Toronto Coffee Shops

Extra Butter Coffee | Roncesvalles

I love coffee. It's gotta be good though, and one of the many amazing things about Toronto is how much great coffee there is to be tried. The Bulletproof butter coffee at Extra Butter Coffee on Roncy is definitely extra. I loved it. You can taste the butter, and the beans are dark and oily and fresh and delicious. Loved it! Rosie :)

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Extra Butter Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Arvo Coffee | Distillery District

I love this beautiful little cafe in the Distillery District, which offers a coffee selection just as good as Balzac's. You can also pick up a yummy snack like this one from their toast bar. This perfectly toasted piece of bread is slathered with butter and honey:

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The cafe's owners were inspired by time spent in Australia and Arvo features a pour-over bar, a standard in most Aussie cafes. "Arvo" is an Aussie slang term for afternoon. "Meet me for a coffee this arvo mate?" OK! Rosie :)

Arvo Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Balzac's Coffee Roasters

Whenever we visit the Distillery District our first stop is Balzac's. It's one of my favourite spots to get a coffee. I love walking into their cafes in both the Distillery and Liberty Village; the amazing smell of their delicious roasts is like a huge coffee hug. I discovered Balzac's a few years ago when I saw this tweet from my favourite author:

I love Margaret Atwood, I love Balzac's coffee, and I like most birds, so a trip to re-stock the coffee canister was in order. The Atwood Blend is a mild amber roast with cocoa and caramel loveliness, and it supports the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Margaret Atwood helped create the blend to raise awareness for this not-for-profit organization. A pound is $17 and you can get it at any of Balzac's locations. Rosie :)

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Balzac's Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

San Remo Bakery | Mimico

When I want to bring a spectacular dessert to a dinner party, I head to a very special Italian bakery in south Etobicoke. San Remo is one of my favourite bakeries and cafes in the city. The pastries are beautiful, fresh and delicious. Their macarons rival some of the best pastry shops in the city including Nadege, and I love Nadege. It is crazy busy and you will understand why after you eat something at San Remo. It is the real deal.

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Ezra's Pound on Dundas West: NOW CLOSED

UPDATE: Ezra's Pound has closed. It has been converted by owner Ezra Braves to S. Lefkowitz, Toronto's first hummusia. Crushed chickpeas are awesome, so love the idea of a hummus-only eatery. Rosie :)

PUBLISHED AUGUST 18 2012: I like a coffee shop that is not afraid to tell you they WANT YOU TO DRINK BETTER COFFEE. Sometimes we all need a reminder.

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The coffee at Ezra's Pound is certainly better. I like a good bold Americano and each cup is made to order, and brewed to perfection, every time.

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There are two locations of Ezra's Pound in the city. This one is at 913 Dundas St. West at Bellwoods. The other is 238 Dupont, at Madison. Rosie :)

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