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Neighbourhoods

King East

King East is famous for its high end, designer furniture stores, community college (the city's top culinary institute) and burgeoning restaurant scene. Line up for brunch at waffle-specialists Le Petit Dejeuner or settle in for some post-theatre nosh at Kultura, Veritas or the student friendly Betty's. Only blocks away are the famous St. Lawrence Market, swing dancing at the Reservoir Lounge on Wellington or the molecular gastronomy foreplay at Lucien or Colborne Lane.


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Academy Cafe / Cafes

248 The Esplanade 416.362.8892
Academy Cafe

Academy Cafe is very much as it sounds. Located in the former home of Fahrenheit Coffee on the Esplanade, this new espresso bar is actually the front retail spot of...


All City Storage / Services

145 Eastern Avenue 416.366.2489 Website
All City Storage

All City Storage has two locations in North America - one in San Marcos California and the other at Cherry St. and Eastern Avenue in Toronto. All units are climate...


Allan Parss Salon / Fashion Stores

42 Wellington St. East 416.622.9070 Website
Allan Parss Salon

Allan Parss Salon on Wellington offers a range of services including men's and women's cuts, blow outs, colour and spa treatments. Cuts for women start at $55 and go up...


Amsterdam Bicycle Club / Restaurants

54 The Esplanade 416.864.9996 Website
Amsterdam Bicycle Club

The Amsterdam Bicycle Club has emerged next to the Old Spaghetti Factory on the Esplanade. ...


Andrew Richard Designs / Design Stores

571 Adelaide St. East 416.601.1451 Website
Andrew Richard Designs

Andrew Richard Designs has two locations in Toronto including this one next to Up Country near Adelaide and Parliament. Don't go here without your Platinum card as the outdoor furniture...


Area Fitness / Fitness Clubs

258 The Esplanade 647.427.3582 Website
Area Fitness

Area Fitness is a boutique-style gym located between the Distillery and St. Lawrence Market. They offer a complete range of equipment as well as cycling and yoga classes. One-on-one personal...


Argon CrossFit / Fitness Clubs

103 Richmond St. East 416.574.9550 Website
Argon CrossFit

Argon CrossFit is the newest gym for CrossFitters in downtown Toronto. Located on Richmond St., between Church and Jarvis, the gym's only been open for three weeks, but it's already...


Balzac's (Market St.) / Cafes

10 Market St. 416.368.4949 Website
Balzac's (Market St.)

Balzac's has opened its eighth cafe in the burgeoning Market St. area. It's a suitable place, with its cobblestones, wide patios and plenty of tourists and city dwellers hitting the...



Betty's / Restaurants

240 King Street East 416.368.1300
Betty's

Betty's is a favourite haunt for George Brown students to grab a burger and watch whatever game happens to be on TV. ...


Bier Markt (The Esplanade) / Restaurants

58 The Esplanade 416.862.7575 Website
Bier Markt (The Esplanade)

The Bier Markt on the Esplanade is the original location of one of Toronto's favourite meet markets. There's plenty to drink here - with a large selection of imported beer...


Big Smoke Burger (King East) / Restaurants

50 King Street East 416.947.9500 Website
Big Smoke Burger (King East)

Big Smoke Burger on King East is the third location of this mini burger chain and the first one to open under the new brand - as opposed to the...


Bikram Yoga (Colborne St.) / Fitness Clubs

43 Colborne St. 2nd Floor 416.203.2382 Website
Bikram Yoga (Colborne St.)

Bikram Yoga on Colborne St. offers a convenient space for Bay St. professionals to sneak away for some relaxation and rejuvenation. Classes are offered throughout the day and showers and...


Bindia / Restaurants

16 Market St 416.863.0000 Website
Bindia

Bindia is a contemporary Indian restaurant that recently opened up on the newly-refurbished Market Street on the west side of St. Lawrence Market. At the heart of the operation are...


BoConcept Toronto / Design Stores

230 Adelaide Street East 647.352.8802 Website
BoConcept Toronto

BoConcept has arrived in Toronto, bringing with it its contemporary line of functional furniture. At Adelaide and Jarvis, the Denmark-based furniture chain, has more than 340 sales units worldwide, and...


