Toronto, Ontario Guide

Toronto has always been high on my list of cities I’ve wanted to visit, but it wasn’t until a close friend’s wedding that I finally made my way to the 416. Let’s just say, I fell in love within five minutes – as shown by the text sent to Joe shortly after getting in an Uber from the airport, “I think I belong here”. Toronto is more spread out than most cities and has a much more relaxed and calmer feeling to it than New York City, which I understand isn’t saying much since almost every city does, but that is my bar of comparison. The food scene was incredible, the streets were clean, and I felt like I could’ve spent multiple weeks there exploring. Plus, it is an insanely easy trip from NYC – flight time just over an hour. This recap includes all of the places I went and also many recommendations that were sent in by my amazing followers on Instagram. Safe to say, I will absolutely be back and checking off more of these restaurants, so stay tuned for continued updates. Until then, get your butt over the border!

Places that I went


  • Nut Bar – café with healthy smoothies, toasts, bowls, and coffee & lattes. In house nut milk with minimal ingredients. Insanely delicious and highly recommend getting the vanilla smoothie with a shot of espresso – basically a healthified Frappuccino

  • Byblos – contemporary spin on Eastern Mediterranean with delicious food and drinks. Highly recommend getting the braised lamb for two

  • Animal Liberation Kitchen – a fully Vegan small hole in the wall with casual food options and also smoothies/juices

  • Soho House – global club that you must be a member to enter, this location has 2 floors for dining plus a rooftop and is known for their great pizza. My go to drink order: Eastern Standard sub casa amigos for vodka

  • Aloette – newer hip spot with French inspired food and absolutely delicious. Small, walk-in only, place that kind of reminds me of a train car trolley. Fried chicken entrée is a huge hit (and large enough for two)

  • Bar Reyna – Mediterranean food great for brunch. They have a few varieties of shoestring fry combinations and I highly recommend the Greek version with spices & feta. Very cute and cozy indoor/outdoor space in the back

  • Rasa – fusion food created by a team that used to have a famous food truck. Delicious chopped salad that I will be continuously dreaming of

  • The Greenwood – breakfast & brunch focused on sustainable fare. The hits at our table were the salmon rosti (potato latke with smoked salmon, cucumber, and poached eggs) and the cinnamon swirl French toast

  • Broadview Hotel – great hotel (where I stayed) with two popular restaurants and an awesome rooftop bar that gets pretty lively at night.

Ice Cream:

  • Bang Bang – handmade ice cream with deliciously wild flavors. Line can get crazy long so I recommend going after lunch vs dinner. I really loved the tortara (coconut ube) and the mud (chocolate with fudge covered almonds)

  • Sweet Jesus – crazy flavors of soft serve and a delicious vegan coconut sundae

Places that I did not visit but came recommended:


  • Drake hotel bar or Drake 150

  • Impact kitchen – gluten free fast casual spot with healthy options

  • Parallel – Mediterranean spot focused around the tahini made in house

  • Early Bird – breakfast café with healthy looking options

  • Fresh – two locations, healthy spot that looks like a good lunch / dinner casual option

  • Bar raval – tapas / small plates with great cocktails

  • Dailo – French inspired Chinese food & dim sum

  • Richmond Station – seasonal pantry menu with large daily special offerings

  • Wvrst – modern beer & cider hall specializing in sausages w/ two locations

  • Bar Isabel – contemporary Spanish dishes with French local ingredients

  • Giulietta – voted best new restaurant of 2018, wood fired pizza & house made pasta

  • Gusto – Southern Italian classic dishes with pizzas & pastas

  • La Palma – Italian eatery

  • Terroni – 3 locations within Toronto, casual Italian spot

  • Pearl diver – seafood focused spot with a homey casual feel & a seasonal menu

  • IQ – multiple locations; seasonal kitchen with sustainable and locally sourced food focusing on healthy bowls, snacks, and smoothies

  • Greenhouse juice – multiple locations, spot to grab a juice or smoothie

  • Baro – creative Latin dishes

  • Prohibition – speakeasy-esque style bar great for a night cap

  • Seven Lives – casual spot with great tacos

  • Snack Bar – Asian influenced small plates

  • Paris Paris

  • Planta – high end vegan spot

  • Buca – Italian food in a large open space type of restaurant

  • Jimmy’s coffee – coffee shop with multiple locations

  • Almond Butterfly – gluten free bakery with a great paleo muffin

  • Boxcar Social – wine bar & cafe

  • Bonjour Brioche – French bakery for breakfast options

  • Lady Marmalade – breakfast & brunch with Mexican inspiration

  • Campechano – Mexican spot with great tacos

  • Ascari Enoteca – cozy Italian restaurant

  • Blondies – takeout pizza with GF options

  • Mamakas – Greek restaurant

Ice Cream:

Sightseeing / shopping:

  • Distillery district: cute outdoor space with lots of shops, coffee spots, restaurants, and a few breweries. Great to explore on a gorgeous day

  • Brickwork market at Evergreen: open on Saturdays and the largest farmer’s market of Toronto. Lots of food stands for local groceries or spots to grab food for lunch.

  • Entertainment district

  • Kensignton area

  • Harbourfront

  • Bluboho – local handcrafted dainty jewelry with multiple locations

  • Black Market – vintage & alternative clothing