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15 Best Coffee Shops in Toronto

15 Best Coffee Shops in Toronto

Searching for the best coffee shops in Toronto to grab a good cup of joe?

From cozy cafés to independent coffee chains, there’s no shortage of great spots to enjoy a cup of coffee in Toronto.

Here are some of the best coffee shops to visit in Toronto, whether you’re looking for a nice café to meet a friend or a coffice to work from!

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Best coffee shops in Toronto


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 OG café 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!

LOCATION: 281 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON


Fahrenheit Coffee

Fahrenheit is well-known to be one of Toronto’s best coffee shops, and you’ll definitely want to pay them a visit.

They offer up a seasonal rotation of 3 different espresso origins, and you can take your pick of beans for your drink!

They also exclusively serve espressos, cortados, and macchiatos for dine-in only, as the wax in paper cups affects the flavours.

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

They’ve also got two other locations in the Fashion District and by CityPlace!

LOCATION: Various locations


Tiramisu from NEO Coffee Bar in Toronto
Photo by NEO Coffee Bar

Neo Coffee Bar

Neo is a modern Japanese bakery and café serving up delicious coffee and innovative pastries.

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 absolutely need to pair your coffee with one of their incredible Japanese pastries – 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.

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

LOCATION: Various locations


De Mello Coffee

This award-winning Toronto-based roastery sources the best coffee from around the world, and you’ll find their beans in cafés across Canada!

De Mello’s original coffee shop is by Yonge & Eglinton, and the interior is fun and eclectic.

They’ve also got two other locations on St. Clair (a collab with Chocolat de Kat) and by Spadina & Front (in the Well building), which are a lot more modern!

Their actual roastery is located in Vaughan, and they’ve also got a coffee shop in Montreal!

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!

They’ve got locations across the city, and their Ossington coffee shop is absolutely stunning.

LOCATION: Various locations


Hale Coffee

Hale is an independent coffee roaster and coffee house in Toronto, and they source their beans from direct-trade relationships with farmers from around the world.

They’ve got a few locations across Toronto, including in the Junction and in Midtown Toronto.

The interior of their Junction café is absolutely stunning, with industrial-inspired decor and unique touches like hanging plants.

LOCATION: Various locations


Propeller Coffee Co.

Located in the Junction neighbourhood is Propeller Coffee, a Toronto micro-roaster serving up delicious coffees.

They buy coffee beans direct-trade from farmers, and cup and analyze every single batch to make sure it’s top-notch quality and taste!

They’re also B Corp certified, which basically means they do good for the planet and for their employees.

Visit their industrial-chic coffee shop in the Junction, where you can enjoy their artisanal espresso drinks.

LOCATION: 50 Wade Ave, Toronto, ON


Moonbean Coffee Company

Moonbean is a small-batch coffee roaster and café in Kensington Market, and they roast all their coffee in-house.

You’ll find a selection of fairtrade organic, direct trade, and seasonal coffees, and they even announce their roasting days on their website!

They have a limited amount of seating inside the café, but they have both front and back patios during the summer months!

LOCATION: 30 St Andrew St, Toronto, ON


StrangeLove Coffee, Toronto

Strange Love Cafe

Strange Love has been serving up their award-winning coffee in Toronto for years, and they now operate as a mood-altering café.

You can add a mood booster to any coffee or drink, including their “Brain Boost”, “Energy”, and “Stress Reset”, and it’s all powered by natural ingredients!

The Lover’s Latte features a house-made tonka bean syrup, which is super unique and delicious.

Aside from their coffee, they offer mushroom-powered gummies to help you focus, relax, and energize, and they worked with a naturopathic doctor to formulate them using natural ingredients!

"Keep Going" mural at StrangeLove Coffee in Toronto

They also have a cool mural outside their café by King & Spadina, perfect for snapping a pic of your coffee.

You can also find their other locations on Queen West and in the Financial District!

LOCATION: Various locations


Versus Coffee, Toronto

Versus Coffee

You can find colourful lattes all around the city, but Versus Coffee still does it best.

