19 Nov Brew with a view – Toronto’s most visually pleasing cafes.
Whether you use coffee as a daily fuel or a chance to take a break, it doesn’t hurt to enjoy your cup in a great location. Here are my picks for cafes in the city that not only brew a mean cup of joe, but boast a certain scenic quality. Check em’ out!
The Tampered Press – 256 Crawford Street
A massive window that runs nearly the entire length of the space provides a perfect frame for Trinity Bellwoods park. Like a constantly changing work of art, snag a seat at the window for an awesome view of Dundas West and the most northern area of the park and catch the cyclists, picnic-goers and pups on their way to the Dog Bowl. Tons of seating and a steady wifi connection (along with a selection of house-baked treats and of course, amazing coffee) makes it easy to stay all day.
Balzac’s Distillery District – 1 Trinity Street
It doesn’t get more charming than the Distillery District – although Balzacs’ patio is only useable in the summer, it still makes my list. The pedestrian only, cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings makes this neighbourhood unlike anything else in the city, and it’s personally one of my favourite places to take the time to enjoy a coffee. Though it isn’t technically a “view”, the interior of this space is stunning. A former Pump House, the two storey cafe has tons of cozy seating and makes for a perfect date spot.
Te Aro – 983 Queen Street East
If people watching is your thing, head down to this spot in Leslieville. You’ll get a front row seat to observe Leslieville’s hip residents and their stylish dogs and/or babies. A massive patio looks right onto Queen East, while soaring ceilings and a garage door window give the space an authentically industrial vibe. A product of Toronto’s own Pilot Coffee Roasters, even the snobbiest of coffee drinkers can find their fix here – the baristas are experts, and the menu offers everything from cortado to cold brew.
Rooster Coffee – 479 Broadview Avenue
In my opinion, this place has the best view of all Toronto’s coffee shops. Situated where Broadview gets a bit hilly, Rooster Coffee House’s large windows and patio have a totally unobstructed view of Riverdale Park (a particularly awesome spot to watch the sunset when the days get shorter). Head there early and grab a cup of one of their custom Pilot blends – or a hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows for your inner child – along with a flakey, buttery croissant and I guarantee you’ll be an instant morning person.