The best movies to watch at TIFF this year

For the second year in a row, TIFF, the world’s largest public film festival will be a little less public than it was pre-pandemic. The Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 9 to 18, continues with the hybrid model — a mix of in-person and online screenings — adopted last year in response

Here’s where to find the best sangria in Toronto

There’s nothing more delightful than sharing a refreshing pitcher of sangria with friends on a hot summer’s day. Loaded with red or white wine, fresh fruit, and lots of ice (plus some extra spirits if you’re feeling really thirsty), sangria is a classic beverage originating from Spain and Portugal. Here are five places to grab

Our best new Toronto Restaurants Countdown: #1, Restaurant 20 Victoria

Restaurant 20 Victoria marks the much-anticipated return of Chris White and Jonathan Nicolaou, who closed their critically acclaimed restaurant Brothers Food & Wine just over a year ago during the pandemic. “It feels really great to be back,” says White. Like their erstwhile Yorkville bistro set above Bay Street station, Restaurant 20 Victoria is intimate

Dandylion, one of the best restaurants in the city, has just closed

Dandylion, a critically acclaimed restaurant on Queen West, announced its permanent closure over the holiday weekend. The restaurant, helmed by ace chef Jason Carter, announced the move over social media, stating that Dandylion was never meant “to be forever,” and indicated the team is already working on something new. “Dandylion was a real labour of

Our best new Toronto Restaurants Countdown: #6, Azhar

Azhar, the latest addition to Janet Zuccarini’s ever-expanding restaurant empire, is turning heads on the Ossington strip. The brainchild of partner and executive chef Stuart Cameron, Azhar marries Middle Eastern influences with local ingredients, all prepared in a state-of-the-art wood-fired oven, with sustainability and authenticity at the helm of each dish. The west end’s new

Where to find the best frappés in Toronto

Not to be confused with the Frappuccino, the frappé is a blended iced coffee drink typically made with coffee, milk, sugar, and ice. Originating in Greece in the 1950s, the frappé has since evolved into several different recipe variations, often including whipped cream and other toppings. With Toronto’s rich Greek food scene and premium coffee

Our best new Toronto Restaurants Countdown: #9, The Rabbit Hole

Hospitality heavyweight Oliver & Bonacini continues its domination of Financial District dining with the opening of upscale British gastropub The Rabbit Hole. The restaurant is a longtime dream for O&B district executive chef John Horne who spent several years working in London, England, early in his career. “It was always something I wanted to bring

Our best new Toronto Restaurants Countdown: #10, Waska Peruvian Chicken

Waska Peruvian Chicken, led by chef Elias Salazar, is a contemporary Peruvian establishment offering an array of seasonal dishes that spotlight regional specialties. All of the items on the menu are created using farm-fresh ingredients and imported Peruvian products. Born and raised in Callao, Peru, chef Salazar takes inspiration from his culinary roots, namely his

Our best new Toronto Restaurants Countdown: #12, Milou’s

Uncle Mikey’s chef/owner Mikey Kim taps into his French culinary training for Milou, Dundas West’s new Parisian-inspired café-bistro. By day, it’s a charming spot to pick up French-influenced sandwiches, such as the classic Ham & Cheese Sando with French ham, shaved butter, cornichons and grainy Dijon. Sandwiches are served on bread from foodie favourite Blackbird

The best juice bars in Toronto

Sipping on a refreshing juice made with whole ingredients is a great way to detoxify, debloat and stock up on all the vitamins and nutrients you need to keep things running smoothly. Toronto is home to several high-quality and ultra-convenient juice bars. So, whether you’re looking for a spot for some post-workout sips, or an

The best soft serve ice cream in Toronto

Real, whole milk ingredients are the secret to some of the city’s creamiest soft serves. Swirled and stacked with toppings or drizzled in sauces, this twisted treat is no longer limited to plain vanilla or chocolate flavours. Instead, refreshing, fruity takes that almost mimic gelatos are on the rise, as are the features of the