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WHERE VE­GAN CELEBS EAT CAR­ROT DOGS PLANTA

There’s no need for ve­gan celebs to make spe­cial re­quests for meat- and dairy-free meals here. Ev­ery dish—pizza, pasta and even a hot dog—is 100 per cent plant based. The burger, a deeply sat­is­fy­ing legume cre­ation, is a con­tender for the city’s best meat­less patty. And the cock­tails? Well, they’re made with cold-pressed juice and fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles. 1221 Bay St., plantarestau­rants.com

WHERE STARS TAKE IN THE SURF (AND TURF) STK

Yorkville’s siz­zling-hot steak house hosted the Papil­lon pre­screen­ing party last year (which was at­tended by di­rec­tor Michael Noer and star Char­lie Hun­nam) as well as the Call Me By Your Name pre­miere party with stars Ar­mie Ham­mer and Ti­mothée Cha­la­met. There’s a good chance surf-and-turf-lov­ing stars will pop in for luxe dishes like a dry-aged porter­house with foie gras but­ter, or deca­dent baked potato tater tot pou­tine.

153 Yorkville Ave., togrp.com/ venue/stk-toronto

WHERE THE CEN­TRE­PIECE IS A SWIM­MING POOL LAVELLE

King West’s rooftop play­ground for adults has had its fair share of celebrity—it hosted par­ties and panel dis­cus­sions for the Rachel Weisz ve­hi­cle Dis­obe­di­ence, as well as Academy Award–win­ning

The Shape of Wa­ter star­ring Michael Shan­non. Warm fes­ti­val nights might see this year’s stars dip­ping their toes in the 47-me­tre pool—one of North Amer­ica’s long­est—or tak­ing in the sky­line from one of the pool­side ca­banas, maybe with a bot­tle of Dom Pérignon rosé that goes for a cool $1,250. (A more af­ford­able, but still boozy, op­tion: a scoop or two of mo­jito sor­bet.) 627 King St. W., che­zlavelle.com

WHERE L.A. MEETS T.O. MON­TECITO

Film pro­ducer Ivan Reit­man’s ( Ghost­busters, Meat­balls) En­ter­tain­ment District restau­rant may serve Cal­i­for­nia-in­spired cui­sine, but Cana­dian in­gre­di­ents are given top billing: Fogo Island cod, Perth County pork belly and B.C. al­ba­core tuna, to name a few. George Clooney, Ju­lianne Moore, and Brie Larson popped in dur­ing TIFF last year, and it was a re­volv­ing door of star power. Celeb tip: get the sig­na­ture pota­toes, which are par­boiled, smashed, fried and sprin­kled with parm. San­dra Bul­lock loved them so much when she vis­ited she or­dered a se­cond help­ing. 299 Ade­laide St. W., mon­tecitorestau­rant.ca

WHERE THERE’S A PRE-THE­ATRE PRIX FIXE BOSK

While the Shangri-La’s flag­ship restau­rant is stay­ing mum on which celebs dined there last year, there’s usu­ally a flurry of ac­tiv­ity in its ho­tel lobby where stars and stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives can be seen sip­ping cock­tails. In the din­ing room proper, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyl­len­haal, and Dakota John­son were all spot­ted here last year, pos­si­bly feast­ing on such op­tions as but­ter-poached lob­ster, wild chi­nook salmon, and smoked quinoa and cu­cum­ber. At just $49, Bosk’s three-course prethe­atre din­ner menu could prove to be a pop­u­lar prix fixe. 188 Univer­sity Ave., shangri-la.com

WHERE THERE’S A PARTY ON EV­ERY FLOOR STORYS BUILD­ING

The four-storey, 170-plus-yearold brick build­ing is ground zero for pre- and post-screen­ing par­ties dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Bryan Cranston was here for the pre­miere party of his com­edy/drama The Up­side.

Her Majesty Claire Foy graced the space, as did Canada’s own Rachel McA­dams, in town for her film Dis­obe­di­ence, who hap­pily posed for pho­tos with co-stars Alessan­dro Nivola and Rachel Weisz. 11 Duncan St., sto­rys­build­ing.com

WHERE TORONTO MEETS TEXAS WESLODGE

Weslodge, a “modern sa­loon,” is about as cow­boy as it gets on King West: the vested bar­tenders wear leather gun hol­sters and hunt­ing tro­phies hang on the walls. The food has a rus­tic twist, too: there’s South­ern fried chicken with a Tabasco-honey glaze and char­coal skil­let corn bread. A for­mal sit-down din­ner with Richard Gere and di­rec­tor Jon Avnet was hosted here for their movie Three Christs, while Kristin Scott Thomas and Gary Old­man toasted their film Dark­est Hour at a pre-screen­ing fête. 480 King St. W., weslodge.com

WHERE BIG STARS SHARE SMALL PLATES PA­TRIA

One of Charles Khabouth’s many swanky spots, Pa­tria’s mouth-wa­ter­ing tapas dishes are like a Span­ish siren call to the stars—many of whom are lured in dur­ing the film fes­ti­val. The George Clooney–di­rected Subur­bicon star­ring Ju­lianne Moore held a cock­tail party here last year, where Clooney signed au­to­graphs on his way in. 478 King St. W., pa­tri­a­toronto.com

WHERE EV­ERY­ONE GETS A GOOD SHUCK THE CHASE

The Fi­nan­cial District’s splashy seafood restau­rant has hosted an ocean’s worth of high-pro­file guests, which cel­e­brated its fifth an­niver­sary ear­lier this sum­mer by bring­ing back clas­sics from the last sev­eral years. In TIFF years past, Jes­sica Chas­tain, Jake Gyl­len­haal, and Angelina Jolie (whose film, First They Killed My Fa­ther held a pri­vate bash here last year) have all had the plea­sure of din­ing on the restau­rant’s surf-and­turf spe­cial­ties, like scal­lops with pulled and crispy ham hock, braised short ribs, and gnoc­chi with dun­geness crab. The $225 Di­a­mond Plat­ter (Fogo Island snow crab, Nova Sco­tia lob­ster, prawn shrimp salad, dun­geness crab salad, tuna, poached shell­fish, and oys­ters) paired with The Chase’s rooftop ter­race is enough to make any­one feel like a VIP. 10 Tem­per­ance St., thechase­toronto.com

WHERE THE CHEF IS A CELEBRITY, TOO CAFé BOULUD

Celebs flock to Daniel Boulud’s brasserie for French favourites like a Parisian steak tartare sea­soned ta­ble­side, slow-cooked cured duck leg, or Boulud’s sig­na­ture Frenchie burger. While the ho­tel has a su­per­strict pol­icy about keep­ing guest info clas­si­fied, a source tells us that Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Plum­mer, Jen­nifer Hud­son, Den­zel Washington, and Al Pa­cino have all dined at Café Boulud. 60 Yorkville Ave., cafeboulud.com/toronto

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