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The evolution of cafés in Toronto continue : from modest-sized cafés that proudly source and roast their own coffee; to spaces that  exhibit art works by local artists; and to espresso bars hidden inside a hip clothing store or a home goods shop.

The New York Times noted that independent coffee shops have been opening everywhere in New York as proof of people craving for “local, personal neighbourhood experiences”.  That seems to be same trend in Toronto as many are beginning to eschew the big coffee chains. That being said, even though my focus is on independent cafés, I will be remiss not to mention the recent “grand” entrance of the Nespresso café into the local scene.

Anyone up for coffee?

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Sense Appeal on Spadina and Adelaide

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They source and roast their own coffee

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City Bar at Lavish & Squalor on Queen West and Duncan

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An espresso bar inside a lifestyle shop

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La Merceria on Adelaide West and Portland

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Argentinean Café and Home Accessories Shop

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Jimmy’s Coffee on Portland Street

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Revolving works by local artists and auctions

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Nespresso Boutique Bar on Cumberland Street

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Designed by Goring & Straja of Milan with furniture from Fritz Hansen

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