From Chinatown to Kensington and from Little India to Greektown, the bustling capital of Ontario, Toronto is bursting with a choice of cafes where you can find a soul-quenching cup of coffee along with lip-smacking breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

If you need some inspiration to get started on your exploration of Cafes in Toronto, our list might be able to help:


Cafe Balzac

Located in the historic Distillery District of Toronto, Cafe Balzac is a beautiful European style coffee shop, perfect for a cosy coffee session. Located near the old pump house, the cafe boasts dark wood and raw stone interiors, impressive and large posters on walls and a huge chandelier hanging in the middle. Known for their perfect blend of coffee, the cafe has many faithful visitors who keep coming back here for their daily dose.

Snakes and Lattes

Hosted inside an online board game store, these quirky cafes are best visited with a group of friends. You can pick your favourite board game from amongst approximately 3000 other games that sit in the shelves. Their coffee is great and comes with a range of light snack options. Several events centred on board games are organised throughout the year for the recreation of patrons. You are advised to secure a place ahead of the actual meal/coffee time as the place gets packed pretty soon.

Uncle Betty’s Diner

A fun and friendly place to hang out at, Uncle Betty’s Diner is perfect for lively conversations and food that reminds you of home. Owned by a lovely couple and operated by a young and dynamic staff, this place attracts plenty of young people. From their juicy pork to spiced meatloaf and from their donut ice-cream sandwich to their crisp and golden onion rings, patrons can vouch for a burst of flavours in their food. Serving a range of childhood favourite dishes such as home-made doughnuts, Uncle Betty’s Diner evokes nostalgia in visitors.

Cafe Diplomatico

First opened in 1968, Cafe Diplomatico is an Italian bar where lover of Italian food and ‘gather over coffee, biscotti and gelato’. Located in the middle of Little Italy, the cafe remains a popular choice for its breakfast specials, lunches, dinners as well as late night menu. The laid-back vibe of the place is palpable and one can often spot as many tourists as locals gorging on their selection of sumptuous pizzas and pastas and gulping down their heavenly lattes.

Moonbean Coffee Company

If you are looking for an unforgettable cup of latte, Moonbean Coffee Company, located in the heart of Kensington Market is your best bet. Famed for offering organic, freshly roasted, fair-trade coffee, this little coffee shop deals coffee lovers over 50 different varieties of their favourite beverage. Their all-day breakfast range is quite popular and starts at £5. You cannot miss their sumptuous selection of ‘Bite Me’ vegan cookies as well as their heavenly banana bread, lovingly called “nana bread” by frequent visitors.

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