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Favourite spots in Toronto to eat at, shop and go to for essential services

Last Update: September 26th 2013

 

GROCERIES

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Organic groceries: They’re ranked from biggest to largest, but depending on what you want to buy, some stores may be cheaper than others.

Fancy groceries:

Japanese: Sanko Trading Butcher: Sanagan’s Meat Locker SpicesThe Spice Trader AlcoholLCBO @ Summerhill Coffee: The Green Beanery Tea: David’s Tea

RESTAURANTS

Photograph-Ramen-Food-Noodles-Eating-Restaurant My favourite restaurants with what to order: Brunch: The Senator – Blueberry pancakes are killer here Cafe:

Sushi – Traditional:

  • Japango – Any kind of sashimi dish and the omakase (you have to order ahead of time)
  • Asuka Japanese Restaurant – Any kind of sashimi dish (sashimi don, for example)

Sushi – Avant garde:

  • Yuzu no Hana – Any kind of sashimi dish, and the sake cheesecake is really good.
  • ND Sushi and Grill – Any kind of sashimi dish, and the omakase is not bad

Mexican: Chipotle – Chicken Burrito w/ Guacamole Thai: Khmer Thai – Tom Yum Goong soup, and the Spring Rolls Italian:

Japanese Ramen:

Vietnamese Pho: Pho Linh – Their beef phos are excellent; choose any of them Chinese Food: Lee Garden – Deep fried oysters are killer here Vegetarian / Vegan:

BAKERIES

Photograph-Food-Lemon-Tart-Dessert-Eat-3-Macarons Sweet & Savoury Pastries: Nadege (only on weekends) – Macarons only good on weekends

Cupcakes:

  • Bite Me Bakery — Bite-sized cupcakes for $1.50 each (Tax included)
  • Dlish Cupcakes — Full-sized cupcakes at $3.00 (plus tax) each; quite yummy

SHOPPING

Photograph-Shopping-Clothes-Closet-Wardrobe-5 NOTE: Sign up for the Toronto Live Green Card, at the retailers listed, you can get discounts. Organic / Eco-Friendly Items: Grassroots (10% off with the Live Green Card) Higher-End / Independent Clothing:

General Clothing Shops:

Canadian Designer-Centric Shops:

Consignment:

Thrift:

Vintage

Maternity: Rhonda Maternity Canada Goose Jackets (Largest Selection): Sporting Life Jewellery and Bags:

Hats & Fascinators: Liliput Kitschy Gift Shop: Blue Banana Market Stationery:

Office & Art Supplies: Midoco Art and Office Supplies Bamboo Stuff of all kinds: Plaiter Place Shoes:

High-End, Good, Not-Cheap-Crap, Kitchenware:

Sewing Supplies (Zippers, Buttons, etc) and Leather: Leather and Sewing Depot

BEAUTY

Photograph-Travel-Asia-Flower-Zen-Life-Pond-Lotus-Glistening-on-the-Water Natural Nail Spa (Pedicures / Manicures): Alma Spa (Eglinton/Yonge) Regular Nail Spa: NailSense Natural Spa for Facials and natural products: Pure and Simple (Yorkville, King Street, Eglinton/Yonge) Natural products in general:

Beauty products (not necessarily natural):

SPORTS

Bicycle Shop: Curbside Cycle

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Doctors: Patient Networks Dentists: Concourse Dental Centre Optometrists: Eaton’s Center Drs. Chung & Tse Dry cleaning: The Golden Hanger Shoe / Boot / Bag Repair: Sole Survivor Hairdresser:

Massage: Sage Health

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