23 May 2018

8 BEST CAFES NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

THE GRAD SCHOOL GUIDE

BY: LAETITIA DANDAVINO-TARDIF

During the school year, we get caught up with our studies and often end up hiding between the stacks at Robarts Library. I recommend changing up your work environment and taking a coffee break to have a team meeting or a chat with friends! Here is a list of my favourite coffee shops to go in between classes to get a boost of caffeine.

All within walking distance of campus, what I appreciate about these locations is that they offer great coffee (obviously!) and have free Wi-Fi! Some are quiet and ideal to study, while others, more busy, are sources of inspiration thanks to their lovely décor and atmosphere.

Within a 5-minute walk: 

L’Espresso Bar Mercurio
321 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1S5

This café is perfect for a chat with friends or for a team meeting as they have a bookable private room. Yet, it is less ideal for long hours of study. I usually grab something to eat with my coffee as they have a great meal selection. The best part is that they offer 20% off on food with your student ID!


b Espresso Bar
273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W2

This charming hidden gem is located in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Atrium. With a lot of light coming in through the roof, this is an ideal location to study. I like to admire the architecture of the old building while enjoying my coffee.

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Diabolos’ Coffee Bar
15 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7

This hard-to-find student-run café is located in the Junior Common Room of University College. While it gets busy during lunch hour, there are always students studying at the large tables throughout the day. It also has a microwave to heat up your lunch. Fun fact: a friendly dog hangs out there sometimes!


Within a 10-minute walk: 

Café 059
1 Spadina Crescent, Toronto, ON M5S 2J5

This student-run café is located at the beautiful new University of Toronto’s Daniels Building. With very affordable coffee and baked goods, I enjoy staying in the lobby to study or taking my coffee with me to the Eberhard Zeidler Library There is also a microwave by this café if you want to heat up your lunch!


Goldstruck Coffee
130 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

Tucked away in a half-basement in Yorkville, Goldstruck has dim lighting, is cozy, and is a great place to relax. With many tables and a larger one at the back, I enjoy that they each have an electric outlet to charge a computer.

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Within a 20-minute walk: 

Jimmy’s Coffee (McCaul location)
166 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W4

While Jimmy’s has many locations across Toronto, I like the one on McCaul because it is less crowded than the other locations, but still offers delicious coffee. I always try to grab the table hidden behind the fireplace, which is ideal for team meetings.

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Café Pamenar
307 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2M2

Located in Kensington Market, this café is also a gallery with constantly changing photography exhibitions. When the weather is nice, I like to study on the café’s back patio (and the Wi-Fi reaches outside). However, as it turns into a bar at night, laptops are not allowed after 8 PM.

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FIKA Cafe
28 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2J9

You might have heard of this café before or seen pictures of their famous book pages wall. The back room, with its large table, is ideal for working and is quite inspiring. However, in the heart of Kensington Market, it is often busy. If the weather is nice, you can work on their cozy patio (with Wi-Fi connection also available)!

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Going to these cafés is also a great way to explore the city and make the most of your time in Toronto during your Masters of Museum Studies.

For more of my favorite places around Toronto, you can check my Instagram blog: @leti.eat.

Enjoy!



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