Now that the September breeze has started rolling in, it’s tempting to want to brew your own morning coffee to avoid bracing the cooler weather. But, not only does Toronto have plenty of trendy, dreamy and cozy cafes that brew up a great cup of joe, some of them are situated in unique spots that you just can’t get from your own home.
Check out these unique places to get coffee in Toronto.
Antikka has everything you need for a coffee date: good coffee, good music and good company. Right from the dark storefront on Queen Street, you can tell this record shop has an edge to it. But, inside it’s comfy, casual and great for meeting some cool music-lovers. Spend your afternoon browsing through records while scents of the Armenian coffee—Antikka’s specialty—waft around you. Then, at night, a whole new side to Antikka comes out with regular live music.
It wouldn’t be a successful Saturday afternoon shopping spree without an iced latte in your hand. Thirty Six Knots is the kind of upscale furniture store that will have you redesigning your dream home as you explore everything from the softest rugs and pillows to the sleekest chairs and coffee tables. Then, when you’re all shopped out, grab a pastry from Atai Bistro, located right inside the furniture store, as you search through all the great (and maybe unnecessary?) home decor purchases you made.
A Toronto favourite, everyone can recognize the naturally sweet smell of Sam James Coffee. While this cup o’ Joe can be found across the city, one of the most unique places to find it is in Flower Shop by Wolf and Moon. Floral fall scents will blend perfectly with the nuttiness of the coffee and sugary heaven of freshly baked donuts and cookies.
This Leslieville café is nerd heaven. Every Wednesday, the shelves at The Sidekick gets stocked full of new comics from both big names and local indie publishers, while the cafe serves up a rotating selection of fresh roasted coffees. The fun, trendy café—which has a fireplace for added comfort—hosts regular trivia night and guest speakers, making it easier to meet fellow Marvel addicts.
The best kind of morning coffees are the ones that clear your mind and put you in a good place for the rest of the day. That’s exactly what AM Coffee Studio does. The wellness studio (which is available for rent) puts you in a totally relaxed and zen state of mind as you sip your pumpkin spice latte. There’s even a flower bar to put your mind totally at ease! There’s no mystery to why this studio is called AM—who wouldn’t want to start their day sipping a pumpkin spice latte in a studio that’s all about wellness?
On Yonge Street north of Lawrence, you’ll find Brewing Brokers, a real estate agency that doubles as a coffee shop. After fifteen years in real estate the shop’s owner and broker of record Rudy Reznik came to the realization that most of his deals were closed over coffee, and Brewing Brokers was born. Along with lattes and macchiatos, the shop serves up signature drinks like espresso tonic, as well as bowls, pastries and sandwiches including the quiche Lorraine.