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