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If there is one part of Toronto that understands the importance of a good cup of coffee in the morning, it is the hustle and bustle found on Bay Street. The Financial District may be synonymous with bankers, lawyers and skyscrapers, but it is also a culinary haven, and home to some of the city’s best-kept coffee secrets. From French inspired menus, to the perfect Italian one shot, these 10 coffee shops have your caffeine needs covered.
Dineen’s historic exterior and beautifully designed interior with floor-to-ceiling windows, patterned tile floors and a large chandelier that used to hang in the Royal York, is a treat for the eyes. This local favorite is always buzzing with Torontonians, either typing fiercely on the plush red-leather banquette, or enjoying a book on the outside patio. Dineen serves their own signature Temperance or Feature blends, and makes everything from lattes to cortados.
Dineen Coffee Co., 140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON +1 416 900 0949
Mos Mos prides themselves in handcrafting each cup of coffee using only the smoothest blends. Try their claim to fame, the Café Mos Mos or go for an extra kick of caffeine with their Fog Cutter. If you’re feeling adventurous Mos Mos has a menu of specialty lattes, including the Choco Latte. Mos Mos translates to ‘savor the moment’ and that is exactly what guests do the second they take their first sip.
Mos Mos, 25 King St W, Toronto, ON +1 416 869 9266
Inspired by the European food cultures found in Paris and London, the fresh white interior of this café draws you in and makes you never want to leave. Café Plenty specializes in gourmet breakfasts and lunches, both of which go hand-in-hand with a freshly brewed coffee to keep the day running smoothly.
Café Plenty, 1 King St W, Toronto, ON +1 416 585 7842
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Even on your way out of the Financial District, you’re still able to grab a cup of gourmet coffee thanks to Balzacs’ newest location at UP Express. Balzac’s artisanal coffee methods bring out a robust mix of flavors in their traditional Balzac’s and Farmers’ blends. Their amber roast, Atwood Blend, goes down smooth with a supple, caramel finish.
Balzacs, 7 Station St, Toronto, ON+1 416 306 0555