By Melissa Perdigão
With Valentine’s day coming up, it’s the perfect time to spend an afternoon with someone special, whether it be a long-time lover, bumble match or your bestie, cozying up in one of Toronto’s coffee shops is a wonderful way to connect and caffeinated with the apple of your eye! Check out our picks for some of the most picture-perfect java houses in the city to spend your Valentine’s afternoon!
Neo Coffee Bar
Located in the St. Lawrence Market area, Neo is a perfect pick to spend a romantic afternoon. Specializing in japanese-inspired pastries crafted with organic and locally sourced ingredients, Neo Coffee Bar is king when it comes to food & drink. With high-quality coffee beans selected from top roasters (like Toronto’s own De Mello Palheta) and a selection of artisanal teas, this light-filled coffee shop has something for everyone.
Early Bird Espresso
Queen West’s Early Bird is a top spot for anybody looking for an uber-healthy and picture perfect brunch plate! Order the sliced avocado toast with creme fraiche and chives for a gorgeous plate likely to make your partner swoon! Oh, and the coffee is always exceptional of course!
Rustle & Still
This Vietnamese coffee shop located in Koreatown is the perfect place to try out an asian-inspired bevvy (with beans sourced directly from Vietnam!) and an array of savory and sweet snacks. Try out the vegan Banh Mi made with walnut pate and mushrooms with a purple yam latte for Vietnamese flavors with a Toronto twist!
Hot Black Coffee
Impress your date with some of Toronto’s best beans at Hot Black Coffee located on Queen West. This coffee shop brews their java with a special reverse osmosis system under controlled temperatures to deliver the cleanest, purest cup of coffee in the city! How’s that for a conversation starter?
If cozy is what you are looking for, this Little Italy coffee shop is sure to warm your heart. Empire espresso delivers quality drinks and fun flavored lattes with tons of comfy chairs and pillows, perfect for chatting and catching up with the one who makes your heart sing. Share a cinnamon bun (or two) and people watch by the window for a perfect afternoon on College Street!