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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Jelly Modern Doughnuts