributing to a powerfully good taste. Every cup you get is organic and fair trade, so smallholder farmers can thrive.

Rachel's Coffee House

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2011 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8

This independent coffee shop, started by husband-and-wife team Maria and Jack, bucks the trend when it comes to coffee and does things entirely their way. This means coffee-lovers have a new spot to call home. The beans here come from a local roastery and are brewed in a La Marzocco coffee machine. You can also rest assured that all the java is fair trade and organic and pairs nicely with any dessert available here.

Palate Cafe

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250 Merton St, Toronto, ON M4S 1B1

You’ll have to hike a little southeast of Yonge and Eglinton and turn onto the quiet Merton Street, but the trip is so worth it. The storefront is pretty barebones and easy to miss, so keep a sharp eye out to get some rich and full-flavoured brew. Once you visit a couple of times, the owner (Ben) will start to greet you by name like a friend. You can’t go wrong with any of the food, especially the curried chicken.

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