If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love to run around Toronto to hit up all of the cutest cafes and coffee shops in sight, with a camera in hand. There’s something so comforting and radiant about waltzing into my favorite coffee spot, with the smell of fresh croissants greeting you at the door, and watching the friendly baristas make your cup of rocket fuel.
Whether it’s the latte art (which really gets me) or the peaceful walk to your favorite spot in the morning, it’s easy to fall hard for the vibrant scenes these shops portray. Here is a roundup of my five favorite cafes in Toronto.
Oretta Cafe | Oretta Cafe & Bakery, located on King West, is the cafe you need to go to when you want your dose of Italy in the heart of Toronto. The bakery is actually an extension of the restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner. Designed in such a chic yet retro manner, Oretta has both that cup of coffee you are looking for, along with a biscotti or panini if you’re hungry. The interior is filled with every shade of pink and blue, with hints of marble in sight. It’s the perfect spot for a quick catch up with a friend, a meeting, or getting some work done. It’s quite the spot that you need to check out!
Rooster Coffee House | Located off of the corner of Jarvis and Charles, Rooster Coffee House can be spotted. With its two floors of pure bliss, this space gives all the industrial, yet quite modern and sophisticated vibes that I can ask for, with exposed pipes, wood and marble tables, and overall grey interior. Constantly brewing its house blend, you can also find fresh pressed juice, multiple lunch options such as salads and parfaits, along with a wide variety of baked goods (including gluten-free ones aka goodies that won’t upset my tummy lolz). PS, if you don’t find yourself venturing off to this neck of the woods, Riverdale and King Street East also are homes to Rooster Coffee House locations.
Versus Coffee | Honestly, Versus Coffee is the cutest little shop in the city. Located on Adelaide, very close to Terroni (yummy), is this small yet mighty shop that is decked out in lots of plants and wooden tables, with an all-white modern feel to it. Hungry? Not to worry: there’s every kind of toast you have in mind on the menu. Thirsty? They have an extensive list of drinks including wellness lattes, regular lattes, and tea. They also have a campfire latte (aka smores in your coffee). Need I say more?
Boxcar Social | This is my go-to coffee shop with the best coffee in the heart of one of my favorite pockets in the city, Rosedale. Boxcar Social is such a charming coffee bar (and wine bar I might add), with the most welcoming and genuine baristas. With exposed brick and white walls, this two-story location is perfect if you’re on the run and need to grab a coffee asap, or if you want to sit and get working. Their coffee profile is always changing, and each cup is made specifically for each order as they weigh each drink perfectly. Along with your coffee and tea, you can order pastries that are displayed along the bar.
Dineen Coffee Co | If you could find a spot to sit in this place, then you are one lucky person! This place is always bumpin, and for good reason. Located on Yonge St, in the Financial District, this location is where you will find many orchestrating meetings or on their break from the office. With floor to ceiling windows, Dineen is an amazing location to just sit down and kick back. When exploring this cafe, you will be able to find a mix of roasts, plenty of pastries and packaged sandwich options. If you’re not in the area, not to worry- there’s a location in Commerce Court and their newest location can be found in Leslieville (with the most beautiful pink interior, which gets a big checkmark on my list).
Have you ever been to any of these cafes? Let me know what’s your favorite coffee shop to visit in the city! I definitely need to add a few to my on-going list.