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Top 10 Favourite Coffee Shops of Toronto

April 6, 2017

Top 10 Favourite Coffee Shops of Toronto

I took a little bit of a hiatus from blogging and went to Mexico over the past week. Oddly enough I didn’t drink much coffee while there, which is completely out of my character. Coming back to Toronto signified the necessity of coffee in my daily routine and I realized that although I’ve visited many different cafes across the city, I’ve never once really shared my opinions or my favourites with you – my readers. And it doesn’t help that I constantly get asked which ones are my favourite. The problem is that whenever I’m put on the spot, I can’t really come up with which ones I like the best. So why not have it all in one place that I can easily refer back to for anyone who ever wants to know?

So without further ado, here are my top 10 favourite coffee shops in Toronto – and in no particular order, I simply organized them alphabetically for easier sorting. Who knows, if I’m not too lazy, maybe I’ll start ranking my favourite cafes in relation to areas of the city as well! Because although there are only 10 here, there are definitely a lot more that I’d highly recommend that you visit!

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On That Daily Grind (Of Coffee)

June 17, 2015

On That Daily Grind (Of Coffee)

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing that I do is go downstairs into my kitchen and plug in my kettle. P works from home, so I make both coffee for myself and him. Our french press can hold up to 2-4 small cups of coffee, so quite a bit of water is used in order to fill it up. To boil that much water takes quite a bit of time, so by doing it first, I can get the rest of my morning routine done while the water boils.

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Moscow Tea Room x Suzy Q Doughnuts

March 18, 2015

Moscow Tea Room

Although I live in Toronto, I have to admit that I am and always will be an Ottawan at heart. Many claim that Ottawa is boring, but I have to attest to the fact that it really can be fun depending on how hard you look for things to do. Similar to the way that you have to work hard to get anything, you won’t just be given fun things to do unless you look for them yourself. Since moving to the fast-paced city of Toronto, I’ve become more exploratory when it comes to restaurants. There are so many different places that you could go to that I feel as if you’d never be able to visit them all. Between the variety and places opening and closing, it’s a city of non-stop exploration.

But with all the fun and exciting things aside, I missed the calm comforting atmosphere of Ottawa. It definitely isn’t as fast as Toronto and doesn’t epitomize the East Coast persona, but it doesn’t quite fall under the West Coast calm either. Rather somewhere in between, I can always bet on finding something fun to do during the day, only to end up relaxing peacefully come nightfall. During my most recent trip back to Ottawa a couple of weeks ago, I decided to visit the Moscow Tea Room with a close friend to get in our daily cup of caffeine as well as catch up since I’d last been back.

Moscow Tea Room

We’d gone a little later in the afternoon with the hopes that window seats would be available (particularly the back one) and were lucky enough to snag one before it got busy. Seated at the back of the establishment, the windows offered a beautiful view into a section of Byward Market’s backyard patios. In the winter, it isn’t particularly as gorgeous of a sight as it is in the summer, but an evergreen made the scene easy on the eyes nonetheless.

As we casually sipped on our lattes and enjoyed our lunches, we caught up on each others’ lives and what we’d missed out on since I left the city. I’ve always been the type who enjoys grabbing a cup of coffee and lunch with a friend one-on-one as opposed to going to huge parties with lots of people. I’ve always felt that it helps to build a better relationship and you can truly engage in the conversation as opposed to flitting in and out going from one group to the next. And because of that, I’ve built so many wonderful and fulfilling relationships with people that I truly care about. As I always remind myself, it’s the quality, not quantity of friends that you have. It’s nice to have a group of friends surrounding you who know exactly who you are, and that you aren’t ashamed of confiding in them about anything.

Moscow Tea Room

But besides just meeting up for coffee, I also made it my mission to stop by the beloved Suzi Q Doughnut shop before I left the city. Ever since I first discovered this little hole-in-the-wall of a bakery, I’ve been lusting over their Blue Vanilla Fruit Loop concoction. I know it sounds crazy, but as an avid lover of Fruit Loops since I was a kid, I had to give this little number try. Before this, all of my other visits had been in vain since they’d either sold out, or it wasn’t in rotation for the day. I lucked out this time and managed to scoop up not one, but two of them (not pictured) to be devoured before I left.

Along side the fruit loop doughnut, I also picked up a long time favorite of mine, Raspberry Cassis, which they had lovingly crafted into a heart that day. I also highly recommend their Cookies & Creme creation. But besides the creative flavors, the reason I prefer them over to donuts from Tim Horton’s is because of how fresh they are. Every single one is made on site, and you can watch in line as new batches are brought of the kitchen throughout the day. I swear that the steam rising from the fresh doughnuts alone is enough to make me drool. They also aren’t as dense, which makes me a feel a little less guilty when I’m indulging on one (or maybe two) at a time. That being said, I still enjoy them in moderation to ensure that I’m staying the healthiest that I can be each day.

A Berry Valentine

February 14, 2015

A Berry Valentine

I don’t often get the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day. P is an avid basketball fan and it just so happens that each year, the NBA All-Stars coincides with Valentine’s Day weekend. In order to ensure that both of us are happy at this time of the year (I’ll admit that I buy into the whole Valentine’s Day festivities), we often celebrate on either the weekend before or after so that P can have the actual weekend to himself to enjoy the All-Stars with his friends.

My recent move to Toronto coupled with LDR has made it a little difficult for either of us to spend much time together. Luckily for me, P visited the weekend right before and we were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little bit earlier.

A Berry Valentine

There’s nothing more that both of us value more than quality time together. And the distance has proven that happiness can’t be bought, so we cherish every minute that we have together in between those gaps of time that we’re apart. Rather than go out to a fancy restaurant or surprising me with big presents, P often chooses to instead cook us a dinner and have us cozy up at home to watch a movie together. A fan favorite of ours is steak and risotto, paired together with a glass of wine, while sitting back to re-watch Love Actually for the umpteenth time. But everyone knows that dinner isn’t complete without dessert.

If you were to look in my fridge, you’d notice that it’s always stocked with a berry of some kind regardless of the time of the year. Although strawberries are an absolute favorite, they’re only best when in season, so I often settle with blackberries as they always taste fantastic the whole year round. Obviously chocolate dipped strawberries are a long time favorite of mine, and as much as I love Godiva, I enjoy my strawberries too much to settle for too few at that price.

A Berry Valentine

I’ve also recently been getting into white wines and roses (cue the wine for dinner). So when I stumbled across Shotberry, I was immediately intrigued by their custom designed chocolate dipped strawberries that are topped with a shot of anything that you like. I didn’t put in any specific request besides no tequila and red wine (nobody wants to wake up hungover after a post Valentine’s Day celebration), and was thoroughly impressed with the outcome. White chocolate and cookies and creme? My day is made. P doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when he saw the size of the strawberries, he was instantly game.

A Berry Valentine

A Berry Valentine

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Valentine’s Day celebrations over, I’m excited to spend time with one of my best friends in Ottawa this weekend while P spends some time with the boys watching the All-Star game.

Top – Zipia | Cardigan – Zipia | Trousers – H&M | Watch – Michael Kors | Earrings – My Femme Crush | Strawberries – Shotberry