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Guidebook for Toronto

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Guidebook for Toronto

Food Scene
Generous portion of Tibetan Momos, friendly owner and the best homemade hot sauce and pickled radish you can find! This was featured on Vice.
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Loga's Corner
216 Close Ave
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Generous portion of Tibetan Momos, friendly owner and the best homemade hot sauce and pickled radish you can find! This was featured on Vice.
Hands down one of the best family-style Polish restaurant in the city. Get the platter for two, and you are guaranteed to have enough food to feed almost 3-4 people. Their mountain of delicious sauerkraut and other delectable pickled things swimming beside schitznel, perogies and the most perfect cabbage roll, this cafe is a must-visit if you are in the neighbourhood.
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Cafe Polonez
195 Roncesvalles Ave
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Hands down one of the best family-style Polish restaurant in the city. Get the platter for two, and you are guaranteed to have enough food to feed almost 3-4 people. Their mountain of delicious sauerkraut and other delectable pickled things swimming beside schitznel, perogies and the most perfect cabbage roll, this cafe is a must-visit if you are in the neighbourhood.
Great, dreamy spot with a delicious rotating menu. New American food. Tastes refined yet homey. Both brunch and dinner service is recommended!
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The Ace
231A Roncesvalles Ave
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Great, dreamy spot with a delicious rotating menu. New American food. Tastes refined yet homey. Both brunch and dinner service is recommended!
Local popular BBQ spot with a delicous brunch menu. If you are the type of person who enjoys a morning beef brisket eggs benny or ribs with syrup waffles, then this is the right brunch spot for you.
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Barque Smokehouse
299 Roncesvalles Ave
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Local popular BBQ spot with a delicous brunch menu. If you are the type of person who enjoys a morning beef brisket eggs benny or ribs with syrup waffles, then this is the right brunch spot for you.
Nestled in the sleepy, adorable streets of Sorauren, you will find Mitzi's cafe! They have an extensive menu of fun breakfast items.
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Mitzi's Cafe
100 Sorauren Ave
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Nestled in the sleepy, adorable streets of Sorauren, you will find Mitzi's cafe! They have an extensive menu of fun breakfast items.
Come early because these Glory Hole Doughnuts practically fly off their shelves every day! Plenty of fun and delicious flavours available at this wildly popular dougnut shop.
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Glory Hole Doughnuts
1596 Queen St W
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Come early because these Glory Hole Doughnuts practically fly off their shelves every day! Plenty of fun and delicious flavours available at this wildly popular dougnut shop.
One of my favourite restaurants to take visiting friends is Tinuno! This Filipino restaurant serves up a delicious, authentic Kamayan Feast at a super affordable price. Experience grilled seafood, pork and garlic rice strewn across massive sheets of banana leaf and the best part: you get to eat with your hands! This promises to be a memorable night out.
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Tinuno
31 Howard St
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One of my favourite restaurants to take visiting friends is Tinuno! This Filipino restaurant serves up a delicious, authentic Kamayan Feast at a super affordable price. Experience grilled seafood, pork and garlic rice strewn across massive sheets of banana leaf and the best part: you get to eat with your hands! This promises to be a memorable night out.
Many places in this city will claim to be authentic Japanese, but I've never felt closer to Tokyo then when I eat at this heartwarming, tiny Washoku (Western-Japanese cuisine cafe). This is truly a hidden gem in the city. The Japanese chef is professionally trained in France, but has cooked in Tokyo and Toronto, even for the local Japanese consulate. But this cafe is not stuck up, in fact it serves up the type of comfort food you crave. The Japanese couple brings together a menu that is both heart warming and delicately balanced. Make sure you try their homemade desserts as well!
COO Café Bread or Rice
1049 Bloor St W
Many places in this city will claim to be authentic Japanese, but I've never felt closer to Tokyo then when I eat at this heartwarming, tiny Washoku (Western-Japanese cuisine cafe). This is truly a hidden gem in the city. The Japanese chef is professionally trained in France, but has cooked in Tokyo and Toronto, even for the local Japanese consulate. But this cafe is not stuck up, in fact it serves up the type of comfort food you crave. The Japanese couple brings together a menu that is both heart warming and delicately balanced. Make sure you try their homemade desserts as well!