Body Blitz (East) / Fashion Stores

497 King St. E 416.364.0400 Website
Body Blitz (East)

Body Blitz (East) is the just like the original Body Blitz, just a little bit larger and more accessible for the east-end tranquillity-seeker. Body Blitz has long been on my list...


Bolet's Burrito / Restaurants

134 Lower Sherbourne 416.364.5811
Bolet's Burrito

Bolet's Burrito is a super casual, mostly take-out, joint on Lower Sherbourne. Options include standard beef and chicken but also a tasty shredded pork....



Bombay Palace / Restaurants

71 Jarvis Street 416.368.8048 Website
Bombay Palace

In the mood for some takeout Indian last night we decided to order from Bombay Palace. It had been ages since I ate anything cooked up in their kitchen, but...


Bravi Ristorante / Restaurants

40 Wellington St. E 416.368.9030 Website
Bravi Ristorante

Bravi Ristorante is easily one of the city's most romantic restaurants. Nestled in a busy street of restaurants and bars (Trevor Kitchen Bar, Lucien and Pravda are neighbours), and across...


Brush Bar & Grill / Restaurants

106 Front St. East 416.901.3999 Website
Brush Bar & Grill

Brush Bar & Grill is just steps from the St. Lawrence Market and hidden behind a Burger King and a parking lot. The kitchen churns out pub classics like deep...


C'est What / Restaurants

67 Front St. East 416.867.9499
C'est What

Amidst my group of friends, C'est What has earned a reputation as a great "first date place". With a mixed crowd, warm atmosphere and diverse menu, it welcomes most...


Cafe 260 / Cafes

260 Richmond Street East 416.368.9222 Website
Cafe 260

Cafe 260 is a friendly neighboorhood cafe on RIchmond Street East. It's a good lunch option for those who work or live in the area. On the menu are basic...


Calligaris / Design Stores

170 King St. East 416.504.2959 Website
Calligaris

Calligaris has recently opened a location in Toronto. Found on King East, it's a bright but tight showroom stocked with their signature chic Italian furniture and design. Most items are...


Carisma / Restaurants

73 King Street East 416.864.7373
Carisma

Carisma is an Italian restaurant on King East from the former owner of Il Mulino. On the menu is the antipasti quartet, fish carpaccio, ricotta gnocchi, veal piccata al limone...


Churrasco of St. Lawrence / Baked Goods

91 Front Street East 416.862.2867
Churrasco of St. Lawrence

Churrasco of St. Lawrence has been in business for 21 years and is still going strong. Owner Eugene knows everything there is to know about Portuguese custard tarts and if...



Club 120 / Bars

120 Church St. 416.947.9555 Website
Club 120

Club 120 is the former Goodhandy's on lower Church street. Typically open on weekends only, the club is best known for its regular Sodom parties....


Corner Place / Restaurants

11 Jarvis St. 416.850.1738
Corner Place

The Corner Place takes over from a long line of unsuccessful restaurant ventures at the corner of Front and Jarvis Street. The problem all these places have is they think...


Cosmopolitan Hotel / Hotels

8 Colborne St. 416.350.2000 Website
Cosmopolitan Hotel

The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Toronto centers promises a Zen-like hotel stay that will relax and rejuvenate. They basically attempt to revamp your lifestyle, one hotel stay at a time. For...


Curl Bar / Fashion Stores

33 Sherbourne St. 416.777.2875 Website
Curl Bar

Curlbar is a modest, cheerful salon quickly becoming a city-wide fave. Curlbar's team of Deva-trained stylists take time to hear their client's needs, and are passionate about teaching clients how...


Domison Toronto / Design Stores

35 Jarvis St. 416.203.2687 Website
Domison Toronto

Domison Furniture Boutique has opened a showroom in Toronto - branching out from its flagship store in Montreal. The furniture strikes me as part comfy/classic, part modern, and part retro....


DW Alexander / Bars

19 Church St. 416.364.8368 Website
DW Alexander

DW Alexander is a new cocktail lounge located near Church and Front where the Foundation Room used to be. With highbrow drinks and highly delicious bar snacks, DW Alexander bills...


East Thirty Six / Restaurants

36 Wellington St. E 647.350.3636 Website
East Thirty Six

East Thirty Six, an ambitious new restaurant and cocktail bar, is now open on Wellington. It takes over the site that was most recently home to the short-lived Olde Towne...


