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Shannon’s guidebook

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Shannon’s guidebook

Local Shops
Known as Little India or Gerrard-India Bazaar, our neighbourhood is catching up with some of the surrounding trendier neighbourhoods in terms of shops and restaurants, but we don't have as many options quite yet. We are “up and coming” with more places opening all the time. In the meantime, here are a few local shops within walking distance for grabbing your basics.
Stop 55 Variety
The Pantry Fine Cheese
1620 Gerrard St E
Glory Hole Doughnuts
1505 Gerrard St E
The Swag Sisters' Toy Store
1511 Gerrard St E
Sanagan's Meat Locker
1513 Gerrard St E
Dollarama
293 Coxwell Ave
LCBO
774 Queen St E
Coffee Shops & Breakfast/Brunch Sports
After a late night out, or just part of a lazy morning in, having breakfast out is one of my favourite treats. Here are a few suggestions for local coffee shops and breakfast eateries that are within easy walking distance. They range from trendy and organic, to your beyond basic greasy spoon. If you have any questions about the differences between the options let me know. You can find menus for each at the back of the guestbook.
Coffee, pastries, grab & go sandwiches, brunch on weekends only.
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Bodega Henriette
1801 Gerrard St E
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Coffee, pastries, grab & go sandwiches, brunch on weekends only.
Coffee, baked goods and other yummy pastries. Neat décor and artwork.
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Flying Pony Cafe
1481 Gerrard St E
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Coffee, baked goods and other yummy pastries. Neat décor and artwork.
Egyptian all-day brunch fare. Almost always lined up out the door.
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Maha's
226 Greenwood Ave
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Egyptian all-day brunch fare. Almost always lined up out the door.
Delicious farm-fresh breakfast/lunch. Can be a little hectic with families.
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Lazy Daisy's Cafe
1515 Gerrard St E
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Delicious farm-fresh breakfast/lunch. Can be a little hectic with families.
Very basic décor, service and restaurant, but the food is decent.
Occasions Restaurant And Pub
30 Eastwood Rd
Very basic décor, service and restaurant, but the food is decent.
The Tulip Restaurant
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The Tulip Restaurant
1606 Queen St E
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The Tulip Restaurant
Kind of sketchy greasy spoon, but we go for a cheap basic greasy fix.
New Town Family Restaurant Ltd
266 Coxwell Ave
Kind of sketchy greasy spoon, but we go for a cheap basic greasy fix.
Unfortunately, this is our closest Starbucks, not exactly close… waiting!
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Starbucks
908 Queen Street East
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Unfortunately, this is our closest Starbucks, not exactly close… waiting!
Right at the entrance to the boardwalk at the beach for coffee & stroll.
Tim Hortons
1681 Lake Shore Blvd E
Right at the entrance to the boardwalk at the beach for coffee & stroll.
Take-Out & Delivery Guide
When we originally started hosting, we thought all our guests would be going out to dinner, but we soon realized that with all the delivery options in Toronto, staying in seems to be just as popular as going out. Whether you’ve been out and about all day in the city, or just want a night to hunker down at “home” for any reason, we’ve listed some of our favourite take-out options below – please leave us a note if you have a new place for us to add!!
Kibo Sushi
1169 Queen St E
Burrito Bandidos
Sandy's Restaurant
2093 Danforth Ave
Casa Di Giorgio Restaurant
1646 Queen St E
Karma's Kitchen
1411 Gerrard St E
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The Burger's Priest
463 Queen St W
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Regency Restaurant
1423 Gerrard St E
Subway
274 Coxwell Ave
Local Restaurants
Below is a list of restaurants (in order of closest to furthest away) that are either a short walk or drive, in our own or surrounding neighbourhoods. There are tons of restaurant recommendations online too, so be sure to check those out, these are just some of our local go-to spots. Please let us know if you try a restaurant you would recommend adding to this list. If you are heading downtown Toronto to eat, the options are practically endless.
Brewpub. Great for just drinks or a meal. Sharing plates/Japanese inspired.
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Godspeed Brewery
242 Coxwell Ave
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Brewpub. Great for just drinks or a meal. Sharing plates/Japanese inspired.
Thai. We usually do delivery, but you can also do sit-down here.
Sticky Rice
1489 Gerrard St E
Thai. We usually do delivery, but you can also do sit-down here.
