Best Instagram-Worthy Coffee Shops in Toronto 2018

16/12/2018

Sud Forno Toronto

Living 4 months in Toronto for study abroad, I made it my personal mission to try out as many Instagram-worthy coffee shops as possible during my time there. Toronto is a city with diverse, colorful neighborhoods and a vibrant cultural scene, including hundreds of gorgeous restaurants and coffee shops. Literally, on Queen St. you can just hop from coffee shop to coffee shop for days and you'd not run out of options! Here are the 7 best coffee shops in Toronto to study or go for a date, or just indulge in some new coffee flavors and pastries. Hope you love this post <3

Balzac's Liberty Village Toronto
Balzac's Liberty Village 
43 Hanna Ave #123 (other locations too)

Gorgeous marble and dark woods interior and delicious coffee and snack options. I ordered an iced chai latte which was the best chai I have ever tried - so flavourful! I also tried their mocha which I highly recommend. For food, I had one of their bars (I cannot remember how it was called exactly) which had nuts and chocolate in it and was so yummy. 

FIKA Cafe Toronto
FIKA Cafe
28 Kensington Ave (Kensington Market) 

Tried their gluten-free hazelnut praline brownie and a classic latte - loved it! They don't have tons of sitting space but it's such a cute place. Also, Kensington market is such a cool, Instagram-worthy neighboorhood to explore so a quick pop-in to FIKA is highly recommended.

Versus Coffee Toronto
Versus Coffee
70 Adelaide St E

Loved this place, the staff was so friendly. I tried an iced Chai which wasn't as good as the one from Balzac's, however, I also got a Marshmellow fireside latte and that was amazing! I saw on their Insta that they serve colorful lattes which I didn't get to try but I can imagine they are super cute and yummy.

Jimmy's coffee Toronto
Jimmy's Coffee
15 Ossington Ave (other several locations) 

The vibes in this place are so vintage and cool, I really liked it. I tried their lattes and can recommend them. Also tried one of their bars (again, can't remember what it was called but it was something with peanut butter) and that was yummy!

The Sydney Grind
2883 Lake Shore Blvd W

Although not located in the city center, this coffee shop is SO worth a visit. I only discovered it in my last week in Toronto and I am so happy I did! I had their white and dark mocha, and I also tried their Tim Tam chocolate cake as well as their lamington. OMG literally amazing. 

Forget me not Cafe
506 Adelaide St W

My first coffee shop experience in Toronto, and it was great! It's quite a small coffee shop so it can get busy but I loved the shabby-chic vibes. Got the Nutella latte and highly rate it.

Tucana Coffee
Tucana Coffee
1413 Dundas St W

Okay, this coffee shop really got me because they had crystals *don't judge me*. It's not a place to sit and chill with your laptop as it's more a to-go place, however, the neighborhood it's located in is so cute that you can just take your coffee with you as you stroll around.

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5 Day New York City Itinerary - New York December 2018

15/12/2018

Top of the Rock View Manhattan Skyline

New York City has been my #1 dream destination for as long as I can think. I am so grateful to have ended 2018 with this incredible 5-day Christmas trip to New York City including tons of sightseeing, Instagram-worthy spots, cheap eats and stunning views. Hope you enjoy <3

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DAY 1 - Midtown and Upper East Side 
Times Square 
Rockefeller Center 
Grand Central Station
Empire State Building
Madison Square Park 
Flatiron Building 
Famous Original Ray's Pizza
Irving Farm Coffee 
The Palace Hotel (Gossip Girl film location) 
5th Avenue (From Rockefeller Center to Plaza Hotel at Central Park) 
Times Square at Night  

Flatiron Building New York City

DAY 2 - Lower Manhattan, Chinatown and Brooklyn 
9/11 Memorial 
Zucker‘s Bagels
Brooklyn Bridge Park 
DUMBO
Sweet Moments in Chinatown

Girl on Brooklyn Bridge in Morning Sun

DAY 3 - Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and SOHO 
Brooklyn Bridge in the morning 
The End Cafe Brooklyn 
Staten Island ferry to see Statue of Liberty 
Battery Park
Wall Street 
Eileen’s Cheesecake 
By Chloe 

Central Park Iceskating

DAY 4 - Midtown and Central Park 
Top of the Rock 
Bryant Park 
Central Park Wollman Rink Ice Skating 
The MET 
Harlem Shake 

Harlem Shake Burger Milkshake Cheese Fries

DAY 5 - Chelsea and Greenwich Village 
Citizen of Chelsea Cafe 
Doughnut Plant 
Chelsea Market 
Bleecker Street 
The Butcher’s daughter 
Magnolia Bakery 
Jr's Pizza and Brew
DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections

Check out my blog post all about the best cheap eats in New York City here!

