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10 Best Coffee Shops in Downtown Toronto

10 Best Coffee Shops in Downtown Toronto

Searching for the best coffee shops in downtown Toronto to visit?

Toronto’s got an absolutely incredible coffee scene, and you’ll find plenty of fantastic coffee shops in downtown Toronto.

I always thought of downtown as anywhere south of St. Clair, but fun fact: the borders are from Bloor & Bathurst to where the DVP and Gardiner meet.

So, this post will only include coffee shops and cafés within those borders.

From the Financial District to Corktown, here are some of the best coffee shops to visit in downtown Toronto!

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Best coffee shops in downtown Toronto

Fahrenheit Coffee in Toronto

Fahrenheit Coffee

Fahrenheit Coffee is well-known to be one of Toronto’s best coffee shops, and you’ll definitely want to stop in for a cup.

They offer up a seasonal rotation of three different espresso origins, and you get to choose whichever of the three bean offerings you want for your coffee!

Fahrenheit Coffee in Toronto
Take your pick from their seasonal rotation of three unique espresso origins.

Their oat milk latte is my absolute favourite in the entire city, and dare I say it’s the best I’ve ever had in my life.

Another interesting thing about this spot: they also exclusively serve espressos, cortados, and macchiatos for dine-in only, as the wax in paper cups affects the flavours.

Fahrenheit Coffee in Toronto

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, they’ve also got some delicious pastries you can enjoy alongside your coffee.

You can find their original location near St. Lawrence Market, where they even offer barista classes.

They’ve also got two other locations conveniently located in the Fashion District and by CityPlace.

LOCATION: Various locations

Pilot Coffee Roasters at Union Station in Toronto

Pilot Coffee Roasters

This popular Toronto roastery and independent coffee chain serves up signature espresso blends and a rotating selection of single origin coffees, all sourced ethically and through direct trade.

They even offer nitro cold brew on tap, which is the perfect summer drink!

Pilot Coffee Roasters in Toronto

They’ve got locations across the city, including their convenient Union Station coffee shop, their stunning Ossington café, and their light-filled Richmond spot (which is perfect for working out of).

LOCATION: Various locations

Dineen Coffee Co in Toronto

Dineen Coffee Co.

Dineen is a boutique coffee house with several locations across Toronto, including their original location near the Eaton Centre.

They started out with their coffee shop in the historic Dineen Building, which was once home to a company called W. and F. Dineen Co. that made fur clothing!

Dineen Outpost, Toronto

It’s one of the oldest buildings in Toronto, and it’s even designated as a Toronto Heritage Property.

Each of their cafés has a unique vibe, like their vintagey coffee shop near the Eaton Centre and their pretty-in-pink spot in Leslieville.

Dineen Outpost, Toronto

They also source all their food offerings locally, which are delivered fresh to each café daily.

All of their coffee shops get quite busy, so definitely visit during off-hours if you want a coveted seat.

LOCATION: Various locations

Rooster Coffee House in Toronto

Rooster Coffee House

This cozy Toronto coffee shop offers up delicious brews and locally-baked goods at their three gorgeous locations across the city.

Find all the classic espresso and tea drinks alongside seasonal offerings like their Honey Ginger Latte and their Beetroot Latte.

Rooster Coffee House in Toronto

They have their own seasonally-changing signature blends made in partnership with Pilot Coffee Roasters, which you can even shop in-store to make at home yourself.

They’ve also got a rotating lineup of single-origin coffees from around the world.

Rooster Coffee House in Toronto

You’ll find an extensive selection of delicious baked goods sourced from various bakeries across Toronto, as well as a selection of breakfast and lunch options.

Rooster Coffee House in Toronto
Inside Rooster’s Old Town coffee shop.

They’ve got a location in the Old Town neighbourhood right by St. Lawrence Market (peep out my TikTok video here), and they’ve also got locations in Riverdale and near Yorkville.

I love that each of their locations has their own unique charms with a mix of modern and vintage decor.

Rooster Coffee House in Toronto
Rooster’s café near Yorkville is my favourite.

All of their locations are gorgeous, but their light-filled Jarvis café near Yorkville is definitely my favourite!

Afterwards, you definitely need to take a stroll around the beautiful Yorkville neighbourhood.

LOCATION: Various locations

The Library Specialty Coffee in Toronto

The Library Specialty Coffee

The Library Specialty Coffee is a chic Aussie-style café serving up espresso-based drinks and pour-over coffees.

You can find their original coffee shop on Dundas, right by the Art Gallery of Ontario, or hit up their newer location on Queen West.

