Restaurants and Local Interest

Toronto is well known for its international flavor. Restaurant recommendations from the locals are listed at the top of this page. Please see the bottom of the page for local attractions.

Restaurant Recommendations


  • Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot – All You Can Eat hot pot dining, great for groups.
  • Asian Legend – Northern chinese cuisine, great quality and variety.
  • GB Hand-Pulled Noodles – Like the name says, you can watch them make the noodles that they serve you.
  • Sansotei Ramen – High-quality ramen joint. Try the black tonkotsu bowl!
  • Swatow – Mainstay Cantonese restaurant, open super late!
  • Rol San – The area’s most popular dim sum restaurant.
  • Rolltation – Customizable sushi burritos and poke bowls
  • Mihito Sushi Laboratory – More customizable sushi and poke bowls!
  • Omai – Higher- end Japanese hand rolls and other dishes.
  • KAKA Izakaya – All You Can Eat sushi, with good quality and great selection.
  • Pho Hung – Tried and true Vietnamese food (excellent pho & vermicelli)
  • Banh Mi Ba Le – Excellent Vietnames sandwiches, quick and cheap and tasty.
  • Bangkok Garden – Authentic Thai restaurant that’s been around forever.


  • Bannock – Canadian comfort food (much more affordable than others on this list)
  • Canis – Very cool examples of Canadiana in tasty dishes.
  • Osgoode Hall Restaurant – Eat where the law school professors eat!
  • Edulis – Cross-country ingredients and cuisine, pricey but worth it. Need to get reservations early!
  • Woodlot – Canadian comfort food made from local ingredients.
  • Canoe – Top floor of TD towers, also pricey but great for treating somebody special.
  • Richmond Station – A bit pricey too, but totally worth it. Get the tasting menu, if you can.


Latin American

Casual Eats

  • Big Trouble Pizza – Tasty pizza, with some unusual flavour options.
  • Bacon Nation – Everything on the menu has bacon in it!
  • Hemispheres – The restaurant in the Metropolitan Hotel. Good if you need a convenient breakfast before attending your sessions.




  • Alo – Incredibly cool and innovative cuisine. Might be impossible to get a reservation though.
  • Aloette – Alo’s more casual cousin, first-come first-served diner-style sharing plates. Come when they open at 5pm if you want to snag a spot.
  • Lai Wah Heen – Probably the most upscale Chinese restaurants in Toronto, located on the top floor of the Metropolitan Hotel.
  • The Elm Tree Restaurant – Slightly fancy Mediterranean food, if you don’t mind dressing up a bit. Not as pricey as the others


  • Wafels and More – Belgian waffle bar in Kensington Market
  • Little Pebbles – Artisanal Japanese baked goods, coffee & tea.
  • Light Cafe – Cool Asian coffee & dessert (try the cotton candy latte)
  • Sweet O’Clock – Bubble tea and asian dessert bowls.
  • Crimson Teas – Takes you on a deep dive into Chinese tea drinking.
  • Jimmy’s Coffee – Good coffee in Kensington Market
  • Tim Horton’s – A Canadian institution for coffee and donuts. The main reason for going there is so you can tell other Canadians that you’ve tried it.



In addition to local attractions, the Niagara region, which is home to Niagara Falls as well as a numerous wineries, is about 65 km from Toronto. The easiest way to visit the region is by car  (1.5 hours each way from downtown Toronto), but you can also take regional transit (2 hours each way from Union Station) or look into a guided winery tour from Toronto.