Six Essential Coffee Shops in Toronto

Torontonians take their coffee very seriously, so much so that the latest Candian Coffee Consumption statistics have revealed that the beverage is consumed more than tap water!
Whether it’s a traditional, espresso, non-espresso, specialty, iced or indeed any other type of coffee, you can rest assured that the cities’ coffee shops have got you covered.

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Boxcar Social

A hybrid cafe and bar with four branches dotted around the city, Boxcar Social is the kind of place you can comfortably hang out from morning until night. The multi-roaster cafe offer a rotating list of coffees that reflect the optimum seasonality and quality of the various regions from which their distinctive coffee is sourced.


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Dineen Coffee

Proudly residing in one of the oldest structures in Toronto is Dineen Coffee. The large stylish interior honours it’s heritage, while the coffee perfectly caters to Toronto’s more contemporary conduct. The cafe has every description of coffee you’d expect as well as a series of unique specialties they’ve created, including the Temperance Espresso Blend.

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Sam James Coffee Bar

The thread that ties all five Sam James Coffee Bar’s together is the insistence on serving high quality, in season coffee. The award-winning barista has a purposefully small menu that exposes the beans’ natural sweetness, depth and body. The locally baked goods also go down a treat.


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De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters

A specialty coffee roaster that procures from a large variety of regions, De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters satisfies early morning and late night cafe dwellers with a range of custom blends and roasts. The bold and edgy decor is as inviting as the delicious menu of baked goods from the in-house pastry chef.


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Neo Coffee Bar

If you’re after a coffee oasis amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, Neo Coffee Bar might just be the spot for you. More enticing than the ambience and rotating menu of Japenese fusion pastries, is the quality coffee. Alongside the wide range of Japanese coffee, Neo feature a single origin coffee from an international source each month.


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Pilot Coffee Roasters (Ossington)

This location is gorgeous and sleek, with tall ceilings and large windows. Take a peek at their impressive pour over machines, and on tap cold brew. Here, you will find people co-working at communal tables, all while getting their caffeine fix.

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