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The Best Coffee Shops Along Toronto’s College Street

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Updated: 6 March 2017
The indie coffee shop movement is strong in Toronto, with creative little cafés continuing to pop up in many of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods. Whether you’re a freelancer using the café space as an office, a student studying for finals, or just grabbing your coffee to go as you rush to work, here’s a look at some of the best – and most beloved – independent coffee shops along College Street.

Hopper Coffee

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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A latte
A latte | © David Adam Kess

Owned by two coffee-loving artists, Hopper Coffee is a stone’s throw away from Kensington Market. The menu is simple but covers all of your caffeine needs, and baked goods are available from local Toronto bakeries. More of a grab-and-go coffee shop, seating is limited to side benches and high stools. Despite the minimalistic décor, there’s plenty of art to look at – created by the owners themselves, Jibola Fagbamiye and Martina Kusnir. Even their garbage cans are artsy, designed by Toronto graffiti artist Case.
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The Green Grind

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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The Green Grind is an eco-conscious café tucked away in the Little Italy neighborhood, with a mission to make it “as easy as possible to enjoy your urban lifestyle without contributing to environmental destruction.” Not only are their products fair trade and organic, but they are also an award-winning, LEED-certified café. A great place to study, they have a range of soups, salads, and snacks along with the coffee menu.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm