Exploring The Junction: Best Coffee

We’ve got a secret: some of the best coffee in the city can be found in The Junction, the area that neighbours Hillcrest Village. For those history buffs, The Junction is a neighbourhood in Toronto that is near the junction (not really original, we know) of four railway lines in the area. It borders St. Clair Avenue, Runnymeade Road and Keele Street, and is only a quick streetcar ride away from The Nest.

The Junction is home to some really good restaurants and coffee shops. Here are a few you need to check out if you’re jivin’ for some java:

Crema Coffee
3079 Dundas Street West

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The first Crema Coffee opened up in The Junction back in 2008, and since then two others have popped up in and around Toronto.  Crema Coffee is all about the individual coffee experience – none of that chain stuff, and the folks that work there know their coffee. They only serve the finest and freshest beans roasted by ethical (direct and free trade) roasters. They’ll be happy to tell you all about their coffee and their technique when you pop in!

Good Neighbour
238 Annette Street

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Just a few hours after opening back in 2010, Good Neighbour already had their regulars. And we can’t blame them – cool atmosphere, great coffee and free Wi-Fi make this cafe one of our faves. The espresso art is also one of the reasons we love this place so much. OH, and don’t forget to try the almond croissants!

Locomotive
3070 Dundas Street West

Okay, there’s a little more than just coffee here, and by a little, we mean a lot. They have Montreal-style bagels, great breakfast sandwiches, and a huge variety of other on-the-go options. Locomotive also has a good variety of caffeinated-drinks like espressos, macchiatos, cappuccinos and regular brewed coffee. The espresso bean is locally roasted in an eco-friendly roasting facility, Classic Gourmet Coffee.

Kaffebar
2830 Dundas Street West

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Fairly new to the neighbourhood (opened up in late summer 2014), Kaffebar is a Norwegian-inspired coffee bar. The decor and menu are both super simple – but sometimes (and in this case) it works! The prices also won’t break the bank. All the baked goods are made in store by the owner, and include treats like raspberry blueberry muffins and cookies galore. If you go on the weekend, you can taste some authentic Scandinavian treats featuring cardamom, like skolebrød.

What’s your favourite coffee shop in The Junction?

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