All the best Toronto patios you should visit this summer

Jun 24 2020, 9:53 am

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, Toronto.

Patios across the city are officially allowed to reopen. And they’re all calling your name.

We did the digging on which ones are back in business, or at least are very soon to be. Whether you’re seeking a waterfront brew or a spot where you can relax with a hot (or iced) cup of coffee, the options are here.

Now all you need to do is pick one.

Waterfront Patios

Waterfront patios in Toronto are somewhat scarce, which makes them all the more special.

In high demand on hot days, these patios are the places to be to soak up the sun while the lake breeze keeps you cool.

Here’s where to live large, lakeside, this summer in Toronto.

Against the Grain

 

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At Corus Quay (aka Sugar Beach), this pubby patio offers a serene escape on the waterfront. Rotating taps pouring craft brews and a menu featuring salads, brick oven pizzas, and burgers are all easy to like. Now, its reopening with 50% capacity.

Address: 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Phone: 647-344-1562

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Amsterdam Brewhouse

 

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Beers, Muskoka chairs, and a pristine view of the harbour… this lakeside brewhouse has it all. Settle in for a little R&R with a 3 Speed in hand.

Address: 245 Queens Quay, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-1020

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Cabana Pool Bar

 

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Bottle service and bikinis are the big draws at this poolside patio. This place, known to be in perpetual party mode and fuelled by top-shelf spirits and spiked slushies, officially reopens on Thursday with menu offerings from Oliver & Bonacini. It might be a little different from what you’re used to — a little less crowded, perhaps.

Address: 11 Polson Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-479-7645

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Firkin on the Bay

 

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This Firkin outpost is a gem from the chain of local public houses. Being positioned right on the water makes it a popular destination for Etobicoke patio-goers looking to soak in some sun, with a tiny Toronto skyline on the horizon.

Address: 68 Marine Parade Drive, Unit 13-17, Toronto
Phone: 647-748-8877

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Pie Bar

 

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Pizza on a patio! This pie shop offers plenty of people-watching opportunities at Harbourfront, not to mention a menu of snacks, salads, pasta, pizza, gelato, and cocktails! The spot, to start, is operating at 50% capacity.

Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Suite 155, Toronto
Phone: 647-341-7221

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Rooftop Patios

It’s high time to soak up the sunshine!

And the best views Toronto has to offer.

Serving up cold drinks alongside al fresco dining, these spots soar high above the rest. Whether the heights are offering views of the CN Tower or sights reminiscent of Brooklyn, you’re going to like what you see from up here.

These are the rooftops at the top of Toronto’s patio scene.

Baro

 

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Baro’s rooftop offers an indoor-outdoor experience reminiscent of a warm getaway. With plenty of greenery, massive screens and a view that’s like something out of a New York-based rom com, this spot’s serving up all the goods.

Address: 485 King Street West, Toronto
Phone:  416-363-8388

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Hemingway’s

 

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This Yorkville spot’s patio was — during normal times — always open until 2 am, 365 days a year. And now again, with the kitchen open into the wee hours of the night, you can count on a late night bite.

Address: 142 Cumberland Street, Toronto
Phone:  416-968-2828

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Kost

 

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At the top of the Bisha Hotel is Kost, offering a sunny, tropical-feeling escape from the bustling streets below. Slip up here for a bright bite while watching the world rush around below you. Resos are encouraged — make yours through OpenTable!

Address: 80 Blue Jays Way, Floor 44, Toronto
Phone: 437-800-5938

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Broadview Hotel

 

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The east side hotel offers sweeping views of the city from its rooftop deck. The strip-club-turned-boutique-hotel is easily one of the hottest spots in the city this summer… don’t be surprised if there’s a (physically-distanced) queue just to get up the elevator.

Address: 106 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-362-8439

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The Chase

 

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Elevated dining. Literally. This terrace sits five floors up looking west from Yonge Street and keeps cool with cocktails, chilled seafood platters, tartare, and ceviche.

