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Yonge & Wellesley

Yonge & Wellesley is a bustling intersection that's not notable for much except its subway stop and a higher than average concentration of sushi restaurants in the area. A block to the east, at Wellesley and Bay, government buildings are home to a steady supply of office workers who keep seats at local lunch spots at a premium.

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Aji Sai Plus / Restaurants

637 Yonge St. 647.748.3866 Website
Aji Sai Plus

Aji Sai Plus on Yonge St. is a spin-off concept from the same people behind the popular Aji Sai AYCE sushi restaurant. Don't come here for unlimited plates of raw...

Artful Dodger / Restaurants

12 Isabella Street 416.964.9511
Artful Dodger

The Artful Dodger is local pub on Isabella St. that serves typical pub fare along with a range of Irish beers....

Bar Burrito / Restaurants

544 Yonge Street 416.922.4343 Website
Bar Burrito

Bar Burrito's Yonge and Wellesly location serves up its familiar Tex-Mex fare. This quick service burrito bar also serves tacos and quesadillas....

Bar Volo / Restaurants

587 Yonge Street 416.928.0008
Bar Volo

Bar Volo opened on the corner of Yonge and Dundonald in 1985 and, while it was initially an Italian-focused cafe, it has found a new life — and hit its...

BiBimQ / Restaurants

597 Yonge Street 416.922.6367

BiBimQ is a casual, eat-in or take-out Korean spot on Yonge Street that serves fast and tasty bibimbap and other Korean specialties. ...

BluGod / Services

548 Yonge St. 416.923.3332 Website

BluGod is one of those places that have mixed reviews online but are strong in good ol' word-of-mouth recommendations. Aside from pleasant service and a spacious studio, they're one of...

Bowl Fine Asian Cuisine / Restaurants

522 Yonge St. 416.920.2695 Website
Bowl Fine Asian Cuisine

Bowl Fine Asian Cuisine has two location in Toronto including the cheap and cheerful one pictured above on Yonge just north of College. The menu features a range of Asian-inspired...

Brownstone Bistro / Restaurants

601 Yonge Street 416.920.6288 Website
Brownstone Bistro

Brownstone Bistro has been on the corner of Yonge and Gloucester for 15 years, making it somewhat of a landmark in the ever-changing landscape on the country's longest street. After...

Buddies in Bad Times / Bars

12 Alexander St. 416.975.8555 Website
Buddies in Bad Times

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre turns into a wildly busy nightclub on the weekends. Drag Queens take their places on a long flight of stairs located in the middle of...

Cafe M / Cafes

672 Yonge St. 647.748.8010 Website
Cafe M

Cafe M is a new independent coffee shop ... on Yonge Street? Forgive me while I do a double take. While the majority of indie coffee spots tend to collect...

Cat's Cradle / Fashion Stores

596 Yonge Street 416.920.8216 Website
Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle is a downtown Yonge Street landmark, and yes, those actually exist. While the Yonge and Wellesley Street area might seem to be all spandex boutiques and ambiguous-looking electronics...

Central YMCA / Fitness Clubs

20 Grosvenor Street 416.975.9622 Website
Central YMCA

The Central YMCA near Yonge and Grosvenor is the largest YMCA in Canada. It boasts top notch facilities including a pool, track and plenty of workout space. For a full...

Chilsung Korean Pocha Club and Izakaya / Restaurants

590 Yonge St. 647.876.0562 Website
Chilsung Korean Pocha Club and Izakaya

Chilsung Korean Pocha Club and Izakaya serves up a street food, tapas style menu featuring Spicy Seafood Rice Cakes ($12) and overloaded bowls of Chilsung Armysoup ($14). Situated at Yonge...

Coach House Restaurant / Restaurants

574 Yonge Street 416.922.5551
Coach House Restaurant

Coach House Restaurant is a long-established old-school diner near Yonge and Wellesley. With a dated and unassuming front signage, chances are pretty good that you've walked past this restaurant and...

Como en Casa / Restaurants

565 Yonge Street 647.748.6666 Website
Como en Casa

Como En Casa is a Mexican restaurant located close to the Wellesley TTC subway station. They serve what could arguably be the city's finest adobo chicken (at under $7!) and...

