5 Toronto Cafes Ideal for Artists

Whether you’re a painter, writer, actor, performer, musician, or filmmaker, here are top spots to get cozy while expressing your creativity. Our city has a diverse range of cafes throughout different neighbourhoods, but few stand out quite like these. No matter what you’re looking for, be it a place to chill while painting, or share some heartfelt poetry and music, we got you covered.

Art Square Cafe and Creperie

334 Dundas St West

Is it an art gallery? Is it a cafe? A restaurant? It’s a bit of everything. Located in Kensington Market, Art Square Cafe brings the vibe of an art gallery, with dozens of paintings and portraits on its walls, together with a dining area reminiscent of classic Euro vibe, and yes that includes crêpes.

Flying Pony

1481 Gerrard St E

The Flying Pony Gallery is an artist run gallery and coffee shop located in Little India. It features two galleries along with 1600 square feet of exhibition space. The place also serves up great coffee, homemade treats, and it’s renowned for writers and artists alike. Be sure to catch their upcoming annual Art Party, scheduled for December 8th.

Free Times Cafe

320 College St

Free Times Cafe is both recognized as a restaurant and a bar hosting nightly original music, which include open mic sessions and poetry readings. Open since 1980, the space is also known for The Artbar Poetry Series, which takes place every Tuesday.

Fusion Artz Cafe

1767 Avenue Road

A place where you can take classes on ceramics, Fusion Artz Cafe is friendly for a all ages. After you finish making  the piece, they glaze and fire it in their kiln, and it’s ready for pick up after seven days.  They also have snacks and refreshments available. The space is even used for booking private events!

The Harlem Underground

745 Queen St West

Inspired by 1920s Harlem, The Harlem Underground brings you the whole package. Art, music, and incredible food. There’s regular live concerts every week, and Irie Tuesdays, to enjoy a night of live music, poetry, and badass spoken word. Oh and there’s also their Red Stripe, Chicken & Waffles special that evening for $20.