Address: 10 Temperance Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-7000

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District Eatery

 

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Tucked in by all the condos in the area, this rooftop feels more like a backyard. Even still, it’s sunny (even more so due to the reflective glass condos) than you’d expect, and it serves up the typical combination of boozy drinks and health-conscious eats.

Address: 303 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-979-9799

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Gusto 101

 

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With a retractable roof, this patio is in business rain or shine. On the menu, Italian standards like pizzas and pasta plus three magic words: vino on tap.

Address: 101 Portland Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-9669

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KasaMoto

 

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Sushi and starlight! Head to this terrace in the heart of Yorkville to sip cocktails alongside dishes like Wagyu fried rice and soft shell crab maki.

Address: 115 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-7000

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Murphy’s Law

 

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This pub and kitchen in The Beach(es) offers an excellent view of Toronto’s east end alongside two dozen craft beers on tap and an all-pleasing selection like wings, nachos, and yes, even avocado toast.

Address: 1702 Queen Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-690-5516

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Pauper’s Pub

 

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Negronis on tap, sangria, a rooftop patio… We think it’s fair to assume you’ll fall in love with this Bloor Street pub.

Address: 539 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-530-1331

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The Pilot

 

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Climb on up to the flight deck to enjoy this rooftop in Yorkville. The retractable awning makes it practically all-weather, so here, patio season extends to December. Resos are available on OpenTable!

Address: 22 Cumberland Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-923-5716

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Brewpub Patios

Toronto’s brewpub patios are the ultimate summer retreat.

While a few of these sun-soaked spots are still closed up for now, most have hinted that news on reopening will come through Instagram.

Keep an eye on their posts to learn the latest.

Granite Brewery

 

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This midtown tied house is home to crisp summer ales and a shady patio that are perfect during a heat wave. This spot’s open as of Friday, people!!

Address: 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto
Phone: 416-322-0723

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Liberty Commons

 

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The Liberty Village brewpub does brunch, lunch, and dinner paired with the house Big Rock beers al fresco and in full view of the brewing operations. They’re back, with safety measures implemented.

Address: 42 Liberty Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-304-9403

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Belgian Moon Mobile Brewery

 

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Toronto’s giant shipping container market stackt opened last spring, and it brought Toronto a first-of-its-kind mobile brewery. The Belgian Moon spot has a sprawling patio, perfect for lounging on a hot summer’s day. The market will be sharing a “big announcement” on Instagram this week, and our fingers are crossed it revolves around outdoor drinks.

Address: 28 Bathurst Street (at Front Street)

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Bandit Brewery

 

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In Toronto’s west end this brewpub boasts a sprawling patio where trees are planted in between the tables. On tap, you’ll find a rotating selection of house specialties. Keep an eye on their Insta for announcements on their reopening.

Address: 2121 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-348-1002

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Bellwoods Brewery

 

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One of the hottest places to be on a summer day in Toronto, seats are always in high demand on the picket-fence-fronted patio on Ossington at this local brewery. The spot’s patio will remain closed for now, but they’ve said they’ll share an update on Instagram when that changes. Watch this space.

Address: 124 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-535-4586

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Blood Brothers

 

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Tucked away on Geary Avenue, Blood Brothers is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of your regular route. Watch their Instagram for updates on when you can stop in for a few and listen to the train pass by, only a couple hundred feet away.

Address: 165 Geary Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 647-628-6062

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Burdock

 

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Follow along here to learn when you can escape to this brewpub that also boasts a pretty sweet boulevard patio. Here you can kick back with a pint and a Ploughman’s Platter while the busy Bloor Street traffic passes by.

Address: 1184 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-546-4033

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Patios for Brunch

Toronto loves brunch and patios in seemingly equal proportions.

If there were ever a worthy reason to get out bed on a weekend, sunny eggs with a side of sunshine might just be it.

These are the best Toronto patios where you can double down on your indulgences while the warm weather is upon us.

