Wander around any of Toronto’s neighbourhoods and you are bound to come across a fantastic selection of places to grab a bite. Whether you’re in Little Italy, the Entertainment District or Yorkville, you will find somewhere to suit your tastes and budget. A couple of our favourite places to eat out in Toronto are Chinatown and Kensington Market.
If you’re trying to stick to your budget, you’ll find that it really doesn’t have to be overly expensive to eat out in Toronto. For something quick and easy (and tasty), take advantage of the deals on offer at Pizza Pizza outlets all over the city.
For something a bit more substantial, check out some of the numerous eateries in neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Kensington Market. In these areas all kinds of restaurants offer tasty, affordable food. Sneaky Dee’s on College Street in Kensington Market serves up particularly good deals on Mexican food, all-day breakfasts and more.
To enjoy one of Toronto’s coolest culinary experiences, make your way to the St. Lawrence Market where you’ll find stall after stall offering a mouth-watering array of tasty treats. One of our favourite things to snack on here is a peameal bacon sandwich. Try one and you’ll soon see why they’re so popular – delicious!
334 Queen Street West, Entertainment District, Toronto, Canada
As well as being a popular bar and live music venue, Rivoli is also a great place to eat. The patio outside is often packed with chattering locals, while the interior has a more intimate atmosphere thanks to the liberal usage of mood lighting. The reasonably priced menu is incredibly varied and features everything from burgers to pad thai to mac and cheese.
Open daily 11.30am-2am.
35 Front Street East, St. Lawrence Market/Old Town, Toronto, Canada
This is one of the most popular food stands inside the St. Lawrence Market, with crowds of people lining up to get their hands on one of Carousel’s famous peameal bacon sandwiches, a perennial Toronto favourite. A soft white bap is filled with a generous portion of cured pork loin that’s been rolled in cornmeal, and it’s best served with a liberal dousing of one of the many mustards on offer. Once you’ve tasted one of these mouth-watering sandwiches, you won’t want to get your lunch anywhere else.
Open Tues-Thurs 8am-6pm, Fri 8am-7pm, Sat-Sun 5am-5pm, closed Mondays.
71 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Canada
One of the best Indian eateries in the city offering an excellent lunchtime all-you-can-eat buffet for $9.95. And, with twenty-five items on the menu, it’s guaranteed to keep you going for the day. Also has special meals on traditional Hindu festivals.
356 College Street, Toronto, Canada
Typical Price: $10 - $20
Right in the heart of Little Italy, Ecco La is one of the most popular restaurants among the multitude that litter the area. With a wood-burning oven as the centerpiece of the restaurant, this is Italian food at its very best.
320 College Street, Toronto, Canada
Typical Price: $7 - $15
With excellent music, a reasonably priced menu and a Sunday brunch buffet which is renowned all over the city, Free Times Café is a student and backpacker haven definitely worth checking out.
16 Church Street, Toronto, Canada
Typical Price: $6 -$10
A traditional French restaurant specialising in crepes, Le Papillion will introduce you to varieties of the French speciality that you would probably never have imagined possible. Also open for dinner where meat, salad and vegetables are added to transform the pancakes into a satisfying meal at a reasonable price.
536 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Canada
Typical Price: $8 - $18
The best Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, Sang Ho’s menu boasts over one hundred dishes served in a quirky dining room laden with aquariums. While service is quick, there’s always a queue and they don’t take reservations so it’s usually better to go during the week.
429 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada
Typical Price: $8 - $20
A bright and colourful restaurant serving an excellent selection of ever-popular Tex Mex specialties. Big portions at budget prices. Also renowned for having the best frozen margaritas in the city.
9 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, Canada
Typical Price: $13 - $19
If you’re a fan of seafood, then you won’t find much better than Rodney’s. Located in a basement cluttered with aquariums and fishing nets, this is an extremely popular restaurant serving the best oysters in Toronto. As well as the oysters, the lobster and salmon also come highly recommended.
431 College Street, Kensington Market, Toronto, Canada
If you’re looking for big portions of cheap, tasty food served up in a hip and laid-back atmosphere, Sneaky Dee’s is the place to go. Both bar and restaurant, it’s been on to go for over 20 years and is popular with a good mix of students, locals and visitors. Some of the top picks on the mostly Mexican-themed menu include nachos, fajitas and burritos, along with all-day breakfasts and lots more. As you eat, have a look around and try to decipher all the scribbles on the walls.
Open Mon-Fri 11am-late, Sat-Sun 9am-late.
191 King Street East, St. Lawrence Market/Old Town, Toronto, Canada
A funky café with a really friendly vibe, Le Petit Déjeuner is a top choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as brunch at the weekend. The menu here is filled with tasty, affordable dishes including waffles, salads, stew, quiche and more. Breakfast is available until 3pm, so it’s a great spot to go the morning after a big night out.
Open Mon 8am-4.30pm, Tues-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 9am-3pm & 6pm-10pm, Sun 10am-3pm.
18 Yorkville Avenue, Yorkville, Toronto, Canada
One of the more reasonably priced eateries in the trendy Yorkville neighbourhood, this comfy little crêperie has quite a European feel and serves up a great variety of sweet and savoury crêpes. When you walk in the staff will greet you in French, but don’t worry if you don’t understand as they all speak English too.
Open Mon-Sat 10.30am-6.30pm, Sun 10.30am-6pm.