If you just happen to be at the right café when an A-lister is getting lattéed, well, it’s not like you could help snapping a little picture. We spoke with Ryan Porter, celebrity columnist for MSN.ca, for his pick of places worth loitering near. “The Yorkville neighbourhood is the big one for star sightings,” Porter says. “A lot of the edgier and younger celebs will be hanging out in the West Queen West part of the city. It’s more indie, less pretentious.”
Sassafraz “The Ivy of Toronto. Stars like Monica Belluci go here to be photographed on the patio.”
Kidding Awound “This toy store has been getting more and more celebrity traffic. There’s always something fresh, so stars like Pierce Brosnan stop in to pick up treats for the kids.”
Over the Rainbow “They have all the denim, so trendsetters and fashionistas like Hilary Duff and Helena Bonham Carter come here.”
Trattoria Sotto Sotto “This is the big celeb dining spot. And if you hang out in the alley, you might see stars popping out for a smoke. Last year, Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and Sean Penn were all here [and all smoking] on the same night.”
Lobby “This club is the posh spot and sees some wild partying.”
Second Cup (beneath the Park Hyatt, 4 Avenue Rd.) and Starbucks (behind the Four Seasons, 21 Avenue Rd.) “No matter how rich and famous you are, you still need your coffee.”
Brant House (522 King St. W., 416-703-2800) “Last year, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey got up on stage together for a croon-off.”
The Drake Hotel “This is a hot spot for the younger crowd, like Shawn Ashmore [X-Men] and his girlfriend Michelle Trachtenberg [Ice Princess].”
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