School

 

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The schoolyard at this popular Liberty Village destination gets an A+ for serving brunch all week long. On the menu, find cheesecake waffles and cheesy bacon French toast that are top of their class. Reservations can be made online!

Address: 70 Fraser Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-0005

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Sofia

 

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Open for dinner, lunch, and on Sundays, brunch, Sofia is back to serving in Yorkville! To be sure you’ll get a seat at this secret-garden like patio, book your reso in advance on OpenTable.

Address: 99 Yorkville Avenue
Phone: 416-479-8974

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Chadwick’s

 

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Start with sticky buns and caesars before moving on to build-your-own-bennies on the sunny backyard patio at this craft kitchen on Dupont.

Address: 268 Howland Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-944-1606

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Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill

 

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At long last, you can once again start your day with drinks on this Front Street patio. Throw on your sunhat and head downtown.

Address: 33 Yonge Street
Phone: 647-260-2070

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Figo

 

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Brunch it up downstairs from your King West condo. Paying sky-high rent for just a sliver of space deserves to be rewarded with occasional pancetta-topped breakfast pizza, no? Resos can be made online.

Address: 295 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone: 647-503-4074

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Biff’s Bistro

 

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We know you’ve missed brunch at Biff’s. The patio is back in business from dinner service on June 25, and you can anticipate eggs come the weekend.

Address: 4 Front Street East
Phone: 416-860-0086

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The Rec Room Roundhouse Park

 

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Just steps away from the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, this spacious patio offers unobstructed views of the city and outdoor games like ping pong and corn hole. Brunch is on every weekend from 11 am to 3 pm!

Address: 255 Bremner Boulevard
Phone: 416-815-0086

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Maple Leaf Tavern

 

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Corned beef hash, hash brown BLTs, buttermilk waffle, and roasted mushrooms with fried eggs on toast are among the standouts on the brunch menu at this polished restaurant on Gerrard.

Address: 955 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Phone: 416-415-0955

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The Green Wood

 

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The Green Wood West is launching their patio finally, for the first time, over the weekend of June 27 and 28. And in the east end, the Leslieville Green Wood location will be reopening on July 1, with a full new menu to boot!  Capacity will be at 50%, and seats will be spaced out accordingly.

Address: 1402 Queen Street East
Phone: 416-778-4343

Address: 461 King Street West
Phone: 416-365-5314

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Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

 

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Home to legendary blueberry buttermilk pancakes and a sweet slice of patio, this Liberty Village brunch spot is the place to be on the weekends… or during the week when they serve another beloved meal mash-up known as b’lunch.

Address: 85 Hanna Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416-588-5695

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Maison Selby

 

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This Oliver & Bonacini spot is the ideal replacement for your postponed trip to Paris. Sigh. But seriously, don’t miss the brunch menu featuring avocado toast, Eggs Hemingway, and mimosas.

Address: 592 Sherbourne Street
Phone: 647-943-1676

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Petty Cash

 

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Petty Cash has an unreal brunch menu, perfect for tucking into on the Portland Street patio. Opt for fresh fare like the Petty Parfait, made with cantaloupe puree, greek yogurt, dragon fruit, chocolate, and pistachio, made for enjoying under the sun. Or, go heartier with Hot Cakes and Cream or an indulgent Breakfast Sandwich, featuring a honey garlic sausage patty.

Address: 487 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Phone:  647-748-2274

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Her Father’s Cider

 

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Crisp morning air and crisp cider are a good pair, no? At brunch time, the seasonal menu features savoury grain bowls, duck confit Belgian waffles, and breakfast sandwiches.

Address: 119 Harbord Street, Toronto
Phone: 647-347-7747

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Northern Maverick Brewing Co.

 

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Umbrellas keep this sprawling front patio on Bathurst Street shaded so you can enjoy a beer-fueled brunch featuring smoothie bowls, steak and eggs, vegan banana pancakes, and more.

