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Guidebook for Toronto

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Guidebook for Toronto

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The greatest s'mores, toasted to order. Easily my favourite dessert treat in the city. IG: @bakeshoppeto
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Bake Shoppe
859 College St
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The greatest s'mores, toasted to order. Easily my favourite dessert treat in the city. IG: @bakeshoppeto
Widely regarded as the best Vietnamese pho in the city. So many options, you really can't go wrong. Super cheap and generous portions. IG: @goldenturtle.restaurant
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Pho Rùa Vàng Golden Turtle Restaurant
125 Ossington Ave
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Widely regarded as the best Vietnamese pho in the city. So many options, you really can't go wrong. Super cheap and generous portions. IG: @goldenturtle.restaurant
The actual best pizza I've ever had in Toronto. Huge selection of inspired vegetarian and meat options. On the pricier side and off the beaten path, but they deliver to our address. You won't regret it. IG: @makerpizza
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Maker Pizza
59 Cameron St
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The actual best pizza I've ever had in Toronto. Huge selection of inspired vegetarian and meat options. On the pricier side and off the beaten path, but they deliver to our address. You won't regret it. IG: @makerpizza
This is a 24-hour diner that often makes cameos in films and commercials with its vintage, lived-in look. Good selection of local beer for less $ per pint than anywhere else, daily drink specials, and a menu so vast it's sure to please even picky eaters (but no, it's not healthy). IG: @thelakeviewrestaurant
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The Lakeview Restaurant
1132 Dundas St W
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This is a 24-hour diner that often makes cameos in films and commercials with its vintage, lived-in look. Good selection of local beer for less $ per pint than anywhere else, daily drink specials, and a menu so vast it's sure to please even picky eaters (but no, it's not healthy). IG: @thelakeviewrestaurant
The Muay Thai noodle box is the most delicious salad you've ever tasted. Exotic, healthy, and surprisingly affordable. Don't let the lime-green walls fool you, this place is legit. The staff is beyond friendly and the food is fantastic. Closes early, so go here for lunch. IG: @veghed_bar
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Veghed
1199 Dundas St W
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The Muay Thai noodle box is the most delicious salad you've ever tasted. Exotic, healthy, and surprisingly affordable. Don't let the lime-green walls fool you, this place is legit. The staff is beyond friendly and the food is fantastic. Closes early, so go here for lunch. IG: @veghed_bar
It's hard to say whether the food or the cocktails are the highlight of this place, or if it's the infamous $200,000 custom carved wood ceiling. Expect tiny sharing plates, a patio right on College, and some of the most talented bartenders in the city. IG: @bar_raval
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Bar Raval
505 College St
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It's hard to say whether the food or the cocktails are the highlight of this place, or if it's the infamous $200,000 custom carved wood ceiling. Expect tiny sharing plates, a patio right on College, and some of the most talented bartenders in the city. IG: @bar_raval
Admit it, you wanted to know where the closest Starbucks was.
Starbucks
Admit it, you wanted to know where the closest Starbucks was.
This is an all-vegan cafe, bakery and restaurant. This is where Ryan and I eat more than any other place, and even meat eaters will be satisfied. Pop in for a coffee with soy or almond milk, a delicious bagel with whipped Tofutti or cashew "cream cheese", a giant donut (try the rose pistachio) or their full lunch and dinner menu (the tempeh Reuben is our favourite, but you can't go wrong). IG: @bloomersto
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bloomer's on Bloor
873 Bloor St W
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This is an all-vegan cafe, bakery and restaurant. This is where Ryan and I eat more than any other place, and even meat eaters will be satisfied. Pop in for a coffee with soy or almond milk, a delicious bagel with whipped Tofutti or cashew "cream cheese", a giant donut (try the rose pistachio) or their full lunch and dinner menu (the tempeh Reuben is our favourite, but you can't go wrong). IG: @bloomersto
Probably our favourite nearby coffee shop. Great muffins and selection of beverages. Also great for people watching on Ossington (across from Bellwoods Brewery and Town Moto). IG: @craftedcoffee
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Crafted By Te Aro
135 Ossington Ave
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Probably our favourite nearby coffee shop. Great muffins and selection of beverages. Also great for people watching on Ossington (across from Bellwoods Brewery and Town Moto). IG: @craftedcoffee
The closest coffee to our house. Homemade Greek pastries and yummy treats. Super cute spot! IG: @hulagirlespresso
Hula Girl Espresso
456 Ossington Ave
The closest coffee to our house. Homemade Greek pastries and yummy treats. Super cute spot! IG: @hulagirlespresso
On weekdays the wait isn't bad, but be forewarned: there is often a lineup on weekends with a waiting list! The rotating menu is worth it. IG: @savinggraceto
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Saving Grace
907 Dundas St W
