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25 new ways to ex­plore down­town Toronto, from art mazes to funky shops and dar­ing new din­ing des­ti­na­tions

KENS­ING­TON

TA­PAS AND TOKYO IN THE MAR­KET What lies be­neath Get lost in the FAIRLAND FUN­HOUSE, an ex­per­i­men­tial art maze col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween lo­cal artists and mu­si­cians un­der a 1950s gro­cery store. 241 Augusta Ave. Treats from the east Ja­panese con­ve­nience store SUKOSHI MART car­ries a fine se­lec­tion of im­ported candy, cook­ies and salty snacks, as well as freshly made bento boxes. 160 Bald­win St. Time for ta­pas Grilled quail, Ro­man br­uschetta, mus­sels and more await to grace your plate at BONAFIDE, Kens­ing­ton’s new­est go-to. 209 Augusta Ave.

LOFTY PERCHES

VIEW THE CITY WITH DRINKS FROM ON HIGH Swim in the sky For un­for­get­table eye candy, BISHA’s rooftop pa­tio and pool of­fer up the quin­tes­sen­tial Toronto sky­line view. Grab a drink, your bathing suit and plenty of sun­screen while you en­joy the cityscape on a sunny day. 80 Blue Jays Way

Unique van­tage point Although the BROAD­VIEW HO­TEL used to house a dis­rep­utable strip club, the 127-year-old build­ing un­der­went a to­tal trans­for­ma­tion from sketchy to lux­ury. The de­light­ful rooftop pa­tio gives vis­i­tors an eye­ful of down­town from the east end of the city. 106 Broad­view Ave. Rooftop bevvies CAR­LOTTA BAR and resto on the Bev­erly Ho­tel’s rooftop is a great van­tage point for stel­lar down­town views and re­fresh­ing fruity cock­tails. 335 Queen St. W.

TRIN­ITY BELL­WOODS

QUEEN STREET’S HOTTEST NEW STORE AND BEER HALL For­age at the flea It’s the fourth an­niver­sary of the TRIN­ITY BELL­WOODS FLEA. The end-of-sum­mer mar­ket takes place Sun­day, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Great Hall, and is Trin­ity’s trendy hot spot for lo­cal goods made with lo­cal love. 1087 Queen St. W. Queen Street style Get back to ba­sics with KOTN, an af­ford­able purveyor of fine Egyp­tian cot­ton, which is con­sid­ered softer and more breath­able. Kotn’s mis­sion is to pro­vide high-qual­ity cloth­ing and to bol­ster the Egyp­tian cot­ton in­dus­try. 754 Queen St. W. A Ger­man clas­sic Noth­ing goes to­gether quite like beer and sausages. Stop by OTTO’S BIERHALLE for a plat­ter of bratwurst, weis­s­wurst, schnitzel and a craft brew. 1087 Queen St. W.

VE­GAN­DALE

PARKDALE’S GONE PLANT-WILD Plant-based bak­ing Get your fill of dan­ishes and cup­cakes with­out any of the an­i­mal prod­ucts at COPEN­HAGEN VE­GAN BAK­ERY — from the folks be­hind Doomies, in part­ner­ship with the fam­ily be­hind Thorn­hill’s Ve­gan Dan­ish Bak­ery. 1312 Queen St. W. If you cook it, they will come The VE­GAN­DALE FOOD DRINK FES­TI­VAL (AUG. 11 AND 12) is a two-day extravaganza de­voted to all things plant-based. 250 Fort York Blvd. Cheers to ve­gan beers Bet you didn’t know that beer wasn’t al­ready ve­gan. VE­GAN­DALE BREW­ERY takes an­i­mals out of the equa­tion with “moral­ity on tap” (and beer, too). 1346 Queen St. W.

From top: Craft­ing Kesing­ton’s art maze; hav­ing some meat-free fun at Ve­gan­dale

The chou­croute plat­ter from Otto’s Bierhalle

Bisha’s stun­ning rooftop

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