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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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1078 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H8, Canada
this longstanding little locals spot is one I've been to before and forgot about some time ago. Don't know why. Rediscovered it again this past week and still love the vibe and the unique drink they specialize in. I promise to not be a stranger. A...
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1212 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X5, Canada
This is a bartender's bar, where you'll find many of those Toronto industry folks during their free time. The drinks are strong, the cocktails are delicious, and you're bound to bump into someone you know. If you want good trouble, it's likely to...
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64 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7, Canada
I don't know of many places where you can grab a coffee, read a magazine, pull a pint, flip a tractor tire, swing a sledgehammer, and finish off with an organic wheatgrass and kale smoothie, but then I don't know many other places like the...
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63 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z2, Canada
Arranged by era, I Miss You Vintage is a well organized, easy-to-shop treasure trove of great pieces. If you want high-end vintage, this is the place to get it. They recently added an extension for bags and accessories. There are some true finds...
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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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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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249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 3A1, Canada
The Dakota Tavern is Ossington Avenue's infamous subterranean saloon, an open concept rock bar with glowing skulls mounted on the wall, barn doors leading nowhere, and high-backed whiskey barrel stools surrounding the old oak bar. The Dakota has...
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Raw, vegan food that makes you "Feel Good." My favourites here include the "Make Kale Not War" salad and the spicy "Bangkok Doc," their take on the classic Pad Thai. They also sprout their own grains and get a lot of their veggies from the market...
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367 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M8, Canada
Forget David's Tea and the other overpriced chains. Tealish is what real tea is about. Self-described as a "modern tea boutique," the shop offers about 130 different loose leaf teas, ranging from the purest fruity white to the strong English black...
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928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W3, Canada
The Black Hoof gets a lot of press and for good reason. Their food and concept is different and simply one of the best. From the tongue on brioche, the bone marrow with chimichurri and foie gras with nutella on banana bread (yup...you heard that...
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1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
When the Drake Hotel opened in 2004, it not only enhanced the Toronto hotel scene, it helped revitalize the West Queen West neighborhood. This was long before the rapper Drake (no relation) became known as a Toronto ambassador. The design-oriented...
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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....
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107 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3, Canada
The coffee at Jimmy's is fantastic- but the environment of this Kensington Market coffee shop is what sets it apart. The Interior is filled with studious bookshelves and deep leather furniture, and the outdoor patio is large and filled with...
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Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
Canada's metropolis isn't just skyscrapers and multinationals, apparently. Welcome to Graffiti Alley, or as the locals call it, Rush Lane. Canada's largest outdoor art gallery (from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street) is located in the...
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392 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A9, Canada
Former Toronto food truck superstar, Banh Mi Boys, opened up a shop at the buzzy intersection of Queen and Spadina (ironically, it's beside a McDonald's). In addition to their popular banh mi sandwiches and steam bao is one unusual dish: Kimchi...
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243 X Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
List this under "very cool installations." The best part about the "wavedeck" is that you can slide on it (because you know you want to). It's a great, interactive gathering place at water's edge, and it plays on that theme in a whimsical way.
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190 University Ave 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3, Canada
The Toronto outpost of New York's noodle bar, Momofuku, is a bustling, friendly place serving many of David Chang's signature dishes. Weighing down our table were chicken-fried rice, okonomiyaki, roasted cauliflower, roasted rice cakes, and a cold...
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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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Grange Park, Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto is little bit obsessed with tacos right now, with full service, hyper designer or hipster restaurants opening every month. Proving that sometimes simple is best, SEVEN LIVES is basically a "barely there" food stall in the middle of...
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229 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1R4, Canada
The Tour Guys take you on a guided tour of Toronto's Graffiti Alley. As you wind through the alley as well as other points of graffiti in back areas of downtown, you'll get an overview of the history and language of graffiti. It's a great insight...
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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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479 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N4, Canada
It's one of the most beautifully decorated places in the city. It's away from the tourist fray in the East End, but if you're lucky to have your cuppa here, you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the skyline from Riverdale Park. This is a...
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390 Keele St, Toronto, ON M6P 2K8, Canada
In the Junction, an emerging design neighborhood, Russet & Empire specializes in cheeky riffs on old-school Canadian icons. Porcelain cups from Toronto designer Rob Southcott (shown) stack to form a totem pole, while National Design Collective...
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317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
Frank Gehry was born inToronto, but his dramatic 2008renovation and expansion ofthis Beaux-Arts museum washis first Canadian commission.He first discovered art on childhood visits to its vast collection,which spans the world. Now themuseum...
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Grange Park, Toronto, ON, Canada
It doesn't get more laid back and cool than this new drinking spot from a group of Toronto bar veterans. Taking over a cheesy, 'skeezy' bar in Kensington Market, the light renovation here kept the charm and dropped the cheese. This is the place to...
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178 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7, Canada
Massey Hall is one of Canada’s most important concert halls. A veritable encyclopedia of musical talent has played here, including Enrico Caruso, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Igor Stravinsky, Patti Smith, Lou Reed,...
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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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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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51st Floor, 55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5, Canada
The CN Tower offers great views of the city, but you’re enclosed in glass and you miss seeing one of the best parts of Toronto's skyline: the tower that you’re inside of. When you go to the 51st floor at Panorama Lounge, you get to take the entire...
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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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334 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A2, Canada
having celebrated their 30th birthday this year, this much written about and visited restaurant/bar/pool hall/live music venue has withstood all the changes that have happened on this once, long ago, cool strip. Now the domain of GAP, HMV and H&M,...
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Betty Sutherland Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada
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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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600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4, Canada
The little geek in your heart is a hopeless romantic, and his perfect date would begin at Snakes and Latte’s, where Cards Against Humanity and a cappuccino go hand in hand. We got so wrapped up in our games that we forgot to snap a picture of the...
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As much I love the nonstop buzz of my hometown, sometimes one just needs to escape and unwind even if just for an hour or two. The Toronto Music Garden, located in the Harbourfront neighborhood right on Lake Ontario is one of my favorite urban...
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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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Chinatown, Toronto, ON M5T, Canada
Toronto's Chinatown is one of the largest in North America and truly feels like a step across the Pacific Ocean to Asia. The original Chinatown area was relocated to make room for Toronto's new City Hall, but a vibrant community now thrives....