30 Hours in Toronto Travel Guide

See all of the hotels, bars and restaurants Anthony Bourdain recommends on a trip to Toronto. From nose-to-tail to authentic dim sum, Toronto has one of the most diverse food scenes in the world.


Activities
Tosho Knife Arts
Tony heads to Tosho Knife Arts in Mirvish Village and explores the variety of culinary cutlery they offer. The knives at Tosho start at around $100 and head right up to the $3,000 range.
  • 602 Markham St., Lower Level
  • Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L8 Canada

Tosho Knife Arts

Tony heads to Tosho Knife Arts in Mirvish Village and explores the variety of culinary cutlery they offer. The knives at Tosho start at around $100 and head right up to the $3,000 range.
602 Markham St., Lower Level Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 647-722-6329
Comedy Bar
Toronto is known for its comedy scene, and the locals and tourists all head to Comedy Bar to check out up-and-coming acts from all over the world.
  • 945 Bloor St. West
  • Toronto, Ontario M6H 1L5 Canada

Comedy Bar

Toronto is known for its comedy scene, and the locals and tourists all head to Comedy Bar to check out up-and-coming acts from all over the world.
945 Bloor St. West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-551-6540
SPiN Toronto
Spin takes the classic pool-hall formula and applies it to Ping-Pong. One part bar, one part Ping-Pong stadium, you can drink and play at the same time. Players are given a basket of balls and the staff moves around to collect the wayward shots.
  • 461 King Street West
  • Toronto, Ontario M5V 1K4 Canada

SPiN Toronto

Spin takes the classic pool-hall formula and applies it to Ping-Pong. One part bar, one part Ping-Pong stadium, you can drink and play at the same time. Players are given a basket of balls and the staff moves around to collect the wayward shots.
461 King Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-599-7746
Good Egg
Good Egg is a shop dedicated to those who like to eat and want to find unique items to use in the kitchen – from rare cookbooks to teas imported from Russia.
  • 267 Augusta Ave
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 2M2 Canada

Good Egg

Good Egg is a shop dedicated to those who like to eat and want to find unique items to use in the kitchen – from rare cookbooks to teas imported from Russia.
267 Augusta Ave Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-593-4663
Sneaky Dee's
Sneaky Dee’s is an iconic Toronto music venue -- they also serve food, but it is all about the concert hall upstairs.
  • 431 College Street
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 1T1 Canada

Sneaky Dee's

Sneaky Dee’s is an iconic Toronto music venue -- they also serve food, but it is all about the concert hall upstairs.
431 College Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-603-3090
Horseshoe Tavern
Since 1947, this much-loved honky-tonk has played a crucial role in Toronto's music community. The Stones had a secret gig here in 1997, and the likes of Los Lobos, Wilco, and local heroes Blue Rodeo have also graced its stage.
  • 370 Queen Street West
  • Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A2 Canada

Horseshoe Tavern

Since 1947, this much-loved honky-tonk has played a crucial role in Toronto's music community. The Stones had a secret gig here in 1997, and the likes of Los Lobos, Wilco, and local heroes Blue Rodeo have also graced its stage.
370 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-598-4226

Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
This luxury property delivers on the brand's reputation for attentive service and excellent amenities. A sleek and slender tower, it’s located smack dab in the middle of the entertainment district and across the road from Roy Thomson Hall.
  • 181 Wellington St. W
  • Toronto, Ontario M5V 3G7 Canada

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

This luxury property delivers on the brand's reputation for attentive service and excellent amenities. A sleek and slender tower, it’s located smack dab in the middle of the entertainment district and across the road from Roy Thomson Hall.
181 Wellington St. W Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-585-2500
The Drake Hotel
The Drake is better known for its bars and restaurants than its tiny guest rooms. It's a trendsetter and attracts a stylish and fashionable crowd to its restaurant, rooftop lounge, and the Underground, a live performance venue that draws top names.
  • 1150 Queen Street West
  • Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J3 Canada