A delightful little restaurant to hang out for after-work drinks and some delicious drinking snacks to pair. Imanishi's theme is Tokyo bar-eatery and they nailed it! The ambiance is nostalgic and warm. They serve up some classic Japanese drinking tapas and after-work teshoku (dinner set). This is a fun place to head out for a light dinner and drinks. Prices are mid-range to high.
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Imanishi Japanese Kitchen
1330 Dundas St W
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A delightful little restaurant to hang out for after-work drinks and some delicious drinking snacks to pair. Imanishi's theme is Tokyo bar-eatery and they nailed it! The ambiance is nostalgic and warm. They serve up some classic Japanese drinking tapas and after-work teshoku (dinner set). This is a fun place to head out for a light dinner and drinks. Prices are mid-range to high.
The priciest suggestion on this list. Save this for a special occasion or a special someone, but Miku is guaranteed a blast. They have a great selection of fusion sushi. Miku is famous for their torched aburi sushi, beef carpaccio and a life-changing delicious matcha dessert called the green opera. Their quality is consistent and always socks-wowing. I've been a fan of their Vancouver location for years and was ecstatic to see them open up shop in Toronto.
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Miku Toronto
10 Bay St
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The priciest suggestion on this list. Save this for a special occasion or a special someone, but Miku is guaranteed a blast. They have a great selection of fusion sushi. Miku is famous for their torched aburi sushi, beef carpaccio and a life-changing delicious matcha dessert called the green opera. Their quality is consistent and always socks-wowing. I've been a fan of their Vancouver location for years and was ecstatic to see them open up shop in Toronto.
My personal favourite brunch spot in all of Toronto! Where else can you find Egyptian brunch?!? Weekend waits are up to 2 hours. I recommend trying them out on the weekdays. They serve up some truly deicious babaganoush, hummus, and honey cardamon latte!
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Maha's
226 Greenwood Ave
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My personal favourite brunch spot in all of Toronto! Where else can you find Egyptian brunch?!? Weekend waits are up to 2 hours. I recommend trying them out on the weekdays. They serve up some truly deicious babaganoush, hummus, and honey cardamon latte!
Best pizza takeout in the hood! They run that fine line of grease and well-balanced taste. Our favourite is Chicken Shwarma pizza. Family run and humble, this place has been serving up some of the best pies in the city for decades! Make sure to ask for some of their mouthwatering garlic sauce. Beware, it is highly addictive!
La Mona's
1210 King St W
Best pizza takeout in the hood! They run that fine line of grease and well-balanced taste. Our favourite is Chicken Shwarma pizza. Family run and humble, this place has been serving up some of the best pies in the city for decades! Make sure to ask for some of their mouthwatering garlic sauce. Beware, it is highly addictive!
Best fish tacos in the city. Nuff' said. Go-go-go. Plus it is situated in the always entertaining, vibrant Kensington Market. Head next door for some churros and shimmy down the street for organic beauty goods and Japanese cakes. I can spend 8 hours at Kensington Market without ever running out of things to do. But I always make sure I grab taco at Seven Lives.
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Seven Lives
69 Kensington Ave
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Best fish tacos in the city. Nuff' said. Go-go-go. Plus it is situated in the always entertaining, vibrant Kensington Market. Head next door for some churros and shimmy down the street for organic beauty goods and Japanese cakes. I can spend 8 hours at Kensington Market without ever running out of things to do. But I always make sure I grab taco at Seven Lives.
German-style brunch. Meat lover's heaven. Get a giant platter of sausages, bacon, eggs and goodness knows what else and share with a group of 4. The best part is their washroom. If you see a red button: press it. Not a vegetarian friendly spot.
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Otto's Bierhalle
1087 Queen St W
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German-style brunch. Meat lover's heaven. Get a giant platter of sausages, bacon, eggs and goodness knows what else and share with a group of 4. The best part is their washroom. If you see a red button: press it. Not a vegetarian friendly spot.
Macaroons, cakes, sandwiches and some pretty good cup of cappuccinos. Nadege is posh, yet scrumptious. Their cakes both beautiful and delicious is never a disappointment at any party. Purchase one if you really want to impress or show that someone that you love them.
