Coffee shops are and have been the escape from all the hustle and bustle, especially in a city like Toronto. It’s not a surprise that Toronto has an abundance of quaint and charming independent coffee shops all over the city, and Queen Street West happens to be one of the top spots. Whether you’re in the mood for a cuppa, or down for a treat, here are 10 of the best coffee shops to explore on Queen West.
As if Queen West couldn’t get any more trendy, Early Bird Espresso gives you that instant hip gratification with its exposed brick walls, industrial lights, and a touch of wooden decor thrown into the mix. Aside from the aesthetics, Early Bird offers excellent coffee, especially their expertly steamed lattes. Find the perfect caffeine accompaniment with their quality Italian-inspired sandwiches, (think prosciutto, mozzarella, pesto and more), as well as snacks and chocolatey goodness. What makes Early Bird even more delightful is their rooftop patio, perfect for sipping an Iced Americano while chatting with friends on a sunny afternoon.
Red Eye Espresso, located across OCADU, is the perfect get-away before, after, or between classes. Their delicious espressos and almond lattes earn this place an instant thumbs up, but it’s the assortment of baked goods – from ginger molasses cookies and nutella chocolate chip cookies to banana bread – that make Red Eye a must-visit. Channel your inner child with the paper and pencil crayons Red Eye sets out, allowing visitors to doodle and express their imaginations. With artwork displayed on the walls and cute knick-knacks, Red Eye is definitely a student’s sanctuary.
Red Eye Espresso, 29 McCaul St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 598 0598
If you’re looking for a quiet place to enjoy a latte accompanied with a book and free WiFi, then The Roastery Coffee House on Richmond is the place to visit. With its second location on Richmond St, (the first being on Liberty Village) The Roastery is a great escape to indulge in a variety of beverages, including hot chocolate and apple cider. Make sure to go there on an empty stomach; The Roastery has a substantial lunch menu, providing a selection of gourmet bagels, their baked western omelette, as well as soups and sandwiches. A bonus are their lighter options that cater to those on a health kick, as they offer yogurts, freshly made salads and organic smoothies. Situated in the Entertainment District, it’s only fitting The Roastery kicks it up a notch by serenading visitors with live performances. There are plenty of seats, so don’t hesitate to drop in.
The Roastery Coffee House, 401 Richmond St West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 597 8822
For design lovers, Red Star Cafe is not only a grand coffee experience, but it’s also a treat for the eyes. Situated inside Design Republic, a trendy furniture store, Red Star lures in customers with their coffee bar. Their coffees are quite the catch, using Reunion Island Sumatra coffee blend, along with espresso-based cappuccinos and lattes. The real winner, however, is their selection of organic smoothies, offering choices such as banana, mango, and mixed berry. Along with an assortment of baked goods like their delicious butter tarts, Red Star provides a pleasant shopping experience while indulging in a perfectly made latte or smoothie.
Red Star Cafe, 639 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 603 0007