There are few things I enjoy more than curling up in a local coffee shop with my laptop, a hot cup of coffee, and a full day reaching out in front of me. Regularly working from coffee shops has afforded me the opportunity to explore Toronto’s neighbourhoods through local establishments.This has also turned me into both a discerning customer (particularly for fast wifi and quiet music) and a promoter of the local business owners who work so hard to create these sanctuaries. I’ve compiled some of my favourite coffee shops to work from below. I truly hope you find them as enriching as I do.
Like walking into a french bakery, Bobbette and Belle does not dissapoint when it comes to ambiance and pastries. Their floor to ceiling windows provide the perfect location to watch the world go by while you work away. Plus, they have large communal tables, where you can spread both your work supplies and pastry stash.
Another hidden gem, Boxcar Social Riverside is my favourite outpost of this local chain. With a brick walled interior, and tall airy ceilings, Boxcar Social Riverside straddles the fine balance between cozy and industrial. Plus, order one of their coffee taster flights for a mid-afternoon pick me up.
Located right on Spadina, at Richmond, The Ind_pedendent is the perfect place to balance your workday with a little people watching. Their bar seating faces directly onto Spadina, and raised a few feet off street level, it provides a birds eye view to the city’s goings-on. Plus, their chia seed pudding is divine.
Located just down the street from High Park, The Good Neighbour truly is a local neighbourhood coffee shop, which is what leads to so much of its charm. Perched at the window bar, you can observe all the happenings of a local community, from parents walking kids to school, to the local retirees gathering as they inevitably pop-in for their daily morning coffee.
Reunion Island knows who their customer is, the daytime worker, and are setup perfectly to cater to them. With individual tables arranged neatly across the entire space, and power plugs located every few feet, both you and your devices will be energized all day long.
Hidden in The Distillery District, Arvo is the best of both worlds – a cozy interior for winter days, and a shaded patio (with wifi!) for warm summer mornings. Plus, they offer an extensive toast menu, which will keep your tank filled all day.
And of course, I cannot fail to mention my faithful co-coffeeshop explorer, Joelle, always ready with a new recommendation, and a hot cup of coffee. Check out her wonderful coffee table book, Macchiato and Me here, chronicling her own coffee shop escapades.