Whether you are visiting Toronto for the first time or have lived here your whole life, stopping by a cafe and enjoying a nice cup of coffee (or tea) is an absolute necessity. Toronto is full of vibrant and immersive cafes that are not only fun to lounge around in but very flexible when it comes to dietary restrictions (Vegan cafes all the way!!).
As a self professed coffee addict and cafe connoisseur I've managed to visit quite a few coffee shops in Toronto that I've been dying to share. So without further ado here are my favourite cafes that you NEED to visit in Toronto.
Dineen Coffee Co.
40 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 1X6
I would argue that Dineen Coffee Co. is my favourite coffee shop in all of Toronto. Every time I go to this coffee shop I am never dissapointed. From their Chai Tea Latte's (the best in Toronto) to their Chamomille Tea their selection and range of beverages and treats is impeccable. Not to mention the cafe's aesthetic and atmosphere is incomparable to any other - perfect for a day of catching up on work or to sit back and enjoy a book.
5 Elements Espresso Bar
131 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2H7
This trendy and local cafe is located in the heart of Toronto's bougie and bustling neighbourhood; Yorkville. With a large cozy and eclectic interior, this spacious coffee shop is perfect for professionals or students who want to sit down and get to work. They offer a range of yummy and on-the-go vegan and non-vegan treats. If you're ever in the Yorkville area, it's definitely a must try - we suggest their chocolate sea salt balls, made in house of course!
460 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7
Spacious and modern, Quantum Coffee is located on the intersection of Spadina and King. A perfect place to grab your morning coffee or fresh croissant (which are so large and delicious!) it's conveniently located beside Brain Station. Not to mention their employees are super friendly and informative to help you choose your perfect blend.
Strange Love Coffee
101 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2K2
For all the coffee connoisseurs, Strange Love is your destination for that perfect roast. Enjoy a carefully crafted blend of coffees (some Canadian!!) or get your daily dose of breakfast treats, it's the perfect place to satisfy your coffee and sugar cravings in the city. Not to mention, it also has a eccentric and trendy vibe with employees who know all the detail on the coffee they offer. Oh and they're vegan friendly!
100 King St W, Toronto, ON M5X 2A2
A rustic French cafe, Maman Toronto fuses childhood favourites "both savoury and sweet". From delectable french tarts to delicious lattes, Maman provides a range of exceptional food within an artful and warm setting. We highly recommend this for newbies in Toronto, it's central location and aesthetically pleasing interior will make it a memorable visit.
1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1A1
A quaint coffee and dessert shop, Cafe Plenty is for those who crave the European atmosphere. They specialize in gourmet breakfast, lunch, and catering, with treats all made from scratch. Although seating is limited, it's connected to the path and right in the financial district so it's perfect to grab and go on your way to work. Our suggestion? Go for the almighty espresso, it'll give you a nice kick start to your day.
Forget Me Not
506 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1T5
A small yet cozy cafe, Forget Me Not is located in the middle of the financial district. We love this cafe because it is a family owned business, the employees are considerate making it feel just like home! If you're looking for some delicious coffee with a welcoming feel, this is a coffee shop you need to visit.
Snakes and Lattes
600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4
If you're looking for a different and more immersive atmosphere Snakes and Lattes is the coffee shop for you. With three major locations in Toronto, they serve up a huge collection of board & card games along side some great cafe lunch options. It's a must visit cafe if you and your friends are looking for a new hangout spot - or if you're looking for a great first date idea.
Yonge St #42, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
A little on the pricer end of our cafes, this one is located right in the heart of Toronto's financial district. Offering a range of delectable deserts - we can't guarantee you won't gain 50 lbs by stopping by (their chocolate cakes get us every time!). In addition, it's cute interior will be the perfect back-drop for an aesthetically pleasing Instagram picture.