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On weekdays the wait isn't bad, but be forewarned: there is often a lineup on weekends with a waiting list! The rotating menu is worth it. IG: @savinggraceto
Great for all meals of the day. Vegetarian/vegan/health-conscious meals and smoothies, sit-down or takeaway. My favourite is the All-Star salad with 3-6-9 dressing but you can't go wrong with anything that has their marinated tofu in it. You may or may not see a celebrity - great patio here for keeping an eye out. IG: @freshrestaurants
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Fresh on Crawford
894 Queen St W
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Great for all meals of the day. Vegetarian/vegan/health-conscious meals and smoothies, sit-down or takeaway. My favourite is the All-Star salad with 3-6-9 dressing but you can't go wrong with anything that has their marinated tofu in it. You may or may not see a celebrity - great patio here for keeping an eye out. IG: @freshrestaurants
Ice cream sandwiches!!! There is almost always a crazy lineup so be prepared to go there as soon as it opens (hours vary depending on the season). People love to Instagram this place. IG: @bangbang_icecream
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Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery
93 Ossington Ave
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Ice cream sandwiches!!! There is almost always a crazy lineup so be prepared to go there as soon as it opens (hours vary depending on the season). People love to Instagram this place. IG: @bangbang_icecream
WAFFLES! Super close to home, reliably tasty. Vegan and GF options, too! IG: @starving4waffle
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Starving Artist
810 College St
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WAFFLES! Super close to home, reliably tasty. Vegan and GF options, too! IG: @starving4waffle
Probably the most popular brunch spot with our friends, some of whom work there. Always on point. IG: @torontofederal
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The Federal
1438 Dundas St W
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Probably the most popular brunch spot with our friends, some of whom work there. Always on point. IG: @torontofederal
Get there early for brunch (no later than 10) or expect a line. Worth getting up early and heading down to Liberty Village, the brunch is incredible for the price and the space is beautiful. IG: @mildredstemplekitchen
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Mildred's Temple Kitchen
85 Hanna Ave
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Get there early for brunch (no later than 10) or expect a line. Worth getting up early and heading down to Liberty Village, the brunch is incredible for the price and the space is beautiful. IG: @mildredstemplekitchen
Honk if you like sandwiches, 'cause these medianoches are taaaasty! IG: @lacubana_to
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La Cubana
92 Ossington Ave
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Honk if you like sandwiches, 'cause these medianoches are taaaasty! IG: @lacubana_to
Authentic Napoletana pizza cooked in a brick oven, like nature intended. IG: @pizzalibretto
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Pizzeria Libretto
221 Ossington Ave
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Authentic Napoletana pizza cooked in a brick oven, like nature intended. IG: @pizzalibretto
Tapas menu (small sharing plates) - the grilled octopus is unbelievable. IG: @bar_isabel
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Bar Isabel
797 College St
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Tapas menu (small sharing plates) - the grilled octopus is unbelievable. IG: @bar_isabel
Pescetarian menu (no wrong choices here) and gorgeous interior right around the corner from home. IG: @ufficiotoronto
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Ufficio
1214 Dundas St W
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Pescetarian menu (no wrong choices here) and gorgeous interior right around the corner from home. IG: @ufficiotoronto
We are obsessed with the sweet potato sandwich here. It's on fresh focaccia bread with pesto, greens and your choice of cashew cheese or goat cheese (either is a winner). A meat-eater friend recommended it and labeled it a life-changer, and we have to agree. The best sammie! This place is super close by, so it's great to call ahead and pick up your order, but also a very cute spot to dine in and people watch. IG: @thegrowopto
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The Grow-Op Juice Bar & Eatery
222 Ossington Ave
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We are obsessed with the sweet potato sandwich here. It's on fresh focaccia bread with pesto, greens and your choice of cashew cheese or goat cheese (either is a winner). A meat-eater friend recommended it and labeled it a life-changer, and we have to agree. The best sammie! This place is super close by, so it's great to call ahead and pick up your order, but also a very cute spot to dine in and people watch. IG: @thegrowopto
This place opened in late 2016 but is already legendary - Amy Rosen serves up gooey, melty cinnamon buns that put IKEA's to shame. Super close to home, but it's a good idea to check their instagram to make sure they haven't sold out first! IG: @rosensbuns
Rosen's Cinnamon Buns
825 College St
This place opened in late 2016 but is already legendary - Amy Rosen serves up gooey, melty cinnamon buns that put IKEA's to shame. Super close to home, but it's a good idea to check their instagram to make sure they haven't sold out first! IG: @rosensbuns
Parks & Nature
This is where the cool kids hang out. Expect to see the park filled with picnic blankets, bikes, croquet sets and even tightrope walkers on sunny days. Family-friendly with a kids area and close to numerous shops and cafes.
