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You’re going to need your stretchy pants for this one! Dig into culinary experiences for every taste and graze on boundless options from sunrise to way past sundown. This city’s kitchens are renowned for their global influences and extraordinary cooking talent. Use the map to help you plan your own itinerary or follow our curated guide below.
Start where Toronto’s reputation for multicultural food had its origins, Kensington Market. The “Taste the World” Tour will get you the best overview of this eclectic, funky neighbourhood’s culinary offerings through multiple stops at stores and restaurants and, of course, samples at each stop!
Or do your own thing and wander through the streets picking up an empanada here or a taco there or how about some Rasta Pasta?
Just a couple of blocks from Kensington is the famed Art Gallery of Ontario. Stroll off your morning’s food samples by viewing the art collection that ranges from cutting-edge contemporary to European masterpieces.
When your appetite is ready again, head to the award-winning AGO Bistro for a special meal in a special space, designed by Toronto-born starchitect, Frank Gehry. After, head upstairs for the most stylishly scenic espresso you’ll ever have in the Galleria Italia.
Start your evening like the Spanish do, with tapas and cocktails at one of the most beautiful bars in the city, Bar Raval.
Then opt for a Caribbean-Asian soul food dinner at Patois, where family-style shared platters are the order of the day.
If you still have some energy left, venture a few blocks west to the vibrant bar scene on Ossington Avenue. Options here include Reposado for tequila and mezcal-centric cocktails or the Painted Lady, Sweaty Betty’s, and Dakota Tavern for low-key vibes and live music if you’re lucky. If Latinx music and dancing is your thing, then head around the corner to Lula Lounge.
Get your metabolism started this morning at St. Lawrence Market. This renowned food hall in the centre of historic Old Town is filled with fresh produce and meats, artisans, and specialty food vendors. Grab a peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery for a quintessential taste of Toronto. Pop up to the Market Gallery to peep exhibits dedicated to Toronto's art, culture, and history. N.B.: closed Sunday and a Monday
No foodie trip to Toronto is complete without brunch. Considered an essential meal here — and almost a competitive sport on Sundays — get your mimosas, pancakes, and eggs bennie at Lady Marmalade or Bonjour Brioche in the Riverside neighbourhood or Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village.
The Distillery Historic District charms with its car-free cobblestone streets. Must-stops for samples and takeaway treats are the Instagram-worthy Balzac’s coffee roastery or SOMA for bean-to-bar truffles and hot chocolate. If it’s 5 o'clock somewhere, pop into Mill Street Brewery or Spirit of York Distillery to slake your thirst.
A reclaimed quarry, Evergreen Brick Works is a marvel in urban landscape design. Spend a couple of hours exploring the merging of past and present in the community garden, extensive nature trails, or stop into Café Belong — dedicated to the sustainable food movement — for some grab-and-go treats.
On Saturdays, the Farmers’ Market takes over the indoor space with locally-made and grown goodness.
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