One of the first things I always do when visiting any new city is seek out the best coffee shops. Toronto has so many amazing coffee shops it’s hard to choose just one favorite. So instead, I embarked on a mission to try as many of Toronto’s coffee shops as I could. Here are a few of my favourite instagram-worthy coffee shops:
1. Sorry Coffee Co – Located at 102 Bloor Street behind Kit & Ace, this Yorkville coffee shop may be small, but it packs a mighty punch. Expertly decorated with black chevron tiles and gold accents, this trendy coffee shop feels right at home in high-class Yorkville. It’s clever name, an ode to the face that Canadians are overly polite, and the fact that every few months, Sorry partners with a new local artist to create a new design for their coffee cups, keeps Sorry feeling fresh and fun. Sorry features a simple menu of traditional coffee drinks and croissants. Order yourself a flat white and grab one of the few seats inside – or take your cup outside and enjoy the park in Yorkville Village. But, leave your cash at home as they only accept digital payment.
2. Quantum Coffee – Located at 460 King Street, in the heart of downtown, Quantum offers a carefully curated selection of single-origin beans from across the globe. This minimalist, modern coffee shop is bright and white with modern lighting and futuristic gold accents. Quantum offers a nice selection of coffee, teas, juices and pastries. The baristas are super friendly and make a killer cold brew and a fantastic latte. For a real treat, order the “Quantum Plank,” a featured coffee drink that rotates every 90 days. This season’s feature is a creme brûlée cappuccino – absolutely delicious!
3. Rooster Coffee House – Rooster has 3 locations in Toronto, all with very different vibes, but all worthy of snapping a photo for Instagram along with your coffee order! In addition to making fabulous coffee, the employees are all extra friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The Jarvis location (pictured below) is a beautifully light, open space with exposed pipes and beams and beautiful hanging globe lights. Order yourself a latte, grab one of the delectible caramel sea salt brownies and head upstairs to the relax in the gorgeous loft area, where you can plug in and watch the baristas below work their craft.
4. Goldstruck – Located at 130 Cumberland Street, Goldstuck is a relative newcomer to Toronto’s coffee scene. A gorgeous basement coffee shop decorated in rich, deep browns, wooden accents and stunning light features, Goldstruck is warm, cozy and makes you want to sit down and stay a while. Goldstruck promises that you’ll only enjoy beans that have been roasted 72 hours ago or less and uses organic and fair trade items. Order yourself something you won’t find at any other coffee shop in the city, such as a halva latte or a vanilla raf, and enjoy a good book at one of the individual tables – or chat it up with the baristas, who are always super-friendly and willing to chat!
5. Dark Horse Espresso Bar – Dark Horse, one of Toronto’s original Indie coffee shops, has now become a mini-chain with 6 locations. However, unlike other chains, each location, as well as their coffee and pastries, are unique and all worthy of snapping a photo! Today I’m dishing about the Riverside location at 630 Queen East. As you walk into this bright and airy coffee bar, you’ll encounter vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, industrial features and beautiful hanging lights. Order yourself up an oversized latte and a giant cinnamon roll (make sure you ask them to heat it up), find yourself a seat at one of the beautiful large, wooden communal tables, and be prepared to be blown away.
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