Address: 115 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Phone:  416-540-4030

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Cafe Patios

Get your caffeine fix and a dose of vitamin D at these cafe patios, where cold brew in the sunshine and lattes in the shade are the orders of the day.

Whether you’re simply enjoying your java in silence, catching up with friends, or tapping away at your laptop with the unusual luxury of outdoor wifi, these are the best cafes with patios in Toronto.

Fika

 

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Artsy and cozy, this Swedish-inspired coffee shop in Kensington Market is in a converted old house that allows for outdoor latte sipping on front and back gardens.

Address: 28 Kensington Avenue, Toronto

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Dundas & Carlaw

 

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Don’t hesitate to stop by this spacious, east end patio for a coffee or a Caesar or both. They’re officially open for business… again!

Address: 1173 Dundas Street East, Toronto
Phone: 647-639-7281

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Good Neighbour Espresso Bar

 

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The patio at this High Park-area cafe will lure you in for hours with its menu of Instagram-worthy latte art and serene patio seating.

Address: 238 Annette Street, Toronto

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Beer Gardens

Sometimes you just need to enjoy a tall boy in an environment that’s meant for exactly that.

These are the places to hit when beer is the priority, but phenomenal food is an add-on that you don’t want to miss.

North of Brooklyn

 

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This Rogers Road beer garden is back open for business! Are you ready to stuff your pie-hole with… well… pie?

Address: 511 Rogers Road
Phone: 647-358-4800

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Mascot Brewery Brew Bar and Beer Garden

 

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Mascot has officially announced that their beloved patio — famed among the King West crowd — will reopen with food and drinks on July 2. Get ready.

Address: 220 King Street West

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Steam Whistle Biergärten

 

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The biergarten at Steam Whistle is back, and it’s bigger! Now expanded into the outdoor space at 255 Bremner, this is the spot to go if you want to sip a pilsner under the CN Tower.

Address: Steam Whistle Roadhouse – 255 Bremner Boulevard

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Dinner Patios

As the sun sets on the city, we understand you want to enjoy it while feasting on some of the best food the area has to offer. These joints are not to be missed when it comes to combining fine dining with a gorgeous view of golden hour.

Akira Back

 

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Nestled on the Bisha Hotel’s second floor is Akira Back. Offering a fun, modern fine dining experience, the Michelin Star chef is serving up mouthwatering meals under the glow of golden lamps on the city’s summery evenings. Don’t miss out.

Address: 80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto
Phone: 437-800-5967

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St. Louis Bar & Grill

 

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Tasty patio drinks from this chain of joints include Cider Sangria, its famous Caesar and lots of thirst-quenching microbrews, and mocktails to choose from. Sip those alongside the spot’s famous ribs and wings plus salads, steaks, and more.

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BlueBlood Steakhouse

 

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This Casa Loma steakhouse is back to serving indulgent meals at the base of the city’s monstrous castle. Reservations can be made online here.

Address: 1 Austin Terrace (Casa Loma)
Phone: 416-353-4647

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The Terrace at Casa Loma

 

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This summer, the gardens at Casa Loma will be turned into an outdoor dining experience.
Guest will get to enjoy views of the city skyline, the majestic castle and its beautiful estate gardens, all while while dining in the fresh air. The experience will begin on June 25 with reservation info to hit the website soon. Complimentary admission to the gardens will be included.

Address: 1 Austin Terrace (Casa Loma)
Phone: 416-353-4647

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Cibo Wine Bar

 

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All of Cibo’s locations are open for patio-based business. Make your reservations online to secure your chance to finally enjoy pasta, wine, and cocktails under the city sky.

Address: 522 King Street West
Phone: 416-504-3939

Address: 133 Yorkville Avenue
Phone: 416-925-2143

Address: 2472 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-925-0016

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Parcheggio

 

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The ideal meal to close a summer day is, without a doubt, a hefty bowl of fresh pasta paired with a negroni under the setting city sun. This spot’s serving it up.

Address: 2901 Bayview Avenue, #300
Phone: 647-943-6780

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