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Best Coffee
Locals only favourite coffee shops :)
Jimmy's is an independent coffee shop that has been slowly expanding throughout the city. You'll probably notice the yellow coffee cup lids in the hands of many locals living in the King West neighbourhood. All of their locations have beautiful interiors with lots of natural light. A local hive of startup professionals often sit themselves down for coffee chats and work sessions.
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Jimmy's Coffee
100 Portland St
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Jimmy's is an independent coffee shop that has been slowly expanding throughout the city. You'll probably notice the yellow coffee cup lids in the hands of many locals living in the King West neighbourhood. All of their locations have beautiful interiors with lots of natural light. A local hive of startup professionals often sit themselves down for coffee chats and work sessions.
One of my favourite garden patios in Toronto. Good coffee and great carrot cake. They also have a liquor license so come by at night for a drink :)
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Café Pamenar
307 Augusta Ave
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One of my favourite garden patios in Toronto. Good coffee and great carrot cake. They also have a liquor license so come by at night for a drink :)
The perfect start to a sunny weekend. Stop by for a nutella cornetto or for their amazing homemade burrata.
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Bar Buca
75 Portland St
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The perfect start to a sunny weekend. Stop by for a nutella cornetto or for their amazing homemade burrata.
Beautiful interior and the best chocolate chip cookies in Toronto! Their brunch is very tasty though portions are a bit on the smaller side. Definitely worth a brunch reservation if you happen to be in town over the weekend.
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Portland Variety
587 King St W
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Beautiful interior and the best chocolate chip cookies in Toronto! Their brunch is very tasty though portions are a bit on the smaller side. Definitely worth a brunch reservation if you happen to be in town over the weekend.
My favourite low-key (no reservations needed) brunch spots. Order cafeteria style and the staff will serve you wherever you sit. Baked goods are delicious. Best chocolate chip cookies in Toronto (sister restaurant to Portland Variety). All of their food is delicious - cannot go wrong here.
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Le Gourmand
152 Spadina Ave
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My favourite low-key (no reservations needed) brunch spots. Order cafeteria style and the staff will serve you wherever you sit. Baked goods are delicious. Best chocolate chip cookies in Toronto (sister restaurant to Portland Variety). All of their food is delicious - cannot go wrong here.
You'll never guess there is a cafe hidden in the back of this trendy Queen West boutique. Choose from their amazing selection of tea.
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Lavish&Squalor x Merchants General
253 Queen Street West
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You'll never guess there is a cafe hidden in the back of this trendy Queen West boutique. Choose from their amazing selection of tea.
Mentioned in the NYTimes - cutest patio. If it's a bit colder, they will even supply you blankets. They make homemade gelato on site in front of your eyes. Get a table at the bar to watch them work.
HotBlack Coffee
245 Queen St W
Mentioned in the NYTimes - cutest patio. If it's a bit colder, they will even supply you blankets. They make homemade gelato on site in front of your eyes. Get a table at the bar to watch them work.
Best coffee in the city.
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Dineen Coffee Co.
140 Yonge St
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Best coffee in the city.
Second best coffee in the city. Get a warmed croissant with your cappuccino!
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Ricarda's Toronto - Mediterranean Restaurant & Bakery
134 Peter St
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Second best coffee in the city. Get a warmed croissant with your cappuccino!
My most recent top pick for coffee in Yorkville. Located inside Aritzia :)
A-OK CAFE
50 Bloor St W
My most recent top pick for coffee in Yorkville. Located inside Aritzia :)
Favourite Restaurants
No need to yelp - just consult my guide :)
Favourite restaurant in all of Toronto - get the beef udon! If you have dinner, get a free ice cream scoop. Cheap, good sushi, walk-ins welcome.
New Generation Sushi
493 Bloor St W
Favourite restaurant in all of Toronto - get the beef udon! If you have dinner, get a free ice cream scoop. Cheap, good sushi, walk-ins welcome.
