Crosstown Coffee Bar
This independent café is located on the corner of Highbourne and Eglington, nestled quietly in the heart of a residential neighborhood. Right away you’ll notice Crosstown Coffee Bar’s rustic and comfortable vibe and will be drawn in by the café’s relaxing music and its very friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable baristas. Not only does Crosstown have excellent coffee, check out the velvety almond milk latte, the café also offers an assortment of delicious treats, including gluten-free and vegan options.
Crosstown Coffee Bar, 187 Highbourne Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 647 834 0012
Rachel’s Coffee House
Rachel’s Coffee House is an independent café in the Yonge & Davisville neighborhood and a great spot to catch up with friends and to people-watch. The place is cozy but spacious, with plenty of seating, and it has a great patio area for summertime hangouts. This café prides itself on serving only fair trade, organic coffees from local roasters and boasts a long list of espresso drinks as well as an equally long list of delicious alternatives. Be sure to try the green tea latte, one of the best in the area, and pair that with one of the homemade blueberry lemon scones for the perfect afternoon snack.
Rachel’s Coffee House, 2011 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 545 0000
The Istanbul Café, located just steps away from Yonge and Eglinton, is a café unlike any other. This modern independent café is a burst of fresh air in an otherwise serious, corporate area, serving a combination of traditionally prepared Turkish foods and hot beverages. The environment is relaxing, with its large sofas, wingback tables, and pillows, inviting patrons to sit down and enjoy perfectly brewed coffee. The café is full of beautiful gourd lamps which hang over the tables, as well as colorful Turkish ceramics and photographs mounted on the walls. Be sure to check out the signature traditional Turkish coffee, the talveh, which is served on beautiful silver, complete with a tray of Turkish delights.
Istanbul Cafe, 174 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 480 0303
Located along a quiet stretch of St Clair West in Hillcrest Village, new-comer Krave Coffee is a welcome stop for coffee lovers. The space has a rustic feel, with exposed brick walls lined with vintage coffee ads and light fixtures made from old checked feeders and crates. The café also boasts an excellent patio overlooking St Clair West. It serves a variety of delicious sandwiches and salads, as well as pastries like muffins, scones, and tarts. Be sure to check out the all-natural, gluten-free cookies. As for coffee, Krave offers a wide selections of roasts, many of which are from local companies and suppliers. Try Propeller’s organic dark roast as well as the coffee tonics, which are available with raspberry and cherry house-made sodas.
White Squirrel Coffee Shop
Good news everyone, Trinity-Bellwoods’s favorite café, White Squirrel Coffee Shop , has opened up a second location in a new part of town, Rosedale. Teaming up with Freshii, the café is located inside the chain’s newest franchise. But worry-not; you’ll still find the same fair-trade, organic coffees, Greg’s Ice Cream, and communal tables that make White Squirrel Coffee Shop so unique. Try the Flat White, and if you’re looking for that much-needed caffeine kick in the morning on your way to work, check out the Americano, three sips of that stuff, and you’re good to go.
The Scoop & Bean Café
Scoop & Bean has taken coffee-drinking to a whole new level. As you can probably deduce from its name, the concept of this particular café is coffee and ice cream — a win-win! This family-friendly café can be found in Seaton Village, just at the end of the Annex near Bathurst. Although there isn’t much seating inside, the communal tables are very comfortable, and the café also has a great outdoor patio. For the ecologically conscious, you’ll be pleased to know that Scoop & Bean uses coffee from Oakville’s Reunion Island, which sources sustainable organic beans. Definitely try the signature Affogato, vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso on top.
The Scoop & Bean Café, 2 Follis Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada +1 647 342 7770
Located at the foot of the famous Casa Loma, Ezra’s Pound is the self-proclaimed ‘leader of Toronto’s espresso culture’ and is widely known for its use of sustainable, locally sourced coffees. Inside the café, you’ll find a very warm and inviting interior, with comfortable seating, but be sure to grab a seat when you see one, because the place is quite small. The coffee is on the pricier end, but you can be certain that your coffee will be full of bold, robust flavors. All coffees are certified Smithsonian bird-friendly and shade grown organic (whatever that means). If you’re looking to grab a snack, lunches and baked goods are freshly made by a Paris-trained pastry chef. Try the chocolate pastry or a lemon scone with your cup of coffee.
Ezra’s Pound, 238 Dupont St, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 929 4400
A go-to spot in swanky Yorkville, this European-style café is a great place to chat with friends over lunch and coffee. Trattoria Bacio has a great atmosphere and plenty of comfortable booth-style seating; its large windows peer into the bustling and posh world of Yorkville, making it the ideal place for hours of people-watching. Once you’re at Trattoria Bacio, be sure to ask any of the friendly staff about the menu, which has a great selection of tasty pizzas, paninis, and salads. The Pizza Veneziana comes highly recommended! Pair that with a cappuccino or latte, and enjoy!
Trattoria Bacio, 95 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 923 2882
From the moment you walk into this delightful little café, you will be immediately overcome with the delicious smell of CocoaLatte’s Nutella and crêpes. The café has a wide selection of mouth-watering soups, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks, making it quite difficult to choose just one thing. Some favorites include the avocado BLT and the molten chocolate brownie. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, check out the infamous Nutella latte, it’s seriously worth every calorie. Although the space is a bit tight, it is very clean and visually appealing and has plenty of comfortable seats. Definitely a must-try.
CocoaLatte, 671 St Clair West, Toronto, ON, Canada + 1 416 792 8696