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249 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 3A1, Canada
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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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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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51st Floor, 55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5, Canada
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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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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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176 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 2E6, Canada
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Tucked behind the popular Rose and Sons is the large yet clandestine wooden back patio of Big Crow. The CN Rail Train and lots of chatter provide the background noise for groups of friends gathering around over some incredible baby back ribs....
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1330 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4, Canada
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Brace the line ups because this is one of the most popular restaurants in Toronto. It's getting the accolades too: En Route named it one of their ten best restaurants in the country. The premise is simple: tacos, bourbon and loud hip hop and rap...
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730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H2, Canada
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Founded by Canadian Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford of Food Network Canada's Restaurant Makeover and Pitchin' In, Ruby Watchco is her farm to table labour of love. For $49, you get a four course meal: an appetizer, main course, cheese amuse bouche...
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1022 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K4, Canada
The word "detox" is not usually in my vocabulary but when I need to take a break from the caloric-inducing meals from my travels, my preferred place is Belmonte Raw, located in the heart of Leslieville. Not only do they offer a variety of cleanses...
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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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711 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M5V 3T7, Canada
Toronto's parks system connections are tremendous; it's nearly possible to get from one corner of the city to the other while stepping foot on nothing but green space (almost). Coronation and the Battery Park Trail are great lakeshore spots to...
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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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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
Stationed inside the St. Lawrence Market, a veritable treasure trove of edible goodness, Carousel Bakery is where you'll find Hogtown's original peameal bacon sandwich which manages to be both lunch and a history lesson all in one. Curing pork...
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65 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E6, Canada
Union Station is a landmark in architectural design, and remains Canada’s most frequently used passenger rail terminal. Even if you’re not disembarking on a journey to another part of the country, I highly recommend visiting the station in order...
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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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93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
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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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181 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3, Canada
On the whole i'm a pretty healthy eater and iQ Food Co. is one of my go-to's for healthy eats. Those that know me, know that I'm a big Chai fan and so today I picked myself up a 'Chai Town' smoothie made with unsweetened almond milk, chai, raw...
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25 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 0B5, Canada
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Against the Grain specializes in creating international fare from thoughtfully sourced, local ingredients—served with sophisticated flair. Pair that with an expansive view of Lake Ontario (and a regional Canadian brew), and you've got the perfect...
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27 Trinity St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
Brick Street Bakery has a few outlets scattered about town, but for a truly exceptional artisan experience, grab a freshly baked loaf of bred, a double chocolate nut brownie, a lemon tart, or a piping hot apple pie from the Distillery location and...
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432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E3, Canada
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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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1575 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C1, Canada
Do you love the tagline ("What creams are made of"), or do you love it? Ashley Jacot De Boinod—former pastry chef at Buca—has taken her doughnut creations to new heights. Tim Horton's tim bits these are not. If you want peanut butter, bacon, and...
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32 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4, Canada
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On one of those (far too many for my taste) freezing days, nothing warms me up more than a cup of hot and spicy Mayan chocolate. Delicious! I also would suggest the Bicerin (pictured above) when they happen to have it on their menu. Heaven!