The Drake Hotel

The Drake is better known for its bars and restaurants than its tiny guest rooms. It's a trendsetter and attracts a stylish and fashionable crowd to its restaurant, rooftop lounge, and the Underground, a live performance venue that draws top names.
1150 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 0.0
Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel
This hotel has a view of the Toronto baseball stadium and is a great place to watch the Blue Jays and the CFL team, the Toronto Argonauts.
  • 1 Blue Jays Way
  • Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J3 Canada

Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel

This hotel has a view of the Toronto baseball stadium and is a great place to watch the Blue Jays and the CFL team, the Toronto Argonauts.
1 Blue Jays Way Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-341-7100

Restaurants & Bars
Carousel Bakery Ltd.
David Sax takes Tony to enjoy a classic Toronto food staple, the peameal sandwich. “Peameal” refers to the historic practice of rolling cured and trimmed boneless pork loin in dried and ground yellow peas, originally for preservation reasons.
  • 92-95 Front St. East
  • Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C3 Canada

Carousel Bakery Ltd.

David Sax takes Tony to enjoy a classic Toronto food staple, the peameal sandwich. “Peameal” refers to the historic practice of rolling cured and trimmed boneless pork loin in dried and ground yellow peas, originally for preservation reasons.
92-95 Front St. East Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-363-4247
Evergreen Brick Works
Chef Ezra Title spends his Saturdays cooking at this local farmer’s market. He cooks breakfast and lunch using the delectable ingredients from the fabulous producers at the market – including a grilled cheese and an egg sandwich.
  • 550 Bayview Avenue
  • Toronto, Ontario M4W 3X8 Canada

Evergreen Brick Works

Chef Ezra Title spends his Saturdays cooking at this local farmer’s market. He cooks breakfast and lunch using the delectable ingredients from the fabulous producers at the market – including a grilled cheese and an egg sandwich.
550 Bayview Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-596-1495
Bellevue
In Kensington Market, The Bellvue serves up a boozy brunch all day. Sit on the patio and watch the Kensington Crowd flow by as you suck down a mimosa and work off that hangover.
  • 61 Bellevue Avenue
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N5 Canada

Bellevue

In Kensington Market, The Bellvue serves up a boozy brunch all day. Sit on the patio and watch the Kensington Crowd flow by as you suck down a mimosa and work off that hangover.
61 Bellevue Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ronnie's Local 069
Tony grabs a beer with David Sax at this unsuspecting little hideaway on Nassau Street. Ronnie's feels like part British pub, part romantic “I-know-a-great-little-spot" destination and part house party.
  • 69 Nassau Street
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 1M7 Canada

Ronnie's Local 069

Tony grabs a beer with David Sax at this unsuspecting little hideaway on Nassau Street. Ronnie's feels like part British pub, part romantic “I-know-a-great-little-spot" destination and part house party.
69 Nassau Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-340-1110
Agave Y Aguacate
David Sax takes Tony to another hidden gem of Toronto at El Gordo. Recently, El Gordo became the site of half a dozen stalls selling food from Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia and El Salvador, and just opened a wonderful patio for customers out back.
  • 35 Baldwin St.
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 1L1 Canada

Agave Y Aguacate

David Sax takes Tony to another hidden gem of Toronto at El Gordo. Recently, El Gordo became the site of half a dozen stalls selling food from Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia and El Salvador, and just opened a wonderful patio for customers out back.
35 Baldwin St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 647-748-6448
WVRST
From local Toronto brews like Augusta Ale and Denison's, to European and Japanese imports, the 16 different craft brews on tap are sure to please Toronto's serious beer connoisseurs.
  • 609 King Street West
  • Toronto, Ontario M5V 1M5 Canada

WVRST

From local Toronto brews like Augusta Ale and Denison's, to European and Japanese imports, the 16 different craft brews on tap are sure to please Toronto's serious beer connoisseurs.
609 King Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-703-7765
Hits And Misses
Tony heads to Hits & Misses in search of some old records and walks away with a few vinyl gems. The windows are plastered with old punk rock records and patches, and inside there is a massive selection of 7" records -- and even more 12" records.
  • 799 Queen Street West
  • Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G1 Canada