Eco Stems / Design Stores

364 King Street East 416.214.6479 Website
Eco Stems

Eco Stems is Toronto's best eco-friendly florist. Their designs use only local, organic, and fair trade flowers....



Elite Martial Arts / Fitness Clubs

98 The Esplanade 647.406.9862 Website
Elite Martial Arts

Elite Martial Arts is the only krav maga training centre certified by the Krav Maga Association of Canada in downtown Toronto. Located in the Wynn Fitness studio on the Esplanade,...


EQ3 / Design Stores

222 King Street East 416.815.2002 Website
EQ3

EQ3's huge two-story showroom on King East has a range of contemporary tables, chairs, sofas, bedroom sets and design accessories. Ask a staff member to show you the discount area...


Evolution Food Co. / Restaurants

12 Market St. 416.214.1234 Website
Evolution Food Co.

Evolution Food Co. is located midway down Market Street, neighboured by a row of burgeoning restaurants and the St. Lawrence Market. Owner Ian Paech, a former banker and triathlete, wanted...


Fahrenheit Coffee / Cafes

120 Lombard St. 647.896.1774 Website
Fahrenheit Coffee

Fahrenheit Coffee has reemerged, though there are surely hoards of the under-caffeinated still wandering around the Esplanade. Move north, friends; for Fahrenheit already has. In October, we noted that Fahrenheit's former...


Feheley Fine Arts / Galleries

65 George Street 416.323.1373 Website
Feheley Fine Arts

Feheley Fine Arts is a gallery on Hazelton Avenue in Yorkville the features contemporary Inuit art from across the Canadian Arctic. ...


Flux + Form / Fashion Stores

116 Sherbourne St. 416.368.9679 Website
Flux + Form

Flux + Form is tucked away in an old space on Sherbourne Street between Queen and Richmond. The jewellery store offers stunning pieces made of precious and semi-precious stones and...


Fresh & Prestige / Fashion Stores

70 Adelaide Street East 416.364.0500
Fresh & Prestige

Fresh & Prestige does one thing really well. They specialize in custom-made men's dress shirts. They all carry a selection of ties....


Fusaro's (Richmond East) / Restaurants

294 Richmond St. East 647.347.3309 Website
Fusaro's (Richmond East)

Fusaro's has just opened a second location on Richmond St. East and it's already getting crowded. Compared to the original location on Spadina, this new spot is even smaller but...



FuZen / Restaurants

132 Front St E 416.363.0202 Website
FuZen

FuZen is a small Japanese restaurant along Front Street a block or so east of the St. Lawrence Market. I'd heard good things about the maki here so a group...


G for Gelato / Restaurants

75 Jarvis St. 416.792.1761 Website
G for Gelato

G For Gelato may be new to Toronto, but its history traces back to more than half a century ago in Italy. The business started as a little gelateria (if...


Galangal Thai Fusion / Restaurants

51 Colborne St. 416.366.2722 Website
Galangal Thai Fusion

Galangal Thai Fusion is the latest incarnation of this Thai restaurant on Colborne Lane. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves up Thai classics like crispy spring rolls and...


Garrison Weddings / Fashion Stores

37 King St. East Website
Garrison Weddings

Garrison Weddings is an offshoot of the Garrison Bespoke tailoring shop. Located in the King Edward Hotel, the store is actually the first tailoring shop in North America geared exclusively...


Gautier Toronto / Design Stores

230 Adelaide St East 416.777.9494 Website
Gautier Toronto

Gautier is the latest addition to Toronto's fancy furniture row, otherwise known as King East. The new shop hosts the designs of a 50-year-old French brand that, despite the going...


George Street Diner / Restaurants

129 George St. 416.862.7676
George Street Diner

The newly crimsoned exterior of the George Street Diner is a welcome and arresting sight for anyone who finds themselves around the King East area in a famished state. The recent...


Gilead Cafe / Restaurants

4 Gilead Place 647.288.0680 Website
Gilead Cafe

Jamie Kennedy has moved into Corktown with his latest culinary installment, Gilead Cafe. My friends and I popped in for lunch and fully enjoyed our meal, owing to...


Golden Thai / Restaurants

105 Church Street 416.868.6668 Website
Golden Thai

One of Toronto's original thai food restaurants, Golden Thai is still going strong and serves up a huge assortment of rice, curry and noodle dishes....



