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The Toronto Harbourfront might be something of a tourist mecca but that doesn't mean locals don't find reasons to pay an occasional visit. Recent waterfront revitalization has helped matters. As an alternative to sneaking into the pool at the Radisson Hotel, HTO Park's stylish yellow umbrellas now act as something of a draw. There's also the summer festivals at Harbourfront, ongoing exhibitions at the Power Plant and the all important ferry terminal providing access to the Toronto Islands, home to car free living, bike paths, a nude beach and some of the city's best summer music festivals.

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Against The Grain / Restaurants

25 Dockside Drive 647.344.1562 Website
Against The Grain

Against the Grain Urban Tavern is the new restaurant that just opened in the Corus building near Queens Quay and Jarvis. This relatively undiscovered Harbourfront spot has a killer patio,...

Alexandros / Restaurants

5 Queens Quay 416.367.0633

Alexandro's is a little shop on the harbourfront at Yonge and Queens Quay. They proudly proclaim that they sell "World Famous Gyros." And gyros they do serve, both the chicken...

Amsterdam BrewHouse / Restaurants

245 Queens Quay 416.504.1020 Website
Amsterdam BrewHouse

The Amsterdam BrewHouse quietly opened its doors a couple weeks ago in hopes of getting a few of the kinks ironed out before their official opening on July 1st when...

Bar Milano / Restaurants

207 Queens Quay West 416.306.0424 Website
Bar Milano

Bar Milano is an Italian restaurant located on Toronto's Harbourfront. With a huge patio on the water, this place serves up Italian cuisine staples like pizza and pasta, sandwiches, and...

BeaverTails Toronto / Baked Goods

145 Queen's Quay West 416.360.8245 Website
BeaverTails Toronto

BeaverTails has been serving up their famous dough pastries since 1978 and to get them from the source you're going to want to go to Pier 6 on the waterfront....

Boxcar Social (Harbourfront) / Cafes

235 Queens Quay W. 416.203.2999 Website
Boxcar Social (Harbourfront)

Boxcar Social's third location can be found inside the Harbourfront Centre building, replacing what was previously the lacklustre Lakeside Local Bar & Grill. Like The Slip, it's a partnership between...

Cosmopawlitan / Services

478 Queens Quay West 416.598.4700 Website

Cosmopawlitan offers up spa treatments that are vital for the heath and wellness of your dog or cat. Drop them off for a day of play and socializing and know...

CrossFit 416 / Fitness Clubs

370 Queens Quay West Unit 102 416.520.5542 Website
CrossFit 416

CrossFit 416 on Queen's Quay West offers the variety and intensity to shake up your otherwise monotonous workout routine. Sign up for their 6-class Elements training program ($120) before committing...

Dream Cyclery / Services

390 Queens Quay West 416.908.5562 Website
Dream Cyclery

Dream Cyclery bike shop is the culmination of a lifelong dream of bike-enthusiast Linus Kwak, a man of an impressive amount of trades, yet who is modest enough to define...

Eurolite / Design Stores

200 Queens Quay E 416.203.1501 Website

Eurolite is one big giant light store that sells all kinds of lighting options for modern and funky interiors - for both retail and commercial spaces. Including: chandeliers, outside lights,...

Firkin on Harbour / Restaurants

10 Yonge St. 416.519.9949 Website
Firkin on Harbour

Firkin on Harbour is the Firkin chains large outpost by the lake. Here you can find familiar pub staples including Irish nachos, meatball sliders and turkey burgers. They have a...

Grill 4 U / Restaurants

218 Queens Quay 416.363.8169 Website
Grill 4 U

Grill 4 U is an affordable spot to find shawarma and falafel on Queens Quay. They also have a location in Woodbridge....

Guirei Sushi / Restaurants

600 Queens Quay West 416.977.6111
Guirei Sushi

Guirei, a Japanese restaurant near Bathurst and Queens Quay, serves sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, donburi, udon noodles, tempura and other Japanese dishes. ...

Harbour Sixty Steakhouse / Restaurants

60 Harbour Street 416.777.2111 Website
Harbour Sixty Steakhouse

Harbour Sixty Steakhouse takes steak seriously. No, really. I mean, where else are you going to find a $60 New York Strip Streak or a $120 Porterhouse for two? But...

