It's 2015 and guess what? Living in Toronto can be a nightmare if you're not connected. Mobile apps currently manage the way The People Of The Six operate and in most instances, it's for the better. Everything from groceries to bike shares to private nap spaces have become more accessible and to make sure you're not stuck in a bubble, here are ten apps you need to cycle through on a daily basis.
If you're a busy body who barely has time for The Bachelor, then Breather is a miracle. It's been a clutch app for students and business types because it helps you find and rent "spaces" by the hour, allowing you to power nap in peace or enjoy 60 minutes of uninterrupted bliss (with Wi-Fi included).
Drink Owl isn't any ordinary drinking app; it's one that will help you ignore everyone's obsession with taking selfies with craft beer. In one fell swoop, it scans your surroundings for drink specials and happy hours taking place in the city - giving you the scoop on The Lakeview's $3 mimosas and Thai Spring Roll's $3.75 Sapporo pints. In short, here's to never paying $5 for anything ever again.
Neighborhoods such as Cabbagetown and Kensington are overrun by grocery stores and due to their quantity over quality, it can be hard to keep track of who has what on sale. GroceryGo sifts through major grocery chains - including Metro, Loblaws, No Frills, Food Basics, and Sobeys - and provides side-by-side comparisons of items to show you which store currently has the best savings.
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Pizza is always a great choice but change can be good and that's where Just Eat comes in. The online takeout service provides restaurants based on your postal code and even offers the option of paying ahead of time. The catch? Well there isn't one. Some restos hike up their prices by a dollar but the options make up for it as you can dig into pad thai, sushi, burgers, and nachos on any given night.
Ride The City
Cab drivers aside, riding your bike is one of the safest and cheapest ways to get around Downtown and Ride The City helps cyclists abuse that privilege. It pinpoints the locations of various rental shops and bike shares and utilizes the city's growing network of lanes to get you from Point A to Point B.
Similar to SportBuddy, an app that helps organize pick-up games and workout dates, Spot uses your location to alert you to news and activities that are taking place nearby. What makes the Toronto startup unique is it places a focus on student bodies and residences, presenting a "new standard for community chat" that's not limited to study groups and social bulletin boards.
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Street Food Toronto
Your heart may want an app for doughnuts, but let's be honest: your heart really wants an app for street grub. Street Food Toronto fills that void as it helps users find food trucks in their area, noting when they'll be active, where they're going, and if you can dig into Beaver Tails on Saturday night.
As much as we'd all like to bash Tinder, you can't deny how useful it can be. It puts Lavalife and Farmers Only to shame because it zeroes in on your preferences and offers some anonymity until you're faced with the task of impressing the opposite sex over IM. The latter can be a difficult task (if you're a man trying to be a man about it) but there are perks for those that can be themselves.
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If you're still stuck on trying to decide which public transit app is for you, then quit. The Transit App has become a unanimous frontrunner for all things navigation and compared to Rocketman and TTCWatch, it displays every nearby transit option - including Uber and bike shares. It also works in 84 other cities making it a convenient go-to when being a travel freak.
Are taxi cabs obsolete? Is the limousine dead? Is walking so passé? The folks at Uber think so as their car service has now become the norm for dates, proms, clubbing, business meetings, and rides to the airport. There are a few "catches" to it all but it doesn't ignore the fact that Uber's reliable, and now even more so than the cabbie you befriended and called "your own" throughout university.