The Junction is classified by the geography of the area, composing of the intersection where four railway lines meet. Its neighbouring area, the Junction Triangle, is just west of Lansdowne & north of Dupont.
I’ve been discovering (& falling in love with) coffee shops in the area. Here is the list of the best coffee shops in the area you shouldn’t miss out on.
Located in the Lower Junction Triangle across from Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art is Ethica Coffee Roasters. This café & roastery first opened its doors at the end of 2019, but it has already become one of my favourite shops in the city.
With their coffee roasted on site, you’re guaranteed to have a fresh, high quality beverage every time. I especially love their signature drinks, such as “The Bumble” – a concoction of cold brew, freshly squeezed orange juice, and raspberry syrup. It’s a tangy, fruity drink that’s sure to wake you up.
Along with getting a hot or cold beverage, you can also buy bags of their beans on site.
UB Social Café & General Store
UB stands for “unemployable baker” which is hard to believe because the food here is incredible. From empanadas, to pot pies & pastas, to an array of baked goods… you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. You can even get some of their baked goods & lunches frozen to bake fresh at home (I typically do this with their chocolate croissants).
The coffee is equally as good. Using a retro coffee machine, the coffee is carefully crafted. My favourite: their shaken iced latte.
One of Toronto’s most well-known coffee roasters is located in the Junction Triangle.
Hale is known for their high quality beans (which can be purchased at the café), and is served in many coffee shops around the city. Their Junction Triangle headquarters is in a large industrial building whose minimalistic design is very aesthetically pleasing (& very Instagram-worthy).
The café makes a mean iced latte (along with a range of other espresso-based beverages), and features a range of rotating baked goods. I’m definitely guilty of spying on their IG to see the daily features.
Café Con Leche feels like a second home to me and many of their regulars – the sense of community they’ve created is second to none. It’s impossible not to fall in love with owners Carlos & Sandra when visiting.
I frequent the café for their almond butter salted caramel latte and baked goods, specifically their doughnuts (which can be stuffed with gelato BTW).
There’s always something new to try at the café, either it be a new flavour, or a new item added to its shop area (think like a community general store). One thing to pick up when visiting: No.7 Hot Sauce – made by Carlos & Sandra themselves.
Great coffee, great patio, and great vibes.
Full Stop is a neighbourhood coffee shop with an eccentric ambience and tasty array of baked goods & beverages. Their americanos are a fan favourite, and the café is especially great for coffee dates.