Both cafés have gorgeous, minimalist interiors, but the AGO location is my fave – it’s got rustic wood seating and concrete floors.

The Library Specialty Coffee in Toronto

Go for their Aussie Cappuccino (topped with cocoa powder) or their Piccolo (a baby latte!)

They use quality milk from Sheldon Creek Dairy, as well as oat milk from Minor Figures and macadamia nut milk from Milkadamia.

The Library Specialty Coffee in Toronto

You’ll also find a selection of delicious pastries with Asian-inspired flavours like their macarons and cookie choux, as well as cookies from the famous Craig’s Cookies.

The Library Specialty Coffee is such a beautiful and underrated coffee shop here in Toronto, and definitely worth the visit!

They’ve even opened up a new coffee shop up in Markham for my uptown folks, in a plaza right by First Markham Place.

LOCATION: Various locations

Iced Genmaicha Latte from NEO Coffee Bar in Toronto

NEO Coffee Bar

NEO is a modern Japanese bakery and café serving up delicious coffee and innovative pastries at their space near St. Lawrence Market.

They offer their own house blend coffee, which is a single-origin, medium roast from Brazil.

If you’re more of a tea person, they’ve got an extensive selection of Japanese green tea, including matcha and hojicha.

You’ll also find seasonal drinks like their Sakura Latte during the spring!

Pastries from NEO Coffee Bar in Toronto

Of course, you absolutely need to pair your coffee with one of their incredible Japanese pastries, some of which are even gluten-free, vegan, or sugar-free.

Try their house-made mochi or one of their delicious roll cakes!

You can find their original location by St. Lawrence Market, and they’ve also got a location by Bay & College.

NEO Coffee Bar in Toronto

They’re also opening a new location by King & Spadina soon!

Fun fact: NEO is by the Kinka Family restaurant group, which also operates Kinka Izakaya and Kinton Ramen!

LOCATION: Various locations

Found Coffee

Enjoy a variety of ethically-sourced espresso and tea-based drinks alongside unique toasts at Found Coffee.

They’ve even got Vegemite, for my Aussie friends out there.

You can find them on College, right outside of Kensington Market, and they’ve also got a location right outside of Trinity Bellwoods.

They’ve also got a location in Guelph if you happen to find yourself there!

LOCATION: Various locations

Versus Coffee, Toronto

Versus Coffee

Versus Coffee is an adorable little coffee shop that’s known for their delicious coffee and colourful lattes.

They offer a wide range of classic espresso drinks and unique offerings, including everything from their Campfire Latte (with maple syrup and toasted marshmallows) to their Nitro Cold Brew.

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They also offer up local craft beers, a seasonal wine selection, and seasonal cocktails!

Their café is pretty small and the seats get taken up quickly, so definitely arrive early for a spot.

Versus Coffee, Toronto

You can find their coffee shop right by the Financial District, located near Yonge & Adelaide.

During the summer months, you can also enjoy your rainbow latte out on their patio out front!

LOCATION: 70 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON

Jimmy's Coffee, Toronto

Jimmy’s Coffee

Jimmy’s is an iconic Toronto coffee shop known for their Instagrammable yellow cup lids.

Their coffee is locally-roasted in the traditional Italian-style, and it’s amaze.

You can find Jimmy’s locations all across the city, and they’ve each got their own unique character.

Their King & Portland coffee shop is their original spot, and their newest Roncesvalles location is gorgeous.

LOCATION: Various locations

Mos Mos Coffee

Mos Mos Coffee is a Toronto-based coffee chain with locations all over the underground PATH, and they serve up some pretty fantastic coffee.

They’re also known for their chai lattes, and you can choose from a variety of tea options, including mango, masala, and cardamom.

You’ll also find some delicious seasonal offerings like their Pumpkin Spice Latte during the fall and their Gingerbread Latte during the holidays.

If you’re in the mood for a treat, they’ve got plenty of baked goods, and some of their locations even offer vegan donuts from the popular Toronto bakery Bloomer’s.

LOCATION: Various locations

Best coffee shops in downtown Toronto:

  1. Fahrenheit Coffee
  2. Pilot Coffee Roasters
  3. Dineen Coffee Co.
  4. Rooster Coffee House
  5. The Library Specialty Coffee
  6. NEO Coffee Bar
  7. Found Coffee
  8. Versus Coffee
  9. Jimmy’s Coffee
  10. Mos Mos Coffee

These were some of the best coffee shops to check out in downtown Toronto!

Have you been to any of these coffee shops in downtown Toronto? What are some other great cafés worth visiting in the city? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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