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Trinity Bellwoods Park
790 Queen St W
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This is where the cool kids hang out. Expect to see the park filled with picnic blankets, bikes, croquet sets and even tightrope walkers on sunny days. Family-friendly with a kids area and close to numerous shops and cafes.
Take the ferry to the islands for the day - great for kids, families, and even nudists!
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Toronto Islands
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Take the ferry to the islands for the day - great for kids, families, and even nudists!
In May, the cherry blossoms will blow your mind. This is peak tourist season. After that, it's chill vibes and great for jogging or seeing the animals in their small zoo.
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High Park
1873 Bloor St W
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In May, the cherry blossoms will blow your mind. This is peak tourist season. After that, it's chill vibes and great for jogging or seeing the animals in their small zoo.
Essentials
24 hour grocery store for anything you need at any time (now sells beer!) and located a short walk diagonally from our home through two safe parks. There is a pharmacy aisle in case the Shoppers Drug Mart next door is closed (it's open until midnight).
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Metro
735 College St
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24 hour grocery store for anything you need at any time (now sells beer!) and located a short walk diagonally from our home through two safe parks. There is a pharmacy aisle in case the Shoppers Drug Mart next door is closed (it's open until midnight).
Pharmacy and drugstore for any health, beauty or snack-related emergencies you might have.
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Shoppers Drug Mart
725 College St
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Pharmacy and drugstore for any health, beauty or snack-related emergencies you might have.
Liquor store - keep in mind in Ontario, alcohol is still only available in very few grocery shops and not in convenience stores, so the LCBO is on everyone's must-shop list.
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LCBO
1230 Dundas St W
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Liquor store - keep in mind in Ontario, alcohol is still only available in very few grocery shops and not in convenience stores, so the LCBO is on everyone's must-shop list.
Huge selection of Canadian and international beer and cider.
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Beer Store
1200 Dundas St W
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Huge selection of Canadian and international beer and cider.
Crazy-good dollar store for anything you might need, just around the corner from home.
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Dollarama
1220 Dundas St W
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Crazy-good dollar store for anything you might need, just around the corner from home.
Good ol' Sev-Elev. Has a post office inside, too.
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7-Eleven
1260 Dundas St W
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Good ol' Sev-Elev. Has a post office inside, too.
Best place for cool men's haircuts, if you're looking for the perfect fade. Staff is fantastic and prices are a cut (haha) below the competition.
Town Barber
1114 Dundas St W
Best place for cool men's haircuts, if you're looking for the perfect fade. Staff is fantastic and prices are a cut (haha) below the competition.
Women's (and men's) hairstyling. I designed this place, but I would go there anyway (I did for years before!)
Palm Sunday
384 Harbord St
Women's (and men's) hairstyling. I designed this place, but I would go there anyway (I did for years before!)
Getting Around
This is our bus stop on the 63 Ossington route. Push the button/pull the cord here and hop out! You can also take the 63 South from directly outside our door down to Queen Street West or Liberty Village, both just minutes away.
Ossington Ave At Churchill Ave
This is our bus stop on the 63 Ossington route. Push the button/pull the cord here and hop out! You can also take the 63 South from directly outside our door down to Queen Street West or Liberty Village, both just minutes away.
Shopping
High-end clothing brands like Acne, A.P.C. and Alexander Wang.
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Jonathan+Olivia
114 - 4293 Mountain Square
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High-end clothing brands like Acne, A.P.C. and Alexander Wang.
Great for shoes and higher-end brand clothing. Huge space and selection.
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gravitypope Toronto
1010 Queen St W
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Great for shoes and higher-end brand clothing. Huge space and selection.
Our good friends own this place and it is PERFECT for picking up something uniquely Canadian for your friends back home, like our pal Natalie's line of Smells Like Canada candles and incense (though we ask you don't burn them during your stay, please!) A huge selection of non-Canadian but also northern-approved clothing and homeware lines, too (Levi's, Pendleton, Vans). Pam and Frank are the nicest folks you'll ever meet.