Hoops Sports Bar / Restaurants

125 Bremner Blvd. 647.343.0783 Website
Hoops Sports Bar

Hoops Sports Bar has four locations in the Toronto area. They have more than enough screens to watch the big game and simply don't have a bad place to view...

Hunters Landing / Restaurants

82 Fort York Blvd. 647.352.6082 Website
Hunters Landing

Hunters Landing recently opened amidst the condos of CityPlace, one of the country's most densely populated high rise communities. The restaurant sits at the pedestal of the Luna condo complex...

In The Cut / Fashion Stores

22 Capreol Court 647.341.0423 Website
In The Cut

In The Cut is the home of Justin Radam, the guy who keeps Kyle Lowry looking fresh on the court. One evening, a couple of months back, Radam closed up the...

Indian Roti House / Restaurants

256 Queens Quay West 416.260.6666 Website
Indian Roti House

Indian Roti House on Queens Quay West serves up everything Indian - but mainly roti. Vegetarian roti - meat roti - all roti all the time. Bonus: yum samosas and...

Jaipur Express / Restaurants

256 Queens Quay West 416.260.6666 Website
Jaipur Express

Jaipur Express is where to go for quick take-out Indian cuisine on Queen's Quay. Veg heads will be please to know the food is cooked in a rigidly separated vegetarian...

Kokoro Sushi (Harbourfront) / Restaurants

16 Yonge St 416.363.9379
Kokoro Sushi (Harbourfront)

Kokoro Sushi is one of the most utilitarian places you'll see, with simple decor and piles of styrofoam containers perched precariously on its premises. But it delivers big-time in the...

LIberty Shawarma (Spadina) / Restaurants

4 Spadina Ave 647.340.0360
LIberty Shawarma (Spadina)

Liberty Shawarma is known for both its shawarma and falafel. They've got good veggie options, of course, as well as chicken. The smell of the place alone is enough to...

Lick It Gelato / Restaurants

250 Queens Quay W 647.351.7177 Website
Lick It Gelato

Lick It Gelato was borne from a personal quest to bring gelato down to Harbourfront. Karolina and her boyfriend, Tobias, had lived in the area for nearly five years, long...

Macho Radio Bar / Restaurants

92 Fort York Blvd. 416.623.2323 Website
Macho Radio Bar

Macho Radio Bar is a casual Tex-Mex joint that occupies the space formerly home to Citta in CityPlace. Owners Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth (the duo behind Patria, Weslodge, Figo...

Making Waves Boatel / Hotels

539 Queens Quay West 647.403.2764 Website
Making Waves Boatel

Making Waves Boatel is a dockside bed and breakfast on Lake Ontario. A minimum 2 night stay is required to book here, with prices from $175-225, though the whole boat...

Mi Ne Sushi / Restaurants

325 Bremner Blvd 416.623.1975 Website
Mi Ne Sushi

Mi Ne Sushi is the go to sushi option around the Rogers Centre. Good for before and after ballgames and take-out and delivery for residents of the nearby condos. The...

Miku / Restaurants

10 Bay St. 647.347.7347 Website

Miku is a much-hyped Japanese restaurant that originated in Vancouver and now calls Toronto's waterfront home. Its claim to fame is Aburi-style sushi, which not only commands premium prices but...

Oyshi Sushi / Restaurants

12 Queens Quay West 416.216.0709
Oyshi Sushi

Oyshi Sushi is a simple, no frills sushi joint across from the Toronto Star building at Yonge and Queens Quay. They have a fairly standard menu of raw fish and...

Parisco Cafe / Restaurants

215 Fort York Blvd 416.855.1881 Website
Parisco Cafe

Parisco Cafe is a restaurant/cafe and bistro. This spot has a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu offering a selection of salads, sandwiches and fresh baked sweets. I suggest one...

Pearl Harbourfront / Restaurants

207 Queens Quay West 416.203.1233 Website
Pearl Harbourfront

The view at Pearl Harbourfront is hard to beat. Overlooking the lake with a great view of the islands, there's no better way to enjoy delicate, hand-made dim sum dishes...