Great Burger Kitchen (Church St.) / Restaurants

9.5 Church St. 416.504.9463 Website
Great Burger Kitchen (Church St.)

Great Burger Kitchen has opened a second location, next to the Wine Bar and Hank's on lower Church St. Check out our review of their original Gerrard East location....


Hank's / Cafes

9.5 Church St. 647.288.0670
Hank's

Hank's manager Angie just wants people to know their location, that's all. So maybe 9 1/2 Church St is a weird address, but when you're the delightful sidekick to Jamie...


Harlem / Restaurants

67 Richmond St E 416.368.1920 Website
Harlem

It is evident that a lot of love has been poured into creating this unique spot that serves soul food of both literal and figurative varieties. Inspired by the...


Hiro Sushi / Restaurants

171 King Street East 416.304.0550
Hiro Sushi

Long acclaimed as one of the best sushi restaurants in Toronto, Hiro stars chef and owner Hiro Yoshida's fresh and inventive Japanese creations. ...


Hostelling International / Hotels

76 Church St. 416.971.4440 Website
Hostelling International

Hostelling International is one of the three good youth-hostel options in Toronto. What distinguishes this from the other two is (a) it's on the east side of the city near...


Hot House Cafe / Restaurants

35 Church Street 416.366.7800 Website
Hot House Cafe

Hot House Cafe at the corner of Church and Front Streets specializes in pizza and pasta. Cajun Shrimp Fusilli, Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb and Jambalaya are some of...


Ichiban Sushi (Wellington) / Restaurants

58 Wellington St. East 416.862.9191 Website
Ichiban Sushi (Wellington)

Ichiban Sushi has numerous locations in Toronto including this one at Church and Wellington. Like the other locations, the offerings here are standard if unremarkable. But for moderate priced sushi...


Il Re Trattoria / Restaurants

246 King Street East 416.868.4573
Il Re Trattoria

Il Re Trattoria is a new entrant on the King East lunch scene. This small restaurant offers both table service and take-out of Italian food made with organic ingredients....



InDesign Furnishings / Design Stores

214 King Street East 416.365.7700 Website
InDesign Furnishings

InDesign, a two-storey showroom on King East, carries a mix of modern and contemporary furniture including sofas, chairs and tables. ...


Ital Interiors / Design Stores

359 King Street East 416.366.9540 Website
Ital Interiors

On the corner of King and Berkeley, Ital Interiors carries high-end, contemporary Italian furniture and design. ...


Jardin de Ville / Design Stores

44 Sherbourne Avenue 416.363.8323 Website
Jardin de Ville

Jardin de Ville has recently opened a Toronto showroom on Lower Sherbourne just south of King East. The store - part of a global chain - retails high end outdoor...


Jason George / Restaurants

100 Front Street East 416.363.7100 Website
Jason George

The Jason George is a pub near Jarvis and Front that draws a mixture or locals and tourists. On the menu are pub staples like beef dip and chicken fingers...


King Edward Hotel / Hotels

37 King St. East 416.863.9700 Website
King Edward Hotel

The King Edward Hotel is one of the grande dames of Toronto hotels. While it's glory days are in its past, the hotel still has a certain charm and is...


Kiosk (King East) / Design Stores

288 King St. East 416.539.9665 Website
Kiosk (King East)

Kiosk has opened its latest store in Toronto, this one near King and Berkeley just a stones throw from Klaus. The new showroom is essentially a multi-level museum of avant-garde...


Kirei Sushi / Restaurants

81 Church St. 416.214.9393
Kirei Sushi

Kirei Sushi + Bar brings upscale sushi to what used to be the location of a series of all you can eat Thai restaurants....


Klaus by Nienkamper / Design Stores

300 King Street East 416.362.3434 Website
Klaus by Nienkamper

Klaus by Nienkamper, on the east end of the design corridor along King East, is a chic, sophisticated showroom of modern furniture and hip design elements. The store feels like...



La Maquette / Restaurants

111 King E 416.366.8191 Website
La Maquette

La Maquette endures thanks to its busy summers where it seems to be always booked for a wedding. It's a big space - with seating on two floors - as...


