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The Toronto Airport area is at the crossroads between city and country, lakes and forests, modernity and history. It's the perfect starting point for our journey of discovery and exploration in this diverse, cultural hub on the shores of Lake Ontario.
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670 Matheson Blvd W, Mississauga, ON L5R 3T2, Canada
So yes, it’s a chain, but sometimes all you want is a night out that includes some old-school shrimp cocktail, a good crisp wedge salad, and a hearty hunk of well-aged steak with a heaped portion of to-die-for garlic mash. And that is precisely...
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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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555 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5L2, Canada
Cue the bugle: ascending arpeggio echoing across an open expanse on a spring afternoon. Cue the announcer: “they’re off!” It doesn’t matter whether you’re a horse-lover or gambler or not; once those horses roar out of the starting gate, you’ll be...
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10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0, Canada
Whether it’s actually true or a myth that Canadians love to believe, there is something about the national psyche that insists that we are a function of our environment, a part of nature itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in a Canadian icon...
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61 Claireville Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5Z7, Canada
It’s an eye-catching landmark right on the main drag for airport regulars, and it’s the starting point for a very different sort of journey—one to which, surprisingly, all voyagers are invited. It is an architectural wonder, this multi-turreted...
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1112 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, Canada
Poutini’s House of Poutine is arguably the city’s most popular poutinerie. The Classic variety features thick-cut French fries, savory cheese curds, and thick gravy lovingly served piping hot. Poutini’s is so revered that it has recently become a...
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7960 Kipling Ave, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1Z9, Canada
After World War II, a tidal wave of Italians flooded Toronto, creating one of the largest concentrations of those passionate (and food-loving) people outside of Terra Nostra itself. Their children migrated to the suburbs in nearby Woodbridge. That...
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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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1349 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1M1, Canada
At this most hipster of hipster espresso bars, Portland meets Toronto. And it is good. Don't let the hipster vibe deter you—the 'spro is solid, tunes are fine, and the baristas will even crack a smile (occasionally). They also bake their own...
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950 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W 5N4, Canada
Sometimes, when you’re looking for a place for an evening cocktail, it’s easy to overlook the obvious, to turn your nose up at what’s right under said proboscis. Honest mistake: get in late, check in, head out for a drink. I've made the same...
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883 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G5, Canada
Co-owned by my former Canadian Literature professor at University of Toronto, Joanne Saul, Type is the bookstore she has always dreamed of opening. You can't help but be charmed by this 'little bookstore that could' when you walk in; it's...
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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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200 Queens Plate Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6V1, Canada
I never realized it until recently, but when I eat at the Mandarin Buffet, near Woodbine Race Track, I am actually supporting a local business. Mandarin Buffet started in Brampton around 1979 as a small a la carte restaurant, and that’s where its...
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500 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K5, Canada
The minute you step into Woodbine Centre you get a good feeling about the place – even if you’re not a shopaholic. No surprise that this is “inspiration mall”. The designer of Gateshead Metro Centre in England even readily admits that the plaza...