Crown Princess / Restaurants

1033 Bay Street 416.923.8784
Crown Princess

The Crown Princess offers some of the best dim sum south of Steeles and West of Kennedy (though I suppose the proprietors at Lai Wah Heen would have something to...

Darvish Restaurant / Restaurants

508 Yonge Street 416.929.8893 Website
Darvish Restaurant

Darvish Restaurant is where to go for Persian eats near Yonge and College. The menu features a wide range of snacking plates, kabobs, salads, stews and rice dishes....

Duke of Gloucester / Restaurants

649 Yonge Street 416.961.9704 Website
Duke of Gloucester

Duke of Gloucester is a local favourite on Yonge St. Found on the second floor it's easy to miss, but a venture inside will reveal a descent selection of beers...

E Sushi (Yonge St) / Restaurants

543 Yonge St 647.892.0000
E Sushi (Yonge St)

E Sushi is the latest all you can eat sushi joint to pop up at Yonge and Wellesley. They offer an all you can eat lunch for 12.95, and an...

Eliot's Bookshop / Bookstores

584 Yonge Street 416.925.0268
Eliot's Bookshop

Eliot's Bookshop is a three story bookstore near Yonge and Wellesley that sells a huge variety of used books including many classic literature. ...

Ethiopian House / Restaurants

4 Irwin Avenue 416.923.5438
Ethiopian House

I drink coffee and I drink it black. Yes, because I enjoy coffee, not what you get if you put a shot of coffee in a 20oz cup...

Fat Bastard Burrito Co. (Yonge St.) / Restaurants

634 Yonge St. 416.923.3222 Website
Fat Bastard Burrito Co. (Yonge St.)

Fat Bastard Burrito Co. has brought their burrito empire to Yonge and Wellesley. There's all the usual options including steak, pork, yam and fish burritos as well as quesadillas and...

Fox and Fiddle (Wellesley) / Restaurants

27 Wellesley St. East 416.944.9369
Fox and Fiddle (Wellesley)

The Fox and Fiddle on Wellesley is located in the historic Somerset House. They have 13 beers on tap, pub grub on the menu and karaoke when the mood strikes....

Glad Day Bookshop / Bookstores

598A Yonge Street 416.961.4161 Website
Glad Day Bookshop

As the first Canadian and second longest surviving lesbian and gay bookstore in the world after The Oscar Wilde, Glad Day knows a thing or two about what appeals to...

Hero Certified Burgers (Yonge and Irwin) / Restaurants

646 Yonge Street 416.901.3985 Website
Hero Certified Burgers (Yonge and Irwin)

Hero Burger on Yonge is for those who find themselves just slightly west of the other two chain burger places over on Church. This Hero location is pretty standard as...

Istanbul Doner Kebap / Restaurants

565 Yonge St. 416.968.1032
Istanbul Doner Kebap

Istanbul Doner Kebap is new spot on Yonge St. offering up shawarma, doner, kebap, falafel, soup and other Middle Eastern eats....

Juice Express / Restaurants

575 Yonge St. 416.966.1958
Juice Express

Juice Express is a good option near Yonge and Wellesley when looking for some fresh squeezed fruit or vegetables juices. They also sell subs and coffee based drinks....

Kenzo Japanese Noodle House / Restaurants

522 Yonge St 647.340.2112 Website
Kenzo Japanese Noodle House

Kenzo Japanese Noodle House is continuing to expand in Toronto as they open up a new Yonge and Wellesley location. They are already known in Toronto for their traditional ramen...

Koyoi / Restaurants

2 Irwin Ave 647.351.5128

Koyoi is a newish Japanese restaurant just off Yonge St.. They doesn't serve sushi here and instead focus more on Isakaya-style offerings....

Laughing Stuff / Fashion Stores

510 Yonge Street 416.928.2205
Laughing Stuff

Laughing Stuff is a costume shop on Yonge Street, with just about every inch of its walls covered in, well, stuff! Upon entering, I found myself staring idly into the...

Magic Oven (Wellesley) / Restaurants

6 Wellesley St. W 416.868.6836 Website
Magic Oven (Wellesley)

Magic Oven on Wellesley offers a diverse selection of healthy pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. Their pizzas can be made to accommodate a variety of dietary concerns. They offer organic spelt...

