Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict

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The hus­tle and bus­tle of the city’s busi­ness-driven heart can be im­pos­ing, but a closer look re­veals charm­ing restau­rants and bars, im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture and lively pub­lic spa­ces.

JAVA FIX

One of the old­est struc­tures in Toronto now houses the at­mo­spheric Di­neen Cof­fee Co. Sip a latte and watch the King Street com­muters scurry by through the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. Busy vis­i­tors can grab a cup of Di­neen’s sig­na­ture Tem­per­ance blend and a fresh scone to en­joy on the go.

140 Yonge St., di­neen­cof­fee.com

SHOP­PING SPREE

Take your pick of more than 250 stores at the CF Toronto Ea­ton Cen­tre with re­tail­ers from Ap­ple to Zara. Even more shop­ping can be found across the new pedes­trian bridge that con­nects to Hud­son’s Bay and Saks Fifth Av­enue. Pop down to the lower level Ur­ban Eatery food court to re­fuel on pizza, burg­ers, sushi, and Greek, Chi­nese, Thai and In­dian take out. 220 Yonge St., cf­shops.com

RAISE A GLASS

Whether you’re a suit wind­ing down at the end of a long day, or a thirsty trav­eller in dire

need of a pint, you’ll find what you’re look­ing for at King Taps. This sleek yet friendly mul­ti­level hang­out has more than 50 craft beers on tap, as well as cock­tails and wine. Check the bar’s web­site for daily food and drink spe­cials. 100 King St. W., king­taps.com

SWEET TREATS

Jelly Mod­ern Dough­nuts rolls out a de­lec­ta­ble ar­ray of so­phis­ti­cated flavours daily, from lemon curd and whoopie pie to maple ba­con and creme brûlee. 181 Bay St., 376 Col­lege St., jel­ly­mod­ern­dough­nuts.com

PUB­LIC SPACE

Nathan Phillips Square sits atop the north­ern bor­der of the Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict. There’s a lot to do at this cen­tral civic hub. Weather per­mit­ting, lace up your skates (you can rent a pair at the Skate Pav­il­lion) and take a spin around the ice as you look up at city hall. On warmer days, snap a selfie by the Toronto sign, or just hang out with a hot dog in hand on the pub­lic roof ter­race. 100 Queen St. W., toronto.ca

PA­TRI­OTIC CUI­SINE

Get your fill of Cana­dian com­fort food at Ban­nock. The restau­rant’s name­sake, a flat­bread cre­ated by na­tive Cana­di­ans, makes an ap­pear­ance in dishes from the fish tacos to the BLT to the cheese­burger, but is also de­li­cious on it’s own served up with a ro­tat­ing daily spread. In­dulge in the roast duck pou­tine, smoth­ered in squeaky cheese curds and rich gravy, and top off your meal with the warm s’mores pie—a wel­come gooey treat dur­ing the camp­ing off-sea­son. 401 Bay St., ban­nock­restau­rant.com.

CF Toronto Ea­ton Cen­tre

Ban­nock

King Taps

Jelly Mod­ern Dough­nuts

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