When the mercury drops and the winds pick up, it’s time to fuel up. With it’s ever changing restaurant scene and unique event scene, Toronto has some of the tastiest fuel going.
Besides the skating rinks, winter markets and light shows (!); here’s a few of our favorite ways to indulge in Ontario’s tastiest town this season.
One of the most marvelous cold-weather foodie events in the city is Winterlicious,
happening January 26 to February 8 this year. This is a marathon, not a sprint — and acts as the perfect opportunity to indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. Don’t forget to Instagram your favourite meals with #SeeTorontoNow!
Explore a brewery
Step out of the cold and take in a craft beer. There’s a slew of cool breweries, ranging from cavernous to cozy, open across the city. We’re big fans of the sours at Blood Brothers Brewing
on Geary (they have pepperette snack packs if you’re hungry), the paddle flights at Left Field Brewery
in the East End, and Indie Ale House
in the Junction — try the polenta cubes — just to name a few.
The burger at Richmond Station has a reputation — and with good reason! It’s a house ground Ontario beef patty stuffed with slow-braised shortribs, topped with beet chutney and aged cheddar, then piled high on a milk bun.
Exercise your inner carnivore
FACT: cold weather has us craving meaty morsels for every meal. Toronto’s eateries definitely deliver on that front – we were once affectionately called Hogtown after all. Downtown, pop into Richmond Station
for the best burger (it’s stuffed with braised short ribs!) or share a smoked meat sandwich at Caplansky’s
in Yorkville. Further a field, there’s pig head dinners at Farmhouse Tavern
in the Junction Triangle and some of the best sausages (ever) at Maple Leaf Tavern
Get cozy at a cafe
Mitts feeling a little icy? Stop in at one of Toronto’s many, independent coffee shops for a fresh pulled espresso or steaming cup of tea. You can easily wile away an afternoon in some of our favorite spots.
We like Jimmy’s Coffee
for the down to earth vibe and big selection of Pluck Teas (including a house blend made just for them!), Rooster Coffee
for the best mocha in town if you have a sweet tooth and Pilot Coffee
on Wagstaff for the best latte slash work space — it’s huge!
One of the most unique things about Toronto is it’s home to an underground city called the PATH. You can shop, eat and play throughout (almost)the entire downtown core without ever stepping out into the cold. From Union Station in the south to the Eaton Centre in the north, there’s a lot going on down there!
Some of the most notable for us foodies include a connection to the CN Tower and it’s fabulous, Feast On Certified Restaurant, the 360
; a Sam James Coffee Bar
(that carries pastries from Toronto favorites like Glory Hole
& the Tempered Room
) for those looking for a caffeine fix; and for you chocolate lovers, there’s a new CXBO
(Chocolates by Brandon Olsen) pop-up below The Great Hall in Union Station! Also of note: off the PATH favorites like Nadege, Greenhouse Juice, Belmonte Raw and Kupfert & Kim all have locations underground.
Explore outdoor art like no where else
Sometimes, something comes along that makes the sting of winter totally worth it. For us, it’s the outdoor art projects that pop-up around town at this time of year. From January 19 to February 25, Ice Breakers
takes over the Toronto waterfront. It’s a series of large installations along the stretch of lakeside west of Yonge Street. It’s an offshoot of another favorite outdoor art project: Winter Stations
, which turns lifeguard stations along the eastern Beaches area into imaginative works of art between February 19 and April 1, 2018.
Both are made even more pleasant with a hot cup of Pluck Tea (blended in Toronto with loads of Ontario ingredients) in hand!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy winter in Toronto? Let us know @OntarioCulinary!