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Neighbourhoods

Yonge & College

Yonge & College is a mostly charmless area of the city surrounded by office buildings, condos and restaurants. Maple Leaf Gardens lurks nearby as does the newly revamped Carlton Cinema. Closer to University is the MaRS building, a hub for biotech firms and other start-ups. One of the city's most popular event spaces, The Carlu, can be found on the south-west corner of Yonge and College.


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Adina Photo & Custom Framing / Design Stores

3 Grosvenor St., Unit A 416.960.9252 Website
Adina Photo & Custom Framing

Adina Photo & Custom Framing is small shop on Grosvenor St. off the main Yonge strip that's been around for over 20 years. If you need help choosing the perfect...


Amato Pizza (Yonge St.) / Restaurants

429 Yonge St. 416.977.8989 Website
Amato Pizza (Yonge St.)

Amato Pizza on Yonge offers a break from Big Slice a little further down. The pizzas here are a little more varied, and include options such as spinach feta and...


Aroma Espresso Bar (Mt. Sinai) / Cafes

600 University Ave Website
Aroma Espresso Bar (Mt. Sinai)

Aroma Espresso Bar is certainly welcome in the Mt. Sinai food hall, where plenty of workers and visitors are in need of a nutritious breakfast and good coffee early in...


Bar Burrito (Mt. Sinai) / Restaurants

600 University Ave Website
Bar Burrito (Mt. Sinai)

Bar Burrito is one of several options in the Mt. Sinai hospital food hall. It's definitely one of the most middle-of-the-road and fun, serving tex mex items like tacos and...



Black Bear Espresso / Cafes

25 Carlton St 416.519.4998 Website
Black Bear Espresso

Black Bear Espresso is an independent coffee shop hidden in 25 Carlton under towering residences. They brew Pilot coffee and other liquid delights in their homey oasis in the middle...


BlkOut Inc. / Fashion Stores

437 Yonge St. 416.546.2457 Website
BlkOut Inc.

BlkOut Inc. is a lifestyle boutique that carries the latest trends in sneakers and casual men's clothing. It carries collectible Asics and New Balance kicks as well as sweats and...


Boyd's Barber Shop / Fashion Stores

5 Carlton St 647.351.2693 Website
Boyd's Barber Shop

Boyd's Barber Shop is an old school style barber shop for men on Carlton, right near an entrance to the College Subway station. Complete with barber pole and white and...


Burrito Bandidos (Yonge St.) / Restaurants

496 Yonge Street 647.352.4770 Website
Burrito Bandidos (Yonge St.)

Burrito Bandidos has opened their third location in Toronto, this one at the corner of Yonge and Grosvenor....



California Sandwiches (Yonge) / Restaurants

435 Yonge St. 416.901.1973 Website
California Sandwiches (Yonge)

California Sandwiches now has a dozen or so locations in the GTA (with the original still in Little Italy), but this outpost on Yonge is the first one to land...


Carlton Restaurant / Restaurants

30 Carlton St. 416.977.6655
Carlton Restaurant

Carlton Restaurant is fine dining at the Holiday Inn. Someone alert Snoop Dogg. The restaurant is open breakfast through dinner offering dishes such as mushroom ragout and Australian lamp chops....


Cha Lau Dim Sum Restaurant / Restaurants

476 Yonge St. 647.344.6578 Website
Cha Lau Dim Sum Restaurant

ChaLau Dim Sum Restaurant offers soups, steamed, fried and baked dim sum, steamed rice paste rolls, fried rice and noodle, vegetable dishes and desserts. You'll also find sake, Chinese tea,...


Coffee Public (Bay) / Cafes

800 Bay Street Website
Coffee Public (Bay)

Coffee Public, previously known as Coffee Pub, has taken over the space formerly occupied by a Second Cup on the ground level of an office tower near Bay and College....



Coffee Zone / Cafes

30 Carlton St. 416.593.7727
Coffee Zone

Coffee Zone is a comfy enough cafe on Carlton just east of Yonge. It's a similar vibe (and quality) as Second Cup with the main attraction that it's open late....


Courtyard Marriott / Hotels

475 Yonge St. 416.924.0611 Website
Courtyard Marriott

The Courtyard Marriott is located near the busy intersection of Yonge and College. It's convenient for those looking to spend some time in the immediate vicinity, like the MARS building...


Curry's Artists' Materials (Yonge) / Design Stores

490 Yonge St. 416.967.6666 Website
Curry's Artists' Materials (Yonge)

Curry's Artists' Materials is art supply heaven for those who love the stuff. This location on Yonge and the one on West Queen West are the bigger of the three...


Daily Sushi / Restaurants

20 Carlton Street 416.977.4333
Daily Sushi

Daily Sushi has been on Carlton for years, satiating students and office workers in the area with its ~$8 lunch specials. Service is known to be fairly fast--good news for...



