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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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401 Games / Services

518 Yonge Street 416.599.6446 Website
401 Games

401 Games is retail shop that specializes in board games and card games. Whether you're on the hunt for baseball cards, Magic cards or the newest board game on the...

605 on Yonge / Restaurants

605 Yonge Street 647.748.1977 Website
605 on Yonge

605 on Yonge is a casual pub that's branded itself as an "eatery, drinkery and hangoutery", so whether you want to grab a bite to eat or kick back with...

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....

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. ...

Bombay Street Food / Restaurants

828 Bay St. 416.821.7862 Website
Bombay Street Food

Bombay Street Food Co. is the first bricks and mortar restaurant from sisters-in-law Amreen and Seema Omar, a duo that's been making the rounds at farmers' markets, pop-up dinners, and...

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...

Braz.1.L / Restaurants

7 Maitland St. 416.920.0101 Website

Braz.1.L is a creatively spelled Brazilian esfiha house off the Yonge Street strip with super friendly service and colourful patio tables that make you feel like you're in the sunny...

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 St. 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...

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...

Coconut Bay / Restaurants

6 Wellesley St W 647.347.8687 Website
Coconut Bay

Coconut Bay is a small but colourful restaurant on Wellesley. They serve thai cuisine with vegan and gluten-free options, and they do delivery and catering. ...

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...

Danji / Restaurants

590 Yonge St. 647.347.5650 Website

Danji is a small Korean restaurant on the main Yonge strip by Wellesley. If you've got a hankering for pork bone soup or bibimbap in the downtown core, the $5.95...

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...

Flowers on Bay / Design Stores

991 Bay St. 416.962.3388 Website
Flowers on Bay

Flowers on Bay has been creating high-end European-style floral designs for over a decade. They pay attention to detail and design here, with elegant arrangements made from fresh and/or silk...

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....

Fraiche Salon / Fashion Stores

19 Irwin Ave. 416.925.8600 Website
Fraiche Salon

Fraiche Salon is a hair studio on salon-laden Irwin Avenue that specializes in hair straightening, perms and colouring. Besides hair, it also offers services like facials, waxing and paraffin treatments...

Get Gelled / Fashion Stores

12 Irwin Ave. 647.748.1331 Website
Get Gelled

Get Gelled, located just off Yonge north of Wellesley, does a brisk trade in gel manicures, with formulations and colours specially imported from the owner's native South Korea. But they're...

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....

Just You Too Sarah and Tom / Design Stores

686 Yonge St. 416.962.4619 Website
Just You Too Sarah and Tom

Just You Too Sarah and Tom brings the cute to the Yonge St. strip with this second location of its adorably twee Korean gift and toy shop. It stocks the...

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...

Kind Exchange (Downtown Core) / Fashion Stores

512 Yonge St. 647.350.0165 Website
Kind Exchange (Downtown Core)

Kind Exchange is everywhere these days, including this space on the Yonge strip between Wellesley and College. You know the drill by now: sell or donate your used clothes (they...

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...

M'Zaar Restaurant / Restaurants

668 Yonge St. 647.350.0666 Website
M'Zaar Restaurant

M'Zaar Restaurant is a Lebanese eatery "with a twist" on the Yonge strip in the downtown core that serves up fresh shawarma (including a Mexican-ized version with rice and cheese),...

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...

Micro Time Cafe / Restaurants

25 Wellesley St. East 647.351.6222 Website
Micro Time Cafe

Micro Time Cafe may look pretty generic all around, but the food here is actually better than average. Located across from the TTC station at Yonge & Wellesley, this spacious...

Mind Games / Services

488 Yonge Street 416.929.8787 Website
Mind Games

Mind Games is a retail shop in the Yonge and Wellesley area that stocks games, toys and collectables for all ages. It carries tried and true favourites like classic Monopoly...

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....

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...

P'Karos / Restaurants

645 Yonge Street 647.350.0555 Website

P'Karos is a cozy little restaurant that slings coffee, burgers, gelato and more. It's not the biggest space, but if you're looking for a less crowded work or study spot...

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...

Rapunzel Hair / Fashion Stores

14 Irwin Ave. 416.963.9400 Website
Rapunzel Hair

Rapunzel Hair is one of the many stylish salons found on Irwin Ave. The staff here have been in the industry for years and their experience shows, as Rapunzel has...

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...

Riddle Room / Cafes

579 Yonge Street 647.344.2637 Website
Riddle Room

Riddle Room is a Toronto cafe that has a variety of escape rooms as well as board and video games. Stop by and challenge yourself or simple enjoy a...

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. ...

Sansotei Ramen (Yonge) / Restaurants

650 Yonge St. 647.349.3833 Website
Sansotei Ramen (Yonge)

Sansotei Ramen's first location on Dundas is one of my favourite ramen spots in the city, and this second outpost on Yonge is a welcome addition to the area. It's...

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....

Signs Restaurant / Restaurants

558 Yonge St 647.350.7446 Website
Signs Restaurant

Signs Restaurant offers Canadian fare served by a staff of deaf waiters who take your order using sign language. The cozy interior and accessible menu are emphasized in equal force...

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 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 Boil Bar / Restaurants

664 Yonge St. 416.515.8868 Website
The Boil Bar

The Boil Bar is home to a customizable menu of seafood steamed pots served in plastic bags. This eatery partners with Presotea and offers bubble teas too....

The Cutting Room / Fashion Stores

14 Irwin Ave. 416.922.0099
The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room can be found on Irwin Avenue, a small street littered with cute hair salons right off Yonge in the downtown core. With pleasant decor and friendly service,...

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 Pint House / Restaurants

678 Yonge St 416.962.6092 Website
The Pint House

The Pint House is a reliable Yonge Street spot in the heart of downtown for drinks and classic bar food ranging from burgers to pad thai. They offer daily specials...

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...

The Wickson Social / Restaurants

5 St. Joseph St. 647.748.1501 Website
The Wickson Social

The Wickson Social occupies an address just off Yonge Street at the base of a new condo fronted by a preserved 1905 Gothic revival fa├žade. It's a charming local from...

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...

Toronto Tees / Fashion Stores

527 Yonge St. 416.907.4581 Website
Toronto Tees

Toronto Tees have co-opted Freshly Baked Tees' claim that they're the "home of the five minute T-shirt", and pricing is the exact same as Freshly Baked. Why? Because they're sister...

Vino Rosso / Restaurants

995 Bay St 416.926.1800 Website
Vino Rosso

Vino Rosso is an authentic Italian eatery on Bay Street. They serve classics like fish, meat and pasta as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. They have a shady patio...

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,...

Wavelength Hair Studio / Fashion Stores

9 Irwin Ave. 416.924.8072 Website
Wavelength Hair Studio

Wavelength Hair Studio is a small salon just off the main Yonge Street strip that specializes in Caucasian hair extensions (using real human hair). You may have seen owner Joyce...

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...

Yonge Street Tattoos / Services

602 Yonge St. 416.929.2285 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...

Yummy Bar-B-Cue / Restaurants

522 Yonge Street 416.921.5158 Website
Yummy Bar-B-Cue

Yummy Bar-B-Cue on Yonge serves up cheap Korean fare. The menu is stacked with fried tofu, steamed dumplings, kimchi fried rice and more. It also has $6 lunch specials, if...

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