Neo Coffee Bar just celebrated their one year anniversary in Toronto. Even though it has become a favourite amongst some east-enders and has carved out a wonderful name for itself in the city, it is still a hidden gem, waiting to be discovered to the majority of Torontonians.

It was love at first sight for me when I stepped into Neo. Their simplistic, warm, wood aesthetic brings a taste of Tokyo to Toronto. Tokyo’s coffee scene provides a minimalistic, zen approach which I find echoed in Neo’s sharp decor. Beautiful leather seats, and wood tables make a nice place to park to get some work done or discuss business or pleasure with a guest.

What you should be doing at Neo of course is try their iconic roll cakes. Roll cakes, a long-time staple of China and Japan, are given new life at Neo with gorgeous and tasty combinations such as Ontario strawberry and cream, pistachio-raspberry, and matcha-adzuki. Cakes are sold by-the-slice ($5.50-$6.50) or as a whole ‘log’. ($26-$28) They also offer a great selection of baking and gourmet sandwiches. I couldn’t resist the pretty cookies!

Coffee and cake are a match made in heaven and Neo also has their coffee game well honed. They make expert pour-over (another shout-out to Tokyo’s coffee scene) and have excellent espresso drinks too. A lovely touch is that they have hot water which they pour in front of you for your Americano. They will pour until you say ‘stop’ so that you may get the exact ratio of water to espresso that you are looking for.

What stands out to me at Neo is attention to detail, from the décor, to the food, to the coffee. Every single aspect of the shop seems to be high quality and consistent. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet you can find them below.

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