Le Papillon / Restaurants

69 Front St. E. 416.367.0303 Website
Le Papillon

Serving French and Quebecois fare (onion soup and crepes are particularly noteworthy), Le Papillon is popular with fresh-off-the-VIA-train tourists, the business crowd, and local concert- and theatre-goers....


Le Petit Dejeuner / Restaurants

191 King St East 416.703.1560 Website
Le Petit Dejeuner

Located on King St. East, Le Petit Dejeuner is sandwiched in between the Chocolate Lounge (where I can not even afford to smell the food let alone dine) and Gabby's...


Limitless / Design Stores

366 Adelaide St East 416.366.5288 Website
Limitless

Limitless, formerly Bullfrog & Limitless when it first opened early this year, still sells too imported lines of furniture that are exclusive to North America. Limitless is from Holland while...


Ma Zone / Design Stores

63 Jarvis Street 416.868.0330 Website
Ma Zone

First, it's pronounced "May-Zone", not "Mah-Zone". I made that mistake and was quickly corrected by Armin. Armin is the nervously cheerful, charming and absolutely serious owner of this shop. He's the...


Mangia & Bevi / Restaurants

260 King St. E 416.203.1635 Website
Mangia & Bevi

Mangia & Bevi started out nine years ago with modest beginnings as a grab and go coffee and sandwich bar just around the corner from George Brown off King Street...


Market Street Catch / Restaurants

14 Market St. 647.391.8140 Website
Market Street Catch

Market Street Catch is the latest seafood-centric offshoot from Buster's Sea Cove owner Tom Antonarakis. The new spot has docked on the newly redeveloped restaurant row that runs along the...


McVeigh's / Restaurants

124 Church St. 416.364.9698 Website
McVeigh's

McVeigh's is the place where everyone lines up for miles to get in for a drink on St. Patrick's Day. The rest of the year it gets by with basic...



Mengrai Thai / Restaurants

82 Ontario Street 416.546.0331 Website
Mengrai Thai

Mengrai Thai has been open since 2007, hidden on Ontario in the former Regal Brewery. This place does phad thai two ways - the more sweet and tomato-y kind favoured...


Miyaki Sushi / Restaurants

222 The Esplanade 416.203.8811
Miyaki Sushi

Miyaki Sushi is a good neighbourhood options for cheap enough maki, sushi and other Japanese and Korean food....


Modern Weave / Design Stores

160 King St. East 416.365.0335 Website
Modern Weave

Modern Weave offers a wide selection of contemporary rugs in their King East showroom. With bold designs and tasteful colour palette, these rugs are often more akin to an abstract...


Morning Glory / Restaurants

457 King St East 416.703.4728
Morning Glory

Sunday my partner and I made our way to Morning Glory at 457 King street (east of Parliament). My first impression was a kind of homey, but light and...


Mystic Muffin / Restaurants

113 Jarvis St. 416.941.1474
Mystic Muffin

Mystic Muffin is a popular take-out spot at Jarvis and Richmond that serves tasty cheap eats including egg salad sandwiches, soup, chili, falafel and its famous apple cakes. Photo by Roger...


Nami / Restaurants

55 Adelaide Street East 416.362.7373 Website
Nami

Nami Sushi on Adelaide East has been serving up fresh sushi and Japanese cuisine in Toronto for more than 20 years....


Nari Sushi / Restaurants

257 King Street East 647.347.0322
Nari Sushi

Nari Sushi is a great take-out sushi spot near King and Sherbourne. Expect pre-packaged (but freshly made) quality maki at a decent price....


Navigate Space / Fashion Stores

250 The Esplanade, Suite 123 416.366.6020 Website
Navigate Space

Navigate Salon has managed a seemingly impossible feat for a downtown Toronto hair salon — somehow, it has garnered a mass of positive reviews and nearly zero negative online reactions,...



Novotel Hotel / Hotels

45 The Esplanade 416.367.8900 Website
Novotel Hotel

The Novotel Hotel in Toronto is found just down the street from the St. Lawrence Market and very close to Union Station. The appeal is its central location as well...


Olive & Olives (Market Street) / Grocery Stores

20 Market Street 416.815.8181 Website
Olive & Olives (Market Street)

Olive & Olives is a Montreal based company that opened its original retail storefront in Riverside, and now has this second outpost on Market Street. On the shelves are rows...