Mosheta (Yonge St.) / Fashion Stores

588 Yonge St. 416.928.0228 Website
Mosheta (Yonge St.)

Mosheta's Yonge street location is a downtown salon and spa decorated in pink, graffiti-style murals. You can get the basics like hair and colour, and they also offer nail treatments,...

NDJ Books / Bookstores

504 Yonge St. 416.925.2080 Website
NDJ Books

Despite declining in numbers during the recent 10 years, the used bookstore is still a Toronto staple. The uniqueness of each store is what keeps customers coming back to their...

Northbound Leather / Services

586 Yonge St. 416.972.1037 Website
Northbound Leather

Northbound Leather has been a supporter of fetishism in Toronto and hosting parties in honour of fetish culture for 20 years. The 3000 square foot Yonge Street store houses an...

Not Just Noodles / Restaurants

570 Yonge Street 416.960.8898
Not Just Noodles

Not Just Noodles offers cheap lunch deals for $4.99. There are some seating options but this place tends to be more of a take out joint....

One Million Comix / Bookstores

531 Yonge St 416.934.1615 Website
One Million Comix

One Million Comix offers an endless variety of comics and comic paraphernalia, such as action figures, accessories, and costumes. They've been at Yonge and Wellesley since 1989, offerings all the...

Openmat Mixed Martial Arts / Fitness Clubs

593 Yonge Street 647.269.8466 Website
Openmat Mixed Martial Arts

Openmat Mixed Martial Arts Academy offers students various forms of self-defense and martial arts classes, such as Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and wrestling. It'll appeal to those looking for...

Papaya / Restaurants

545 Yonge St. 416.944.9731

Papaya is one of the many Asian restaurants around Toronto that serve a little bit of everything from Southeast Asia, albeit watered down to meet so-called North American tastes....

Paul Brown Boxfit / Fitness Clubs

40 Wellesley St. E #400 416.706.6893 Website
Paul Brown Boxfit

Paul Brown Boxfit is a one-year-old training studio established by former pro fighter Paul Brown. It offers personal training as well as group fitness classes including boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing...

Reflections Vintage & Antiques / Fashion Stores

676 Yonge Street 416.944.0333
Reflections Vintage & Antiques

Reflections Vintage and Antiques transforms into a halloweener's haven just after the September long weekend. After replacing last season's bridal wear with this season's witches and clowns, (expect to see...

Refried Beats / Services

599 Yonge St. 416.920.2417
Refried Beats

Refried Beats offers both new and used CDs and DVDs in a variety of populist genres. Located on Yonge Street between Bloor and Wellesley, the store is well organized and...

Ritz Caribbean Food / Restaurants

450 Yonge Street 416.934.1480
Ritz Caribbean Food

Ritz Caribbean Food is a quick-service Caribbean restaurant on Yonge Street near Wellesley that cooks up tasty jerk chicken, roti and other Jamaican food. ...

Saved by Technology / Services

145 St Luke Lane 416.928.6434 Website
Saved by Technology

Saved by Technology is an all-in-one electronics store a stone's throw away from the Wellesley TTC subway station. With a striking orange exterior, this place is pretty hard to miss....

Second Vinyl / Services

10 Wellesley St. 416.977.3737 Website
Second Vinyl

Second Vinyl specializes in classical music, catering to a clientele that was never convinced by the digital revolution, and has kept prices high on operas, symphonies, string quartets and chamber...

Seduction Toronto / Services

577 Yonge St. 416.966.6969 Website
Seduction Toronto

Seduction may be a huge destination for bachelor party gags and Halloween shopping, but the massive 3-storey shop also stocks an impressive array of more serious goodies. Every sex toy,...

Segovia / Restaurants

5 St. Nicholas Street 416.960.1010 Website

Segovia is a Spanish restaurant that features live flamenco shows every Friday and Saturday. Traditional Spanish dishes including a variety of tapas, Gazpacho and Paella are on the menu....

Shi Shawarma / Restaurants

559 Yonge St. 647.351.5050
Shi Shawarma

Shi Shawarma takes its name from its two most popular offerings - shawarma and shisha. Grab a seat on their front patio and indulge in both while watching Yonge St....

