Sip on a cold brew coffee

Whether it’s sipped from a hipster-perfect stubby bottle, spouted from a Nitro tap system or just poured into a plain ol’ glass, cold brew coffee has officially taken Toronto by storm. In addition to the majority of Toronto juice bars serving up the sumptuous spin on the iced coffee, these home-brewed (high five) cafés and coffee houses will set you up with a chilled glass of the gourmet coffee drink.

Northwood

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815 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M1

This hybrid café and cocktail bar was one of the first spots in Toronto to bring in the trendy cold brew coffee, working with the locally based Two Bears brewers. The modern tavern – complete with exposed brick walls and amber-hued architectural lighting – is the ideal spot for a cold-brewed concoction by day or specialty craft beer by night. Pick it up to-go and enjoy at home all week.

Early Bird Espresso And Brew Bar

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613 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B7

Although its sleek Fashion District digs are about as cool as it gets (particularly the patio, a prime spot for a summertime hang with friends or daytime work spot), the menu at this downtown espresso bar is even more impressive. A revolving selection of beans from top-grade coffee roasters from around the world (whether it’s the Brooklyn-based Lofted Coffee or our home-grown Pilot Roasters) are accompanied by specialty drinks like the espresso tonic and cold brew coffee spouted from a Japanese machine you won’t find anywhere else in the city.

Story Planet

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269 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5A 2G3

It's a café meets…magical place (really though, there's no other term for it). In their own words, they are “committed to helping you get wherever you need to go – comfortably, safely and without intergalactic incident.” The centre is one half storytelling and creativity building zone for kids, and the other half, a cool café for adults seeking a cold brew coffee, some curated reading materials, and a peruse through the space-themed shop. The not-for-profit brings in well-known authors to run storytelling workshops with the wee ones while parents hang in the Intergalactic Travel Authority café up front.

Rooster Coffee

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479 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N4

The celebrated east-end coffee spot now hosts two locations, and you’ll find a similarly nuanced feel at both. The original café in Riverdale brings together chic Parisian and rustic Canadian vibes, featuring a black-and-white-striped awning and heavy live-edge wood furniture. The Financial District shop on King East is easy to spot with its boldly lit-up sign spelling ROOSTER COFFEE with incandescent light bulbs, and hosts a more industrial feel with warm touches like soft leather armchairs and two vintage chandeliers. Both host made-in-house cold brew coffee for a summer pick-me-up in a bottle.

Dark Horse Espresso Bar

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630 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G3

This local chain of coffee houses is best known for their beautifully designed locations and next-level-delicious espresso drinks. But they also host their made-in-house cold brew coffee in oh-so-aesthetic stubby bottles at three of their Toronto cafés. Stop in at the Fashion District location in the Robertson building on Spadina Avenue and enjoy a bottle in front of the stunning bio-filter living green wall in the lobby.

Lit Expresso Bar

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221A Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L6

About 99 per cent of the product at this Roncesvalles espresso bar is made in-house, including their cold brew coffee, self-roasted beans, and their daily-fresh pastries and baked goods. Stop in at the warm and welcoming spot, which manages simultaneous chic and family-friendly vibes with sleek architectural lighting, an attention-grabbing bar made from thick wooden beams, casual communal tables and a staff that defies the snotty-barista stereotype at every turn.

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