There is no shortage of markets and restaurants to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to enjoy each one of the delicious cuisines that Toronto has to offer so that you can make the most of your Toronto “Food Tour.”
St. Lawrence Market
It easy to see why St. Lawrence Market has a reputation as one of the best food markets in the entire world! With over 120 merchants, you’ll find everything from the freshest seasonal produce to the most eclectic dishes prepared with care. Learn about cooking while you shop and taste all of the wonderful delights that are offered here. You can take lessons at The Market Kitchen, as you learn the basics of cooking, how to prepare delicious, mouth-watering desserts, or even take one of the ‘Secrets Of’ classes, where you will learn tricks of the trade that are used by some of the top chefs in the world. Learn how to cook with wine and also discover how to fine-tune your knife skills. Don’t forget to save some time for shopping! You’ll want to check out the Carousel Bakery, where you will find the peameal bacon sandwich that Toronto is known for. Also, stop by Buster’s Sea Cove, famous for the fried fish, grilled “catch of the day,” sandwiches, salads, and much more.
With it’s laid back atmosphere and wonderful cuisine, it is no surprise that every foodie who lives in or visits Toronto spends time in Chinatown. The neighborhood is small and straightforward, but with big, amazing tastes. You’ll be able to experience the finest in Chinese culture as you wander up and down the streets, whether you want to eat a full meal, or just pick up some of the best, most authentic herbs and spices that can be found. With a history that dates back well over 100 years, you’ll find restaurants such as Lee Garden, a delightful Cantonese establishment, the casual, Hong Kong style eatery, Swatow, Spadina Garden, offering over 200 Chinese dishes to choose from, and many other wonderful places.
While spending time in Toronto, the occasion may arise when you’d like to have a romantic dinner for two with that special person! Head over to The Chase, for the Signature Roast Dinner. The Chase is located in one of the tallest skyscrapers in all of Toronto, providing views that are as amazing as the food itself. The dinner for two includes ricotta and stinging nettles, followed by a roast chicken stuffed with Foie grass, apples and chestnuts. Guest will also enjoy artisan cheese and homemade preserves. Have a sweet tooth? You’ll be delighted by dessert, with menu offerings that include lime cake, chocolate cake with ganache, peanut butter, and vanilla ice cream, and more.
Kensington Market is one place in Toronto that is not to be missed! The neighborhood has an abundance of small stores, restaurants, and bakeries that will simply delight any food lover. Start with a visit to one of the local coffee shops, such as Casa Coffee, where you can fuel up with your favorite java to be ready for your adventure. After browsing the neighborhood for a bit, you can relax at one of the many restaurants that are located here. Looking for a casual place to grab a quick, yet delicious bite? Consider stopping at Amadeu’s Restaurant for Grilled Chicken Breast, Seafood Rice for Two, or perhaps Spanish Style Paella. In the mood for a burger instead? Look no further than The Burgernator, located in the center of Kensington Market. Here, you will find burgers with astonishing names, such as the Atomic Burger, the Bulldozer, or the Big Bang. When the time comes to try an excellent bakery, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky is surely where you want to be. Wanda herself has been baking since childhood, and her creations do not disappoint. Choose from selections such as Black Forest Cake, Wild Blueberry Pie, or Chocolate Almond Kisses. Every bite will leave you wanting more!
Every foodie must visit Little Italy, also known as College Street West. Here, you will find some of the best Italian restaurants in all of Toronto. You’ll want to try Her Father’s Cider Bar and Kitchen located in Harbord Village. Be sure to try the selection of more than 100 ciders from all around the world, as well as food offerings such as Beef Short Rib Hash, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Venison Sirloin, and more. La Forchetta Restaurant offers the best in Italian cuisine, with a selection of pasta from both Northern and Southern Italy. You’ll find a rustic, warm, and cozy atmosphere and a menu featuring items such as Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Smoked Duck Breast Risotto, and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin. Dessert is nothing less than incredible, with offerings including Twice Baked Warm Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu, Poached Bosc Pear, and other Italian classics. Complete your visit by spending some time at The Hogtown Pub & Oysters, serving local craft beers and other classic favorites. You should consider cocktails such as Billy’s Old Fashioned, the Copper Cup Moscow Mule, the Noxx & Dunn Rum Swizzle, and many more. A full wine list is also available.
Toronto is the ultimate place to try any kind of food in a great environment! As a true melting pot of different cultures, Toronto certainly has so much to offer. You’ll find amazing tastes from all over the world, all excellently prepared with a personal touch. Every foodie will take delight in the wonderful neighborhoods and welcoming restaurants that line the streets of this amazing city!