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10 Best Cheap Eats under $10 in New York City (Budget-Friendly and Instagram-Worthy)

Famous Original Ray's Pizza
Food is one of my fave aspects of travel (or actually, of life). Whenever going to a new destination I love exploring local cuisine and trying out all kinds of foods, restaurants and eating experiences. However, I am usually on a budget and I've gotten quite good at finding affordable yet Instagram-worthy and yummy places to fill my belly. Hope you enjoy <3

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Famous Original Ray's Pizza 
811 Lexington Ave (Upper East Side)
Slice for around $4

There are many Pizza shops around NYC, this one was our fave. It is very likely that one slice will fill you up because they are honestly gigantic. I also tried the garlic dough balls which were yummy.

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections
DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections 
550 LaGuardia Pl (Greenwich Village)
1 Scoop for $4

*Sugar coma warning* Get this sweet treat to share with someone because even the dessert queen (me) could not finish this scoop by myself. 


Food Trucks NYC
Food Trucks
Everywhere 
Most things are around $2-4 

Literally my fave thing in NYC. On every corner you get those cute food trucks that serve all kinds of foods - our faves were defo the big pretzels! They also have iced coffee that looked very yum, hot dogs, burgers - all the fast food stuff ;)

Doughnut Plant
220 W 23rd St (Chelsea)
Donuts for $3-4

I tried the Brooklyn blackout donut which wasn't the most amazing donut I've ever had (still good tho), however, my friend tried the Banana Peanut Butter one which was yummy. 

Harlem Shake NYC
Harlem Shake 
100 W 124th St (Harlem)
Cheese Fries for $4
Milkshake for $7 
Burger for $7

Our fave restaurant! The milkshakes are to die for (I got black & white both times we went and it was so good), the cheese fries are heavenly and the burgers are good too (although a bit too greasy for my taste). Also, we loved the retro vibes in this diner. 

Magnolia Bakery
Banana Pudding for $5 (Greenwich Village)
West 11th Street, 401 Bleecker St

Such a yummy dessert. We got a small size which was just perfect to snack on whilst strolling along Bleecker street. They also had adorable cupcakes and a blueberry bar thingy (can't remember how it was called) that looked so good!

The End Brooklyn 
522 Metropolitan Ave (Brooklyn)
Health Drink for $9

If you want to treat yourself to a health drink (idk what's in it exactly) try the Lavender one! I got the Merbabe one and it was quite disgusting haha - the lavender one my friends got were got tho. 

Q&N Food Harlem
Q&N Food
107 E 125th Street (East Harlem)
Bagel & Coffe for $3
Breakfast buffet for $8

Best food place ever. We went here almost every morning and were amazed by the food every single time. They have a huge breakfast buffet with the most delicious sweet and savory foods. You can get a big box of food for around $7, such a good deal!

Sweet Moment NYC
Sweet Moment
106 Mott St (Chinatown)
Shaved Icecream for $7

A super Instagram-worthy place. Not the cheapest, but a small portion of this ice cream is definitely enough. We tried tiramisu, matcha, and mango-cheesecake flavours. 

Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Eileen's Special Cheesecake 
17 Cleveland Pl (SOHO)
Mini Cheesecake for $5

I got the Strawberry mini cheesecake and loved it. It's a great way to try out typical NYC cheesecake without getting a huge slice and falling into food coma afterward. They also had hot cocoa which we didn't get but it smelled yummy. 

Check out my 5-day NYC itinerary here if you are interested in what other things we did besides eating (although that was a huge part of the trip as you can tell). 

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