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The Best of Toronto

Whether you live in Toronto, are planning a visit, or are just interested in hearing about some of our favorite places and things to do here - this list is for you! We've spent our entire lives here and feel like we can make some good recs.


- Kasa Moto (sushi, higher end but so good. Such a good vibe in the summer too on the rooftop)

- Fresh Restaurants (casual, vegan, really good food. Go to the Spadina or Front Street locations because they are all redone)

- Gusto 101 (Italian, downtown/entertainment district, so good)

- Trattoria Nervosa (almost the same menu as Gusto but in Yorkville)

- Lee (Asian fusion, really fun birthday spot)

- Planta (vegan, different locations have different menus. Queen St. location is Asian inspired and so good)

- The Good Fork (best brunch! Get the red velvet pancakes)

- Kupfert and Kim (vegan, fast casual)

- Terroni (classic Toronto Italian, amazing food)

- Kost (beautiful view in the Bisha Hotel, really good summer vibe)

- Figo (pretty modern Italian restaurant on King W)

- Cactus Club Cafe (casual but fun, bar/lounge vibe)

- CN Tower Restaurant (honestly not the best food and a bit overpriced, but a fun spot if you're visiting the city!)

- Nutbar (healthy food and cafe)

- Cocoa 70 (dessert and fondue)

- El Catrin (Mexican, cool vibe)

- Mildred's Temple Kitchen (brunch/lunch)

- School (Liberty Village, brunch/lunch)

Restaurants we've been wanting to go to...

- Alo

- Alobar

- Bar Reyna

- Sotto Sotto

- Giuletta

- Parlour

- Chotto Matte

- Soso Food Club

- Piano Piano

- Sugo


- Barry's Bootcamp

- Studio Lagree (reformer pilates)

- Power Yoga Canada (hot yoga)

- Soul Cycle (spin)

- Sweat & Tonic (variety of workout classes)

- Drop Boxing


- Yorkville (high end and streetwear stores)

- Queen St. W (smaller boutiques and vintage stores)

- F as in Frank (vintage)

- Frankie Collective (vintage)

- Aritzia (women's clothing store)

- Eaton Center (mall)

- Sherway Gardens (mall outside of the city)


- Her Majesty's Pleasure (really good nails and facials)

- The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel

- Hammam Spa

- Sunny Foot Spa (foot reflexology)

Activities and Things to Do

- Walk or bike along Lakeshore

- Shop in Yorkville

- Shop in the boutiques along Queen West

- Have a picnic in Trinity Bellwoods Park

- Visit the aquarium or the Royal Ontario Museum

- Have lunch on a rooftop patio (in the summer of course, try Kost or Kasa Moto)

- Over Christmas, visit the Christmas Market in the Distillery District

- Walk in High Park

- Go to a Toronto Maple Leafs or Blue Jays game or a concert

- Visit Canada's Wonderland amusement park

- Visit downtown Oakville or walk by the lake (our hometown)

- CNE in August!

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