Spring is finally here and that means that once the weather heats up we can finally get outside and embrace all the great things that this city has to offer! There's no need to continue hibernating, we can shed our winter coats, pop on our sunglasses and explore the great city of Toronto.
You might not have noticed while you were busy hiding away from the cold, but tons of new restaurants over the past couple months in Toronto. These range from Italian pasta joints to Japanese pancake shops to hidden Peruvian hot spots!
They all have something new and unique to bring to the city and now's your time to grab your friends, S/O or family members and experience them all!
16. Dal Moro's Fresh Pasta To Go
Where: 605 Yonge St // Church and Wellesly
This brand new fresh pasta shop comes to us straight from Italy to offer us authentic pasta in cute to go boxes! They have tons of delicious pastas to choose from like their pesto pasta, pomodoro pasta, ai formaggi pasta, squid ink and more!
15. Mira Restaurant
Where: 420A Wellington St W // Entertainment District
Hidden down a secret alleyway lit by lanterns and twinkle lights, follow the unmarked door leading you down a set of stairs lit by a neon llama sign! Here you'll find the city's newest Peruvian restaurant that will fulfill all your flavour dreams!
14. Hanabusa Cafe
Where: 77 Kensington Ave // Kensington Market
This is Toronto's first-ever Japanese Soufflé Pancake shop and it's the perfect place for your next brunch day. Their grand opening is April 15th and you've definitely got to go check it out and try their super fluffy, flavourful pancakes with toppings like matcha, taro, soy cream and more!
13. J'adore Hot Pot
Where: 8380 Kennedy Rd // Markham
J'adore Hot Pot is the city's coolest new Hot Pot restaurant that serves a decadent feast High Tea-style. They have a huge selection of meats, seafood and veggies to dip into their delicious soups of your choice.
12. Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen
Where: 104 Portland St // Fashion District
Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen is the best spot in the city if you want great food and great vibes all rolled into one. The interior design in her is so tropical and cute and the food will transport you straight to the sandy beaches of Jamaica! Try their Jamaican patties, jerk chicken, pepper shrimp, veggie stew and more!
11. Five Points Hot Chicken
Where: 1051 Bloor St W // Bloordale Village
This is the new spot in Toronto that serves up authentic Nashville-style fried chicken. They have all kinds of flavours for their chicken from mild to medium to hot to extra hot and even devil's breath! You can choose to enjoy your chicken on it's own or in a sandwich.
10. Frankie's Italian
Where: 892 Queen St E // Leslieville
Previously known as Lil Baci, the owners have re-vamped the restaurant with interior and menu improvements to make this spot a highly anticipated destination! They serve up fresh pasta specials daily, UNREAL pizzas, all-day Italian brunch, delicious cocktails and coffee and a comfortable ambiance!
9. Brickworks Ciderhouse
Where: 709 Queen St E // Riverdale
If you're a cider lover, the new Brickworks Ciderhouse should be at the top of your list for places to visit this spring. They make all their ciders right here in Toronto and they have a full menu of farm-inspired foods that are available for brunch, lunch and dinner!
8. Hot Bunzz Street Cuisine
Where: 170 Spadina Ave // Chinatown
This is the all-new location for the Hot Bunzz food truck that won over the city! They make insanely delicious stuffed buns that are filled with amazing toppings. You can try their surf n' turf buns, jerk chicken buns, falafel buns, cheese and mushroom buns and so much more!
7. Paris Paris
Where: 1161 Dundas St W // West Queen West
Paris Paris is an all day wine bar that will make you feel like you were transported straight to Parisian vineyard! They serve a menu full of delicious French cuisine that pairs perfectly with their huge selection of wines.
6. Rustle & Still
Where: 605 Bloor St W // Koreatown
Though this spot is technically a cafe it's still a great spot to stop in for lunch. They serve amazing Vietnamese eats like Banh Mi sandwiches, ice coffees, purple sweet potato lattes, bread pudding, and more! Their space is decorated with plants which will make you feel like you're enjoying lunch in a garden oasis.
Where: 619 King St W // King West
Goldie is the new 2-story cocktail bar in King West that you definitely need to check out ASAP. It's located in an old townhouse with one floor being a lounge where you can enjoy drinks and the upper level being an open-concept kitchen with tons of delicious plates to enjoy.
4. Pinky's Ca Phe
Where: 53 Clinton St // Little Italy
This tiny Vietnamese restaurant is tucked into a small space but the flavours here are huge! It's decorated in with a fun vintage/tropical feel to it and you can enjoy great drinks, food and music here into the late evenings.
3. La Paella
Where: 1146 Queen St E // Leslieville
This restaurant is dedicated to the Spanish delicacy, Paella. Paella is literally one of the best dishes ever, a rice base mixed with all kinds of delicious seafood mixed in! They have a few different kinds on their menu which go perfectly with all of the delicious wines.
2. Tuk Tuk Canteen
Where: 397 Roncesvalles Ave // Roncesvalles
Tuk Tuk Canteen is an all-new Cambodian snack bar that is a must try for anyone who loves Asian flavours and cuisines. They serve dishes like sticky and crispy wings, crab fried rice, dumplings and so much more!
1. Assembly Chef's Hall
Where: 111 Richmond St W // Downtown Toronto
The Assembly Chef's Hall is a brand new collection of some of the city's top restaurants, bakeries, bars and cafes that are now in one sleek location. You can choose what you want to eat, then bring your food over to a table cafeteria style!