Plus, the people who work at Versus are super nice!

The only thing is that the space is pretty small, so it gets pretty packed in here – not a great spot to bring your laptop, but great for a quick coffee catch-up with a friend!

Versus Coffee, Toronto

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.

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

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They’re located right by the Financial District, near Yonge & Adelaide.

During the summer months, you can also enjoy your rainbow latte on the 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 incredible.

They’ve got locations all over the city, all of which have their own unique character.

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

LOCATION: Various locations


Dineen Coffee Co in Toronto

Dineen Coffee Co.

Dineen is a boutique coffee house with several locations across Toronto.

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!

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


Dark Horse Espresso Bar in Toronto's Canary District

Dark Horse Espresso Bar

Dark Horse was one of Toronto’s very first specialty coffee shops, and they’ve now got several locations across the city.

Each of their locations offers a rotating coffee menu, highlighting seasonal single-origin coffees from around the world.

They also bake all their own pastries at their bakery location near Dovercourt Village!

Dark Horse Espresso Bar in Toronto's Canary District
Pantry items at the Dark Horse’s Canary District location.

My fave location is their Canary District location in the east end – they even sell some interesting pantry items here, including plenty of local goodies.

They also have a sister company, Detour Coffee, which you can find in Hamilton!

LOCATION: Various locations


Boxcar Social Harbourfront, Toronto

Boxcar Social

Boxcar Social operates as a coffee shop by day and bar by night, and they’ve got a few locations across the city.

You’ll find a rotating list of coffees from top roasters around the world alongside natural wines, local craft beer, and whiskies.

Boxcar Social Harbourfront, Toronto

They even have a small selection of bites or actual food items at each of their locations, and their avocado toast is definitely worth a try!

Boxcar Social Harbourfront in Toronto, Ontario

Boxcar Social has 4 locations in Toronto, and their Harbourfront location is definitely my favourite one – the space is ginormous, and the dark, woody interior is gorgeous!

Boxcar Social Harbourfront, Toronto

I also love sitting on the huge patio during the summer and sippin’ on iced coffee while enjoying the waterfront views.

You can find their other coffee shops in Summerhill, Little Italy, and Riverside!

LOCATION: Various locations


Balzac's St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

Balzac’s

Balzac’s is an independent coffee shop chain with locations all across Ontario, and they’re originally from Stratford, AKA the birthplace of Justin Bieber.

They roast the finest selection of Arabica whole bean coffee in small batches at their roastery, and they’ve been doing so for almost three decades!

Balzac's Coffee in Distillery District Toronto

Their cafés are also inspired by Parisian cafés, and all of their locations are gorgeous.

Most of their cafés are housed in historic buildings, which gives each one its own unique character!

Balzac's Coffee in Toronto by St. Lawrence Market

My favourite Balzac’s cafés are the Distillery District and Junction locations because they’re so dang beautiful!

Balzac's Coffee in Toronto's Distillery District

My go-to drink is usually the Cafe Canadian, which features local maple syrup.

I also enjoy just getting whatever specialty seasonal drinks they have on the menu – all their drinks are fantastic!

Balzac's Distillery District, Toronto

If you can’t get enough of their coffee, you’ll find them in plenty of grocery stores or even on Amazon.

LOCATION: Various locations


Best coffee shops in Toronto:

  1. The Library Specialty Coffee
  2. Fahrenheit Coffee
  3. Neo Coffee Bar
  4. De Mello Coffee
  5. Pilot Coffee Roasters
  6. Hale Coffee
  7. Propeller Coffee Co.
  8. Moonbean Coffee Company
  9. Strange Love Cafe
  10. Versus Coffee
  11. Jimmy’s Coffee
  12. Dineen Coffee Co.
  13. Dark Horse Espresso Bar
  14. Boxcar Social
  15. Balzac’s

Whether you’re in the mood for a cappuccino or a pour-over coffee, you’ll definitely find plenty of fantastic coffee shops in Toronto worth visiting.

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