Dine Out TO

1 night/ 2 day itinerary

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. 

People explore the streets of Kensington Market neighbourhood in Toronto
Kensington Market

Day 1

Morning

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

Afternoon

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 Ghery. After, head upstairs for the most stylishly scenic espresso you’ll ever have in the Galleria Italia.

Evening

Start your evening like the Spanish do, with tapas and cocktails at one of the most beautiful boites 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.

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Kensington Market

Day 2

Morning

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.

Afternoon

Two former industrial sites are your options for this afternoon. 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 chocolatemakers 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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