11 best coffee shops to enjoy in Toronto

Feb 18 2021, 9:43 pm

During these cold winter months, a hot cup of joe goes a long way.

Toronto has some of the best coffee shops around. Thankfully, there are so many small businesses and locally owned shops scattered across the city that you might eventually come across your go-to spot.

Here’s a list of coffee shops in Toronto to test out:

Krave Coffee

This little local spot right on St. Clair serves up some of the best coffee in the area. Their latte art isn’t too shabby, either. They also sell local coffee beans so you can take them home and enjoy.

Address: 781 St. Clair Avenue West
Hours: Sunday to Tuesday 8 am to 7 pm, Wednesday to Saturday from 8 am to 10 pm

Pilot Coffee Roasters


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Their coffee is so good that you can even take part in their subscription service and get your favourite coffee sent to your door. You choose from bag quantity, and delivery frequency. Three locations are currently closed, 100 King Street West, Union Station, and Toronto Street.

Address: 55 Bloor Street West, 117 Ossington Avenue, 439 Richmond Street West, “Te Aro” 983 Queen Street East, “The Roastery” 50 Wagstaff Drive
Hours: Varies depending on location

White Squirrel Coffee Shop

Looking for more local spots? White Squirrel Coffee Shop prides themselves in their fair trade organic coffee. Stop by for a hot cup of coffee and add an empanada or one of their fresh sandwiches to your order.

Address: 907 Queen Street West
Hours: Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8:30 pm

Versus Coffee Bar

“Versus Coffee values the sense of community … and supports local businesses by partnering with local roasters and local suppliers,” reads its website. With only one location downtown, you can also place an Uber Eats order for pick-up or delivery!

Address: 70 Adelaide Street East
Hours: Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm

Sam James Coffee


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One of the most popular coffee spots in the city, Sam James Coffee Bar has all your brewing needs. You can stop by and grab a cup of steamy hot coffee at one of their three locations. The other two, 150 King Street West and 15 Toronto Street, are currently closed. You can order via delivery such as Uber Eats.

Address: 6 Brock Avenue, 141 Ossington Avenue, and 297 Harbord Street
Hours: Varies depending on location

Strange Love Coffee

Don’t worry, this won’t trip you out! Strange Love Cafe differs from other local coffee shops, as they’ve introduced innovative, mood-altering tinctures, tonics and drinks. “By opening the first mood-altering cafe in North America, we’re hoping to provide easy access to rare yet effective ingredients and a place for clients to get a daily dose of botanical wellness,” said naturopathic Dr. James Yoon via the shop’s website. According to Strange Love Cafe, the tinctures are made with mushrooms and botanicals, providing a little bit of a boost for your coffee break.

Address: 101 Spadina Avenue, 627 Queen Street West, and 335 Queen Street West (in The Beverley Hotel)
Hours: Varies depending on location

Rooster Coffeehouse


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Though their latte art is spectacular and taking a little trip to one of the local shops might not hurt, you can also order free contactless delivery to enjoy their special coffee beans, teas, alternative milks, chocolates, and more.

Address: 479 Broadview Avenue, 343 King Street East, 568 Jarvis Street
Hours: Varies depending on location

Cafe Con Leche Espresso Bar

Having just opened in 2012, Cafe Con Leche Espresso Bar is an independently owned, local coffee shop with delicious brews and snacks to enjoy. Why not grab some lunch and support local?

Address: 1571 Dupont Street
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, closed on Sunday

Crosstown Coffee Bar

Worldwide blends straight to your cup! Crosstown Coffee Bar keeps their brews “simple and fresh”, with beans from across the world. You can even order bags to your home to enjoy.

Address: 187 Highbourne Road
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 7 am to 4 pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm, Sunday 8 am to 3 pm, closed Mondays

Dineen Coffee Co.


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Hot or cold, however you like it, Dineen Coffee Co. has got you covered. Pair it with a puff pastry or delicious snack for your day. There are three locations across Toronto, ready for you to stop by and enjoy.

Address: 140 Yonge Street, 199 Bay Street, and 1042 Gerrard Street East
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 9 am to 3 pm

Manic Coffee

This spot is anything but manic, Manic Coffee offers a list of menu items from drip coffee to cold brew, Macchiato to Cortado. Tea, lattes, and more! Stop by for a fresh brew.

Address: 426 College Street
Hours: Monday to Friday from 7 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 7 pm

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