Numero uno on the list is Pilot Roasters, the OG of speciality coffee in Toronto. The dedication to craft is evident when you walk into any of their locations. The state of the art equipment feels akin to something you’d see at a SpaceX factory and it makes for some real good coffee. Pilot also offers tasting experiences, for the aspiring coffee connoisseurs.
Next up is Fahrenheit Coffee. The quality is no surprise, given that the beans are sourced from Pilot Roasters. It’s not all about the bean, though. The baristas at Fahrenheit have clearly earned their chops, serving up frothy latte art that belongs in the MOMA.
There are multiple locations, but the one I like is tucked away in the Graffiti Alley on the west side.
What’s cool about Neo Coffee is the variety. It’s considered a multi-roaster and offers beans from around the city (like De Mello Palheta) and around the world (like Onibus coffee from Japan).
If the coffee isn’t enough to lure you in, you’ll want to check out the tasty selection of pastries and baked goods. 🤤
The famous yellow lid has become a city staple for coffee, and rightfully so. Jimmy’s offers a quality cup of joe (jimmy?) along with a vibe that’s unique to each location.
In a post-shelter-in-place-world, Jimmy’s is a good spot to plug in your laptop and grind on that side hustle you’ve been neglecting.
Luxury coffee, the Hermes of lattes. Located in the heart of the FIDI, this bustling coffee shop offers a very solid brew along with a rich selection of pastries.
The interior hold its own inside the historic Dineen building, which was once home to the W. & F. Dineen Fur Company.
This hidden gem located just off King West offers a very solid espresso, along with a breath of tranquility.
The move is to grab an espresso and find a place to perch in the Victoria Memorial Square, which is just a few steps away.
Honorable mention —
This list wouldn’t be complete without Bar Buca, a small slice of the italian bar & cafe culture located in the heart of the city on Portland street.
Along with its incredible italian eats and house made pastries, Bar Buca offers surprisingly amazing coffee. It’s also a great option if you want to avoid the bustling vibes of the places listed above.