From the chicest street-wear to the hottest nightclubs, it’s no secret that downtown Toronto is quickly becoming a mecca of the fashion world — and avant-garde cafes are part of it. Whether you’re looking to mingle with friends or to get your daily dose of bliss, these picks will help you find the perfect latte to suit your mood.
1. The Drake Café (Queen St. W)
Both unpretentious and West Coast-cool, the Drake is the perfect place to go day in and night out. Located on Queen W., the atmosphere is booming with flare. Mixing San Francisco architecture with Parisian drink options, art lovers are sure to appreciate the décor and gourmet variety. Personal favourites include the cranberry granola paired with rooibos tea which makes for the perfect Sunday brunch. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the Naked Beach smoothie — it’s the cheapest vacation in the city!
2. Whole Foods Café (Bay and Bloor)
For the health-conscious and/or eco-friendly, this spot is the perfect retreat. Located on Avenue Road right outside Bay station (in Yorkville), this café offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. (Who knew you could keep your New Year’s resolution without cutting out caffeine!) The berry muffins are divine — combined with their smooth dark French Roast you will be smiling from ear to ear. All coffee and tea is fair-trade, and the service is excellent. There is nearly always a seat available; a great go-to spot after work.
3. Aroma Café (Several Locations: Bloor and Bathurst, Yonge and Eglinton, North York)
By far the best latte in the city! This European coffee house chain has a few Toronto locations; there may not be one close to you, but if you’re willing to walk or take the subway you will not be disappointed! This place is always lively, whether booming with North York’s business executives and chic new moms or students and academics in the Annex. It combines a humble atmosphere with a fashion-conscious crowd. The chocolate croissants are straight out of a Parisian bakery and the frothy lattes will make any coffee critic smirk. Dress to impress.