Daio Sushi / Restaurants

45 Carlton Street 416.260.2116
Daio Sushi

Daio Sushi offers more than just sushi, with a Japanese chef at the helm preparing fresh, authentic dishes. That said, sushi is obviously Daio signature, offered at reasonable prices and...


Economy Optical / Fashion Stores

8 College St. 416.922.4870 Website
Economy Optical

Economy Optical has been in the eyewear biz at this shop on College right in the heart of the city for over 30 years and has developed a loyal following....


Fran's Restaurant / Restaurants

20 College St. 416.923.9867
Fran's Restaurant

It's 3:00am as I slip through the retro-flashy front entrance of the legendary Fran's Restaurant on College St. At this hour, it's one of the only places left where...


Golden Griddle 24 Hrs / Restaurants

45 Carlton Street 416.977.5044 Website
Golden Griddle 24 Hrs

Golden Griddle 24 Hrs is a Ryerson student favourite during exam time. Free WiFi, all-you-can-eat pancake Tuesday, and a licensed bar make it ideal for the hungry, stressed, and on...



Hangry Burger / Restaurants

435 Yonge St. Website
Hangry Burger

Hangry Burger is a fast food joint where the the Hangry Hawaiian is among the lineup of signature burgers. The crave-worthy creation comes topped with grilled pineapple, double smoked bacon,...


Ho Jan Chinese Restaurant / Restaurants

45 Carlton Street 416.979.0005
Ho Jan Chinese Restaurant

Ho Jan Chinese Restaurant offers all-day dim sum and a typical menu of Chinese dishes. Two can dine comfortably at the small restaurant for in and around $20....


Jule / Cafes

20 Carlton St. 416.506.7888 Website
Jule

Jule is a cute dessert cafe that serves up a little bit of everything. Near Yonge and College a few footsteps from the Carlton Theatre, it ably functions as a...


Just Falafel / Restaurants

831 Bay St. 647.547.1198 Website
Just Falafel

Just Falafel is a vegetarian fast food franchise that originated in Abu Dhabi and is now expanding internationally. This spot on Bay north of College is its first location in...



Kaiju / Restaurants

384 Yonge St. 647.748.6338 Website
Kaiju

Kaiju is a small fast-food stall hidden away in a dismal, mostly empty basement food court that's part of the new Shops at Aura under the Aura condo building at...


King David (Mt. Sinai) / Restaurants

600 University Ave Website
King David (Mt. Sinai)

King David has a location in Mt. Sinai's food hall. They specialize in over-stuffed delicious falafel and other Middle Eastern standards, as well as pizza. ...


Lebanon Express / Restaurants

439 Yonge St. 647.351.0494
Lebanon Express

Lebanon Express is a quick service restaurant at Yonge and College that serves up moderately priced falafel, kofta and shawarma....


Les Amis Bed & Breakfast / Hotels

31 Granby St 416.591.0635
Les Amis Bed & Breakfast

Les Amis Bed & Breakfast is run by photographer Paul-Antoine as a sort of mini-gallery for his travel snaps, and his personal hosting is a big part of the charm...



Let's Wing It / Restaurants

431 Yonge St. 416.596.9464
Let's Wing It

Let's Wing It is where to go for wings near the corner of Yonge and College St. The restaurant used to be a Wild Wing and still offers an insane...


Lover Man / Restaurants

374 Yonge St. 647.748.5683
Lover Man

Lover Man is a Middle Eastern spot downtown right by Ryerson University. They offer cheap casual dining, including Iranian meals, chicken shawarma, salads and desserts....


Me Va Me (Mt. Sinai) / Restaurants

600 University Ave Website
Me Va Me (Mt. Sinai)

Me Va Me is part of the family of fast food restaurant in the Mt. Sinai food hall. Serving Eastern Mediterranean food, visitors and workers alike are no doubt glad...


Metro Sound and Music / Services

486 Yonge St. 416.921.4270 Website
Metro Sound and Music

Metro Sound and Music is a long and narrow store that's a jumble of guitars, amps, pedals, sheet music and turntables. It's probably - nay, definitely - best to ask...



Mick E Fynn's / Restaurants

45 Carlton Street 416.598.0537 Website
Mick E Fynn's

Mick E Fynn's is a Ryerson first-year favourite. There's typically a line down Carlton on Thursday and Friday nights, as well as lots of open air throughout the rest of...


Oasis Aqualounge / Fashion Stores

231 Mutual Street 416.599.7665 Website
Oasis Aqualounge

Oasis Aqualounge is a water-based adult spa and "playground," which is, yes, exactly what you're thinking. The facility offers a year-round heated outdoor pool, dry sauna, aromatherapy steam room, and...


