For an Espresso or Two

Because it's so much more than just caffeine

You know what’s more important than dessert? Coffee. My criteria for a good coffee shop would include having a respect for the beans, having various methods of preparing good brewed coffees and espresso beverages, having a good tea selection, having excellent snacks and light meals, and all at a reasonable price point. Average price between $5-10 per person.

Tried and True:

  1. Boxcar Social: This place epitomizes Toronto and its strong coffee scene. With locations in Rosedale, Temperance Street and Harbourfront, they upgrade every space they take over. Fully licensed and have a fun menu as well.
  2. Neo Coffee Bar: This Japanese coffeeshop is so beautiful and so slick, it’s a great place to go to read your Monocle or Walrus magazine in your silk pants and fancy glasses. 
  3. Fahrenheit Coffee: The staff here are so friendly, you might think that there’s something in the coffee. But as you’ll soon learn, it’s just a really happy place with really great beans.
  4. De Mello Palheta: This is the place I usually stop in when I’m in the Yonge/Eg quadrant. They also have umbrellas all over the ceiling, so there’s that.
  5. Rooster Coffee House: This place is one of the best to hit up when you’re East of Yonge and looking for a fun, laid back place to read a book.
  6. Sam James Coffee Bar: There are multiple locations, but they do their brand well. I tend to end up at the one in the PATH, just like so many in the Financial District.
  7. Te Aro (Pilot Coffee Roasters): You can find Pilot Coffee in various locations, but Te Aro in Leslieville is still the heart of the operation.
  8. Dineen Coffee Co: It’s often too crowded, but this is still the best thing to happen to Queen and Temperance. It’s also owned by my boss so I’m required to like it.
  9. Hot Black Coffee: This is a new addition to Queen West and they have a fresh appeal and still and sparkling water on tap along with juices from Village Juicery.
  10. Dark Horse Espresso Bar: The Queen Street location is dark to study, but not too dark to have a nice little afternoon pick me up with a few friends. The Spadina location is my favourite.
  11. R2 (Rsquared) Coffee: Notwithstanding the annoyance of never being able to tell who is staff and who is a patron, this place makes one of my favourite cappuccinos. 
  12. Versus Coffee: This fairly new coffeeshop has a great patio and a fun vibe near the Financial District.
  13. Manic Coffee: No wifi, but better for it.

Last updated: August 7, 2017