These are 10 of the best restaurants to try on your Toronto Foodie Tour
Welcome to the Six! Or as most of you know the capital of Ontario – Toronto! We are a large cosmopolitan with cultures from all over the world. With this celebration of multiculturalism comes the large gastronomic variety of restaurants, cafes, dishes, and flavours to offer not only the citizens of this glorious city, but also the millions of visitors that book holidays in the city centre. We have shared with you some great spots in our first Instagrammable round-up for Toronto, but couldn’t stop there. As we explore more of the culinary side of T Dot, we have found 10 more delicious spots that you seriously cannot miss and must add to your Toronto foodie tour with a bonus spot on the outskirts.
10 Delicious Toronto Foodie Tour Spots +1 Bonus in the Outskirts
This restaurant in Trinity Bellwoods just on the edge of Little Italy brings to guests the revolutionary and delicious 100 Layer Lasagna. The ambiance of this delightful restaurant, emulating the eclectic feel of Virginia Beach California, is the perfect spot for a weekend brunch, girlie luncheon, cozy dinner date, or even a late dinner on a week night. Pair the lasagna with one of their delicious cocktails or bottles of fine wine, and finish it off with one of their sweets. Pure delight in the heart of Toronto. For our full review, please see our post here.
For a sweet taste of Paris in the heart of the Six, head to Cafe Cancan. Located between the University of Toronto and Ryerson Polytechnic University campuses on Harbord street, this adorable cafe screams Parisian charm and elegance. Upon entry, you totally feel like you have stepped into a sidewalk cafe off the Champs Elysees. Have a seat on the cushioned bench and give a whiff of the freshly baked chocolate croissants, eclairs, and other fine pastries. While you’re at it, check out the gorgeous and unique lilac-coloured water glasses! Totally instagrammable combined with one of their signature brunch favourites. For an all-round delightful meal, I highly recommend the bubbly brunch – all-inclusive meal of mimosa, brewed coffee, an entree of choice, a fresh croissant, and an eclair to finish. Excellence. Full Review to come. But for now, here are a couple of teaser photos to entice you to add Cafe Cancan to your Toronto Foodie tour…
This little whimsical eatery was a pleasant surprise. Holt Renfrew, the upscale department store has introduced this delightful and charming cafe for guests to enjoy brunch after indulging in designer clothing and accessories. The decor is modern, the menu sublime, and boasts the perfect environment for a girlfriends’ pow wow. I highly recommend the pancakes. They are seriously some of the fluffiest I have ever eaten, with the perfect amount of flavouring and enhancement with the berries, creme fraiche, and syrup. The coffee? The perfect solution for a caffeine craving. Full review coming soon!
Eva’s Original Chimneys
So I had heard of these. Being featured on the Food Network and in many other city websites, I had to learn more about them. A cinnamon-flavoured baked cone originating from Budapest Hungary, filled to the brim with ice cream and topped with a strawberry, these delightful summer (or any other season really) treats are the perfect indulgence on a walking Toronto Foodie Tour. Eva’s shop is located in the heart of the quirky and eclectic Kensington Market, as well as at Yorkdale Shopping Mall in their new location. Would you try this calorific treat?
This delightful vegan restaurant in the Junction is the perfect little spot for the healthy meal you need. I particularly recommend the beet burger with sliced avocado. It was delicious and honestly, an incredible alternative to the typical meat burger. Try their fries, smoothies, and other great vegan meals. Everything on the menu really is tempting.
Himalayan Java House
This delightful cafe located uptown near Sunnybrook Hospital at Yonge and Eglinton has some of the most incredible foam art! Order a latte, cappuccino or other foamy espresso beverage and wait to see what character you receive on your drink. Notable designs that have made the cut have included the Peanuts characters, Disney, Political leaders, and San Rio (Hello Kitty). Pair it with one of their homemade muffins for a match made in heaven.
Kawartha Dairy – BONUS in the Outskirts!
Now this one, is the bonus in the outskirts of Toronto, but I had to add it! Take a little road trip 40 minutes from the heart of the city on the way to Uxbridge and stop in to Kawartha Dairy right before reaching Uxbridge’s historic Main Street for the mother of all ice cream cones. Enjoy unique flavours, a variety of cone choices, and delicious concoctions that would require a double Pilates class after consumption. Here is a SMALL size waffle cone! I cannot imagine how big the Large size would be!
So not only did this classic French patisserie impress me in London, but it also had my heart happy in its Toronto location in Yorkdale mall. Looking just like its flagship locations in Paris, the Laduree cafe at Yorkdale has the same feel, ambiance, and menu of the classics. Grab a box of macarons, a gourmet pastry, or a pot of tea for a break from your upscale shopping. Although pricey, I really enjoyed the Marie Antoinette loose leaf tea accompanied with a lemon soaked cake. The experience truly had me reminiscing back to my time in Paris when I met my husband. Ahh L’amour….
Voted the best brunch spot in Toronto, Lady Marmalade is a delicious and delectable eatery located in the borough of Leslieville downtown. A hip area with some incredible foodie spots, it shouldn’t be any surprise that this brunch hangout does not take reservations and warrants the lengthy line and wait to grab their breakfast poutine, eggs benny and delightful espresso drinks. Arrive early and hungry as the grub is seriously worth the wait on your Toronto Foodie tour.
So I gave you a brief introduction to this awesome bakery when describing the delicious deals in the city for National Eclair day. And that’s because Nugateau is the first eclair-exclusive bakery! Come and have a taste of some of the most unique fillings and variations of this French dessert ever created. I had the pleasure of enjoying this bakery the weekend of the Oscars, taking home the official Oscars eclair. Every special occasion is covered and they do weddings and events. Join Executive Pastry Chef Atul on your Toronto Foodie Tour at his incredible bakery in the downtown core. Which eclair flavour will you choose?
Origination Noodle House
Looking for some absolutely divine noodles? Head to Origination Noodle House! They have a ton of choices and seriously, they are the perfect choice on a cold winter’s day. Which flavours would you choose? Mine was the classic that included a variety of meats and veggies with a flavourful broth.
So there you have our latest round-up of amazing spots for some incredible grub to stop in while visiting the Six. Would you try all of these? If you only had to choose one, which would you select?
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