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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City this Summer

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer!

Best of Toronto #1: Tori's Bakeshop

Best of Toronto #1: Gluten-free goodies from Tori’s Bakeshop

1  Delicious, organic and gluten-free baked goods like cupcakes, cookies and donuts from Tori’s Bakeshop.

2  Finding the perfect “second skin” swimsuit from Eres.

3  Taking a leisurely stroll through The Beach.

4  Perusing made-in-Canada goods at North Standard Trading Post.

5  Live shows by music’s top acts at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore Blvd.).

6  Listening to melodic tickling of the ivories in the piano lounge at La Castile.

7  Experiencing the ultimate in relaxation at Spa My Blends by Clarins with its new melting honey pot stone massage.

8  Savouring a scoop or two of ice cream from The Big Chill (367 Manning Ave., 416-960-2455).

9  Looking right into the control booth at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

10  Viewing the crazy kicks of the Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum.

Best of Toronto #11: Urban tote bags from the Drake General Store

Best of Toronto #11: Urban tote bags from the Drake General Store

11 Whimsical tokens of Toronto like totes and tea towels from the Drake General Store.

12  A refreshing bite of sashimi salad from Kanji, which has fresh oranges, mangos, tuna, salmon and whitefish drizzled with a yuzu citrus dressing .

13  Tasting authentic Mediterranean fare in Greektown.

14  Going on a culinary world tour just by sampling the restaurants on Ossington Avenue.

15  Going up and down the spiral staircase at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

16  Admiring the beautiful stained glass windows at St. Barnabas’ Church (361 Danforth Ave.).

17  An intimate meal on the back patio of neighbourhood oasis Carens Wine and Cheese Bar.

18  Attiring yourself for the office at Theodore 1922, which stocks modern slim-cut suits and French cuff shirt.

19  Packing a picnic for an evening of The Bard at Shakespeare in High Park.

20  Super-chic white-on-white decor at the exclusive Grey Goose Lounge at Muzik.

Best of Toronto #21: Honest Ed's unmistakable signage

Best of Toronto #21: Honest Ed’s unmistakable signage

21  The ever-glowing sign at Honest Ed’s bargain emporium.

22  Tucking into Montreal-style bagels from Nu Bügel (240 Augusta Ave., 647-768-4488), baked in a 20,000-pound wood-burning oven.

23  Sipping rare bourbons and whiskies at The Comrade (758 Queen St. E., 416-778-9449).

24  Going back to the Triassic era at Canada’s Wonderland’s Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, which has over 40 life-size animatronic creatures like a Mojoceratops and an Eotyrannus.

25  Ordering cocktails with fun names like A Woman Scorned or The Doctor’s Order at Bar Isabel.

26  Uniquely flavoured truffles from Soma—like Douglas fir or bergamot.

27  Tucking away for a quiet moment in a wooden booth at The Hoxton­—while the DJ spins tunes on stage.

28  Pints of Ontario craft brews for only $5 at Wvrst.

29  Following the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her friends to see The Wizard of Oz.

30  Cabana-inspired decor at The Fifth, including striped canopies and seating.

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