Toronto, oh how I love you. Canada’s largest city holds a very special place in my heart for its diversity and inclusivity, its creative community and love for food and drink. It’s one of the greatest food cities I’ve ever been to, a true testament to its multiculturalism. While all these spots are 100% photogenic, they’re also incredible for a myriad of other reasons and I don’t mean to underplay their excellence in other areas. Whether you’re on the hunt for that next photo opp or you’re wanting a deliciously crafted cocktail, be sure to check out my new favourite spots below:
There’s NO way I could write a guide to the most Instagram-worthy spots in TO without including La Palma. On our recent trip back, we stayed at an Airbnb just around the corner from this beautiful Italian restaurant and it was a godsend. Not only is the space #interiorgoals, the food is incredible and the service is equally fantastic. It was the perfect place to catch up with my bestie, Jake.
You may have noticed my pink theme as of late, well that was only solidified upon visiting Cops in downtown Toronto. With the aim to do one thing really well, Cops serves up mini doughnuts (in two variations) and filter coffee. Oh, and I can’t forget the strawberry milk. The coffee shop itself is a faded millennial pink that’ll have you reaching for your phone.
Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen
Where do I even begin with Chubby’s? This brand new King West establishment is one of the most exciting restaurants in town. The menu is inventive and inspired by homestyle cooking paired with the vibrancy of Jamaica’s people. We tried pretty much everything on the menu and I’m writing home about the patties and the jerk chicken. Their vegetarian options are equally as good! I can’t report on the cocktails (it was only 11:30 when I visited for an early lunch). Head upstairs and be sure to grab some outfit photos near the bar.
Opinions on this spot are somewhat mixed and honestly, the food is quite expensive for what it is. That said, it’s tasty and filling, and you’ll absolutely fall in love with Cancan’s fit-out and space. We nabbed the booth by the window, which is perfect for flat lays. Oh, and there’s also a pink door which is ideal for outfit photos after brunch!
Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns
For the best and most indulgent cinnamon buns, head to College Street West. Rosen’s has been the talk of the town for awhile and for good reason. Fresh out of the oven, their buns are delicious and you’ll want to grab a photo of their marble countertops and gorgeous floors.
Her Majesty’s Pleasure
Okay, this glorious spot has been around for AWHILE, but that doesn’t make it any less special. It’s a nail salon and spa meets café meets cocktail bar. Basically, you’ll want to hang out here all day long (believe me, I have!) and take several gorgeous photos while you’re at it. With a newly-installed neon sign, call for champagne, HMP is upping its already impeccable Insta-game.
Kekou was my go-to when I lived on Queen West, downtown Toronto. The Asian gelato shop was dangerously close to my apartment, I lived at their Baldwin location during the summer months. They’ve since opened a second location (even closer to my old apartment…) Their Queen and Spadina location boasts the same quality gelato flavours, Vietnamese Coffee, Black Sesame and Hong Kong Milk Tea are my personal faves in a bigger space. I’m partial to their palm tree wall, transporting me to the tropics in the middle of the city.
NEO Coffee Bar
Is there anything more ‘grammable than matcha? I don’t think so and I’m such a fan of NEO’s matcha, I’ll walk across the city for it in 35 degree heat. They’ve added a matcha affogato to their menu that’s definitely worth trying. The space itself is minimalist and kitted out with plenty of tables and plugs, so you can come here to work as well.
SoSo Food Club
SoSo on Dundas West and Ossington offers modernised Chinese cuisine in a vibrant setting. Its pink and turquoise colour scheme reminds me of a Miami beach club on steroids. The attention to detail is incredible and the menu is flavourful and authentic. I’m not an expert in Chinese cuisine by any stretch of the imagination, so if you’d like to read an excellent review, I urge you to read my friend, Isabelle’s post here.
Which spots am I missing? I’d love to hear about your favourite Instagram-worthy spots in Toronto?