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Nadège Patisserie
780 Queen St W
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Macaroons, cakes, sandwiches and some pretty good cup of cappuccinos. Nadege is posh, yet scrumptious. Their cakes both beautiful and delicious is never a disappointment at any party. Purchase one if you really want to impress or show that someone that you love them.
Drinks & Nightlife
Tiki themed bar with super strong cocktails. Order the volcano drink and you can get a complete show, sound effects and a cocktail spewing with fire to share with 4 other friends. Guaranteed a memorable (or maybe a blur) of a night out.
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The Shameful Tiki Room Toronto
1378 Queen St W
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Tiki themed bar with super strong cocktails. Order the volcano drink and you can get a complete show, sound effects and a cocktail spewing with fire to share with 4 other friends. Guaranteed a memorable (or maybe a blur) of a night out.
Dakota Tavern is one of those spots that is unpolished perfection. Popular spot for bluegrass, country or folk bands to perform. Enjoy fun live acts with relatively affordable beer! Highly recommend their Sunday Bluegrass Brunch. Bottomless food and good times while listening to some bluegrass: what not to like?
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The Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington Ave
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Dakota Tavern is one of those spots that is unpolished perfection. Popular spot for bluegrass, country or folk bands to perform. Enjoy fun live acts with relatively affordable beer! Highly recommend their Sunday Bluegrass Brunch. Bottomless food and good times while listening to some bluegrass: what not to like?
Best burger in town. The few places where they don't overcook the patty. The basement turns into a hip hop music venue on the weekends. This place gets packed, and occasionally gets graced with the present of Toronto's very own hip hop legend: Drake.
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Parts & Labour
1566 Queen St W
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Best burger in town. The few places where they don't overcook the patty. The basement turns into a hip hop music venue on the weekends. This place gets packed, and occasionally gets graced with the present of Toronto's very own hip hop legend: Drake.
Adorable cocktail in fruit cups. Interior is plenty insta-worthy with lots of fun printed wallpapers and extravagant looking drinks. You pay for the ambience and the adorableness. Sometimes the back turns into a music venue with live DJ acts.
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Miss Thing's
1279 Queen St W
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Adorable cocktail in fruit cups. Interior is plenty insta-worthy with lots of fun printed wallpapers and extravagant looking drinks. You pay for the ambience and the adorableness. Sometimes the back turns into a music venue with live DJ acts.
The destination for deep house, house and techno fans. Super late hours, always stellar lineup and one of the best sound systems in Toronto. Unforgettable. This is not a nightclub, but a destination for music lovers to celebrate on the dancefloor!
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CODA
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The destination for deep house, house and techno fans. Super late hours, always stellar lineup and one of the best sound systems in Toronto. Unforgettable. This is not a nightclub, but a destination for music lovers to celebrate on the dancefloor!
Enjoy a live Jazz or Blues set? The Rex is where you need to go. They have live performances almost every night. Order a beer, and enjoy some fantastic musicians (local and abroad) wow you with their skills.
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The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar
194 Queen St W
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Enjoy a live Jazz or Blues set? The Rex is where you need to go. They have live performances almost every night. Order a beer, and enjoy some fantastic musicians (local and abroad) wow you with their skills.
Parks & Nature
Largest park space in Toronto. This adorable stretch of green space is complete with its own petting zoo! A popular location for picnics, cherry blossom viewing with locals. Don't forget to come by in the summer for High Park's very own Shakespeare in the Park!
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High Park Zoo
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Largest park space in Toronto. This adorable stretch of green space is complete with its own petting zoo! A popular location for picnics, cherry blossom viewing with locals. Don't forget to come by in the summer for High Park's very own Shakespeare in the Park!
Sunnyside Beach along with its pavilion is truly a historic spot and local watering hole for Toronto residents for almost 100 years! The Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion was built in 1922 and it's adjacent pool was built in 1925. Since then, the original bathing facilities have been refashioned into a cafe and a dance venue. This stretch of the beach also has several butterfly garden spots and one of the best views of the Toronto skyline.
