Must-visit restaurants to dine at downtown during TIFF 2019

Sep 5 2019, 10:29 am

TIFF is officially on, Toronto.

And between the premieres and the star-stalking, you’re sure to work up an appetite.

Don’t waste any time deciding where to grab a bite between shows this season. These are the must-visit restaurants to hit in the downtown core during the film festival this year.

And remember: plenty of spots are offering limited-edition drink specials and extended hours over the course of the festival.

General Assembly Pizza

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Literally two minutes from TIFF Bell Lightbox, GA is a no-brainer. Head over with friends and fill the table with pies, salads and share-plates… including the eatery’s special TIFF-themed pizza, only available for a limited time. Created by Anthony Falco, the Pink Panther features shrimp, rosé sauce, mozzarella, red jalapeño, lemon, garlic, scallions, and parsley.

Address: 331 Adelaide Street West
Phone:  416-583-5571


Cactus Club Café


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A favourite in First Canadian Place, Cactus is the ideal place to meet for a snack, a meal, a drink or a sweet treat. With a wide range of options that appeal to carnivores, omnivores, herbivores and dessertivores, everyone is sure to find something to love.

Address: 77 Adelaide Street West
Phone: 647-748-2025


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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 love story, this spot’s serving up all the goods, rain or shine.

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



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Talk about Views from the 6ix. This rooftop, tucked away at The Delta, offers unparalleled sights. The CN Tower soars above while you enjoy a drink around one of the spot’s outdoor fireplaces.

Address: 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto
Phone:  416-637-5465


The Parlour

The Parlour

The cocktail list at this eatery is vast and impressive; you’re going to struggle to decide where to begin. If we can make a recommendation, we’ll suggest the Blackberry Smash, made with muddled blackberries, Hennessy, lemon, ginger, and honey syrup. Pair ’em with a pie and you’re good to go.

Address: 642 King Street West
Phone: 416-583-2642



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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. You might just see a shooting star.

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


District Eatery


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Healthy eats and refreshing drinks, this relaxed-vibe eatery offers a covered patio, a cozy indoor space, and all the bites you need to refill and refresh before you’re back to storming the pavement.

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


The Fifth & Terrace

Rooftop patios

The Fifth

Perhaps one of the most romantic patios around, this all-weather rooftop restaurant is illuminated by candlelight (and city lights) while the menu boasts oysters, steaks, and lobster risotto.

Address: 225 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-979-3005


Tequila Bookworm

Tequila Bookworm patio

Tequila Bookworm

The expansive list of craft beers and Ontario ciders are reason enough to visit this multi-level Queen West venue. The rooftop patio is kind of like the cherry on top, and it’s a sweet escape from the King West hustle and bustle.

Address: 512 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-2334


Ascari King Street

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While any of the dessert options here are sure to offer what you’re looking for, the Crostata Al Limone Con Pinoli will blow your mind. Not your average lemon tart, this baby is topped with pine nut tuile and chocolate mint, serving as a fresh end to your meal, your day, or your star-stalking excursion.

Address: 620 King Street West
Phone: 416-366-3673


Kanto Night Market


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Escape the hustle and bustle of the direct downtown core, and sneak up to Dundas and Bathurst for a different kind of vibe. The city’s last night market of the summer will be in full-swing on Friday, September 6. And at it, you can load up on all the Filipino food your tummy can handle.

Where: Market 707 – 707 Dundas Street West
When: Friday, September 6 from 6 pm until 2 am


MARBL and Mademoiselle

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MARBL, which took over the spot previously occupied by Susur Lee and Drake collab Fring’s alongside Mademoiselle, officially opened its doors at the end of last year. And now, in order to properly enjoy summer in the neighbourhood, the restaurant has launched a patio space. Don’t miss the final days to soak in this King West beauty.

Address: 455 King Street West
Phone: 416-979-2660


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