Toronto runs on coffee, and while there’s a plethora of chain options round every corner, the city is also home to some ridiculously cool and unique cafés. To show 'em off, we've compiled a few up-and-coming haunts you probably haven’t been to yet. Get excited: the selection includes spots for campfire lattes, interiors with award-winning architecture, coffee shops that double as galleries, and a whole lot more caffeinated fun.
Run and Gun Coffee
Located in the coffee hotspot of Dundas West, Run and Gun Coffee stands out for it’s easygoing vibe. The café is clean and simple, decorated with wood and marble accents. An exposed brick wall and unique bleacher-style seating encourages visitors to get comfortable. Run and Gun uses De Mello coffee, which is roasted in the city, but also offers a great selection of teas.
Tip: If you’re looking to expand beyond coffee try their London Fog, as it’s one of the best in the city.
Fix Coffee + Bikes
Hidden between Little Portugal, Queen West and Parkdale, Fix is more than just a coffee shop. In addition to their coffee bar they're also a full on bike shop and bike gallery. They serve a selection of blended, single origin and decaf espressos as well as Sloane teas. The interior is cozy, minimalist and surprisingly spacious with a patio open during the warmer months.
Tip: Their baked goods are all baked in-house so be sure to try some along with your cup of joe.
Located in Corktown, this café stands out for its striking Phaedrus-designed interior, modeled after an iceberg (something they won a casual Architizer A+ Award for). But Odin is more that just a pretty space. Serving up Pilot coffee and a small food menu that features delicious empanadas, as well as a small selection of beer and cocktails, it’s the perfect place to hang out day or night.
Tip: Don’t miss their selection of curated merchandise including apparel, ceramics and gourmet food items.
This tiny café located in the Financial District is an Instagrammer’s dream, decorated with white walls, rustic wood accents and huge mirrors. Even better, Versus Coffee offers delicious coffee roasted by De Mello, as well as a few creative takes on toast (think Monte Cristo, banana cream and more). They also make their own chai in-house, which is used in their signature chai lattes.
Tip: This is the only place in the city where you can get a campfire latte, featuring maple syrup blended espresso and blowtorch-roasted marshmallows.
Hailed Coffee in Leslieville serves Arabic coffee thanks to high-grade Yemeni or Ethiopian coffee which gets lightly roasted and then brewed using a method that takes about 20 minutes. They also offer their coffee ‘hailed’ meaning infused with cardamom to add complexity and smoothness to the flavor. The space is casual and modern with white tile and light wood accents. #classy
Tip: Hailed Coffee also offers a selection of dates, which are traditionally eaten in Arabic coffee rituals and provide a unique addition to your coffee experience.
If you’re willing to venture outside of downtown, Krave Coffee on St. Clair West is a great option. This café feels like an old-school classic coffee shop and features a brick archway. The space has also been decorated with vintage coffee ads that make it feel cozy and warm. They use both Rufin and Propeller coffee, and there’s even a side patio open during the summer months.
Tip: Try a coffee tonic with raspberry or cherry soda, made in-house, for a fruity take on your everyday coffee.
Located on Dundas West, Offsite is a coffee bar, concept store, gallery and boutique (talk about over achiever). Serving up De Mello coffee, Pluck teas and assorted baked goods from around the city, the design-forward interior is relaxed and inviting. The space often hosts art and design exhibitions and features products from a range of Canadian artists and creatives.
Tip: Be sure to check their schedule before you head out to avoid accidentally crashing an exhibit opening (although, now we think of it, that might be pretty fun...).
This little coffee bar/flower shop is definitely the coziest spot to grab a coffee in the Distillery District. They use Phil and Sebastian Coffee from Calgary as well as Transcend coffee roasted in Edmonton. The interior of Arvo Coffee has industrial flair with exposed brick walls, rustic chairs and a unique granite counter-top. The café also houses a tiny florist where you can buy a selection of cute bouquets.
Tip: Keep an eye on their social media accounts for info on their frequent live music nights.