Eager to try something new? Perhaps you’re looking for a new coffee shop, something low-key, and really knows its stuff. It’s cold out here and we’re looking for cozy coffee shops to keep us warm all winter long. Though Toronto is home to what feels like an endless number of coffee shops, picking where to go is possibly the most difficult task. We have our big chains, Canadian names, and popular local spots but how about those hidden cafes? The ones we have yet to discover because… well, they’re actually hidden? We’ve compiled a list of hidden cafes in Toronto to make your life easier.

We’re sure there are more in the city but these five hidden cafes are definitely worth exploring when you have the chance.

Freshly brewed coffee paired with a delicious breakfast and/or pastry is not too shabby on a Sunday morning. Switch up your daily routine and add one of these spots to your to-do list.

Here are five of Toronto’s best hidden cafes.

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Woolshed Coffee Co

This little nook tucked away on Adelaide and Strachan is not as much of an easy find now as it is in the summer. Nonetheless, it’s a must-try spot that serves freshly brewed coffee to enjoy indoors or to-go.

If you’re in the Liberty Village area and need to warm up with a nice cup of joe, you know where to go.

Where: 850b Adelaide St W

Rooms Coffee | 915 Dupont

Cafe by day, listening bar, and lounge by night. 915 Dupont is not only a chill hub serving Japanese whisky and cocktails, it also serves Rooms Coffee from 9 AM to 5 PM.

It’s not necessarily an easy cafe to spot as it’s located on Dupont, right across from a Public Storage and beside a photography studio. But once you find it and step foot inside, you’ll be glad you did.

Where: 915 Dupont St, Toronto, ON

Queen Garden Cafe

The Queen Garden Cafe is located inside a glasshouse, making it the first coffee bar of its kind in the city. Though it’s a lovely summer spot, it’s just as magical in winter.

Queen Garden Cafe is a little hidden gem that serves up locally-made award-winning coffee from De Mello, as well as baked goods, various bites, and other beverages like hibiscus lemonade and elderberry iced tea.

The coffee bar is located in the Queen Garden Centre, just east of Broadview, which is home to over 500 varieties of trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Where: Every day from 8 AM to 5 PM
When: 771 Queen St East

Boxcar Social Laneway

Inspired by the Japanese audiophile scene, this laneway cafe serves as an escape from the busy lives we live.

You can find Boxcar Social Laneway tucked away at the end of an alley, west of Bathurst St. and College St. Compared to the other Boxcar locations, this spot is a different concept as it’s described a “slower, more intimate space inspired by Japanese listening bars.”

When: Monday to Sunday from 9 AM to 4 PM
End of an alleyway, 298 Markham St

Postman Waffles


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To find Postman Waffles, you’ll have to go on a short adventure down an alleyway. As the Postman Waffles team describes it, if you’re coming from Yonge and Eglinton Station, head north on Yonge. If you see the Jollibee on the corner, you’re almost there. Keep on walking north until you see an alleyway to your right. Head on in there and you’ll find Postman Waffles, sweet treats, and all.

They’re known for their speciality coffee and waffles, including rotating soft serve flavours.

When: The alleyway along 2409 Yonge St
2409 Yonge St