Plug in at these laptop-friendly cafés in Toronto's west end

Looking to hunker down for a productive day at one of Toronto’s indie coffee shops? You’ll need a strong Wi-Fi signal, plenty of outlets and some satiating snacks to keep you energized. BYO laptop and find your new home-office away from home at these west end coffee shops.

Crafted

1
117 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z6

Expect a hip laptop-toting crowd at this Ossington café. The house Big Bro Espresso from Pilot Coffee Roasters has a smooth texture and sweet taste with hints of chocolate and toffee. Try the creamy flat white for the perfect compromise between a dark Americano and a milky latte. The large communal table at the front offers ample space for spreading out (although you’ll have to share the two wall plugs with your fellow patrons).

Early Bird Espresso And Brew Bar

2
613 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B7

This Queen West brew bar might have a roomy interior but that doesn’t mean you should expect to find a guaranteed seat. The free Wi-Fi, sweet and savoury snacks, and award-winning baristas behind the counter make this a laptop-friendly hotspot for the area’s many freelance workers. You might have to share a table but at least you’ll always find someone to loan you a charger.

Lit Espresso Bar

3
1517 Bayview Ave, East York, ON M4G 3B5

Expect fierce competition for table space and wall plugs at this popular College Street haunt. The coffee here is top notch with classically trained baristas serving artfully poured espresso-drinks made with Pig Iron roasted beans. The glass display cases are bursting with sweet baked goods, cookies, hot panini sandwiches and house-made croissants. You can’t really blame the freelance army for lingering here for hours on end.

The Green Grind Cafe

4
567 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 3W9

Get to work in a sustainable setting at this environmentally conscious café offering organic, fair trade beans from local roasters. The free Internet connection, the minimal noise level and large communal table make this spot very conducive for out-of-office workdays and study sessions. Large panoramic windows offer a great view of College Street — although don’t let yourself get distracted by people watching. Bring along your own reusable mug and enjoy a discount on your brew.

The Tampered Press

5
256 Crawford St, Toronto, ON M6J 2V8

It’s easy to hunker down for the day at this quiet café just steps away form Trinity Bellwoods Park. The homey interior features a large communal table, charming mismatched chairs and numerous extension cords for anyone who needs to juice up their laptop battery. If you’re feeling peckish, try the veggie-packed samosas, buttery cheese croissants or energizing granola bars that are all made on-site by owner Caitlin Zannoni’s mom.

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