Italian. A little pricier but nice (casual) décor and good pizza and pasta.
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Pizzeria Via Mercanti
1501 Gerrard St E
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Italian. A little pricier but nice (casual) décor and good pizza and pasta.
Asian Fusion. Creative Asian inspired dishes and an extensive beer list.
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Lake Inez
1471 Gerrard St E
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Asian Fusion. Creative Asian inspired dishes and an extensive beer list.
Gastropub. Eclectic food offerings, shabby chic décor, popular for drinks.
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Eulalie's Corner Store
1438 Gerrard St E
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Gastropub. Eclectic food offerings, shabby chic décor, popular for drinks.
Pub, café, restaurant. Limited seating but a nice spot for a drink or meal.
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Bodega Henriette
1801 Gerrard St E
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Pub, café, restaurant. Limited seating but a nice spot for a drink or meal.
French. Small bistro & wine bar serving a globally inspired French menu.
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Sauvignon Bistro
1862 Queen St E
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French. Small bistro & wine bar serving a globally inspired French menu.
Italian. Traditional stone pizza oven (no pasta). Really cool vibe & décor.
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Queen Margherita Pizza
1402 Queen St E
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Italian. Traditional stone pizza oven (no pasta). Really cool vibe & décor.
Italian. Where we always order our pizza from. Family-run restaurant.
Casa Di Giorgio Restaurant
1646 Queen St E
Italian. Where we always order our pizza from. Family-run restaurant.
Mexican. Lively spot with two patios and great Mexican food and décor.
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Chula Taberna Mexicana
1058 Gerrard St E
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Mexican. Lively spot with two patios and great Mexican food and décor.
Sushi. Traditional sushi and sashimi offerings. Cute décor and nice service.
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GYOKO SUSHI
2143 Danforth Ave
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Sushi. Traditional sushi and sashimi offerings. Cute décor and nice service.
Pub. British pub, standard fare including wings, nachos & a full beer menu.
Firkin on Danforth
2057B Danforth Ave
Pub. British pub, standard fare including wings, nachos & a full beer menu.
Family. Informal eatery offering burgers, pasta, seafood, and more.
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Green Eggplant
2024 Queen St E
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Family. Informal eatery offering burgers, pasta, seafood, and more.
Gastropub. Craft beer, scotch & market-fresh grub in an urban pub.
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Morgans On The Danforth
1282 Danforth Ave
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Gastropub. Craft beer, scotch & market-fresh grub in an urban pub.
Italian. Bustling eatery with small plates of house made Italian comfort food.
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Gio Rana's Really Really Nice
1220 Queen St E
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Italian. Bustling eatery with small plates of house made Italian comfort food.
Vegetarian. This spot dishes up Chinese staples, all minus the meat.
Simon's Wok Vegetarian Kitchen
797 Gerrard St E
Vegetarian. This spot dishes up Chinese staples, all minus the meat.
Italian. Fresh pasta, Italian wines, racing-themed décor, date night bliss.
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Ascari Enoteca
1111 Queen St E
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Italian. Fresh pasta, Italian wines, racing-themed décor, date night bliss.
Casual Dining. Rooftop bar with terrace, panoramic views & an eclectic menu.
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The Broadview Hotel
106 Broadview Ave
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Casual Dining. Rooftop bar with terrace, panoramic views & an eclectic menu.
Greek. Lively vibe, 2-level dining room, share plates and a heated patio.
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Mezes
456 Danforth Ave
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Greek. Lively vibe, 2-level dining room, share plates and a heated patio.
Pub. Irish-inspired with a patio, upscale pub fare, lengthy scotch/beer lists.
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Allen's
143 Danforth Ave
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Pub. Irish-inspired with a patio, upscale pub fare, lengthy scotch/beer lists.
Cobblestone roads, historic buildings, many restaurant options.
The Distillery Historic District
55 Mill Street, Building #58
Cobblestone roads, historic buildings, many restaurant options.
Tourist Attractions
If you are visiting Toronto from out of town, you're probably wanting to visit some of the classic tourist attractions. There are so many options, but here are some of our classic favourites, and a few recommendations from previous guests. If you do something cool and interesting while you are here in Toronto, please feel free to let us know so we can add it to this guide for future guests to consider.
