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60 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 2P4, Canada
If you happen to be a cheese fanatic in Toronto, do yourself a favor and head to Cheesewerks, in the heart of the fashion district. Not only is this place entirely dedicated to cheese, it's also very much into homemade treats and quality foods....
Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada
Among the neighborhood’s art-minded hotels, the Gladstone is the most interactive, with shows, classes, and ongoing events. The 37 rooms, all designed by local artists, have breathed new life into the 128-year-old icon, which filmmaker...
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....
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...
14 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 2J4, Canada
The third outpost in the Playa Cabana restaurant empire, Hacienda, in my personal opinion is the best out of the bunch. It's in a clandestine location just north of Yorkville and has more of a bar vibe so if you come early enough, you can grab a...
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...
20 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5, Canada
I am by no means a vegan or a vegetarian. I am a hardcore carnivore. Once in a while, though, it's nice to have something clean and I was pleasantly surprised by Rawlicious's raw but tasty menu. With an elegant but casual dining room, Rawlicious...
478 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B4, Canada
The vegetarian, vegan and raw movement in Toronto has become more varied over the years but most establishments are all casual. Enter Grasslands for a fancier option to eat vegan. Formerly Fressen (and sister of Urban Herbivore in Kensington...
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...
2880 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8, Canada
Chances are, if you see a vintage sign in a Toronto coffee shop or a restaurant, it's from Smash Recoveries. Chock-full of vintage goods and salvaged antiques, this showroom in the Junction offers the chance to find something inspiring. After all,...
264 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7, Canada
Located on the Dupont strip in the heart of the Annex and just north of Yorkville feast on a variety of organic and locally sourced dishes. You can eat in or take out at this sophisticated yet casual restaurant (which also has a colorful back...
327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada
The Bata Shoe Museum is dedicated to the history of footwear through the ages. And what a spectacular history! After one visit, you'll be able to distinguish Rajasthani mojaris from chopines, the platform shoes worn by...
350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada
Home of the Toronto Film Festival, as well as other visual arts celebrations, the TIFF Bell Lightbox is a building dedicated to Toronto's film world. Theaters, libraries, galleries, offices, lecture halls, as well as a swank members' lounge and...
301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
Since it was built back in 1976, the CN Tower has topped the must-visit list of most Toronto tourists. Until recently, a visit was pretty standard; hop in elevator, shoot up to the observation deck, and ogle the city from a hawk’s...
550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4, Canada
The Thompson Hotel, Toronto, opened in 2010 as a modern, translucent glass building soaring above its low-rise, red-brick neighbors and staking a claim as a symbol of glitz and glam in the King West neighborhood. Thanks to its fashionable in-house...
794 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V1, Canada
Suddenly, grub that is both Chinese and Jamaican is a thing. Chef Craig Wong, third generation Chinese-Jamaican himself, has taken over a Dundas West space and done quite the number on the local dining scene, turning out a cuisine of his own that...
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...
290 John St E, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada
If there is one dining experience I would splurge on when visiting Niagara On the Lake it would be Peller Estate’s Kitchen Table Dinner. This was definitely the highlight of our trip to the region. As the name suggests, the experience lies in...
1249 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada
Though Trius has an excellent menu for all meals, this is one brunch I will never forget! Trius's "Farmers Market Brunch" created by acclaimed chef Frank Dodd, is all sourced locally; each of the three courses are accompanied by one of their...
1366 York Rd, St. Davids, ON L0S 1P0, Canada
When I asked friends and locals what their favourite winery was in Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL), I got a unanimous response on Ravine. Everything here is on point: great wine (and I’m kicking myself for not buying any), phenomenal food, and fun...
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