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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...


BeSixFifty Hotel / Hotels

650 Bay St. 416.971.6500 Website
BeSixFifty Hotel

BeSixFifty Hotel has taken the once-grungy Bay Street Motel and turned it into something far more luxurious and (literally) shiny. Not a lot has changed from the outside - and...


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...



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 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....


College Station Cafe / Restaurants

6 College St. 416.920.1214 Website
College Station Cafe

College Station Cafe is aptly named, as it's steps away from its eponymous TTC stop. This sandwich and bake shop makes all its own stuff in-house, including the fresh bread...


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....


Eki-Bento / Restaurants

403 Yonge Street 416.314.8455 Website
Eki-Bento

Eki-Bento is a Japanese fast food restaurants that offers bento bowls such as chicken teriyaki and marinated beef, as well as bento boxes such as steak and salmon, which come...



Fickle / Restaurants

507 Yonge St. 647.351.3529
Fickle

Fickle is not your mom and pop pho place. Be prepared for striking contemporary design mixed with Vietnamese and Chinese eats - good portions at not dirt cheap prices but...


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...


Grill Time Korean BBQ House / Restaurants

454 Yonge St. 416.962.2288
Grill Time Korean BBQ House

Grill Time at Yonge and College entered the Korean BBQ fray a number of years ago when Korean Grill House was opening new locations all over the place....



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....


Hoops Sports Bar (Yonge) / Restaurants

458 Yonge St. 416.929.3324 Website
Hoops Sports Bar (Yonge)

Hoops Sports Bar and Grill is your standard lowest-common-denominator chain for sports-watching, with screens everywhere you look. It fits in perfectly with this part of Yonge and is best left...


Jule / Cafes

20 Carlton St. 416.506.7888 Website
Jule

Jule is an Asian tea house/cafe by the Carlton Cinema with surprisingly appealing decor for this part of the city: a funky zig-zag motif, modern-rustic wooden beams and a wall...


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...


Kokyo Sushi / Restaurants

501A Yonge St 416.962.6968 Website
Kokyo Sushi

Kokyo Sushi at Yonge and Alexander Streets can be a decent place to go if you're in the area and have a hankering for Japanese food - especially in the...


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....


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...


Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine / Restaurants

6A Alexander St. 416.966.1813 Website
Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine

Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine has opened and closed a few locations in the city over the years, and this original spot on Alexander St. off the main Yonge strip has unfortunately...


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,...


Screen Lounge / Bars

20 College St. 647.351.2040 Website
Screen Lounge

Screen Lounge is a sleek and sophisticated new lounge and rooftop patio, brought to you by the owners of Fran's Restaurant. Yes you read that right, and no, don't expect...


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....



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 (College St.) / Fitness Clubs

2 College St. 416.928.3236 Website
Yoga Sanctuary (College St.)

Yoga Sanctuary is located In a gorgeous heritage building fit for the offices of a seedy private eye. Their College Street location occupies the penthouse suite. The practice room feels...



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