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The Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada
It doesn't take long for a visitor to realize that most of Toronto's activities focus around eating and drinking. A visitor may also notice the stark architecture that competes for space in the sky. Many of Toronto's older buildings aren't...
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Tempt fate at the Monkey Paw’s Book-O-Matic machine, where for the price of a toonie you’ll be delivered an archaic tome in the vein of Elementary Arabic, Vol. 3. I’ll let you know how my studying gets on. The Monkey’s Paw...
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432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E3, Canada
Though Le Sélect could be classified as a stereotypical French bistro—with its burgundy leather studded banquettes, black and white tiles and that je ne sais quoi—its French inspired brunch is a pleasant surprise. Condo dwellers get up early to...
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93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
Toronto's St. Lawrence Market is crammed with 120 vendors, butcher counters, bakeries, ethnic eateries, and seafood shops. But there's one reason why most people come here: the peameal bacon sandwich, which is dished up at the Carousel Bakery....
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790 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3, Canada
The moment the snow melts, young Torontonians begin their annual spring migration to Trinity Bellwoods Park. The hippest park in town, Bellwoods stretches from the shopper’s paradise of Queen West up to central Dundas Street. On a...
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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...
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1132 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2, Canada
If you ask someone in Toronto where to get great poutine in Toronto, there's going to be a debate. It doesn't matter if it originated in Quebec, Torontonians love their cheese curd, gravy and fries mash-up. So where to go? Some will say Smoke's...
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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...
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1151 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
The famed Drake Hotel's motto is that they are a "hotbed of culture." This extends to their General Store but the items in here are anything but general. There's lots of curiosities here like those fun scratch maps, New York vs. Paris postcard...
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60 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
Cold Tea, located in a hidden spot through Kensington Mall (or through an alley off Augusta Avenue) is everybody's little secret. You're greeted by a dim sum cart when you pass the red light leading through the mall. Ripped, printed green...
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From the outside, the Royal Ontario Museum appears to have been struck by a mineral formation from outer space. When the original building was overhauled by starchitect Daniel Libeskind, many locals were dismayed by the new...
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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...
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405 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2N1, Canada
Roncesvalles is definitely a neighborhood worth visiting, and this gift boutique is a great excuse to do so. It's only been open for a year but has plenty of loyal followers and lots of fun finds ranging from baby gear to napkins with faux wine...
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245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 3B7, Canada
It seems as though only diehard brew misers know about Granite, which is a shame, considering it's one of the very best brew pubs in the country. It could have something to do with the fact that the pub is located at Eglington and Mt Pleasant,...
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In the heat of the summer there is only thing to do: pack a lunch, grab some beers, hop on a bike, ride the ferry, and get yourself over to the islands. It doesn't really matter which ferry you chose (well, don't head to the airport) because the...
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550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8, Canada
If you ever go to the Evergreen Brickworks, make sure you stop by for a breakfast sandwich at Cafe Belong. You'll get a fresh buttermilk biscuit, eggs and herbs. It's fresh, it's flavourful and you can eat it right by a pond in one of the best...
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205 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4, Canada
Kid Icarus is a wonderland of creativity, with rows of homemade cards, trinkets, jewelry, and gift ideas. It could take an entire day to take in all of the fun slogans and artful expressions that fill this store. It’s the perfect place to get...
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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...
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58 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1R2, Canada
The beer selection at Bier Market is extensive, with pages upon pages of local and foreign brews to delight in. With a big outdoor patio, this is the perfect spot to grab some friends and head for drinks during the summer months. During colder...
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1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3, Canada
High Park, 399 acres of peace and recreation and playing fields and picnic areas, has a way of making you forget the city beyond. Grenadier Pond, a tranquil body of water that runs along the park's western border, is favored by runners....
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550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8, Canada
The Evergreen Brick Works, a reclaimed quarry in the lush Don Valley, is a showcase for sustainable and green living, as well as for urban design. A community has been established in this once-derelict industrial site and former landfill. ...
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3092 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z8, Canada
Part gift shop, part ladies’ boutique, and part fantasyland for girls, this little store in the booming Junction neighborhood has its own unique identity. Owned and carefully stocked by a former costumer, this spot aims to offer a...
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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...
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770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3, Canada
Young, old, even the eternally curmudgeon can’t help but crack a smile at the immersive and immense Toronto Zoo, where pandas, polar bears, and pythons—not minotaur—wait for you at the center of the massive labyrinth. An afternoon at the Ontario...
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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...
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1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York, ON M3J 2P3, Canada
Great for kids, families, and history buffs, this authentically restored village of some 40 houses, workshops, stores, and farmland is an exciting step back into 19th-century Ontario. There is a whole range of special events to attend, from...
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The Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada
Nobel Tonic No.1 barrel-matured maple syrup may be brewed in the USA, but it has deep roots in the Canadian woods. You can find Nobel Tonic products, as well as great teas, coffees, and candies, at the Tea Shoppe in the Distillery District.