The Tempered Room

A pastry shop in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood full of rustic charm, and surprise, surprise — good coffee from Sam James. The exposed bricks, wood accents, and beautiful bouquets make it a lovely homey space for relaxing and catching up with friends. The Tempered Room 1374 Queen Street West | Website

Odin Cafe

A morning coffee scene from a few weekends ago at Odin Cafe + Bar. The space was gorgeous and bright, and the coffee was as good as at any independent coffee shops in Toronto.