Street car, CN tower, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

Touring Toronto in search of great coffee

You probably may know by now that I LOVE coffee and have been learning a lot about it since I visited a coffee plantation in Costa Rica a few years ago. Now every time I find myself in a different city, even here at home, I am always looking for great coffee houses that serve liquid gold! I sure can’t start my day with a nice, rich and warm cuppa 😉

Last year I was in Toronto to attend TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange) which is the largest travel blogger conference in North America, I met up with some of my friends & colleagues and we decided to go on a coffee tour around the city!  That turned out to be a marathon walk that took us from Chinatown through the downtown core, stopping by St-Lawrence Market and ended up miles away at the beautiful & historic Distillery District!

It truly amazed me only to realize and see things I had not seen in the two entire years I lived and worked there! How is it possible that I didn’t even take notice? I guess I simply rushed by didn’t take the time to stop and appreciate what has always been there but took for granted!

I loved rediscovering and seeing the city through the eyes of my guests and visitors to the Queen City!

So, please come along for a tour of Toronto thanks to the following images!

Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

View of Spadina Avenue

Coffee, coffee shops, Dark Horse, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

Our first stop on the tour: Dark Horse Espresso Bar

coffee, coffee machine, Dark Horse, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

coffee, coffee shop, iced americano, drink, cold drink, Dark Horse, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

To quench our thirst and beat the heat we opted for Iced Americanos to start.

Aroma Espresso Bar, coffee, coffee shops, Toronto, Ontario, travel, travellersoul76

Then stopped by Aroma

Street car, CN tower, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

The ever stunning CN Tower looks great no matter where you are in downtown T.O.

CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, architecture, travellersoul76

Close up of the tower

Brookfield Place, architecture, interior, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

What can we say about Brookfield Place? It’s interior and design is simply magnificent and breathtaking!

downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, architecture, view, skyline, travel, photography, travellersoul76

Old vs New. View of the Toronto skyscrapers from Front Street.

St Lawrence Market, downtown Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, architecture, view, travel, photography, travellersoul76

In sight, St Lawrence Market, one of the best in the world!
Lubas Gourmet, coffee, coffee shop, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Travel, photography, travellersoul76

We found Luba’s Gourmet Coffees and Teas. If you could only imagine the smell of fresh coffee. Divine!

Lubas Gourmet, coffee, coffee shop, coffee variety, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Travel, photography, travellersoul76

Lots to choose from 🙂

I break for coffee, Lubas Gourmet, coffee, coffee shop, coffee sign, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, travel, photography, travellersoul76

I certainly do, how about you?

St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Travel, photography, travellersoul76

Kensington Station clock, clock, St Lawrence Market, Toronto, Ontario, Travel, photography, travellersoul76

A replica of  a clock found at Kensington Station in London.

First Nations Mural, Mural, Street art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, travel, photography, travellersoul76

On our way to the Distillery District, we came across this incredible First Nations Mural! Isn’t it impressive?

Gooderham & Worts sign, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, travel, photography, travellersoul76

We went back in time as soon as we saw this sign of the company that operated in the area back then!

Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, travel, photography, travellersoul76

Gate, flowers, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, travel, photography, travellersoul76

A secret gate

Brick Street Bakery, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, travel, photography, travellersoul76

The aroma coming from Brick Street Bakery drew us in! Home made bread, desserts and more anyone? Yes? yes please!

Cabinet, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, travel, photography, travellersoul76

One of the local stores, Cabinet.

View, sidewalk, Distillery District, Gooderham & Worts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, travel, photography, travellersoul76Sadly it was time to leave and go back to recharge batteries. This is our last memory.

It was such a great day in great company. We took the street car upon our return and we had to get ready for the fun-filled and busy week-end that followed!

I’m curious,

Tell me,

 

Have you been to Toronto?

If so what were your favorite areas?

Have you ever gone on a coffee tour?

If so tell me where 😉

 

 

I look forward to reading from you!

Until next time,

 

All the best,

Karla 🙂

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Touring Toronto in search of great coffee

    • traveller soul says:

      So happy to read that Lauren!

      Toronto has an awesome coffee scene and you are never disappointed!

      Oh I never heard of the Green Grind, is that new?

      I’ll definitely check it out next time I’m in town.

      Thanks for the tip!

  1. elatlboy says:

    Great photos. I suspect that one of the Iced Americanos from Dark Horse Espresso Bar was mine haha. Fun coffee times we had last year! Hope to have more coffee fun in TO down the road, absolutely love their coffee shop scene. 🙂

    • traveller soul says:

      Thank you Aaron,

      yes I remember you recommended getting an iced americano to beat the heat that day! It was very good 😉

      I can’t wait to go back to one of my fav cities!

      Thanks again for coming along, it allowed me to see things I didn’t before 🙂

  2. By Ana says:

    I was there for two days, no much time to do more than a walk around the city to visit it. But I got amazed!!! Love to come back and enjoy it a little bit more, more over with this nice tour you proposed!

    • traveller soul says:

      48 hours in Toronto is plenty to see the main sightseeing spots, some different neighborhoods and other great attractions!

      You’re right, walking is better but it is a large territory. Hopefully next time you can enjoy more the city, take a break and have a nice cup of coffee and see the world go by 🙂

  3. Julio says:

    I was in Toronto but I never went on a coffee tour. My favorite area was High Park… I miss Toronto a lot 😦

    • traveller soul says:

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t go on a coffee tour. We were a group of fellow travel bloggers in town for a conference & we can’t live without coffee!

      Hence as we work, we drink some & visit different shops to work 😉

      I love High Park! Also Little Italy, the beaches, Eglinton & North York are pretty cool.

      I sincerely love Toronto and wish I had had more time to visit & appreciate more the city.

      I worked long hours thus leaving only the w-end to roam & explore.

      Hope to return soon.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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