Olympos/Crowbar / Restaurants

174 Princess Street 416.363.7879
Olympos/Crowbar

Olympos/Crowbar is a small diner that's open for breakfast and lunch. An assortment of tables, chairs and padded stools compliment the kitchen's offerings of steak on a bun, corned beef...


Optic Zone / Fashion Stores

33 Jarvis St. 416.362.3937 Website
Optic Zone

Optic Zone is Joe Singh's dizzying jumble of a shop near the foot of Jarvis. It can be a bit overwhelming. "We carry everything," he insists, and he might be...


Origin / Restaurants

107 King Street East 416.603.8009 Website
Origin

Origin is Claudio Aprile's second restaurant in Toronto. Located on the corner of King and Church, this $1.3-million project was envisioned to be a casual dining place for fans of...


Origo Books / Bookstores

49 Lower Jarvis St. 416.703.3535 Website
Origo Books

Origo Books is an independent boutique bookshop specialized in the alternative and metaphysical, recently open in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. Their manifest purpose is to provide a unique place for...


Pacific Junction Hotel / Restaurants

234 King St. East 416.363.8447 Website
Pacific Junction Hotel

The Pacific Junction Hotel has recently opened in the old Veritas space on King East. The new restaurant is owned by the folks behind Betty's and has a cheeky menu...


Paganelli's / Restaurants

106 Front St. East 416.363.8370
Paganelli's

Paganelli's is the new name and concept from the restaurant formerly known as Romagna Mia. An enoteca and a risotteria, Paganelli's specializes in homemade risotto, pasta, pizza and salumi....



Pastizza / Restaurants

118 The Esplanade 416.901.9113 Website
Pastizza

Pastizza is a sprawling Italian restaurant at the foot of Market St. across from the St. Lawrence Market. There's a large street-side patio, an extensive wine list and a menu...


Pat Quinn Lounge / Restaurants

39 Colborne Street 416.815.7562
Pat Quinn Lounge

Pat Quinn Lounge isn't owned by the former Leaf hockey coach. Instead, the man behind the scenes here is another Pat Quinn - a 70 something Irishman who owns a...


Patrician Grill / Restaurants

219 King St. East 416.366.4841
Patrician Grill

Patrician Grill is a classic diner on King East that seems to be open more for film shoots than it is for serving hungry patrons. Nevertheless, they server good and...


Petite Thuet (King East) / Baked Goods

244 King Street East 416.519.4847 Website
Petite Thuet (King East)

Petite Thuet has a high-end, woodsy cottage feel with a Parisian inspired menu. With gold and red patterned dining room chairs, Manitoba maple wooden tables and a chandelier made of...


Pita Land (King East) / Restaurants

246 King St. E 416.368.5640 Website
Pita Land (King East)

Pita Land (King East) at King and Sherbourne is one of many locations of this 100% halal chain. They serve the expected wraps and shawarma plates, falafel and gyros. Plus...


Pravda Vodka Bar / Bars

44 Wellington St East 416.863.5244 Website
Pravda Vodka Bar

Pravda Vodka Bar is a Russian themed bar on Wellington that stocks more Vodka varieties than anywhere else in Toronto. ...


RADform / Design Stores

201 Frederick St. Suite 103 416.955.8282 Website
RADform

RADform, a tiny design shop hidden away in the George Brown campus, specializes in playfully surreal furniture and home goods. The practical is tucked imperceptively into the whimsical: Stately vases...


Reservoir Lounge / Bars

52 Wellington Street East 416.955.0887 Website
Reservoir Lounge

The Reservoir Lounge, located on a sub-level space on Wellington, is the best place in the city to get your swing dance on. Photo by AtillaSoylu in the blogTO Flickr Pool....



Resource Furniture / Design Stores

366 Adelaide Street East Suite 102 416.901.7555 Website
Resource Furniture

Resource Furniture is a global chain of furniture stores specializing in space saving furniture. While the designs are cool and unexpected (and undoubtedly space saving) it all comes at a...


Richmond Rogue / Restaurants

284 Richmond Street East 416.868.9595 Website
Richmond Rogue

Richmond Rogue is a pub that was featured on Restaurant Makeover (and survived that show's apparent bad luck curse). Some of its more popular offerings are its chicken wings (which...