Sushi & BBQ (Yonge St.) / Restaurants

590 Yonge Street 647.342.2679
Sushi & BBQ (Yonge St.)

Sushi & BBQ is one of the many sushi options near Yonge and Wellesley. But the bonus here is that there are a few more Korean dishes on the menu....

Sushi Box / Restaurants

891 Bay St. 416.800.6464
Sushi Box

Sushi Box offers take-out sushi meals near Bay and Wellesley. Like Bento Nouveau and other fast-food sushi restaurants, Sushi Box sells pre-made nigiri, maki and other Japanese fare....

Sushi Garden / Restaurants

3 Wellesley St West 416.922.8868
Sushi Garden

Sushi Garden is a hit and miss sushi joint just off Yonge St. at Wellesley. Service can be a bit slow but the food is standard for the area....

Sushi Hana / Restaurants

591 Yonge St. 416.925.3560 Website
Sushi Hana

Sushi Hana is one of the many sushi restaurants near Yonge and Wellesley serving decent sushi, U-don noodles and donburi....

Sushi Supreme Fusion / Restaurants

543 Yonge Street 416.968.0555
Sushi Supreme Fusion

Sushi Supreme Fusion is one of the newer sushi restaurants to open in the already saturated sushi landscape near Yonge and Wellesley. ...

Teppan Kenta / Restaurants

24 Wellesley St. W 647.345.0905 Website
Teppan Kenta

Teppan Kenta could almost go unnoticed amidst the grab bag of distractions over by Yonge and Wellesley. Running off an alleyway, the courtyard where this new teppanyaki grill house sits...

The Kathi Roll Express / Restaurants

692 Yonge Street 647.748.8573 Website
The Kathi Roll Express

The Kathi Roll Express offers up Indian street food-style rolls, sandwiches and rice platters in a casual setting. Kathi roll fillings include minced lamb and chicken tikka, as well as...

The Red Bench / Baked Goods

611 Yonge Street 647.748.4868 Website
The Red Bench

The Red Bench is a new Yonge and Wellesley hybrid operation. It's a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, a loose leaf tea cafe, but front and centre is The Red Bench's...

Theatrics Plus / Fashion Stores

658 Yonge Street 416.924.1263
Theatrics Plus

Theatrics Plus is a small year-round costume store close to Yonge and Wellesley, offering eclectic costumes ideas (with not so eclectic prices). With the majority of their packaged costumes starting...

Tokyo Grill (Yonge St.) / Restaurants

582 Yonge Street 416.968.7054
Tokyo Grill (Yonge St.)

Tokyo Grill is a small (well, rather narrow) Japanese restaurant on Yonge Street that serves up various Japanese favourites such as curry, ramen, soba, and sushi. Some of the highlights...

Wanda's Belgian Waffles (Yonge and Wellesley) / Restaurants

599 Yonge St. 647.348.3038 Website
Wanda's Belgian Waffles (Yonge and Wellesley)

Wanda's Belgian Waffles at Yonge and Wellesley has mastered the art of seduction. Passing by this place late at night, prepare to be sucked in by the smell of sweet,...

Wild Wing (Yonge St.) / Restaurants

431 Yonge St. 416.596.9464 Website
Wild Wing (Yonge St.)

For wings in over 100 different flavours and, um, fish tacos? Wild Wild (Yonge does have a pretty extensive menu that includes wraps, burgers, and yes, fish tacos, though most...

Wrap & Roll / Restaurants

519 Yonge St 416.924.3539
Wrap & Roll

Wrap & Roll was formerly known as Red & White. Sadly, with new ownership has come a decline in the quality of the shawarma. Service is amazing here as the...

Yogurt Spoon / Restaurants

573 Yonge St. 416.966.1881 Website
Yogurt Spoon

Yogurt Spoon is a new self-serve frozen yogurt joint at Yonge and Wellesley touting itself as the "most affordable, and best tasting." That's at least according to owner Jin, who...

Yonge Street Tattoos / Services

602 Yonge St. 416.544.0311 Website
Yonge Street Tattoos

Yonge Street Tattoos is a bit on the pricier side, but a body modification isn't exactly the type of thing to want cheap and dirty. The space is spacious and...

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