One Million Comix / Bookstores

484 Yonge St. 416.934.1615 Website
One Million Comix

One Million Comix has been a staple on Yonge Street for years. Most recently, it was at 531 Yonge St., but has since moved into to new digs about a...


Pita Way (Carlton St.) / Restaurants

45 Carlton Street 416.644.1804 Website
Pita Way (Carlton St.)

Pita Way (Carlton St.) is a popular College and Yonge spot for a late night shawarma or falafel. There's lots of seating and a very readable menu, making it a...



Pogue Mahone / Restaurants

777 Bay Street 416.598.3339 Website
Pogue Mahone

Pogue Mahone can be found across from the City of Toronto Police HQ and smack between two office buildings. Its view is definitely not what this pub has going for...


Quick Tummy Time / Restaurants

374 Yonge Street 416.913.4443
Quick Tummy Time

Quick Tummy Time may not have the greatest name in the Yonge and College vicinity, but it is a Ryerson favourite for a quick, cheap lunch. The shop offers shawarma,...


Solo Sushi Bekkan / Restaurants

3 Grosvenor St. 416.925.3388
Solo Sushi Bekkan

Solo Sushi Bekkan is a Japanese owned, tiny 21-seat restaurant located 2 doors in from Yonge Street on Grosvenor. In for lunch the other day, We start with the Sushi...


Somethin' 2 Talk About / Restaurants

78 Gerrard St. W. 416.260.1752 Website
Somethin' 2 Talk About

Somethin' 2 Talk About is a small family-run breakfast and lunch spot in the hospital district (it's hard to miss its bright yellow exterior on Gerrard) that boasts everything it...



Sound Post / Services

93 Grenville St. 1.800.363.1512 Website
Sound Post

The Sound Post is found in an old house, tucked behind the hospitals, university and government buildings of the Discovery District. It's a one-stop shop for string players. Catering to...


Sushi Shop / Restaurants

3 Carlton Street 416.598.5005 Website
Sushi Shop

Sushi Shop is a burgeoning sushi chain based out of Quebec. They have one location in Toronto so far - a sleek but casual restaurant across from the Carlton cinemas....


Sushi Sky / Restaurants

478 Yonge Street 416.969.8988 Website
Sushi Sky

Sushi Sky has been at Yonge and College for about 10 years now and they're still slicing fresh fish for the busy lunch time crowds. Their prices tend to be...


Takumi Sushi House / Restaurants

484 Yonge Street 416.966.0988
Takumi Sushi House

Takumi Sushi House recently joined the fray at Yonge and College and looks to have a solid and reasonably affordable menu to win over local sushi fans....



Thai Express (Mt. Sinai) / Restaurants

600 University Ave Website
Thai Express (Mt. Sinai)

Thai Express is a classic booming Thai chain that has joined the Mt. Sinai food hall group of restaurants. They do customizable combos with entrees like traditional noodles and soups...


The Chickery (Mt. Sinai) / Restaurants

600 University Ave Website
The Chickery (Mt. Sinai)

The Chickery is a great option in Mt. Sinai's food hall, serving juicy deep fried chicken and classic southern sides like potato salad. You can get their regular menu items...


Tosto Quickfire Pizza Pasta / Restaurants

800 Bay St #101 647.344.8866 Website
Tosto Quickfire Pizza Pasta

Tosto Quickfire Pizza Pasta serves Italian classics on Bay in the heart of downtown Toronto, with frequent specials like happy hours and brunch. They serve pasta made from scratch and...


U-Naru Sushi / Restaurants

600 University Avenue Website
U-Naru Sushi

U-Naru Sushi is a standalone sushi joint inside the food hall at Mt. Sinai Hospital. They offer a variety of takeaway lunches including lots of combos and classic veggie rolls. ...



Via Vai / Restaurants

892 Bay St. 416.362.0123 Website
Via Vai

Via Vai occupies a former art gallery at the base of the Burano condo on Bay St. north of College. It's a beautiful solarium with 45-foot ceilings and colourful murals...


W Burger Bar / Restaurants

10 College Street 416.961.2227 Website
W Burger Bar

Toronto has a lot to be depressed about, but W Burger Bar, a new eatery at Yonge and College, has developed a formula to heal us. Their solution to the...


Yeti Nails / Fashion Stores

801 Bay St. Website
Yeti Nails

Yeti Nails is a pair of abominable snowman-free nail salons - one near Richmond and Spadina, the other at College and Bay. They're a favourite for quick, efficient manicures (starting...


Yoga Sanctuary / Fitness Clubs

1 Wood St. 416.928.3236 Website
Yoga Sanctuary

Yoga Sanctuary has relocated one block west from its initial home in a College Park heritage building. The studio offers Pilates, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Hatha classes at all levels....



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