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No. 15: Cold Tea

Cold Tea is one of Toronto’s best hidden gems. Nestled in the heart of Kensington Market, it offers a twist on a classic tradition.

At Cold Tea, prismatic LED lights play off gleaming white tiles, the hip-hop is just loud enough, and patrons are made to feel at home where their preferred tipple is a Rob Roy or Rolling Rock. The bar is named after the infamous after-last-call tradition in Toronto’s Chinatown, wherein ad order of “cold tea” is known to get you a teapot filled with beer. While the bar does not serve beer teapots, they do serve a perfect margarita, finished with a sprinkle of sea salt deposited directly into the glass.