Today’s good mood is sponsored by caffeine. I frequently get asked about where to go for coffee, drinks, desserts, Instagrammable locations, etc. I usually find it hard to think on the spot and I just end up leading people to my Insta stories. However, a blog post is a lot easier to digest, so I may just start a little series on here… 😉
Below are a few of my favourite Toronto Cafes, which also happen to be v. great locations for photos. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Be sure to tag me in your Instagram posts and stories if you visit!
On the outskirts of Cabbagetown in downtown Toronto, lies one of my favourite hidden gems. Snap coffee is a quiet and quaint café off of Gerrard and Jarvis. Aside from the tasty breakfast sandwiches and good chai lattes, you can also get a photo printed right on your latte! You can choose one of theirs, or like the above photo, print your own! The process was fun and relatively easy! The wide windows make for great photo ops, and the vibe of the café is pretty neutral and easy for photo taking.
Instagrammable: YES. If you sit by the window, that is the best lighting.
My Go-To Order: Chai tea latte, with a photo on the side 😉
Location: 100-86 Gerrard St E, Toronto
This was an accidentally found gem. It was one of those times when you are so desperate for caffeine that you google the closest place that isn’t a sketchy Tim Hortons in downtown Toronto. Although it is quite small, the food and drinks and spectacular lighting make up for it.
Instagrammable: YES. There isn’t a ton of room, but the lighting is unreal, especially for the flatlay shots.
My Go-To Order: Beetroot latte. Got it for the Insta, but it was actually so good!
Location: 70 Adelaide St E, Toronto
In Yorkville, on the 3rd floor of the Gardiner Museum, lies a ginormous café with ample opportunities for cute pics. You can get one of their lunch dishes, or just some coffee, and enjoy the views of the street down below. The lighting is amazing and the service I received when I was there was lovely.
Instagrammable: YES. The staff is very accommodating to bloggers and photo takers.
My Go-To Order: The chocolate brownie/cake. You won’t regret it.
Location: 111 Queens Park 3rd floor, Toronto
Coffee, Oysters, Champagne
New to Toronto is the infamous COC (Coffee, Oysters, Champagne). The menu really is in the name, but this place has so much more to offer. The patio was not yet open, but I will be returning when it does, because it looked adorable! It is a lot pinker in there than the photos that I saw, but the real gem lies in the secret speakeasy hidden behind closed doors.
Instagrammable: PARTLY. The restaurant portion of it is Instagram friendly. If you arrive before 2 pm, you are sure to get the shot.
My Go-To Order: Chai latte, because I went to early for the oysters!
Location: 214 King St W, Toronto
Dineen had been on my list of places to go for a while. I first went into the downtown location on a weekend. Big mistake. You could barely move, even with a decent amount of space. If you want to try Dineen, opt for the Gerrard street location to save yourself some grief. The outside of this one is 10 times cuter anyways!
Instagrammable: RARELY. If you want photos inside, be sure to get there early or be very patient. It is hard to snag the corner table that is perfectly Instagrammable. However, the outside is very Insta friendly.
My Go-To Order: Ok I know that you’re getting sick of this, but chai latte…
Location: 1042 Gerrard St E, Toronto
I had heard nothing but good things about Balzac’s and their numerous locations. I am no coffee connoisseur, but I know a good chai when I have one, and this was a GOOD chai. This particular location was very large and easily accessible by car. The neighborhood was adorable, so I would come back again in the warm weather to sit on the patio.
Instagrammable: YES. Must wait for the crowd to die down to get a shot with this stunner of a wall.
My Go-To Order: I tried to find the menu online, but they only had the drinks. I had this insane brownie concoction with nuts and sweets and caramel in it. Everything but the kitchen sink. #noregrets.
Location: 29 Powerhouse St, Toronto
I know that it’s a bit ironic that I wrote a cafe blog post and I don’t actually drink coffee, but come on, we all know that if you’re reading this, you want to know what the cutest one is anyways! Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you want me to continue a series like this in future blog posts. Stay caffeinated!