Why: Plenty of table space, a wish-this-was-my-living-room armchair nook at the back, and when you can’t drink any more Propeller coffee you can switch to cocktails (one comes on fire) later on. Oh, and there are typewriters. Everywhere.
Suggestion: Pretty much everything. Start with your favourite coffee or organic tea, then move on to a Catching Fire or Ejido Road Trip cocktail.
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Why: Here’s where you’ll find Toronto’s could-be Zuckerbergs fuelling up for marathon brainstorming sessions. The startup-style collab-friendly space (complete with exposed brick, high ceilings and huge windows) is bound to inspire your next multi-million dollar idea.
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Why: This eclectic under-the-radar coffee shop – run by an Aussie ex-pat who missed his perfect cup of joe so much he opened his own cafe – is ideal for a kick of inspiration. Especially when you start diving into the diverse assortment of reading materials on offer.
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Why: The Turkish coffee-drinking ethos is all about taking life slowly, and this cafe is the perfect place to do it. Order a Turkish coffee and stay a while; laptops and extended stays are welcome here. Make sure to get a fortune-teller friend to read your coffee grounds when you’re done sipping.
Suggestion: Turkish coffee, of course, and a simit from the bakery (the Turkish ancestor of a bagel).
Address: 536 Queen Street West Phone Number: 416-301-2859
Why: With a glass garage door that opens up to a pretty parkette, ample seating and outlets, Sumach Espresso is a perfect summertime perch for freelancers. There’s talk of staple groceries like eggs, milk and cheese being stocked in future, so you needn’t make an extra stop on your way home!
Suggestion: Espresso and house-made brownies.
Address: 118 Sumach Street Phone Number: 647-351-3833
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Why: Roncy’s newest fuelling spot is bright, white, and free of distractions (aside from all the lab-like coffee brewing contraptions). They’re big on light roast single-origin coffee (which, if you’ve ever been to Colombia’s coffee triangle, is the only type of coffee you should drink). If you believe there’s as much to tasting coffee as there is to tasting wine, this is the spot for you.
Why: Krave Coffee takes its upcycled, antique and rustic décor seriously – just observe its chicken feeder lights and apple crate shelving. Tall red brick archways divide the open space, which has plenty of seating, even when the laptop hoards pour in. Plus the elevated patio is ideal for summer.
Suggestion: A Rufino or Cut Coffee flat white, and a butter tart.
Address: 781 St. Clair Avenue West Phone Number: 416-652-9929 Twitter: @KraveCoffee
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Why: You just can’t beat three levels of seating, from the long communal table to the benches with cushions and the cozy armchairs. Whatever your preferred working environment, they’ve got it. Plus a Yorkville-calibre health-focused menu.
Suggestion: Matcha latte with matching matcha almond cookie (!).
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