When you get chilly exploring Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods, it’s easy enough to find a premium cup of coffee or tea to warm up with. But for those who like to steer clear of caffeine, there’s a new trend in town. These healthier hot drinks blend globally inspired ingredients such as turmeric, matcha, ginger and chaga mushrooms with various milk substitutes for a soothing, invigorating pick-me-up. Here are five places to try.
This new Rosedale spot is bustling with trendsetters looking to sample its smoothies, energy balls and hot drinks made with Nutbar’s own nut milk, a blend of cashew, almond and coconut. Dairy lovers can opt for organic cow’s milk.
Must-try: The fresh chai, with 10 freshly ground spices and raw honey.
A local favourite for its brightly coloured juices in sleek glass bottles, Greenhouse has branched out into smoothies, soups and hot sippers (plus, it has a cookbook coming out this spring). Hot drinks are served at the Macpherson, Forest Hill and Queen West locations.
Must-try: The Gold Star Latte, a warming blend of turmeric, black pepper and ginger with house-made nut milk.
While this cash-only Corktown shop is known for its rotating selection of coffees by local roasters Pig Iron, Detour and Cut, it also serves a tasty selection of cookies (some by its patisserie neighbour Roselle) and well-frothed pure matcha.
Must-try: Completely caffeine free, its black sesame latte is a creamy, black drink with a nutty flavour.
Vegans flock to this off-the-tourist-track spot in North York run by well-known chef Doug McNish. It features brunch and lunch as well as plenty of takeaway.
Must-try: The hot goji latte, a mix of goji berry concentrate, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla sweetened with coconut sugar.
The still-hip grandmother of the city’s vegetarian dining scene, Fresh has four locations across the city, all offering a massive selection of hot and cold drinks as well as brunch, lunch and dinner. Tip: for a cozy night in, use UberEATS or Foodora to have a meal delivered to your accommodations.
Must-try: The superfood hot chocolate, dark cocoa and almond milk sweetened with maple syrup and boosted with maca, mesquite and raw coconut oil.
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