Not much to look at but wonderfully non-pretentious and delicious. Grab a crepe to go or sit down. They have great drinks specials - check for them online. Walk-ins welcome.
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Cafe Crepe
246 Queen St W
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Not much to look at but wonderfully non-pretentious and delicious. Grab a crepe to go or sit down. They have great drinks specials - check for them online. Walk-ins welcome.
Toronto's favourite sushi restaurant. I prefer New Generation. Expect to wait in line! They give you a free ice cream scoop after any dinner. Walk-ins welcome.
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Sushi on Bloor
525 Bloor St W
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Toronto's favourite sushi restaurant. I prefer New Generation. Expect to wait in line! They give you a free ice cream scoop after any dinner. Walk-ins welcome.
Food is delicious. One of my favourite Italian restaurants for food and the decor is simply gorgeous. Please definitely make a stop. Soppresatta pizza is my favourite. Walk-ins are welcome - they have lots of space.
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Figo Toronto
295 Adelaide St W
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Food is delicious. One of my favourite Italian restaurants for food and the decor is simply gorgeous. Please definitely make a stop. Soppresatta pizza is my favourite. Walk-ins are welcome - they have lots of space.
A local chain of Italian restaurants. All their locations are very homey. Get the truffle sausage pasta (it's a bit spicy)! Reserve if you can because they are popular but walk ins are also welcome.
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Terroni
720 Queen St W
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A local chain of Italian restaurants. All their locations are very homey. Get the truffle sausage pasta (it's a bit spicy)! Reserve if you can because they are popular but walk ins are also welcome.
One of the most beautiful restaurants in my opinion. If you're in midtown, try to get a seat on their rooftop patio
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Terroni
1095 Yonge St
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One of the most beautiful restaurants in my opinion. If you're in midtown, try to get a seat on their rooftop patio
Try for a table but expect to wait ~45 minutes. If you can, I'd recommend going to their sister restaurant, Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville (same menu, better food quality).
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Gusto 101
101 Portland St
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Try for a table but expect to wait ~45 minutes. If you can, I'd recommend going to their sister restaurant, Trattoria Nervosa in Yorkville (same menu, better food quality).
One of the top Italian restaurants in my opinion. If you can get a rooftop seat, you can people watch from one of the best Yorkville patios. Walk ins welcome but don't expect to get in for a long time. 1 hour minimum most likely so ask for a table early.
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Trattoria Nervosa
75 Yorkville Ave
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One of the top Italian restaurants in my opinion. If you can get a rooftop seat, you can people watch from one of the best Yorkville patios. Walk ins welcome but don't expect to get in for a long time. 1 hour minimum most likely so ask for a table early.
They aren't usually busy for lunch. Delicious food and great wine list. A bit pricier but hidden in an adorable little walk way.
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Chabrol
90 Yorkville Ave
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They aren't usually busy for lunch. Delicious food and great wine list. A bit pricier but hidden in an adorable little walk way.
Had one of the best Italian meals here. Their menu changes constantly so check to make sure you like the food available. Beautiful restaurant that faces Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Noce
875 Queen St W
Had one of the best Italian meals here. Their menu changes constantly so check to make sure you like the food available. Beautiful restaurant that faces Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Best bolognese in the city. Caprese is also lovely :)
Sud Forno
132 Yonge St
Best bolognese in the city. Caprese is also lovely :)
One of the best restaurants in Toronto for food and service. Book early (like before you even arrive!)
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Richmond Station
1 Richmond St W
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One of the best restaurants in Toronto for food and service. Book early (like before you even arrive!)
Canada's top restaurant. Getting a reservation is near impossible (they book months out) but secret trick is to head up to the bar for drinks and appetizers.
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Alo
163 Spadina Ave
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Canada's top restaurant. Getting a reservation is near impossible (they book months out) but secret trick is to head up to the bar for drinks and appetizers.
