Collected by Colette Gabriel
1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth, Montréal, QC H2X 1L4, Canada
Tucked down a nondescript route off a much busier thoroughfare, the building out front isn't notable and the pub inside is pretty much a standard-issue Irish bar. But the secret garden out back is one of the best places in town to grab a pint. The...
4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
The Lantern Festival is without a doubt my favorite festival—ever, in the world. I'm not even sure why. It's not star-studded. It's not particularly big. It's not in the warmest conditions. But damn it if it's not the prettiest thing. The pathways...
705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G5, Canada
Montreal's underground city is an ingenuous network of tunnels connecting office towers, malls, metro stations, universities, and hotels. These 33 kilometers of walkways and 120 access points are nestled under street level. Montrealers and...
364 Rue de la Commune E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1J3, Canada
Secluded from Old Montreal's main road, Terrasses Bonsecours looks like a secret. On four terraces overlooking Old Montreal and downtown, this upmarket bistro and club is a great place to start a night. It's normally busiest at happy hour, when...
Marché Bonsecours, Montréal, QC H2Y, Canada
The Bonsecours Market is hard to miss, whether you are walking around Montréal's historic center or looking at the skyline from the harbor. A silver dome caps the long building, which dates from 1844 and was modeled on Dublin's Customs...
Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, QC H2Y, Canada
Running from the waterfront to Montréal's City Hall, at the opposite end of a gently sloping hill, Place Jacques-Cartier has been a center of the city's street life for more than two centuries. It was laid out at the beginning of the 19th...
1196 Voie Camillien-Houde, Montréal, QC H3H 1A1, Canada
Not unlike the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Empire State Building in NYC, the Mont Royal acts as a natural landmark for orientation-challenged travelers. The "mountain" (some would call it a big hill) overlooks the entire city and offers...
Ville-Marie, Montreal, QC, Canada
Where North American meets Europe, and where history meets today. Old-Montreal could fool visitors into believing they've traveled halfway across the world! Cobblestone streets and old, intricately ornate buildings abound—thanks to Montreal’s...
1266 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Y4, Canada
People who haven't heard of macarons by now probably live under a rock. Not just yet another French dessert to travel across the pond, macarons are a delightful bite-size sandwich-like treat, with a thin, crusty envelope and a flush, jam-like...
6731 Avenue de l'Esplanade, Montréal, QC H2V 4P9, Canada
This summer-only bar in Mile Ex (a ten-block area between Mile End and Parc Ex) is a festive place to end any warm-weather day. Basically a big concrete space with communal picnic tables, string lighting and a garage-door opening, the sum of those...
18 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, Canada
Toronto's beer scene is burgeoning, with new breweries, brewpubs, and watering holes popping up around town all the time. And while the Beer Bistro doesn't brew on the premises, they do go out of their way to bring in some of the world's greatest...
124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5, Canada
Bellwoods hasn't been open long, but it has already made an impression on the Toronto craft beer and food scene. Bellwoods and the Group of Seven Chefs put on a brilliant seafood feast that I was lucky enough to be in attendance for; it was the...
143 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2, Canada
Allen's is an institution down on the Danforth. Nestled in the heart of Greektown, Allen's is as much a destination as the famed neighborhood itself; the place is busy every night of the week, and a few movies have even been filmed inside. The...
1 Trinity St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
Staying caffeinated and warm is my agenda when I'm in Toronto. I like the cozy insides of Balzac's, especially the water front one in the popular Distillery District. They are so inviting in comparison to the brisk spring winds outside. No long...
Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
11 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5V 3M2, Canada
The Cocktail Parlor is bringing back the nightlife to the derelict Entertainment District in Toronto. This bar is very similar to the atmosphere and decor at Soho House but without the membership fee. Among high ceilings, low leather banquettes...
45 Esandar Dr, Toronto, ON M4G 4C5, Canada
Toronto's craft beer scene is exploding. Amsterdam Brewing has been at the forefront of the craft scene for many years, but with a brand new brewing facility in an up and coming part of town, and a line of great new suds—some experimental, some...
85 Hanna Ave #104, Toronto, ON M6K 3S3, Canada
For about 25 years, Mildred's Temple (nee Mildred's Pierce) has been known for its doughy, blueberry pancakes. Simply, they are the best. As per their website, the pancakes are called Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Light & Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk...
812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H7, Canada
Bonjour Brioche brings a French twist to the land of brunch spots in Leslieville. Choice dishes include poached eggs on salmon with hollandaise on top of a croissant or their croque madame, a cheesier version of their croque monsieur. Of course,...
31 Saulter St c, Toronto, ON M4M 2H8, Canada
Christine Flynn really has an eye for design and you can tell in her carefully curated store, now located in the Summerhill neighborhood. (Her first location in Leslieville is now closed.) Whether it's the lacquered artwork displaying words or...
140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 1X6, Canada
Located right in the heart of the Financial district, Dineen is the prettiest place to get your morning java fix in TO. With its ornate European tiles, large chandeliers and gorgeous shelves, you'll want to stay in here all day. An ideal place for...
1290 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C4, Canada
Edward Levesque's Kitchen has become such a brunch staple in Leslieville for the past 12 years, that he's changing his name to simply "Edward's" in the near future. All necessary brunch items are on the menu and all made fresh, but I love the...
401 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4, Canada
The Oliver and Bonacini chain of restaurants known for its Canadian cuisine (i.e Canoe Restaurant) brought its distinctive dishes with its newest inception, Bannock, to one of Canada's oldest heritage department stores, The Hudson's Bay Company. A...
1636 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G3, Canada
The Canadian version of America’s In N Out Burger, The Burger’s Priest pays tribute to the mighty burger and religious references. Believers line up all day, every day (except Sunday) for their most revered burger. The not-so-secret secret menu is...
265 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2G8, Canada
There is always a line here and for good reason. Other than Eggsmart, Lady Marmalade knows the permutations of eggs and its eggs bennies. You can even get them gluten free! Aside from eggs, they punch up their comprehensive AM menu with some sweet...
488 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E3, Canada
I love a good story and Marben's story is no exception. Owner Simon Benstead told me that in the hometown of his parents in Ipswitch, England there are no house numbers. Thus, each house has a nickname. His parents, John and Mary, took the first...
1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C2, Canada
When champion oyster shucker Patrick McMurray of Starfish opened this authentic Irish pub on the edges of Leslieville, the area suddenly got a little more interesting. Locals could enjoy the craic without crossing the Bloor Viaduct. Even more...
55 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 3L2, Canada
Toronto’s Yorkville has what must be one of the most unusual histories of any neighborhood in North America. Once the spiritual home of Toronto’s counter-culture, where musicians like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young performed in its coffee houses, it...
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