Monday, December 28, 2015

My Favourite things to do in Toronto this Winter

If you're in town for a week, a weekend or just 24 hours......
Here's MY guide of things I love to do in the city both indoors and out:

If you didn't know then you'll soon find out that we Torontonian's LOVE to go out for brunch on the weekends.

Here's my favourite places to brunch:

1. Blue Grass Brunch at The Dakota Tavern

2. La Cubana
Delicious Cuban food and great decor.

3. Old School
Make reservations if you decide to check out this hotspot. So many things to choose from; pulled pork on waffles to burgers. Yummy town!

4. Colette Grand Cafe'
This cafe reflects the essences of Parisian style foods & decor.

Favourite Spots For Dinner:
1. Terroni
They have a few locations in the city but this is the one I always head to.
In my opinion it's the best pizza in the city. Love the Natalina. It's the best. Ask for hot peppers to top off your slices. They have a cute little dry and preserves area where you can buy some of their tasty treats (great for house warming gifts)
Everything is AMAZING on the menu but, if I'm not feeling like pizza, I then go to another favourite
Pappardelle alla Iosa - homemade spicy sausage, button & oyster mushrooms, peas, parmigiano, extra-virgin olive oil

Chinatown! Great food and amazing little shops to check out.
Favourite Chinese Restaurant:
2. New Sky Restaurant
Address: 353 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G3
Phone:(416) 596-8787

3. My favourite burgers and fries:
The Burger's Priest

Fave Spots for Drinks!
1. Mill Street Brewery (also serves food)
Located in what's called the Distillery District there's lots of shops and restaurants around there too.

2. Indie Ale House

3. Sweaty Betty's
    Address: 13 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1
    Phone:(416) 535-6861

Fave Spots For Late Night Eats: 
1. The Lakeview

2. Thompson Diner

Things To Do:
Visit Niagara Falls
This wonder of the world is just over 1hr away by car and, no matter what time of year you visit, it's always breath taking.
Canadian Falls 

                                                                                   U.S.A Falls 
Other Things To Do:
1. Tour Graffiti Alley
We have some amazing Artists that make their artistic mark on the walls of the city. Graffiti Alley (just type in Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V into google maps) is well known in our city. There's also a group that gives tours but I like to wing it and go exploring on my own. The best thing also is that the art is always changing so if you pop back in a few days, weeks, months later you'll see something new!
Here's some of the pictures I took while strolling though Graffiti Alley:

2. DJ Ice Skating Nights on the Toronto Harbour Front

3. Take a Walk In High Park (there's also a mini zoo)

4. The Distillery District
Stroll through this Historic District and checkout the various shops & restaurants. Also check out Soulpepper Theatre Company for plays and musical performances.

5. The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)

6. The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)

7. Spin - Ping Pong Bar

8. Winterlicious : January 29th - February 11th
Winterlious is a culinary event that happens annually. During the event well known restaurants throughout the city offer a limited menu of prix fixe dinners at a discount from it's everyday prices. The prices are usually $15, $20 or $25 for lunch and $25, $35 or $45 for dinner. Drinks & tip are extra.
The event gives locals & visitors a chance to try these restaurants which some are known to be quite pricey at a responsible rate. 

TIFF Bell Lightbox
There are 5 cinema and 2 galleries.

My Favorite Concert Venues:
I'm a huge music lover & enjoy checking out live music with my friends. We have tons of great acts that come though this city as well as tons of talented, local artists that will rock your socks off too! Checkout the venue websites for events and concert listings.

1. Danforth Music Hall

                                          La Roux at Danforth Music Hall

2. Massey Hall

3. The MOD Club

4. Horseshoe Tavern

5. Lee's Palace

Favorite Places to Shop:

1. Favourite Shoe Store :
Heel Boy

2. Favourite Home Decor:

3. Cool Store For Housewarming Gifts and Home Decor/Gadgets:

4. Favourite Store for Greeting Cards and Trinkets
Located on a street called Roncesvalles this neighbourhood has lots of shops and restaurants. It's known as the Polish neighbourhood.

Favourite Streets to Stroll:
1. Roncesvalles

2. Queen Street West

3. Bloor Street

To find out or share what's happening in your neighbourhood          please visit Eventbrite. It's also a great place for planning your own events.



  1. Good stuff Desta...Queen St was a place I went with my ex designer gal the junk shops and vintage cloth stores...nice read as to what you enjoy..