No need to go into hibernation mode; there’s plenty to explore in the city while staying cozy.
even if the temperature has dropped and snow is swirling outside, there’s no need to hibernate. there are plenty of ways to discover the city while keeping nice and cozy.
Nothing beats a steaming cup of hot cocoa on a chilly winter’s day. While hot chocolate can be found at most coffee shops and cafés, we prefer the decadent concoctions at Sweet Jesus. There’s a trio of options to choose from: the salted dark hot chocolate with chocolate whipped cream and an Oreo and chocolate rim; the s’mores hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows and a graham crumble; or the cake batter hot chocolate with cake batter, vanilla whipped cream, cream cheese icing, and red velvet crumble. 106 John St., sweetjesus4life.com
A piping-hot bowl of soup is a surefire way to warm up, and in this city that means a trip to Ravi Soups. Ths popular “soup kitchen” is always bustling thanks to tasty savoury options like butternut squash purée, porcini mushroom wild rice bisque, curried apricot and red lentil soup, and corn chowder. 322 Adelaide St. W., ravisoup.com
Hiding from the cold in a darkened theatre with a movie and some popcorn is a quintessential winter activity. If you’re looking to see something other than Hollywood’s latest blockbusters, try the TIFF Bell Lightbox for Canadian and international screenings, as well as cinema-related talks and workshops. 350 King St. W., tiff.net
If you can’t beat the cold, join it. While it might seem preposterous to go somewhere cold when it’s already cold outside, we promise, Chill Ice House is an experience not to be missed. At this frozen wonderland, everything is made of ice, from the walls and the furniture to the glassware and sculptures. The ice lounge is maintained at -5°C degrees, but don’t worry, insulated jackets and gloves are provided upon arrival. The space is family friendly until 8 p.m., after which all guests are required to be 19 years and older. 82 Bathurst St., chillicehouse.com
Head to Snakes & Lattes for an old-fashioned board game night. There are several locations in the city, each with hundreds of games ranging from classics to new games. Whether you’re into trivia, strategy or party games, there’s something for everyone here. While engaging in some friendly competition, sip on a craft beer or cider, milkshakes, or their famous Nutella latte, and nibble on sandwiches, cookies, and muffins. 600 Bloor St. W., snakesandlattes.com