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Under $100: Toronto, Canada

by Emeri Callahan

Dec 25, 2018
Under $100 / North America

Toronto may be the most underrated city in North America. The narrative of the city — the fusion of cultures, folks from different backgrounds working together in harmony, an endless stream of languages spoken by locals — has quietly redefined what it means to be a cosmopolitan city. Celeb-speckled eateries, underground whiskey bars, eclectic street festivals, you name it, Toronto has got it threefold.

 

A must-see while visiting Toronto is Kensington Market, a bohemian neighborhood where nearly every suburban Victorian home was converted into a specialty food shop, vintage clothing boutique, hemp café or avant-garde art space. If you’re looking for a quick bite head to NU Bügel.

 

If it’s a beautiful day, hop on a quick, 13-minute ferry ride to Toronto Island. Picnic by a 200-year-old lighthouse, rent a canoe at the idyllic Boat House or take a SUP class in the lagoon. There’s even a clothing-optional beach if you’re really feeling frisky.

 

When you’re in the mood for an afternoon snack, stop by the artisanal jam shop, Kitten and the Bear, for a darling tea service complete with a tasting of seasonal preserves, clotted cream and a warm buttermilk scone for $17.50 per person.

 

Now it’s time to begin the night. Known for wild cocktails and a Michelin-like rewiring of flavor, BarChef gives justification for using the words cocktails and gastronomy in the same sentence. The dimly lit, intimate interior will make you feel as though you’ve entered the personal cocktail workshop of a magician and his brethren. Make sure to order at least one cocktail from the Modernist section of the menu.

 

After a night out, do as the locals do and partake in the tradition of indulging in a cheese- and gravy-smothered bucket of fries at Poutini’s House of Poutini. They even have a vegan option on the menu.

 

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