Discovering Toronto’s newest culinary hot spot is one of my favorite parts of visiting the city. A trip to Toronto is the perfect welcome to Canada—the city blends multicultural warmth with cool urbanity, and always offers a new hole-in-the-wall spot to obsess over.
From the walkable neighborhoods of Chinatown and Kensington Market with their dim sum shops and cocktail bars to the fine dining restaurants in Yorkville, there’s something for everyone in the restaurants and kitchens of Toronto. To make sense of the many diverse food offerings, follow my 3-day foodie itinerary for a full plate of delicious destinations.
Pack your walking shoes and an umbrella to stay comfy as you explore.
If you only have time for one thing, make it the St. Lawrence Market for foodie gifts.
In the heart of Old Toronto, you'll find the historic St. Lawrence Market, located in a rustic brick building that's open every day but Monday. It's full of specialty vendors and food stalls and a Saturday farmers market. Grab a pastry and coffee for the road and a bottle of maple syrup to take home.
From the market, walk about 10 minutes to the Distillery Historic District to learn about the area’s former life as the Gooderham & Worts Distillery and to explore the bars, restaurants, and new distilleries that have found their home within the distinct Victorian industrial architecture.
Located just west of downtown, Kensington Market is one of Toronto’s most vibrant neighborhoods, and it’s long been a hub for students and new Canadians. Take a wander and discover international food shops, cozy cafés, and restaurants featuring cuisine from all over the world.
Chinatown is home to colorful markets, calm teahouses, and delicious smelling dim sum shops. Grab dumplings from Yummy Yummy Dumplings to snack on as you explore one of Toronto’s oldest neighborhoods, and take a break over a cup of tea at Icha Tea.
To celebrate your Toronto adventures, spend the evening in the Yorkville neighborhood, known for its numerous fine dining restaurants. Innovative chefs find an enthusiastic audience at spots such as Joni in the Park Hyatt and at Buca Osteria & Bar, whose seafood-focused menu highlights Canada’s connection to the ocean.