Ever since I lived in the UK I’ve come to treasure my weekend coffee & journaling time. I’ve enjoyed checking out independent coffee places at home and while traveling.  Here are some I’ve explored. Those outside Toronto are noted.

Check This Place Out (really outstanding coffee shops)

Fahrenheit (Richmond West)

Bridgehead (Ottawa)

Coffee Island (Bay)

Dark Horse Espresso (Spadina)

Dineen (Bay)

Dineen (Temperance)

Jimmy’s (Baldwin Village)

Jimmy’s (Gerrard)

Jimmy’s (Portland)

Reunion Island (Roncesvalles)

Strange Love (Spadina)

A Good Place to Grab a Cup of Joe (good coffee shops)

Early Bird (Queen West)

Balzac (Distillery)

Balzac (Market St.)

Balzac (Liberty Village)

Balzac (Ryerson)

Balzac (Toronto Reference Library)

Carafted Bean (Dundas West)

Dark Horse Espresso (Riverside)

The Dock on Queen (Queen East)

Forget Me Not Cafe (Adelaide West)

Ideal Coffee (Kensington)

Ideal Coffee (Ossington)

Jimmy’s (Queen West)

Jimmy’s (Ossington)


Manic Coffee (College)

Milano (Adelaide)

Sam James Coffee (PATH)

Sam James Coffee (Trinity Bellwoods)

Stubborn Goat (Halifax)

Voodoo Child (College)

In a Pinch (not great, but not bad)

The Alternative Cafe (Richmond West)

Balzac (UP)

Cafe Artigiano (Vancouver)

Cafe Pamenar (Kensington)

The Coffee Place (Wellington)

Dark Horse Espresso (John)

Jules Cafe (Peter)

Le Gourmand (Spadina)

Little Nicky’s (Peter)

Outpost Coffee (Bloor West)

Quantum Coffee (King West)

Richarda’s (Peter)

The Roastery (Richmond West)

Snakes and Lattes (College)

Life’s Too Short for Bad Coffee (just no)

Brioche Doree (King West)

Casa Coffee (Kensington)

Nuna Cafe (Queen West)

Public Park Coffee (Adelaide West) – closed

R2 (Queen West) – closed

Red Eye Espresso (McCaul)

Versus Coffee (Adelaide East)






Source Coffeehouse – These guys spoiled me on lesser coffees.


New York

Uncommon Grounds 

Irving Farms Coffee Roasters


Cafe Nero