If you love coffee, you most likely want to know where to find the most popular indie coffee shops while visiting Toronto. Toronto is home to a vast array of independent coffee shops; however, here’s a short list of some of the best. Any one of these shops will help you start your day off right before exploring all Toronto has to offer.
Dineen Coffee Company
Located off of Yonge Street between Queen and King Streets, you will find the impressive Dineen Coffee Company. This is a fairly new shop that opened its doors in the spring of 2013. It is situated in downtown’s historic Dineen Building, and it opens at 6:30am during the week and 8:00am on weekends.
Drink your coffee in style while relaxing in an elaborately decorated environment. Some of the best features of Dineen Coffee Company include magnificent chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, fresh sandwiches and baked goods, and delicious parfaits. Dineen Coffee Company also offers top-quality catering services.
Located on Clarence Square in Toronto, Le Neuf is a quaint French cafe that opened in the latter part of 2012. You will find this delightful coffee shop tucked away in a peaceful part of the city overlooking Clarence Square. Here, you will find friendly, Parisian-type service unlike any other cafe in Toronto.
Take your time, sit and relax at Le Neuf. Try their flavourful lattes, or taste one of their popular creamy macchiatos. The cafe opens at 7:30am Tuesdays through Fridays and 8:00am on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to coffee, Le Neuf also serves a variety of food including omelettes, crepes, French toast, quiches and salads.
Rooster Coffee House
Rooster Coffee House is located on Broadview Avenue in Toronto. If you are looking for a coffee shop that will make you feel like you areat home, this is the shop for you. With its over-sized leather chairs and huge tree trunk communal table, Rooster Coffee House is designed with comfort in mind.
It is here where you will find one of the smoothest espressos in Toronto. The shop is open every day from 7:00am to 7:00pm and offers gourmet sandwiches and salads in addition to coffee. If you cannot make it to Broadview, Rooster Coffee House offers a new location on King Street East in Toronto as well.
Bulldog Coffee can be found on Granby Street in Toronto between Jarvis and Yonge. They are open every day from 7:00am to 7:00pm, with the exception of holidays when they are open 10:00am to 2:00pm. Bulldog Coffee is known for its delicious beverages including espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, cappuccino/latte hybrids, and Americanos.
While relaxing with your coffee, be sure to try one of the many fresh pastries offered by Bulldog Coffee such as chocolate or almond croissants, blueberry or date-nut scones, butter tarts, or apricot squares.
Manic Coffee has been on College Street in Toronto since 2007 and offers some of the best coffee and gelato in the area. The shop opens at 7:00am on weekdays, 8:00am on weekends and closes at 8:00pm every day. In addition to delicious coffee, Manic Coffee also offers fresh scones, muffins, croissants, and cookies.
Highlights of Manic Coffee include expert catering services, business consultations, informative workshops, coffee equipment maintenance services and vegan options. If you wish, you can even purchase coffee beans from Manic Coffee and have them delivered to your home or office!
These are just five of the most popular indie coffee shops in Toronto today. Other places you may want to consider visiting include Sam James Bar, Dark Horse Espresso Bar, Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters, Cafe Pamenar, Te Aro Coffee Roasters, and Jet Fuel Coffee Shop Inc.
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