Pita & Grill / Restaurants

131 Bremner Blvd 647.352.5252 Website
Pita & Grill

Pita & Grill opened in Mississauga in 1999 and over the years has expanded to four other locations, including the downtown core. They serve up Lebanese-style food, using an original...

Power Plant / Galleries

231 Queens Quay West 416.973.4949 Website
Power Plant

The Power Plant, one of Toronto's most established contemporary art galleries, is located in an actual power plant - one that was in operation for most of the 1900s. It's...

Radisson Hotel / Hotels

249 Queens Quay West 416.203.3333 Website
Radisson Hotel

The Radisson Hotel in Toronto is a good option for those looking to be right by the lake. In warmer weather the big appeal is the pool, equally loved by...

Renaissance Hotel / Hotels

1 Blue Jays Way 416.341.7100 Website
Renaissance Hotel

The Renaissance Hotel is attached to the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) so it's a good place to say if the focus of the trip is catching a few Jays games...

Roses New York / Restaurants

135 Fort York Blvd 416.970.0700 Website
Roses New York

Roses New York in CityPlace is the third location in the GTA for this casual eatery featuring a menu of Persian and American influences. The menu features a mix of...

Royal Meats BBQ (CityPlace) / Restaurants

88 Fort York Blvd 416.251.1144 Website
Royal Meats BBQ (CityPlace)

Royal Meats is an Eastern European grill in the heart of CityPlace. The restaurant is the not the first of its kind; there's an almost identical outlet near the IKEA...

Spice Thai Cafe / Restaurants

246 Queen Quay West 416.598.0600 Website
Spice Thai Cafe

Spice Thai Cafe on Queens Quay serves up tasty thai food for eat-in, take-out or delivery....

Spokehaus / Fitness Clubs

70 Dan Leckie Way 416.220.4641 Website

Spokehaus is a high-intensity, low-impact full body workout located at Cityplace modeled after SoulCycle south of the border. There are stationary bikes but this isn't your traditional spin class. Instead, Spokehaus...

Steam Whistle Brewing / Grocery Stores

255 Bremner Blvd 416.362.2337 Website
Steam Whistle Brewing

Steam Whistle's iconic green bottles and prime location across from the SkyDome have made it a mainstay in Toronto's craft beer scene. The sole focus at this brewery is the...

The Nautical Mind Bookstore / Bookstores

249 Queens Quay West 1.800.463.9951 Website
The Nautical Mind Bookstore

The Nautical Mind Bookstore sells all the books you'll ever need on boats. The store carries a wide selection of themes including racing, seamanship, diving, voyages, knots, lighthouses, kids books,...

The Slip / Restaurants

235 Queens Quay Website
The Slip

The Slip, a partnership between the Harbourfront Centre and Boxcar Social, is an open-air, seasonal bar by the water that's open for five months of the year, from May to...

Touti Gelati (Queens Quay) / Restaurants

550 Queens Quay West 647.800.4613 Website
Touti Gelati (Queens Quay)

Touti Gelati on Queens Quay serves up authentic Italian gelato. With another location on the Beaches, Touti Gelati makes gluten free and vegan sorbets daily, using fresh ingredients. There's also...

Watermark Irish Pub / Restaurants

207 Queens Quay West 416.214.2772 Website
Watermark Irish Pub

Watermark is an Irish pub in the Harbourfront area that features a gorgeous, large patio facing the water. The menu has typical pub starters such as nachos, fries and poutine,...

Westin Harbour Castle / Hotels

1 Harbour Square 416.869.1600 Website
Westin Harbour Castle

The Westin Harbour Castle is part of the Starwoods hotel chain. Found at the foot of Bay Street close to the Ferry Terminal and the ACC, the hotel is one...

Wheel Excitement / Services

249 Queens Quay W. 416.260.9000 Website
Wheel Excitement

Wheel Excitement does a big bike rental service in the summer months thanks to its waterfront-facing location on Queens Quay. But in addition to rental and repair service, the shop...

YYoga (Harbourfront) / Fitness Clubs

350 Queens Quay West 416.240.6175 Website
YYoga (Harbourfront)

Yyoga on Queens Quay West is the second of its kind in Toronto (the first is on Queen West). The fitness centre features two studios and offers over 60 classes...

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