Laptop Centre isn't in the most picturesque part of town. But, if you've managed to smash your IBM ThinkPad or discovered your MacBook's keyboard is dead, aesthetics is probably low on your list of concerns.
Opened in late 2009 by three veterans of the Toronto bar and nightlife scene, Francesca Zielinski, Julian Reyes and Duarte Carr, Blondie's has quickly made a name for itself, in large part to doing two very different things very well.
During the day, Blondie's joins the ranks of area coffeehouse counterparts Salvador Darling turning out perfectly timed espresso-based beverages in the front of the bar's space.
As the nine to five day ends, the space comes alive to the sounds of a rotating selection of DJs and party nights, often quickly packing people onto the intimate leather couches under the glow of antler chandeliers.
The secret has been out for a while now. That's why there is usually a lineup out the door.
It isn't just Leslieville locals racing to get their morning pick-me-up anymore, the rest of Toronto has caught on.
Mitzi's on College serves up weekend brunches yummy enough to keep hungry hipsters waiting 30 minutes for a table.
Its comfy living room appeal is the perfect complement to delectably firm poached eggs with a drizzly centre, bathed in a cheesy sauce and paired with fresh multigrain toast, fruit and fried potatoes.
Utter the name 'Ossington' these days, and you likely think trendy, hip and maybe a little daunting. Now that the hype has faded significantly, Pizzeria Libretto, which promises 'real Neapolitan pizza,' has come out a clear winner.
It doesn't look like much from the outside, but like the food they serve, Kensington Market's Jumbo Empanadas packs a punch. The Chilean delicacy (a large, meal-sized, baked pastry filled with all kinds of goodies, such as egg, beef, cheese, onion, olives and raisins) comes with delicious, spicy salsa for dipping at an affordable price.
Courage My Love is a perennial favourite with hipsters, costume hunters, and regular folk alike. Featuring fashions for both men and women, the shop is known for carrying formal wear from top hats to old Hollywood gowns, as well as an abundance of accessories.
Not long ago, the city created an off-leash area in the Village ravine known as Cedarvale Park. It looks like a sheep pen, constructed of raw-looking wood that gives the whole ravine a charming farm vibe. The area for play is ample, allow dogs plenty of room to run while their owners converse on the outskirts.
Queen West's Black Dog Video offers area film buffs and novices alike a great selection of celluloid treasures -- well, digital video to be accurate -- including almost the entire Criterion Collection, as well as an impressive offering of foreign films. The roughly 9,000 available titles also include many works not available at Black Dog's larger chain competitors.
Our hot guide to the area’s coolest people and places. We’ve got Bayview rocker Alan Frew’s must-see concert picks, three fabulous food festivals, outstanding outdoor theatre, 10 righteous rooftop patios — and a list of the city’s top thrill rides.