When the temperature heats up, the best way to cool down is with a delicious iced coffee. Lucky for us, Toronto boasts plenty of cafes that offer up everything from classic iced lattes to coffee with a twist, and of course, the popular cold brew. Poured over ice, these caffeinated beverages are the perfect way to get the jolt you need to keep you going through the day when all you really want is to be laying on a beach.
It’s time to switch up your daily Americano to something a little cooler. Here are 7 of the best iced coffees in the city.
1. FIKA Cardamom Iced Coffee
Make your way to Kensington Market to check out FIKA cafe, a cozy Swedish-inspired spot with a distinctive wall of books in the back room. Known for their cardamom iced coffee, made with espresso, milk, cardamom bitters, simple syrup and fresh mint, it’s the perfect drink to sip on a hot day.
2. The Sidekick House-Made Cold Brew
A hybrid comic book store/coffee house in Leslieville,The Sidekick is a great place to hang out while cooling down. They offer a house-made cold brew, slow steeped for 14 hours and poured smoothly over ice. You can also opt for a classic iced latte or Americano, which are amazing on summer days.
3. Dineen Iced Mocha
If you’re a fan of the chocolate-flavoured mocha latte, your taste buds are going to go crazy over the iced mocha at Dineen. Boasting less caffeine and more sweetness than a regular iced latte, you’ll love cooling down with this drink. Plus, all the Dineen locations have the most gorgeous interiors where you’ll love to spend your time.
4. Boxcar Social Iced Coffee
With four locations to choose from, Boxcar Social has become one of Toronto’s go-to coffee spots. Curating coffees from top roasters around the world, they offer a dynamic menu that’s also offered up cold. Their classic iced coffee is one of the best ways to stay refreshed on a hot, sunny day.
5. HotBlack Coffee Affogato
Affogato lovers, rejoice! If you adore this Italian coffee-based dessert, make your way to HotBlack Coffee on Queen Street West to get your fix. This drink includes your choice of double espresso poured over 100% natural homemade French vanilla ice cream. The open-concept cafe is outfitted with a communal table, skylights, and pops of red so you can enjoy the scenery while you indulge away.
6. Quantum Iced Coffee
From cold brew, to lattes and cappuccinos served over ice, Quantum Coffee has become a downtown favourite to get a caffeine fix. Walk past the cafe a few steps up, and you’ll find a large workspace where people love to spend their days. If you’re a freelancer or someone who works from home, you’ll love the vibe here!
7. Hula Girl Espresso
For the days where you just can’t stand the heat, head to Hula Girl Espresso for one of their beloved iced coffees. Offering a 12-hour cold brew drip and amazing iced lattes, you’ll jolt up by cooling down. Plus, you won’t be able to get enough of their cute interior.
Do you know any other great iced coffee spots in the city?
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