ELLE Canada ed­i­tors dish on their top spots in T.O.

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Think you know Toronto and Van­cou­ver? Think again.

For a sweet snack Ma­man is the new Toronto out­post of the pop­u­lar NYC bak­ery. Take one laven­der hot choco­late, one choco­late wal­nut cookie (okay, two), the heav­enly smell of croque madames and a lib­eral dose of French charm: Ma­man’s per­fect recipe for a quick catch-up with a pal. – Sarah Laing For ta­pas and peo­ple-watch­ing Bar Raval is a strik­ing, mod­ern take on a Barcelona pin­txo bar. ( Pin­txos are like ta­pas, but they’re speared with a tooth­pick and served on bread.) It comes by its cool fac­tor nat­u­rally with lauded chef and restau­ra­teur Grant van Gameren at the helm. The leek and romesco pin­txos are melt-in-your-mouth good, but it’s pretty much stand­ing room only, so I don’t rec­om­mend stilet­tos. – Ciara Rickard For an OTT din­ner Book the chef’s ta­ble at the Ritz-Carl­ton, Toronto for the ul­ti­mate VIP din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. (Celebs of­ten use this spot as a hide­away when in town.) Tucked away in the kitchen, you can spy on the culi­nary crew while they whip up Miche­lin-starred chef Oliver Glowig’s Ital­ian­in­spired menu. My favourite dish, hands down, is the handmade ri­cotta-stuffed ravi­oli. – Lisa Guimond For the best views in the city Head to the rooftops of the Park Hy­att and Thomp­son ho­tels. I pre­fer my glass of Mal­bec with a side of sky­scrapers and sun­sets. You’ll al­ways see some­one fa­mous at the Park Hy­att, while the Thomp­son (be­low) makes some of the best cock­tails in the city. – Carli Whitwell For a cup of lo­cal joe Crosstown Cof­fee Bar is a re­cent ad­di­tion to mid­town. I’ve be­come ad­dicted to its smooth, savoury brews and lo­cal neigh­bour­hood vibe. – Vanessa Craft h

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