Toronto’s Best Cafés For Working

There’s no shortage of coffee shops in Toronto, but finding the perfect spot to work can be challenging. Whether you’re visiting the city on business, or you’re a freelancer looking to get out of the house, these Toronto cafés offer ideal working conditions and let you discover the city’s coffee scene at the same time. 

Quantum Coffee

460 King St. West; quantumcoffee.io

It’s easy to forget you’re on busy King Street West when you step inside Quantum’s sleek, minimalist space. This spot is ideal if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the downtown core to sneak in some work, but don’t want to venture too far. With street-facing windows and a big room in the back with work spaces – not to mention quality pour over coffee and scrumptious treats – you’ll be glad you stopped by. 

Dark Horse Espresso

215 Spadina Ave.; darkhorseespresso.com

You may come across more than one Dark Horse location – there are six in the city – but the Spadina shop’s large communal tables and floor-to-ceiling windows create a pleasant working environment for those who like a little background noise. Bonus: the shop is just steps away from Queen Street West if you’d like to reward your hard work with some retail therapy afterwards. 

Field Trip Cafe

Westmoreland Ave; facebook.com/fieldtripcafe

Located in Dovercourt Village, Field Trip is slightly removed from downtown, but the coffee and welcoming space make it worth the trip. In the winter, the abundance of natural light flooding the school-themed interior gives the place a cheerful feel, and there’s a big outdoor space for working while absorbing some Vitamin D during warmer months. The shop also has a liquor license for those who want to unwind after a hard day’s work.

Jimmy’s Coffee

100 Portland St; jimmyscoffee.ca

The newest addition to Toronto’s coffee hot spots, Jimmy’s Coffee at 100 Portland is a freelancer’s paradise – right across from their still-open original location at 107 Portland! There are two levels of seating with multiple roomy nooks, strong Wi-Fi, ample outlets, and even a boardroom that can be rented. Need a break? Perk up with a cup of their Italian-roasted coffee and a delicious scone, then continue working away. 

5 Elements Espresso Bar 

131 Avenue Rd

It’s said it takes five key elements to make great espresso, and this place has it down to an art. Tucked into a quiet corner near Yorkville, this shop gives you three floors to choose from, including a large lower level with a fireplace you can cozy up to while working during the colder months. There’s also a small breakfast and lunch menu to provide extra brain power to get you through the day, including gluten-free options.