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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City This September

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.

Best of Toronto #1: The Gabardine (photo: Paula Wilson)

Best of Toronto #1: The Gabardine (photo: Paula Wilson)

1  Exquisite comfort fare served on charming mismatched floral plates at The Gabardine.

2  Gourmet Roman-style pizzas from Buca.

3  A photographic chronology of the tribulations of North America’s Indigenous peoples at the Ryerson Image Centre, starting September
18.

4  A sea of red and white rooting for the Toronto FC at BMO Field—even if the team’s chances of winning are sometimes rather slim.

5  Picking up the freshest fall produce at Evergreen Brick Works‘s Saturday morning farmers’ market.

6  Sampling craft brews during at establishments like Bar Volo and Beer Bistro.

7  Inspiring photos from around the world at the Lomography Gallery Store’s LomoWall.

8  Catching a live concert at famed (and very intimate) venue The Rivoli.

9  Spying Top Chef Canada season two winner Carl Heinrich in the kitchen at his Richmond Station restaurant.

10  Spotting the stars anywhere and everywhere during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Best of Toronto #11: Jazz Bistro

Best of Toronto #11: Jazz Bistro (photo: Kris King)

11  The red Steinway that holds court at Jazz Bistro.

12  Touring the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, the last operating double-decker venue of its kind in the world.

13  The perfect threesome at the Spa at the Four Seasons—you can have two therapists work on you simultaneously at the head-to-toe retreat.

14  Partaking in an elegant afternoon or twilight tea service at the Windsor Arms Hotel.

15  Having a drink on the Harbord Room‘s secluded back patio. But get there early; it’s a local-favourite sipping spot.

16  Luxurious wingtips and loafers from top European brands at Leatherfoot.

17  Baja tacos or oyster sliders at The Happy Hooker.

18  Cheery yellow beach umbrellas and Muskoka chairs marking HTO Park, the urban beach along Queens Quay West.

19  A photo op of the striking Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum.

20  “Industrial vintage” wares from Love the Design.

Best of Toronto #21: Sake at Ki Modern Japanese + Bar (photo: Alan Luck)

Best of Toronto #21: Sake at Ki Modern Japanese + Bar (photo: Alan Luck)

21  Discovering warm and cold varieties of Japan’s national beverage, sake, at Ki Modern Japanese + Bar.

22  Italian-style tapas like bacon-wrapped beef carpaccio at Lisa Marie.

23  Being fitted for a made-to-measure suit at Perry’s.

24  Visiting the Toronto Islands to check out the oldest stone building in the area, the circa-1808 Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.

25  Organic, vegan and gluten-free croissants, cakes, pies and danishes at Kensington Natural Bakery (460 Bloor St. W., 416-534-1294).

26  The fragrant scent of fresh blooms from Pink Twig.

27  Savoury and sweet scones like herb and cheddar or lemon ginger from Ezra’s Pound.

28  A nostalgic nod to childhood with cookies and milk at Moo Milk Bar.

29  The artfully tagged buildings of Queen West‘s Graffiti Alley—just south of Queen Street, between Spadina Avenue and Portland Street.

30  Old Hollywood glamour and  stunning skyline view—plus classic cocktails—at the Roof Lounge.

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