I have just got back from a long weekend break to Toronto (you can read more about that here) and was so impressed with the amazing food out there, as well as the creative/hipster character to the city. It definitely exceeded my expectations!
I have popped some of our favourite food recommendations in Toronto below along with some extra recommendations from friends at the bottom – happy food hunting!
416 Snack Bar
Best for: Tasty small plates, couples and groups
As the name suggests, this chilled restaurant serves ‘snacks’ rather than full meals but these are delicious, gourmet small plates that are so tasty and which we would definitely recommend! We ordered the Korean fried chicken (which was the best I’ve ever tried, not too greasy or artificial tasting), fish steamed bun (which was very tasty but sadly only had ‘fried salmon skin’ rather than proper chunks of fish) and both mushroom yorkshire puddings and a beef yorkshire pudding (which both came complete with creamy mash potato and a hint of radish sauce). The cost of these plates were reasonably priced between $4-$8 and 2-3 plates should be enough to satiate your appetite.
Also to know: The restaurant has a very chilled, mellow atmosphere which did also extend to the waiter/host who could have been a bit more engaging. We assumed we just weren’t hipster enough for him.
Best for: gourmet artisan sausages (including veggie options), craft beers and hipster beer hall atmosphere
Wvurst has a cosy pop-up, German beer hall vibe to it which makes it perfect for relaxed get-togethers with friends. It’s a self-service joint where you choose your sausage (including options like elk, kangaroo, bison, pheasant and others) then two fillings to have in your crispy white sub roll. I went for the veggie/vegan sausage (tofu, chickpea, corn, cilantro) with sweet peppers and sauerkraut, the boys went for elk and beef and we all shared some incredible duck fat fries. It was hearty, great tasting food although as you can tell, a bit of a treat.
Also to know: In terms of drinks, they had a huge selection of craft beers, some of which are discounted to $5 each day. As a non-beer drinker I had to go with the more expensive wine which came in at $11 for the cheapest glass.
Best for: cheap Sunday boozing, hearty and delicious pub food
Bar Hop was just over the road from our Air BnB apartment for the weekend and recommended by our host. It turned out to be a great, cosy bar with friendly staff, cheap beers on a Sunday (around $5) and generous portions of delicious pub food. I had the meat and ale pie (which was very slightly on the watery side but the fillings and pastry more than made up for it), whilst the boys had a cheese platter with pickles and olive tapenade and a pulled pork sub roll.
Also to know: We spotted 2 branches of Bar Hop in Toronto so not sure if the menu differs at each – ours was on King St near the Financial district.
Other Toronto Food Recommendations
We received so many recommendations from friends who had lived in the area but that we didn’t get time to visit, so if you need more inspiration, you could check out the below:
- Mildred’s Temple Kitchen – a modern, casual restaurant in Liberty village. A friend recommended the pancakes especially.
- Short & Sweet Bakeshop Cafe – very Instagrammable sweet drinks/hot drinks/milkshakes, similar to those at Black Tap
- Old School – hip, retro style diner with a modern take on American classics. The extra fluffy blueberry pancakes look insane!
- Lady Marmalade – a brunch recommendation in Leslieville
- Queen Margherita pizza – meant to be offer incredibly tasty pizza
- Blackbird Baking Co – in the hipster Kensington district, great variety of freshly made artisan breads
For even more Toronto food inspo, you can also check out the Hype Toronto Instagram account!
And for more inspiration of what to do in Toronto, Air BnB have a pretty good list here!