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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City This November and December

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer! Check out our latest favourites below, and don’t forget that many of our previous picks remain applicable throughout the fall.

Best of Toronto #1: Ripley's Aquarium of Canada.

Best of Toronto #1: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

1  Visiting with exotic aquatic species like pufferfish and stingrays at the Ripley’s Aquarium.

2  Connecting with Canada’s culinary heritage at Canoe with mains like Alberta lamb.

3  Flaky Portuguese custard tarts from Churrasco in the St. Lawrence Market.

4  Whimsically artistic ceramic sculptures at the Gardiner Museum.

5  Hungrily traversing six Toronto neighbourhoods while on the Foodies on Foot 501 Streetcar Food Tour.

6  A chilly but scenic stroll down the boardwalk at The Beach.

7  Singing along with Elmo and friends in Sesame Street Live.

8  Manhattan seafood chowder served with fresh lobster at Smoked & Cracked.

9  A retrospective of the films of Canadian director David Cronenberg in a new exhibit at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

10  Expert photography and camera advice at Henry’s.

Best of Toronto #11: New works by Tim Pitsiulak at Feheley Fine Arts

Best of Toronto #11: New works by Tim Pitsiulak, including Uutuit (Sunbathing Walrus, at Feheley Fine Arts

11  Captivating new works by Cape Dorset artist Tim Pitsiulak featured in a showcase at Feheley Fine Arts.

12  Beautiful handmade paper from The Paper Place to wrap up your presents.

13  A one-stop art experience at 401 Richmond Street West, which is home to over 140 artists.

14  Chowing on Southwestern-inspired fare at The Wren.

15  Watching two bickering co-workers secretly fall in love in Parfumerie.

16  Getting into the holiday spirit with concerts by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

17  Indulgent pub fare like the pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich at Prohibition Gastrohouse .

18  Framed antique muskets and swords at the Thompson Hotel’s 1812 Lounge, which is located across from the final resting spot of soldiers from the War of 1812.

19  Navigating the underground PATH system during morning rush hour as workers scurry to and from their offices.

20  Hearty breakfast options at Lady Marmalade­—like the a.m. poutine.

Best of Toronto #21: the Spa at the Four Seasons

Best of Toronto #21: the Spa at the Four Seasons

21  Taking a pre-treatment dip in the relaxation pool at the Spa at the Four Seasons.

22  Japanese comfort food—a steaming bowl of ramen noodles, natch—at Kinton Ramen.

23  Fall-off-the-bone beef and pork ribs at Parkdale joint Electric Mud BBQ.

24  The lit palm tree sign that marks the spot for live concert venue El Mocambo.

25  Signature treats like crack pie and compost cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar.

26  The opulent staging of The Nutcracker by the National Ballet of Canada.

27  Gigantic butter sculptures and vegetable contests at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

28  Bold and retro decor like curved red walls and bubble chairs at Andy Poolhall.

29  Twinkling lights from the city’s official holiday tree at Nathan Phillips Square.

30  Snuggling up for storytime at children’s bookstore Mabel’s Fables.

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