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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.