Lit Espresso Bar On Roncesvalles Avenue

City Living, Restaurants, Roncesvalles Village

Roncesvalles Village has quickly gained notoriety over the years as a hip, trendy, yet family-friendly ‘hood.

“Roncy”, as locals would call it, has fast become one of Toronto’s coolest residential neighbourhoods over the past decade. What started out as a Polish and Ukrainian immigrant enclave last century has evolved into a dynamic engaging neighbourhood with tree-lined streets, family-friendly vibes, and specialty establishments and eateries that seek to set themselves apart from the common fare by creating unique experiences within their shops.

Lit Espresso Bar is one such establishment!

(A big thanks to the manager and staff for the photos – borrowed from their awesome Insta account!)


* Photo courtesy of Lit Espresso


Lit has designed a beautiful space that both intrigues the senses and encourages customers to linger. The decor strikes a balance between rusticity and sparkle – including a tin ceiling – which makes it very comfortable. My favourite feature is the coffee bar counter made from heavy-sawn stacked wood timbers!

And we are happy to share the good news: Lit Espresso Bar remains open for all your coffee and food craving needs, despite the third and latest lockdown.



Today we were fortunate to chat with Rachael Millanta, the manager at Lit Espresso Bar. Rachael shared all the latest Covid changes that Lit Espresso Bar implemented to keep you safe while you enjoy your cup of joe!

Rachael explains: “As soon as you come in, there’s hand sanitizer available to disinfect your hands. We also installed plexiglass at our counter to keep both our baristas and customers safe. As well, only five people at a time are allowed in the cafe, and of course, everyone must wear their face masks”.

She goes on to say that Lit Espresso Bar reminds her of Cheers, the popular 80s American TV series, since “it’s a place where everyone knows your name!”



Lit likes to call themselves the “hippest neighbourhood retreat” (we agree!) and promises that their “classically trained baristas’ passion and attention to detail pay dividends in every pour.” Of course, there are two other reasons why they have such a loyal and supportive clientele: one has to do with their rich and flavourful coffee from @TwoBearsCoffee and the second reason has to do with the delicious pastries that they get delivered daily from Circles & Squares Bakery. The combination makes for a delightful coffee and snack on the go!



In fact, Rachael highly recommends either the raspberry scone or the cheddar chive scone! But be warned, one bite is never enough! Make sure to visit them today and experience it all for yourself.

Lit is warm, welcoming, and a steadfast staple of the growing Roncesvalles Village community. Their passion is palpable, and the homey, laid-back ambiance is something you’ll want to wrap yourself up in.



Lit Espresso Bar
221 Roncesvalles Ave,
Toronto, ON M6R 2L6
(416) 538-9700

Open daily (weekends included) from 8 am-4 pm



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