A must-visit on the up-and-coming strip of Geary Avenue is Dark Horse Espresso Bar, one of the original Toronto indie coffee brands.
There are six beloved Dark Horse neighbourhood cafes in the city and each one has its own unique flair. The Geary cafe is a direct representation of its industrial neighbourhood and is situated in what used to be an auto body shop. Although located on Toronto’s ugliest street, the interior is far from that and well worth a post on the ‘gram.
With limited seating and working-class hours, this Dark Horse location is more of a grab-and-go coffee situation for locals and those just discovering this developing street.
Part of the cafe doubles as a bakery where all bread and baked goods for its outposts are made. Also worth noting is that pizzas are available on breadmaking days (Wednesday and Thursday) and are definitely worth a try!
Detour provides espresso beans to all their locations and the machinery of choice is the La Marzocco Strado EP, which any serious barista will tell you is the crown jewel of espresso machines (and cost an arm and a leg).
Be sure to add Geary Avenue to your list of cool Toronto streets to visit and start your exploration with a coffee (or pizza) from Dark Horse Espresso Bar.
For more tried-and-true spots to visit along Geary, check out our Geary Ave. Neighbourhood Guide.
Visit Dark Horse Espresso Bar at 120 Geary Avenue.