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Sunnyside Pavilion Cafe
1755 Lake Shore Blvd W
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Sunnyside Beach along with its pavilion is truly a historic spot and local watering hole for Toronto residents for almost 100 years! The Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion was built in 1922 and it's adjacent pool was built in 1925. Since then, the original bathing facilities have been refashioned into a cafe and a dance venue. This stretch of the beach also has several butterfly garden spots and one of the best views of the Toronto skyline.
Sightseeing
Filled with delicious eateries, fancy ice cream joints, hip breweries and bluegrass dive bars, there is something for everyone in Little Portugal. There are also plenty of gift shops and shopping you can do in the area.
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Little Portugal
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Filled with delicious eateries, fancy ice cream joints, hip breweries and bluegrass dive bars, there is something for everyone in Little Portugal. There are also plenty of gift shops and shopping you can do in the area.
Take a quick $10 ferry ride and you are transported into an entirely difference scene then downtown Toronto. The Toronto islands is lush plant life, parks, (nude) beaches and other adorable little fixtures classic to any boardwalk towns. It makes a great day getaway! Plus it has one of the best view of the Toronto skyline, complete with the CN Tower! Make sure you bring your camera and pack your picnic for a lovely day on the island.
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Toronto Islands
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Take a quick $10 ferry ride and you are transported into an entirely difference scene then downtown Toronto. The Toronto islands is lush plant life, parks, (nude) beaches and other adorable little fixtures classic to any boardwalk towns. It makes a great day getaway! Plus it has one of the best view of the Toronto skyline, complete with the CN Tower! Make sure you bring your camera and pack your picnic for a lovely day on the island.
Shopping
Popular local boutique stocked with fashion forward pieces from Korea! No need to fear of bumping into someone else with the same piece when you buy clothes here!
Sylvie and Shimmy
1640 Queen St W
Popular local boutique stocked with fashion forward pieces from Korea! No need to fear of bumping into someone else with the same piece when you buy clothes here!
Fun, little gift shop filled with all the adorable greeting cards and useless knick knacks you will want to swoon over!
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Scout
405 Roncesvalles Ave
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Fun, little gift shop filled with all the adorable greeting cards and useless knick knacks you will want to swoon over!
Arts & Culture
A little slice of Toronto history. This one of the top 3 private homes to visit that paints a vivid picture of Torontonian history. Complete the tour by visiting Mackenzie House and Montgomery Inn to get the full narrative of the early days of Toronto's history.
Colborne Lodge
A little slice of Toronto history. This one of the top 3 private homes to visit that paints a vivid picture of Torontonian history. Complete the tour by visiting Mackenzie House and Montgomery Inn to get the full narrative of the early days of Toronto's history.
Skip Casa Loma, and head next door to Spadina Museum. Perhaps not as ostentatious as Casa Loma, Spadina is rich with history, beautiful interior and well... actual riches. Spadina Museum was the home of the family who owns TD Bank. Take a peak into the true lifestyle of the rich and powerful in the past. Plus, they have an amazing orchard on their property. It makes for a lovely stroll on a fine summer day.
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Spadina Museum
285 Spadina Rd
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Skip Casa Loma, and head next door to Spadina Museum. Perhaps not as ostentatious as Casa Loma, Spadina is rich with history, beautiful interior and well... actual riches. Spadina Museum was the home of the family who owns TD Bank. Take a peak into the true lifestyle of the rich and powerful in the past. Plus, they have an amazing orchard on their property. It makes for a lovely stroll on a fine summer day.
Entertainment & Activities
One of the cutest features of Toronto is their handful of adorably old independent theatres that are still in operation! Revue Cinema regularly throws some fantastic themed movie nights, usually involving quite a few drinks and lots of rowdy sing-a-longs. Tired of blockbusters? Head to Revue and see what their quirky and thoughtful lineup of movies have to offer!
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Revue Cinema
400 Roncesvalles Ave
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One of the cutest features of Toronto is their handful of adorably old independent theatres that are still in operation! Revue Cinema regularly throws some fantastic themed movie nights, usually involving quite a few drinks and lots of rowdy sing-a-longs. Tired of blockbusters? Head to Revue and see what their quirky and thoughtful lineup of movies have to offer!