Toronto's 9 Most Cozy Cafes and Bars

Warm up at one of the coziest cafes and bars in the city.

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Is there anything better than walking into a cozy bar or café on a cold day and lingering over a drink or two? If that sounds like your idea of a perfect afternoon, whether you’re looking for a coffee or a pint of craft beer, there’s plenty of places in Toronto to bask in the glow of warm lighting and in some cases, a fireplace. Here are some of the coziest cafes and bars in Toronto. 

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Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm

Address
512 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B3, Canada
Phone
+1 416-504-2334

No matter where you’re sitting in Tequila Bookworm, you’re bound to feel cozy. The narrow space houses small tables and friendly staff serve up Ontario craft beer, cider, and wine, as well as snacks and larger meals. The beer list here is extensive with a lot of unique offerings from local craft breweries like Bloor Brothers, Folly, and Burdock. 

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Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words 

Address
392 Pacific Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 2R1, Canada
Phone
+1 416-792-5200

Could there be anything cozier than a book-themed bar? Famous Last Words takes its love of literature seriously with multiple bookshelves, bookshelf wallpaper, a bar top fashioned with thousands of Scrabble tiles and a cocktail menu filled with cocktails named for famous novels. But the cozy factor doesn’t just stop at the books – the plush seating, low lighting, and electric fireplace all add to the bar’s appeal. 

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The Common

Address
1028 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M2, Canada

There are two West-End locations of The Common in Toronto and they’re all friendly, welcoming and filled with regulars who come for the relaxed vibe conducive to lingering over a coffee while reading the paper. Kids play while parents chat over expertly-made americanos and laptop users work away as they sip coffee. 

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Wallflower

Address
1665 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1V2, Canada
Phone
+1 647-352-5605

Wallflower is the kind of place you feel instantly warm in like you’ve just walked into a hug from a good friend. Twinkle lights, small tables, and vintage-inspired décor create a cozy atmosphere perfect for sipping cocktails with close friends (or a date). There’s a rotating menu of comfort foods here and smaller, sharing plates.

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C’est What

Address
67 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B5, Canada
Phone
+1 416-867-9499

With 42 Canadian craft beers on tap C’est What is a bar for beer lovers. But the space, housed in the cellar of a historic 19th-century building, exudes a cozy vibe no matter what you’ve come for. That’s thanks in part to the subterranean space, but also to the roaring fireplace and tables in various nooks and crannies so you never feel cramped.  

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Full of Beans

Full of beans Coffee House & Roastery

 Full of beans Coffee House & Roastery

Address
1348 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON M6J 1Y3, Canada
Phone
+1 647-347-4161

Shelves lined with books and comfy chairs make this Dundas West café a cozy place any time of day. Full of Beans roasts all their coffee on site using a fascinating-looking century old Jabez-Burns Sample Batch Roaster and you can smell the coffee roasting from a block away. Inside, choose a book from the shelf (they have a take one-leave one program) and order one of their excellent americanos. 

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The Gaslight

The Gaslight

The Gaslight

Address
1426 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P 3L6, Canada
Phone
+1 647-402-9728
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Cozy is the first word that comes to mind as soon as you take your first step into The Gaslight, an adorable spot in the Junction Triangle that feels like somewhat of a hidden gem. Low lighting and dark wood combine to create a warm, intimate atmosphere whether you’re spending time with a friend or significant other. The small menu features some heartier fare (like curry) and sharing items (like the charcuterie board). The drinks menu rotates, but if they have it, warm up with a hot spiked cider.

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Balzac's

Address
1 Trinity St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
Phone
+1 416-207-1709

Balzac's has many locations (with some outside of Toronto), but it’s the one in the Distillery District that feels coziest. It might be large but manages to still feel intimate. The two-story space is housed in a circa 1895 Pump House and is modeled after a Parisian café. Head upstairs once you order to one of the tables tucked away on the second floor.

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Café con Leche

Address
1571 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3S5, Canada
Phone
+1 647-748-3322

Just small enough to feel cozy, but not so small that you need to fight for table space, friendly Café con Leche is a great to while away an hour or two doing work or just people watching from one of the seats by the window. All of the drinks here are well-made, but if you’re feeling indulgent (or like you just want to treat yourself), the Nutella latte is never a bad idea. Nutty, chocolatey and creamy, but not too sweet, this drink always hits the spot. Try it iced in the summer. 

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9 Cozy Bars and Cafes in Toronto