Roche Bobois / Design Stores

101 Parliament St. 416.366.3273 Website
Roche Bobois

Roche Bobois is the source for high end modern furniture at the corner of King East and Parliament....


Roomy Interiors / Design Stores

232 King St. E 416.203.6813 Website
Roomy Interiors

We're all living in condos, now. We're each doing the ecologically friendly and politically proper thing by single-handedly densifying the downtown core. "Home" ownership is rising as fast as builders...


Rooster Coffee House (King East) / Cafes

343 King St. East 416.995.1530 Website
Rooster Coffee House (King East)

Rooster Coffee House opened its second location this past week in the brand new attachment to the Toronto Sun building. The cafe's Riverdale location is housed in a cozy home-like...


Scotland Yard / Restaurants

56 The Esplanade 416.364.6572 Website
Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard is an English style pub, found at 56 The Esplanade. Serving a traditional pub menu, with a great Guinness stew in a Yorkshire pudding bowl, fish & chips,...


Shawarma House / Restaurants

222 The Esplanade 647.341.2140
Shawarma House

Shawarma House has recently opened at the corner of Princess and The Esplanade. On the menu is shawarma, falafel and other Middle Eastern eats. ...


Sky Blue Sky (King East) / Restaurants

333 King St. East 647.350.3100 Website
Sky Blue Sky (King East)

Sky Blue Sky has expanded to a second location on the east side. Since mid-March the Wilco-inspired sandwich shop has been in full swing on King St. East, on the...



Stacklab / Design Stores

28 Eastern Avenue Website
Stacklab

Stacklab tries to distinguish itself from Toronto's other reclaimed wood design shops in one important way — and it involves impressive (at least, to me) computer software. "We're not just...


Studio B / Design Stores

380 King Street East 416.363.2996 Website
Studio B

Studio B, occupying two floors of loft space at King and Parliament, stocks luxury brands including Baker, Dedon and Baccarat....


Suite 22 Interiors (Richmond) / Design Stores

429 Richmond St. East 416.703.8322 Website
Suite 22 Interiors (Richmond)

Suite 22 Interiors on Richmond is the brand-new downtown sister location of the ultra-modern Markham furniture store of the same name. Like its predecessor, the new shop, located at Richmond...


Sultan's Tent / Restaurants

49 Front Street East 416.961.0601 Website
Sultan's Tent

The Sultan's Tent on Front Street cooks up four course Moroccan prix-fixe dinners and features live belly dancing every night of the week. ...


Switch / Bars

55 Colborne St 416.901.9990 Website
Switch

Switch is a new resto-lounge located at 55 Colborne Street (previous home to The Bowery and Osteria 55). Brought to you by Toronto clublords Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth, Switch...


Tandem Coffee / Cafes

368 King St. East Website
Tandem Coffee

Tandem Coffee just opened in Corktown on King St., in a little sliver of one of those old houses, and it is as cute inside as it is out. Former...


Terroni (Adelaide) / Restaurants

57 Adelaide St. East 416.504.1992 Website
Terroni (Adelaide)

Terroni is the King of pizza and casual Italian eats in Toronto. Here at its Adelaide St. location is has plenty of room for hungry diners to indulge in one...


The Black Canary Espresso Bar / Cafes

61 Sherbourne St. 416.301.7633
The Black Canary Espresso Bar

The Black Canary Espresso Bar is the rebranded, redesigned incarnation of the former Bisogno Espresso Bar. The fundamentals — that is, the coffee, the snacks, the overall atmosphere is the...



The Chef's House / Restaurants

215 King St. East 416.415.2260 Website
The Chef's House

The Chef's House is home to budding George Brown culinary students testing their chops on diners like you. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, the restaurant features an...


The Fifth Wall / Design Stores

101 Richmond St. East 416.850.4222 Website
The Fifth Wall

The Fifth Wall is a stylish rug shop featuring a range of prices, sizes, and styles. If you have something particular in mind, the staff can dig out the perfect...


The Keg (Esplanade) / Restaurants

26 The Esplanade 416.367.0685 Website
The Keg (Esplanade)

The Keg (Esplanade) has a similar menu and atmosphere to the other Toronto Keg locations. You'll find the usual options for classic steak (cooked to your specifications), sirloin, rib steaks,...