Great mediterranean / Italian food option. Gorgeous interior, second best cappuccinos, and best croissants in the city.
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Ricarda's Toronto - Mediterranean Restaurant & Bakery
134 Peter St
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Great mediterranean / Italian food option. Gorgeous interior, second best cappuccinos, and best croissants in the city.
Charming Italian spot. Very homey and great service. Less than 5 minutes walking :)
Rosina Restaurant
740A King St W
Charming Italian spot. Very homey and great service. Less than 5 minutes walking :)
Excellent Italian food with spots at the bar typically available for walk-in's. Great wine you can't otherwise buy in store at the LCBO or Wine Rack. Gorgeous interior. A must visit :)
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Oretta
633 King St W
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Excellent Italian food with spots at the bar typically available for walk-in's. Great wine you can't otherwise buy in store at the LCBO or Wine Rack. Gorgeous interior. A must visit :)
My number one restaurant in Toronto. Nothing fancy but great service and the best beef udon noodle soup I know of. Veggie options are available.
New Generation Sushi
486 Bloor St W
My number one restaurant in Toronto. Nothing fancy but great service and the best beef udon noodle soup I know of. Veggie options are available.
Best Italian restaurant in the city in my opinion. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities. Come after a Raptors game and you're likely to see players eating here.
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Ristorante Sotto Sotto
120 Avenue Rd
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Best Italian restaurant in the city in my opinion. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities. Come after a Raptors game and you're likely to see players eating here.
Food scene
Delicious burgers by a beloved local entrepreneur. He's worked hard to deliver his customers only the best in burger quality. He used to manage Top Gun and had dreams of opening his own shop. Very proud of this local food lover. Inexpensive and delicious (very heavy though, prepare yourselves). Great spot in Kensington
Ozzy's Burgers
66 Nassau Street
Delicious burgers by a beloved local entrepreneur. He's worked hard to deliver his customers only the best in burger quality. He used to manage Top Gun and had dreams of opening his own shop. Very proud of this local food lover. Inexpensive and delicious (very heavy though, prepare yourselves). Great spot in Kensington
Neighbourhoods
Take a walk through this grunge / glam hipster neighbourhood known for delicious and cheap takeout spots, vegan food, and cute shops. Every Sunday, roads here are closed for pedestrians. Quite safe neighbourhood but don't walk around alone at night because it can be a bit disorienting since it's a mixed residential/commercial area.
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Kensington Market
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Take a walk through this grunge / glam hipster neighbourhood known for delicious and cheap takeout spots, vegan food, and cute shops. Every Sunday, roads here are closed for pedestrians. Quite safe neighbourhood but don't walk around alone at night because it can be a bit disorienting since it's a mixed residential/commercial area.
You won't miss King West since you're staying right in the heart of it but do make sure to visit the restaurants, cafes, and bars along this street. King has recently been reclaimed by the City to disallow through traffic through most of King and so very pedestrian friendly. Make sure to peruse the the art installations and extended patio seating areas from restaurants. Very safe to walk by yourself and well lit all hours of the day and night.
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King Street West
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You won't miss King West since you're staying right in the heart of it but do make sure to visit the restaurants, cafes, and bars along this street. King has recently been reclaimed by the City to disallow through traffic through most of King and so very pedestrian friendly. Make sure to peruse the the art installations and extended patio seating areas from restaurants. Very safe to walk by yourself and well lit all hours of the day and night.
Yorkville is by far one of the best neighbourhoods to spend a slow weekend morning drinking coffee and people watching. Make sure to window shop or real shop on the Mink Mile and Holt Renfrew to see the latest in the designer boutiques.
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Yorkville
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Yorkville is by far one of the best neighbourhoods to spend a slow weekend morning drinking coffee and people watching. Make sure to window shop or real shop on the Mink Mile and Holt Renfrew to see the latest in the designer boutiques.