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Toronto, Canada

Canada’s largest city is a fast-paced metropolis of nearly 3 million people, with world-class restaurants, shopping, theatre, and more scattered throughout different neighbourhoods—each with their own vibe. No matter where you end up, the best place to start is at the top (literally) at the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere.

Essential Toronto

How to do Toronto in 2 days

A bohemian market, quaint neighbourhoods, and international restaurants
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A local’s favourite Toronto restaurants

Growing up in Toronto, I was spoiled for choice. From bang-for-your-buck Greek food in the Danforth (frequented often in my high school days) to splurge-worthy French meals, Toronto has many restaurants for every flavour and budget. I’ll let you in on a little secret: These are my favourite local spots that showcase Toronto’s thriving multicultural food scene.
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  • Mi Mi Restaurant
    As a kid, I spent weekends accompanying my dad on his quest to find Vietnamese food that tasted as good as it did back in Nha-Trang. Mi Mi earned his approval, and we quickly became regulars. From warm bowls of pho to refreshing mango shakes, this no-frills family-owned business doesn’t skimp out on quality. You should absolutely order the crispy spring rolls—they’re the best!
  • Le Swan
    The brainchild of Canadian restaurateur Jenn Agg, Le Swan is a romantic date night destination, with cosy red booths, dim lighting, and swan motifs. Ambiance aside, the food steals the show. In the winter, I love warming up with the French onion soup and beef Bourguignon, then finishing the evening with the delightful bananas foster. Le Swan is a love-at-first-bite affair.
  • Messini Authentic Gyros
    After a trip to Greece, I can confirm that Toronto’s Messini rivals the eateries in Athens. Its $19 pita plate is packed with juicy tomatoes, tangy tzatziki, crispy fries, and a choice of protein (I adore the pork). Plus, it includes hearty sides like salad, potatoes, and rice. For dessert, swing by Athens Pastries for loukoumades—honey-drenched dough, topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
  • Kappo sato
    Attention to detail is everything at this omakase spot. From tableware created by Japanese potters to the extensive sake selection, Chef Takeshi Sato and his team don’t miss a beat. The main reason to snag a seat? Besides its Michelin star, Kappo Sato incorporates a range of cooking methods such as grilling and broiling to elevate the dishes—straying away from the focus on raw fish often offered at other omakases.
  • Sara Restaurant
    Nestled in a Victorian home in King West’s entertainment district, Sara is a fusion of Torontonian and Asian cuisine. I recommend starting with the ikura latkes adorned with salmon roe, followed by an impeccably cooked steak with miso bearnaise and whiskey jus sauce. The unexpected standout? My vegetarian companion tried the chopped salad with cashew cheese, which left us both surprisingly satisfied.
  • Sugo
    Craving some carbs? Sugo is popular for its Italian-American (or should I say Canadian?) recipes. Heaping plates of pasta, crispy mozzarella sticks, and fluffy tiramisu are highlights. And yes, you can order all three without worrying about your wallet. Note: It’s walk-in only, and seatings typically take an hour. While you wait, browse the vintage shops on Bloor (Lucky Tiger Vintage is great!) or grab a pint at Burdock Brewery.
  • birria Catrina
    Mexican street food comes to trendy Kensington Market at Birria Catrina. My favourite meal is combo #1: crispy tacos and cheesy quesadillas with a side of savory birria broth, lime, and salsa. It is my go-to for lunch, and thanks to its generous portions, I often have leftovers for dinner. Despite the crowd, service is surprisingly quick, but pro tip: order ahead. These authentic Mexican tacos are a must-try.