Hits And Misses

Tony heads to Hits & Misses in search of some old records and walks away with a few vinyl gems. The windows are plastered with old punk rock records and patches, and inside there is a massive selection of 7" records -- and even more 12" records.
799 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Black Hoof Cocktail Bar
Tony, Anthony Rose and Ezra Title saddle up for some high-end classic cocktails before eating dinner across the street. The bar’s exterior is totally ambiguous, save for a small "Cocktail Bar" sign in the window.
  • 923 Dundas St. West
  • Toronto, Ontario M6J 1W3 Canada

Black Hoof Cocktail Bar

Tony, Anthony Rose and Ezra Title saddle up for some high-end classic cocktails before eating dinner across the street. The bar’s exterior is totally ambiguous, save for a small "Cocktail Bar" sign in the window.
923 Dundas St. West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-792-7511
Beast Restaurant
This aptly-named restaurant reflects chef Scott Vivian’s goal to create a seasonal menu consisting of local meats and produce.
  • 96 Tecumseth Street
  • Toronto, Ontario M6J 2H1 Canada

Beast Restaurant

This aptly-named restaurant reflects chef Scott Vivian’s goal to create a seasonal menu consisting of local meats and produce.
96 Tecumseth Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 647-352-6000
Edulis Restaurant
Edulis is named after what some say is the most versatile mushroom in the culinary world. The changing menu not only features some great ‘shrooms, but also offers an eclectic mix of Spanish, French, Italian and more.
  • 169 Niagara Street
  • Toronto, Ontario M5V 1C9 Canada

Edulis Restaurant

Edulis is named after what some say is the most versatile mushroom in the culinary world. The changing menu not only features some great ‘shrooms, but also offers an eclectic mix of Spanish, French, Italian and more.
169 Niagara Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-703-4222
Cold Tea
Damian Abraham, Jonah Falco and Mike Hailechuk have Tony meet them at a hidden bar called Cold Tea. It is modeled on the principle that a good thing is hard to find -- the bar is at the back of the unassuming Kensington Mall through a secret doorway.
  • 60 Kensington Avenue
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 2K2 Canada

Cold Tea

Damian Abraham, Jonah Falco and Mike Hailechuk have Tony meet them at a hidden bar called Cold Tea. It is modeled on the principle that a good thing is hard to find -- the bar is at the back of the unassuming Kensington Mall through a secret doorway.
60 Kensington Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-546-4536
The Dakota Tavern
The Dakota Tavern is a subterranean throwback to the dusty saloons depicted in classic American westerns. The walls are littered with guns, mounted horns, boomerangs, band posters and snowy Canadian hunting scenes.
  • 249 Ossington Avenue
  • Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A1 Canada

The Dakota Tavern

The Dakota Tavern is a subterranean throwback to the dusty saloons depicted in classic American westerns. The walls are littered with guns, mounted horns, boomerangs, band posters and snowy Canadian hunting scenes.
249 Ossington Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-850-4579
Thirsty and Miserable
Tony’s Toronto bar crawl continues to Thirsty & Miserable -- a bar named after a Black Flag song and owned by one Katie G. Warror, guitarist for the beloved hard-core band, Brutal Knights.
  • 197 Baldwin Street
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 1M1 Canada

Thirsty and Miserable

Tony’s Toronto bar crawl continues to Thirsty & Miserable -- a bar named after a Black Flag song and owned by one Katie G. Warror, guitarist for the beloved hard-core band, Brutal Knights.
197 Baldwin Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 647-607-0134
House of Poutine
Poutine may be the quintessential Canadian food, a flavorful link that unites the solitudes of French and English Canada. This is the band F***ed Up’s go-to for late night grub, and they recommend ordering the classic with bacon on top.
  • 1112 Queen Street West
  • Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H9 Canada

