Moving to Toronto may have been one of the worst decisions on my wallet’s behalf, but I wanted that fast paced non-stop adventure lifestyle and I got it. From North, South, East, and West, almost every inch of the city has something cool or interesting to offer. Today I’m sharing some of my favourite places in Toronto that I’ve checked off my ever growing hit list. From trendy restaurants to the best workout spots, here’s your ultimate guide to Toronto:
I used to work at a little family owned Thai-Vietnam restaurant in the summer so I know a good authentic bowl of pho when I taste one. Pho Pasteur is my go-to Toronto place when I need a fix any time. I kid you not–Pho Pasteur is open 24/7 so you can be served a beautiful hot bowl of delicious Asian soup literally whenever you’re craving it. Apparently the cash-only restaurant in China Town has been around since the ’80’s and it looks as though nothing has changed much over time. The spring rolls and purple haired service (you’ll know what I mean) are pretty sweet too!
Toronto is full of cute and quirky cafes to Instagram your lattes and feed your caffeine addiction. Forget Me Not Cafe is no different. This little gem sits on the corner of Portland and Adelaide – perfect for a quiet coffee break after shopping on Queen or studying on the weekend. The coffees good, the vibes are great, and they sell cute little home goods!
This is of my favourite Italian restaurants in the city. Based in Yorkville, the chic two story house-like restaurant serves amazing pasta (highly recommend the mushroom or pumpkin ravioli). If you’re looking for a really cozy and intimate atmosphere, head here with your best girl friends or a hot date. I am totally unashamed to admit I take myself out here too sometimes to enjoy a glass of Gavi after a long week.
Wish is one of my favourite brunch spots to hit on a Sunday morning when I wish I wasn’t so hungover. Decorated with plush cushions and distressed wood, you can enjoy your avocado toast on the most Instagrammable heated indoor patio. Apart from the chic and trendy atmosphere, the menu is also packed with delicious hard decisions. I mean how am I ever going to choose between the Charlotte poached eggs over smoked salmon with leek and parmesan fondue or carrot cake pancakes with maple cream cheese?!
For health nuts and natural beauty geeks, The Detox Market is your saviour. From cold pressed juice elixirs to vegan hair balms and face oil, the shop has everything you need to feel good inside and out. I must warn you though, while your body will love it, your wallet will not.
Finding a spot to relax in the middle of TO can be a challenge, but Miraj Hammam Spa at the Shangri-la hotel is the perfect oasis from all the power walkers and business deadlines. Their treatments are worth every penny and from the minute you step foot into the hotel they treat you like the Queen you are. Make it an entire day of relaxation; if you spend over $200 you get 24 hour access to their fitness centre, pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room. Go with your girls and grab a work out, swim and mani-pedi, or go alone and de-stress in the hot tub before sinking into a heavenly state with their hot stone massage. (Review from guest writer, Emma Berglund)
Beyoncé wasn’t made in a day. At least that’s what you’ll be greeted with at the doors of this female fitness hubspot. Bring a friend and be prepared to get your ass kicked. Elle Fitness offers everything from bikini boot camps and plyrometrics to barre, yoga, and boxing classes. With multiple studios, an all hot pink and white theme, and makeup studio lighting, Elle Fitness made me feel like I was a celebrity in training.
Note: The gym also offers a free trial week with unlimited access to all their classes with the code: ELLEWEEK!
Another female oriented fitness spot that offers really fun classes geared towards achieving that “goals” hourglass body shape. Classes combine circuit training, Pilates, and high intensity movements that target the glutes, waist, and legs. Hourglass Workout was definitely one of my favourite workouts I’ve ever tried and you can try your first class for free!
Have you been to any of these Toronto hot spots? What are some of your favourite places in the city? Let me know down below!