Toronto Cuisine

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There are very few substitutes for a quality meal. In Canada’s largest city and metropolitan area, the diversity of options are what make so many meals, from sunrise until sunset, spectacular experiences for locals and visitors alike.

Toronto is home to people from all cultures and from all corners of the world. Approximately half of the people currently in Canada were born elsewhere[1], and Toronto itself benefits from the best of the first, second and third-generation immigrants, and beyond. The result is a culinary experience that’s almost unbeatable – flavours and textures from all over the Earth, giving you plenty of choice and the opportunity to try out authentic, traditional dishes and new and exciting fusions.

On this page an introduction to the major culinary styles accessible in Toronto is presented with a list of the various restaurants and neighbourhoods where the cuisine can be found.

European/Western Cuisine

From the contemporary Spanish and Indian tapas bars of Agusta Avenue in Kensington Market to the Greek restaurants of Greektown on the Danforth, to typical fast food places found throughout the city, eateries all over Toronto offer more choice than one would expect to find. From classic favourites such as the Hard Rock Cafe at Dundas Square to modern fusion restaurants such as Lee or the Spice Route on King St. West serving contemporary dishes cooked up by some of the most popular world-renowned chefs, it’s hard not to feel completely spoilt for choice. Those who want to splurge can have a meal at The 360 Restaurant which offers impressive views to accompany your meal, straight at the top of the CN Tower, or save a few bucks at The Scotland Yard Pub where a full British breakfast can be had for only under $10.

Kensington Market and Little Italy Area

Also in and around Kensington Market, you’ll find European and Mediterranean dishes in abundance, as well as Jamaican and Persian dishes. Prices in the area are reasonable as many students from the nearby University of Toronto frequent the area. For an inexpensive drink there are many bars lined along College street such as Sneaky Dee's, Cafe Nirvana and Timothy's. Several independent coffee shops and breakfast places like Auntie's and Uncles are nestled in between these bars if booze isn't your thing.

whilst the city’s also home to some of the world’s best ice creams for people who simply want a cold snack on a hot Canadian summer day. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll have no trouble finding meals in Toronto. Your only problem will be which to choose first. There are also dozens of fantastic seafood restaurants, and there are noodle restaurants serving affordable Chinese meals to the masses.

References

  1. A city of unmatched diversity, The Toronto Star, December 5, 2007
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