House of Poutine

Poutine may be the quintessential Canadian food, a flavorful link that unites the solitudes of French and English Canada. This is the band F***ed Up’s go-to for late night grub, and they recommend ordering the classic with bacon on top.
1112 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 647-342-3732
Toronto Jerk Chicken
Locals know to head to Ellington Avenue late at night to find Jamaican beef patties and jerk chicken served in steel drums. Toronto has a large West Indian Community, and this turns out to be quite the party on weekend nights.
  • 852 Pape Avenue
  • Unit 2
  • Toronto, Ontario M4K 3T9 Canada

Toronto Jerk Chicken

Locals know to head to Ellington Avenue late at night to find Jamaican beef patties and jerk chicken served in steel drums. Toronto has a large West Indian Community, and this turns out to be quite the party on weekend nights.
852 Pape Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 647-339-4289
Owl Of Minerva
The Owl of Minerva is the perfect place to go for those who seek cheap and delicious Korean comfort food. Head to the one in the heart of Koreatown for all your late-night munchie needs.
  • 700 Bloor St. W.
  • Toronto, Ontario M6G 3T6 Canada

Owl Of Minerva

The Owl of Minerva is the perfect place to go for those who seek cheap and delicious Korean comfort food. Head to the one in the heart of Koreatown for all your late-night munchie needs.
700 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-538-3030
Bacchus Roti
Most of Parkdale’s roti shops compensate for their grungy interiors with their quality roti. Bacchus, which received a makeover in 2008, is refreshingly tasteful in both decor and portion size.
  • 1376 Queen St. West
  • Toronto, Ontario M6K 1L7 Canada

Bacchus Roti

Most of Parkdale’s roti shops compensate for their grungy interiors with their quality roti. Bacchus, which received a makeover in 2008, is refreshingly tasteful in both decor and portion size.
1376 Queen St. West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-532-8191
The Burger's Priest
The patties at the Priest are made from freshly-ground beef, pressed thin on a flat-top, seasoned as they cook, topped with American cheese and served on a custom-made bun.
  • Various Locations
  • Toronto, Ontario Canada

The Burger's Priest

The patties at the Priest are made from freshly-ground beef, pressed thin on a flat-top, seasoned as they cook, topped with American cheese and served on a custom-made bun.
Various Locations Toronto, Ontario, Canada
California Sandwiches
Downtowners have access to California Sandwiches’ original location in Little Italy that has been open since 1967. Some of the locations serve sides, but it's all about the veal sandwich.
  • 3703 Chesswood Dr.
  • Toronto, Ontario M3J 2P6 Canada

California Sandwiches

Downtowners have access to California Sandwiches’ original location in Little Italy that has been open since 1967. Some of the locations serve sides, but it's all about the veal sandwich.
3703 Chesswood Dr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-636-3200
Porchetta & Co.
Tony meets up with Scott Vivan at Porchetta and Co. in Little Italy. They enjoy fantastic handcrafted porchetta sandwiches while discussing the world’s perception of Toronto.
  • 825 Dundas Street West
  • Toronto, Ontario M6J 1V4 Canada

Porchetta & Co.

Tony meets up with Scott Vivan at Porchetta and Co. in Little Italy. They enjoy fantastic handcrafted porchetta sandwiches while discussing the world’s perception of Toronto.
825 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 647-352-6611
Forest View Chinese Restaurant
Chinese immigrants make up a huge part of the city’s population, hence the numerous Chinese restaurants that range from high-end to low-end. Go to Forest View, a down-and-dirty location for some quick dim sum.
  • 466 Dundas St. W.
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G9 Canada

Forest View Chinese Restaurant

Chinese immigrants make up a huge part of the city’s population, hence the numerous Chinese restaurants that range from high-end to low-end. Go to Forest View, a down-and-dirty location for some quick dim sum.
466 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-597-0319
Caplansky's Delicatessen
Zane Caplansky is the undisputed king of smoked meat in Toronto, and he is a local icon. Ordering your brisket "fatty" is the only way to go, according to locals.
  • 356 College Street
  • Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S6 Canada

Caplansky's Delicatessen

Zane Caplansky is the undisputed king of smoked meat in Toronto, and he is a local icon. Ordering your brisket "fatty" is the only way to go, according to locals.
356 College Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 416-500-3852
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