As any university student knows, sometimes the school library just won’t cut it. Students at Ryerson and the University of Toronto are lucky to attend schools in the heart of this beautiful city. While the campuses have everything you need – St. George is one of the most stunning campuses in Canada, and Ryerson is connected to the Eaton Center (shopping study break, anyone?) – sometimes you need to leave the study room behind. Looking for somewhere other than Starbucks and Tim’s to get that caffeine and pastry fix? We’ve got you covered; here are 10 special Toronto spots for a university student to explore.
Located on Spadina just west of the universities, Sense Appeal is a must-visit for much-needed caffeine. If you like to keep things old-school, their Carbon coffee tastes as good as it smells. Feeling fancy? Make studying more tolerable with Sense Appeal’s specialty drinks; swap an Americano for a Maple Sap Canadiano (we are in the North, after all). With a simplistic look featuring beautiful wooden counters by the windows for studying and people watching, Sense Appeal makes the cut.
Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters, 96 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 527 6234
Gluten-free? Dairy-free? Almond Butterfly is the place to be. Not only are the cupcakes and pastries some of the most drool-worthy in the city, but this joint looks after those with tighter dietary restrictions that have limited options at other cafes. Very close to Robarts at University of Toronto, this spot is excellent for a quick caffeine or sweet fix while you work. Almond is home to some mouthwatering vegan baked goods; try the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake or the paleo lava cake.
Almond Butterfly, 100 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 792 7994
Love open space concepts? How does 3,000 square feet sound? Welcome to Merchants of Green Coffee. Known for preparing coffee with 100% green and premium arabica beans grown organically in the rainforest, Merchants roasts each bean and fills each cup with care. While the coffee is some of the freshest in Toronto, the space offers roasting demonstrations throughout the day and gives off a rustic feel, especially when you see their long, wooden tables. Though this location isn’t too focused on food, it thrives on simplicity when it comes to great coffee.
Lattes are everything. If you like your espresso done right, The Rooster Coffee House is the spot to visit for students venturing east. Their almond milk and tea lattes are often named as some of the best in Toronto. With its excellent view of the city skyline, Riverdale Park across the street, comfy chairs, a communal table, and unique decor inside, The Rooster Coffee House guarantees a relaxing experience and a productive work session.