ELLE Canada editors dish on their top spots in T.O.
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For a sweet snack Maman is the new Toronto outpost of the popular NYC bakery. Take one lavender hot chocolate, one chocolate walnut cookie (okay, two), the heavenly smell of croque madames and a liberal dose of French charm: Maman’s perfect recipe for a quick catch-up with a pal. – Sarah Laing For tapas and people-watching Bar Raval is a striking, modern take on a Barcelona pintxo bar. ( Pintxos are like tapas, but they’re speared with a toothpick and served on bread.) It comes by its cool factor naturally with lauded chef and restaurateur Grant van Gameren at the helm. The leek and romesco pintxos are melt-in-your-mouth good, but it’s pretty much standing room only, so I don’t recommend stilettos. – Ciara Rickard For an OTT dinner Book the chef’s table at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto for the ultimate VIP dining experience. (Celebs often use this spot as a hideaway when in town.) Tucked away in the kitchen, you can spy on the culinary crew while they whip up Michelin-starred chef Oliver Glowig’s Italianinspired menu. My favourite dish, hands down, is the handmade ricotta-stuffed ravioli. – Lisa Guimond For the best views in the city Head to the rooftops of the Park Hyatt and Thompson hotels. I prefer my glass of Malbec with a side of skyscrapers and sunsets. You’ll always see someone famous at the Park Hyatt, while the Thompson (below) makes some of the best cocktails in the city. – Carli Whitwell For a cup of local joe Crosstown Coffee Bar is a recent addition to midtown. I’ve become addicted to its smooth, savoury brews and local neighbourhood vibe. – Vanessa Craft h