7 great coffee shops in the northern suburbs of the GTA

It’s so cold in our northern suburbs that we’ve spent the week ferrying our coffee cups across town.

Now is the perfect time to whisk away a cup of joe for yourself (or a friend or family member). Consider going at the right time to capture a final warm cuppa.

Here are some great brew pubs in the GTA. Try more today.

Owls Creek

Fifteen stores and a coffee shop in a stone building smack dab in the middle of Brooklyn Heights, this hidden gem has great service and a wealth of specialized cocktails. In addition to flavored lattes, go for the Classic, Mimosa or Hibiscus – all $7.25. The bar has a large selection of bottled wines, so bring a bottle with you. There are also a few bocce courts in the back. 28 Brooklyn Bridge Drive, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn; owlscreekbrooklyn.com

Angel Eyes

This small Richmond Hill café is where everyone comes to enjoy their java while taking in the lush surroundings. The blackboard menu reads: “Queens. Light. Funny. Brave. Drink us.” An espresso is an extra $2 and oolong lattes are $4.25. They have a host of bottled beers and offer an eclectic selection of spirits. 4878 Merrick Blvd., Bellerose, Queens; angeleyesrestaurant.com


This sweet spot in Elmhurst serves up a house-made granola bar in place of a bottomless Champagne cocktail. Prepare for a regular lineup of $2 cocktails: Barefoot Bison, Beaujolais-infused strawberry beerta, Hemlock-Apple, the Social Animal, Ginger Lime, and their signature hot toddy. 35-02 44th Ave., Elmhurst, Queens; boulevardrestaurant.com

The Mug

Gluten-free and vegan free… This cozy spot in Forest Hills serves a limited menu but that doesn’t mean it’s slim pickings. Try the Orange Blood Orange Cherry or Wake’n Bake – a cozy latté (warm out of the fridge or hot off the tap) with a slice of Nantucket Cherry pie for $3.25. 31-09 89th St., Forest Hills, Queens; themugnyc.com

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Grimaldi’s Italian Ice

This iconic gem is just steps from Penn Station. Get the classic Signature – a tasty scoop of shaved ice laced with sugar and every flavor there is, then add your favorite flavoring. This shop is always packed with older commuters and families with the tube top and the hoodie. 250 W. 25th St., Manhattan; grimmaldices.com


This smoky café in Little Italy is a welcome alternative to the kind of cafe you might see on 33rd Street (that never has coffee). Try their Dirt Barrel, available all day for $4.19. 819 9th Ave., Manhattan; mc2nyc.com

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Coffee is the backdrop to this farmhouse-inspired restaurant from the French culinary mastermind behind two other vegan spots: Stezzetcafe in South Williamsburg and Beauty & Essex in the Meatpacking District. Their snack boards are large, but you can order the side salads and their popular alpaca chèvre, tossed in tamari, garlic, and hemp powder. If it’s coffee you’re looking for, they’ve got a decent selection, but they also make delicious lemon-rosemary drops. 225 Bank St., Brooklyn; villopantosa.com

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