The Works (Church and Wellington) / Restaurants

60 Wellington Street East 416.594.9675 Website
The Works (Church and Wellington)

The Works bills itself as a Gourmet Burger Bistro and serves up fancy patties with names like Kids in the Hall, The Big Smoke and Layton's Legend. This location at...


Tidy's Flowers / Design Stores

526 Richmond Street East 416.364.5475 Website
Tidy's Flowers

Tidy's Flowers is the go-to florist in the Financial District. Bankers looking for a last minute gift for the wife, the assistant or, um, the mistress rely on them...


Tilted Kilt (Esplanade) / Restaurants

38 The Esplanade 416.364.3764 Website
Tilted Kilt (Esplanade)

Tilted Kilt (Esplanade) is a cozy pub with comforting pub staples on offer, such as nachos, hot sandwiches, and pizza. To drink, you'll find beer and beer cocktails, premium spirits,...


Trevor / Restaurants

38 Wellington St E 416.941.9410 Website
Trevor

Hip, modern, cozy, chic, smooth all seem apt to describe Trevor, a fine-dining establishment sans the elitism. Order from the main dinner menu, or from a smaller, more modestly...


Trianon / Design Stores

247 King St. East 416.363.9851 Website
Trianon

Trianon is a flamboyant, liberally-gilded decor shop at at King and Sherbourne, where just a little window shopping from outside is enough to brighten a dreary day. Taking its name...



Triple A Bar / Restaurants

138 Adelaide St. E. 416.850.2726 Website
Triple A Bar

Triple A Bar opened up just over a week ago, and I'd dearly loved its previous incarnation as Laide. For this reason, I went prepared to dislike it (expecting a...


Turn Of The Century / Design Stores

112 Sherbourne St. 416.362.6203 Website
Turn Of The Century

Turn Of The Century specializes in throwback lighting - both real-deal antiques and handmade reproductions. The Sherbourne store offers restoration and rewiring for antique pieces, and will even help you...


Ueno Take Out Sushi / Restaurants

75 Sherbourne Street 416.363.7064
Ueno Take Out Sushi

Ueno Take Out Sushi is found in the lower level of an office building on Sherbourne. It serves up your usual assortment of creative maki, nigiri, bibimbap and other Japanese...


Up Country / Design Stores

310 King St East 416.366.7477 Website
Up Country

Up Country on King East is a two floor showrown of modern and contemporary furniture. Go here for a wide selection of sofas, chairs, coffee tables and bedroom furniture....


Veritas / Restaurants

234 King Street East 416.363.8447 Website
Veritas

Veritas likes to keep it local. On a recent visit we start off with the daily soup - a puree of green peas with bacon. While I'm not usually a...


Weezie's / Restaurants

354 King Street East 416.777.9339
Weezie's

Located at the corner of King and Power Streets, Weezie's is a popular Corktown spot for lunch and dinner. ...


Wine Bar / Restaurants

9 Church St. 416.504.9463 Website
Wine Bar

Wine Bar is the re-branded Church St. restaurant that used to be known as Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar before financial troubles forced him to sell it. The menu, though, still...


Woods / Restaurants

45 Colborne Street 416.214.9918 Website
Woods

Woods, the new 60-seat dining room opened in the old Colborne Lane space, is a little like the escape into shade on a hot summer day. I'll attribute it partly...



World Salon / Fashion Stores

132 Adelaide St E 416.594.1402 Website
World Salon

World works on their eco-footprint as diligently as on their cuts. On Adelaide, the other side of St James Cathedral. ...


Wynn Fitness / Fitness Clubs

98 The Esplanade 416.366.9966 Website
Wynn Fitness

Wynn Fitness is a fitness club chain with six locations including this one on The Esplanade just a short walk from Union Station. ...


Yes to Fresh / Restaurants

41 Jarvis Street 416.367.2937 Website
Yes to Fresh

Yes To Fresh is a new quick service restaurant near St. Lawrence Market that specializes in healthy wraps, salads and sandwiches. The menu features a range of toppings and combinations...


Yoga Lounge / Fitness Clubs

103 Church St. 416.864.1973 Website
Yoga Lounge

The Yoga Lounge's Church and Richmond space has been freshly renovated and bisected to allow for more flexibility in the schedule. Hatha runs simulataneously in the adjacent studio while I...



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