There are many cafes in the city to grab amazing coffee and sweet treats, but sometimes finding a space to get work done can be challenging. Whether you’re a student looking for a spot to work on that essay, or someone just looking for a change of scenery from your home office, there are many cafes throughout the city that cater to those looking for a productive environment (you just have to do your research). I’m here to make that research a little easier for you.
Here are my top picks for the best Toronto cafes to get work done in:
If you want somewhere super spacious and with ample seating, Propeller Coffee Co. is the spot for you! Near Lansdown Station, this cafe has extra large communal tables where you’ll have lots of space to place more than just your laptop ( we’ve all been to those cafes with those tiny tables that don’t fit anything), and of course great coffee and delicious baked goods. They also make freshly baked empanadas!
Located in Yorkville, 5 Elements has three levels of seating, so you’re pretty much guaranteed a spot here. It has a very warm and cozy atmosphere and an overall great space to get work done. They also do really great in-house-made food and treats!
If there was one coffee shop basically designed for you to come and get work done, it would be Creeds Coffee Bar. This spot is HUGE, with large wide tables, a crazy amount of seating, and plenty of outlets. It’s honestly the perfect place to come and get focused, but also a great spot if you are coming with a large group as well! Not only is it a coffee bar, but also a market! So if you’re feeling like you wanna shop around for some goodies, you can do that as well!
Dark Horse is an OG in the city, and what I love about this spot is that they have 5 locations around the city that are ALL amazing locations for the perfect work session (that’s rare). The Spadina and Queen East locations are especially great because they’re both super spacious and have a lot of seating. Their Spadina location even has a second floor with even more seating!
For those who live a little more northwest of the city, Krave Coffee is a favourite to many! It’s the neighbourhood hangout spot and gets a little more busy/social on the weekends, so if you’re trying to stay focused, maybe go on a weekday. But overall there’s plenty of seating here with a lot of two-person tables ideal for that solo work session. And if you’re someone who likes a little fresh air, they have a beautiful side patio for the summer.
Locate in Roncesvalles Village, Reunion Coffee is a super cute, Instagrammable spot that’s super relaxed and classy. What I love about this cafe is that it’s super bright, and of course, has a good amount of seating even though the space is on the smaller side.
Hale Coffee is a roastery and coffee shop in the Junction Triangle and is truly a great spot for quiet work. It’s super spacious and has an industrial, but fun feel with big windows, bright lighting and of course a good variety of seating.
Field Trip Cafe is a little tight, but if you live in the Bloorcourt area and just want a chill and laid-back spot to get work done, then this is the one for you. I’m also obsessed with the interior because of all the greenery.
You’ve probably heard of Dineen Coffee before, as it’s a very popular spot in the city with multiple locations. The two locations in particular that are great to get that work session in, are their well-known Bay Street and Gerrard Street locations. Both locations are great places to work with a good amount of seating but with two very different vibes based on what you like.
The Bay Street location is where you’ll find all the business professionals in an elegant and sophisticated space, while the Gerrar location is a little more cozy and laid back. Either location is great!
It’s important to keep in mind that the availability of outlets can vary based on how busy the cafe is and how many people are using them at any given time, or if there are any outlets at all around where you’re sitting. It’s always a good idea to make sure your devices are fully charged before going, or if you have one, bring a portable charger as a backup option just in case.
I hope you found a few spots you like for the next time you want a change of scenery from your everyday workspace!2