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The Coziest Coffee Shops in Toronto

The Coziest Coffee Shops in Toronto

Brace yourself; winter is coming. And you know what that means: shovelling snow, commuting delays, and spending hours and hours in Toronto's coziest coffee shops and embracing the hygge lifestyle. There is perhaps nothing more satisfying than braving the cold to warm your hands up on a latte as you power up your laptop to whatever assignment you're working on or start flipping through the pages of your latest novel.

Toronto has plenty of cozy coffee shops (and by cozy, we mean big tables so you can spread out your work, exposed brick, lots of baked treats, and delicious hot drinks). I firmly believe if we start lighting candles in our cafes as they do in Copenhagen, it'll be a winter game changer (hint at all the cafés on this list). However, despite the no open-flame rule, the following list embodies what it means to feel hygge in your soul. Put on your knit sweater, wrap yourself in a wool coat, fill your tote bag with books you want to read, and head to one of these cozy, snug coffee shops.

1042 Gerrard St E

Dineen Outpost

Dineen Outpost

Dineen's Outpost location on Gerrard has all the stunning interiors of Dineen except way more space. You may want to sit at the front with all the windows for the 'gram, but the real cozy seating is at the back and up the steps.

1187 King St W

Louie Craft Coffee

Louie Craft Coffee

Tucked away on King Street, look out for the buttery yellow door on a brick building and you'll have arrived at Louis Craft Coffee. Their interiors are supremely cozy and check all the boxes: exposed brick, hanging lights, extensive variety of good muffins, etc.

191 Baldwin St

Jimmy's Coffee

Jimmy's Coffee

Okay, so most Jimmy's can get it, and by it, I mean exude hygge. But the Jimmy's in Kensington is really lovely; there are bookshelves and armchairs and even an old fireplace. Jimmy's on Gerrard, Queen East, McCaul, and Ossington are also excellent purveyors of coffee and cozy vibes.

388 College St

Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child

Small but sweet, I have spent many a snowy walk from the University of Toronto campus marching my way here to get a cortado in a crystal skull and do my Renaissance readings. From the thick curtains to the distressed wood tables, Voodoo Child is perfect for a cozy (and slightly spooky) afternoon. Also, it turns into a bar in the evening, so you can keep the vibes going through the evening.

2552 Yonge St

Himalayan Coffee House

Himalayan Coffee House

If you haven't been to Himalayan Coffee House, you MUST. Their latte art is pretty much the cutest thing to exist, and their coffee is soft and bold and NOT acidic (my third-wave coffee friends can buzz off!). Pretty sure their baristas are also hired specifically because they are super nice and welcoming. 10/10 cozy atmosphere points.

1208 Yonge St

Boxcar Social - Summerhill

Boxcar Social - Summerhill

This is the place to spend hours combing through readings and typing up essays (been there, done that) and the fact that this Boxcar is located in a stunning Victorian home adds to the atmosphere. My recommendation: go to the top floor and try to get the sweet little table by the bay window. Order a London Fog. Cozy vibes? Immaculate.

135 Ossington Ave

135 Ossington

135 Ossington

Wood panels ✔ creamy lattes ✔ cozy furniture ✔ A Room on Ossington is a snug, cozy spot to spend a day immersing yourself in perfect café ASMR. Their big and beautiful wood-framed window is also a great spot to people watch off of busy Ossington. Make sure to bring a novel to read, so it looks natural.

1 Trinity St

Balzac's Distillery

Balzac's Distillery

The Balzac's chain epitomizes coziness in general, but the Balzac's in the Distillery District is particularly exemplary when it comes to warmth and welcome. The big chandelier, two stories of seating, and a view overlooking one of Toronto's most historical places, it feels like you're in an ambient YouTube ASMR video of a perfect coffee house.

213 Sterling Rd

Ethica Coffee Roasters

Ethica Coffee Roasters

With exposed brick, big wooden tables, an excellent playlist and even better coffee, Ethica is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. My favourite cozy touches: burlap coffee sacks stacked against the wall and all the 30+ fintech employees that never got over the beanie trend (beanies = cozy).

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Brace yourself; winter is coming. And you know what that means: shovelling snow, commuting delays, and spending hours and hours in Toronto's coziest coffee shops and embracing the hygge lifestyle. There is perhaps nothing more satisfying than braving the cold to warm your hands up on a latte as you power up your laptop to whatever assignment you're working on or start flipping through the pages of your latest novel.

Toronto has plenty of cozy coffee shops (and by cozy, we mean big tables so you can spread out your work, exposed brick, lots of baked treats, and delicious hot drinks). I firmly believe if we start lighting candles in our cafes as they do in Copenhagen, it'll be a winter game changer (hint at all the cafés on this list). However, despite the no open-flame rule, the following list embodies what it means to feel hygge in your soul. Put on your knit sweater, wrap yourself in a wool coat, fill your tote bag with books you want to read, and head to one of these cozy, snug coffee shops.

388 College St

Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child

Small but sweet, I have spent many a snowy walk from the University of Toronto campus marching my way here to get a cortado in a crystal skull and do my Renaissance readings. From the thick curtains to the distressed wood tables, Voodoo Child is perfect for a cozy (and slightly spooky) afternoon. Also, it turns into a bar in the evening, so you can keep the vibes going through the evening.

1 Trinity St

Balzac's Distillery

Balzac's Distillery

The Balzac's chain epitomizes coziness in general, but the Balzac's in the Distillery District is particularly exemplary when it comes to warmth and welcome. The big chandelier, two stories of seating, and a view overlooking one of Toronto's most historical places, it feels like you're in an ambient YouTube ASMR video of a perfect coffee house.