En­er­getic nightlife, tra­di­tional trat­to­rias and cool cafés.

En­er­getic nightlife, tra­di­tional trat­to­rias and hip restau­rants con­trib­ute to the vi­brant at­mos­phere of this en­clave.

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FUN AND GAMES

Add some com­pet­i­tive fun to your night out with a rous­ing game of bocce ball or shuf­fle­board at Track & Field. Lanes can be re­served by the hour, or you can put your name on the wait­ing list when you ar­rive. En­joy cock­tails (both on tap and made-to-or­der) or a pint of lo­cal or draught beer while you play and hang out in one of the bar’s comfy booths. 860 Col­lege St., trackand­field­bar.com

SWEET TREATS

Each day, Jelly Mod­ern Dough­nuts rolls out a de­lec­ta­ble ar­ray of so­phis­ti­cated flavours, from lemon curd and Smar­ties to whoopie pie and maple ba­con. Even though hun­dreds of dough­nuts are made daily, each ar­ti­san treat is hand-dec­o­rated. Check on­line be­fore you visit to see the flavours of the day. 376 Col­lege St., 181 Bay St., jel­ly­mod­ern­dough­nuts.com

ARTSY AC­TIV­ITY

Grab a brush at Paint­lounge, an art café that of­fers an ob­sta­cle­free (the paint, can­vas, easel and in­spi­ra­tion are all pro­vided for you) so­cial paint­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Just show up, choose your tea

(or wine and beer on paint-party nights) and run with your ideas. Work­shops to cre­ate a spe­cific paint­ing are avail­able for adults, fam­i­lies or chil­dren. 784 Col­lege St.; other lo­ca­tions, paint­lounge.ca

ITAL­IAN CUI­SINE

Nes­tled on cor­ner of Col­lege and Craw­ford streets, the Lit­tle Italy in­sti­tu­tion Il Gatto Nero has stood the test of time.

Try its tra­di­tional pasta, pani­nis or pizza paired with a glass of vino for dinner, or, if the weather’s nice, stop by for an espresso on the side­walk pa­tio. 720 Col­lege St., il­gat­tonero.ca

TAPAS AND TIPPLES

Bar Raval is the place to be on Fri­day or Satur­day—or re­ally any night of the week. Pa­trons con­gre­gate around bar­rel­sturned-ta­bles, as they sam­ple from a menu packed with

ex­cep­tional cock­tails, sher­ries and rare ver­mouths. Nib­ble on small seafood-heavy plates like white clams and oc­to­pus a la planxa and admire the Dalí-like wood­work through­out the bar. 505 Col­lege St., thi­sis­bar­raval.com

CAJUN STYLE

Re­cently trans­planted from Mirvish Vil­lage to its new home on Col­lege Street, South­ern

Ac­cent has been a cajun-food favourite for more than three decades. Try New Or­leans–style hush pup­pies, jam­bal­aya and bar­be­cue ribs in a din­ing room adorned with tin­sel and Mardi Gras beads. Don’t leave be­fore try­ing a bite of the bread pud­ding with bour­bon sauce, or a taste of the sweet potato pra­line brownie. 839 Col­lege St., south­er­nac­cent.com

MOVIE HOUSE

The Royal cinema has been a Toronto in­sti­tu­tion (on and off) since 1939. To­day, it op­er­ates as both a film and tele­vi­sion post-pro­duc­tion stu­dio and a night­time in­die/art house cinema. The pro­gram­ming in­cludes ev­ery­thing from 1970s hor­ror clas­sics to Satur­day morn­ing al­lyou-can-eat-ce­real car­toon par­ties to doc­u­men­taries pre­sented by

Vice mag­a­zine. 608 Col­lege St., newsite.theroyal.to

Jelly Mod­ern Dough­nuts

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