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Toronto’s best coffee shops Downtown Part 1

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Tanya Paoli – totimes.ca

Toronto’s best coffee shops – Toronto’s best coffee shops downtown can be found in every direction, so let’s go for coffee in what can be considered downtown and around (a little east and a little west). From the Don River to Bathurst, from south of College/Carlton to “until you hit the water” this list is part one of a very long list of Toronto’s best coffee shops Downtown. If you would like your coffee shop featured by TO Times please send us an e-mail with subject: Toronto’s best coffee shops Downtown . We also have great advertising packages for the whole GTA.

Toronto’s best coffee shops Downtown

Café Plenty – 250 Dundas Street West

The Dundas west location of Café Plenty is a neat little spot in the middle of a super busy area; It’s smack across the street from Toronto Police 52 Division, on the cusp of Hospital Row and heading towards China Town west. This small yet roomy chic café is good for a croissant and latte pick-up, but if you’re hankering for more grab a sandwich and salad as well.

Neo Coffee Bar – 161 Frederick Street

One of the coolest, most unique coffee shops in town is Neo Coffee Bar located in the heart of Old Downtown Toronto near George Brown College and St. Lawrence Market. Drop in and sip on a super smooth cortado (beans from De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters) and try out a roll cake (made in house) and other treats that reflect traditional recipes from Japan.

Delysées – 780 King Street West

Delysées is a stylish French bakery café on King west at Bathurst. They specialize in exquisite gourmet macarons, eclairs and other bonbons (French bakery- gotta stick some french in here), so if you want a treat prend un café (ok, one more bit of French) and enjoy the ambiance of this very chic (I know, I can’t help it) bakery and café.

Quantum Coffee – 460 King Street West

Quantum Coffee is a cool, convenient, curated coffee house in a landmark location at the corner of King and Spadina. Grab a cup to go and head out into this jamming, streetcar-cable-wired intersection, or head to the back of the building and “plug-in” (sorry…old school here) to the shared space with Brainstation- a technology training company that takes up the top floors of this cool old heritage building.

Dineen Coffee Company140 Yonge Street

Dineen Coffee Co. is a stylish, retrofitted, cozy coffee shop just south of the Eaton Centre in a super cool old heritage building that was once a hat and fur manufacturing company. Stay in and check out the renaissance revival decor, or get a cup to go and stroll through Cloud Gardens Conservatory just ½ a block west on Temperance Street.

Tandem Coffee – 368 King Street East

Tandem Coffee is a cozy little coffee joint in Corktown – you know, that part of town that is having some serious gentrification happening to it? Even though construction is thriving all around, Tandem is situated in a cool old building overlooking other cool old buildings without too much fuss and muss; it’s a good place to just grab a cup and take a shufti around old T.O.

The Black Canary Espresso Bar – 61 Sherbourne Street

Coffee, comfy chairs and clean lines – The Black Canary on Sherbourne at Adelaide is a great place to sit and catch up with your people or just take a break from downtown T.O. for a while.

Jet Fuel Coffee – 519 Parliament Street

Jet Fuel Coffee is a neighbourhood favourite run by locals in a trendy yet not overly gentrified part of T.O. This Cabbagetown coffee landmark joint has been serving the community for over 24 years, and it’s a great place to grab a cup and mosey around the area to check out the cool old heritage trust buildings and the Riverdale Zoo.

Dark Horse Espresso 630 Queen Street East

This location of Dark Horse Espresso is stylish, sleek and spacious, and the neighbourhood is growing like mad! It’s just at the entrance to Riverside (or South Riverdale) where trendy restos, bars, and shops are popping up all over the place. So if you haven’t been to that area in a while grab a cup and take a walkabout to see what changed and what’s stayed the same.

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