It’s really difficult to write a travel guide to your hometown. There’s way too much to do here. I wouldn’t even know where to start.
So instead I have detailed out the things I do and the places I eat – as a local – when I’m back in town.
Where to eat:
There’s a running joke that when North-Torontonians return to the city they just want to go back to Terroni. This Italian joint has three locations in town, and the Yonge Street location consistently gets voted as the best rooftop patio in the city. I ate there twice. Give me all the seafood pasta and red wine, please.
If you like greasy brunch then wander over to Wallace & Co. in the Junction. If you have a Guy Ferrari appetite, this place is for you. This was our number one local spot for hangover eats when we lived in the neighbourhood.
Where to shop:
Really there’s a lot of options. If you’re a Helmut Lang and Acne sort of girl you need to go to the Narwhal Boutique, they also just launched their e-comm store so you can browse from afar.
If you’re a vintage lover who doesn’t want to spend a terrifying amount of money but also expects a well curated assortment that has actually been dry cleaned then you need to hit Penny Arcade on Dundas West. I visited my pal Marishka Anne at the store and snapped a few pictures of their ripped-denim-hanging-planter-macrame-minimalist-goodness. Enjoy!
Penny Arcade Vintage, Toronto