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North Standard Trading Post
1662 Queen St W
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Our good friends own this place and it is PERFECT for picking up something uniquely Canadian for your friends back home, like our pal Natalie's line of Smells Like Canada candles and incense (though we ask you don't burn them during your stay, please!) A huge selection of non-Canadian but also northern-approved clothing and homeware lines, too (Levi's, Pendleton, Vans). Pam and Frank are the nicest folks you'll ever meet.
Hand-screened clothing and gift shop. Our dog's tag was hand-stamped by our pals at this place, but you can get a necklace for yourself. A definite must-visit! Lots of adorable cards, souvenirs and Toronto - er, "Turonno" - branded indie goods. Pretty much the cutest.
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Crywolf
91 Ossington Ave
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Hand-screened clothing and gift shop. Our dog's tag was hand-stamped by our pals at this place, but you can get a necklace for yourself. A definite must-visit! Lots of adorable cards, souvenirs and Toronto - er, "Turonno" - branded indie goods. Pretty much the cutest.
Gifts, quirky items, housewares and clothing, mostly by local or independent designers. Great for non-cheesy Toronto souvenirs. Located by the Drake Hotel and cafe - stop in there for food, drinks or see a band in the Underground.
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Drake General Store
1151 Queen St W
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Gifts, quirky items, housewares and clothing, mostly by local or independent designers. Great for non-cheesy Toronto souvenirs. Located by the Drake Hotel and cafe - stop in there for food, drinks or see a band in the Underground.
Great for gifts, cards, jewelry, skincare, art prints, and beautifully-designed home goods. Brands include Catbird NYC, Province Apothecary and HAY.
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Easy Tiger Goods
1447 Dundas St W
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Great for gifts, cards, jewelry, skincare, art prints, and beautifully-designed home goods. Brands include Catbird NYC, Province Apothecary and HAY.
Drinks & Nightlife
Bluegrass brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and country bar by night. Good selection of craft beer on draft and a warm, cozy vibe.
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The Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington Ave
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Bluegrass brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and country bar by night. Good selection of craft beer on draft and a warm, cozy vibe.
Arcade games and North of Brooklyn pizza outpost in the back. IG: @getwellbar
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Get Well
1181 Dundas St W
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Arcade games and North of Brooklyn pizza outpost in the back. IG: @getwellbar
You'll probably see members of local bands hanging out here. IG: @unlovablebar
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Unlovable The
1415 Dundas Street West
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You'll probably see members of local bands hanging out here. IG: @unlovablebar
Heated patio and bottle shop, plus great sharing food. Great for people watching. IG: @bellwoodsbeer
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Bellwoods Brewery
124 Ossington Ave
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Heated patio and bottle shop, plus great sharing food. Great for people watching. IG: @bellwoodsbeer
One of the cutest back patios in the city, if you get tired of our own. IG: @bar_neon
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Bar Neon
1226 Bloor St W
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One of the cutest back patios in the city, if you get tired of our own. IG: @bar_neon
You can go here when you don't even look good because it's dark as frig inside.
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Pharmacy
1318 King St W
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You can go here when you don't even look good because it's dark as frig inside.
Two words: FAMOUS NACHOS! Cheap drinks, food options for everyone, venue for bands upstairs. Dress down, lots of crust punks here. IG: @thesneakydees
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Sneaky Dee's
431 College St
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Two words: FAMOUS NACHOS! Cheap drinks, food options for everyone, venue for bands upstairs. Dress down, lots of crust punks here. IG: @thesneakydees
This cocktail snack bar is on the nearest major corner and opened toward the end of 2016. It's got a beautiful interior full of plants, a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, and a chef who serves a mean pizza pocket. IG: @praytellbar
Pray Tell
838 College St
This cocktail snack bar is on the nearest major corner and opened toward the end of 2016. It's got a beautiful interior full of plants, a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, and a chef who serves a mean pizza pocket. IG: @praytellbar
Arts & Culture
Frank Gehry-designed iconic architecture, and home to the best art collection in the city.
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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
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Frank Gehry-designed iconic architecture, and home to the best art collection in the city.
The best curated artifact collection in Toronto. Situated in Yorkville, it's worth a trip to this neighbourhood (full of luxury shopping) just to photograph the iconic "crystal" addition to the original museum's architecture.
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Βασιλικό Μουσείο του Οντάριο
100 Queens Park
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The best curated artifact collection in Toronto. Situated in Yorkville, it's worth a trip to this neighbourhood (full of luxury shopping) just to photograph the iconic "crystal" addition to the original museum's architecture.