It may still be pretty chilly out there, but summer is fast approaching. What better way to wish for the sun than indulging in a chilly cup of iced coffee?
There are so many cafes in this coffee-loving city that it can be pretty hard to decide which one to go to. From Balzacs to Fika, there are so many big name coffee shops that you’ve got to check out. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best cold caffeinated beverages in Toronto.
Check out the best iced coffee and cold brew in the city below.
Balzacs is the place to go if you’re looking for a chilly cup of iced coffee. This Toronto-based coffee chain offers up a wide variety of iced coffees from Iced Cappuccinos to the Iced Cafe Canadian, which comes served with local maple syrup. With locations in Liberty Village, the Distillery District, Ryerson Image Arts, the Reference Library, Market Street, the UP Express, and Powerhouse Street, you’ll be able to find a Balzacs near by no matter where you are in the city.
Local mini chain Dark Horse serves up bottles of its very own cold brew at each of its Toronto locations. The cafe originally started off on Queen East, eventually expanding to additional spots on Front St., Spadina Ave., John St., Richmond St. West, and Geary Ave. With so many locations serving up their very own bottled cold brew, this cup of joe has got to be delicious.
Fika serves up some of the most eccentric twists on coffee in the city, and its iced coffee is no exception. This go-to Kensington shop not only offers tasty Iced Lattes and Iced Americanos, but the Iced Coffee comes made with espresso, milk, cardamom bitters, simple syrup, and fresh mint, making for the perfect refreshing beverage on a toasty summer afternoon.
Pilot’s local cold brew tastes just as delicious if you drink it straight from the can or poured over ice, with a rich and creamy flavour that’s sure to cool you down on a toasty day. The local coffee roaster has four-packs of its cans available at all of their locations, so when this inevitably becomes your go to coffee-based beverage, you can buy your own pack and bring it home for later.
This Roncesvalles cafe offers up tons of different options if you’re craving a cold brew. If you’re feeling adventurous, give their cold brew & tonic a whirl, which gets made with a scientific-like contraption that brews the cold coffee for a whopping 12 hours before tonic water and ice is added to the final product for a fizzy, carbonated dose of caffeine.
This photogenic coffee shop comes packed with some strong coffee for the bitter flavour lovers. The refreshing cold brew and iced coffee beverages, such as lattes and cappuccinos, will bring you back to this King West spot again and again.
Dineen Coffee Co.
If you’re a sweet tooth or a chocolate lover, Dineen is the spot for you. Serving up their quintessential iced mocha, which boasts less caffeine and more of a sweet, sugary flavour than your average iced latte, this dessert-like cup of joe will give you the kick you need without the bitter flavour.
Sorry Coffee Co.
Sorry Coffee Co. serves up iced lattes to-go in addition to their uniquely bottled cold brew, and they do the best job at serving up a caffeinated classic. This sleek, modern cafe makes a simple, no frills iced beverage that offers up the perfect traditional cup of coffee.