Quaint 19th century buildings that were once a whiskey distillery. Cobblestone streets, restaurants, boutiques, lots of patios and a great coffee shop.
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Distillery District
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Quaint 19th century buildings that were once a whiskey distillery. Cobblestone streets, restaurants, boutiques, lots of patios and a great coffee shop.
Historical music venue hosting an array of performances and music concerts. A very popular destination for our Airbnb guests.
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Danforth Music Hall
147 Danforth Ave
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Historical music venue hosting an array of performances and music concerts. A very popular destination for our Airbnb guests.
The CN Tower is probably what Toronto is most known for. It attracts more than two million visitors annually. Included in the Toronto City Pass option.
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CN Tower
301 Front St W
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The CN Tower is probably what Toronto is most known for. It attracts more than two million visitors annually. Included in the Toronto City Pass option.
The Eaton Center is a massive shopping mall that attracts 50 million visitors each year, more than Mall of America or Central Park in New York City.
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CF Toronto Eaton Centre
220 Yonge St
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The Eaton Center is a massive shopping mall that attracts 50 million visitors each year, more than Mall of America or Central Park in New York City.
Saturday mornings at the St. Lawrence Market is a hugely popular Toronto activity. Fruits, veggies, meats and breads as well as just poking around.
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St. Lawrence Market
93 Front St E
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Saturday mornings at the St. Lawrence Market is a hugely popular Toronto activity. Fruits, veggies, meats and breads as well as just poking around.
One of the largest art galleries in North America, the AGO also offers FREE admission every Wednesday night from 6:00-9:00pm.
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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
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One of the largest art galleries in North America, the AGO also offers FREE admission every Wednesday night from 6:00-9:00pm.
This is a cute small museum featuring shoes from all eras and functionality. This has been recommended by two of our former Airbnb guests.
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Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St W
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This is a cute small museum featuring shoes from all eras and functionality. This has been recommended by two of our former Airbnb guests.
One of the largest museums in North America, and largest in Canada the ROM has more than a million visitors / year with always changing themes.
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Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park
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One of the largest museums in North America, and largest in Canada the ROM has more than a million visitors / year with always changing themes.
A day at the beach is a great opportunity for building sandcastles, swimming, throwing a frisbee, having a picnic and playing in the sun.
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Woodbine Beach
1675 Lake Shore Blvd E
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A day at the beach is a great opportunity for building sandcastles, swimming, throwing a frisbee, having a picnic and playing in the sun.
More than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens. This is absolutely one of our family’s favourite tourist attractions in the city, regardless of age.
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
288 Bremner Blvd
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More than 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens. This is absolutely one of our family’s favourite tourist attractions in the city, regardless of age.
A beautiful old brick quarry that is now a greenspace and park with ponds, walking trails, a weekend farmer's market in summer and children's activities.
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Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave
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A beautiful old brick quarry that is now a greenspace and park with ponds, walking trails, a weekend farmer's market in summer and children's activities.
The science centre is a popular science museum for adults and kids, it also has a small kids area designed specifically for young children 8 and under.
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Ontario Science Center
770 Don Mills Rd
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The science centre is a popular science museum for adults and kids, it also has a small kids area designed specifically for young children 8 and under.
Let’s go Blue Jays! Saturdays in summer are often “Junior Jay” baseball game days, with prizes or special activities for kids.
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Blue Jays Stadium
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Let’s go Blue Jays! Saturdays in summer are often “Junior Jay” baseball game days, with prizes or special activities for kids.
High Park is a massive, lush, amazing park in the West end of Toronto, with a small zoo, a giant playground, and a public swimming pool.
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High Park
1873 Bloor St W
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High Park is a massive, lush, amazing park in the West end of Toronto, with a small zoo, a giant playground, and a public swimming pool.
Large-scale concerts and other events are held in this venue, less than 15 minutes away by Uber.
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Scotiabank Arena
40 Bay St
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Large-scale concerts and other events are held in this venue, less than 15 minutes away by Uber.
The Toronto Zoo is known for its interactive education and conservation activities. It also has a massive outdoor water park in Summer.
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Toronto Zoo
2000 Meadowvale Rd
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The Toronto Zoo is known for its interactive education and conservation activities. It also has a massive outdoor water park in Summer.