City Guide:
Toronto + Montreal

illustrated by Jacquelyn Arielle Klein

While compiling Issue 2, a frequent sense of wanderlust—combined with a sudden urge to pack our bags for a week (or longer) in Canada—was not uncommon. Luckily, thanks to the suggestions of our in-the-know contributors and subjects, once we finally do find ourselves roaming the streets of Toronto or Montreal, this insightful guide to the best boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and day trips in both cities will point us in the right direction. See you there. 

 
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Art Metropole

You’ll find zines of all types—you could easily get lost. -Danielle Lim

1490 Dundas Street West

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Rooster Coffee Shop 

It’s super cute and feels like home, with dark wood and the kind of people behind the cash register who recognize people. -Bea Helman

479 Broadview Avenue

 
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Hanlan’s Point on Toronto Island Beach

The best summer day possible in Toronto: take the ferry to the Island with your bike and head to Hanlan's Point. It’s an amazing, clothing-optional beach on Lake Ontario that faces away from the city. You really feel like you’re far away from [the city]! -Susannah van der Zaag

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Easy Tiger 

A shop with neat, unique finds, that’s committed to where they source [their wares]. -Danielle Lim

1447 Dundas St West

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86'd Mondays

Every week I host the city's biggest industry party at the Drake Hotel. Some nights there will be a fried chicken battle, other nights, a White Russian competition with chefs as the bartenders. Anthony Bourdain has been known to drop by, and Christina Tos [of Momofuku Milk Bar] i has served her famous Crack Pie to go with those aforementioned White Russians. There are regularly lineups down the block. -Ivy Knight

1150 Queen St W


 
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Galerie de Bellefeuille

Prepare to be personally guided through their three outstanding art galleries in Montreal, each with their own atmosphere.
-Darlene Cole

1366 and 1367 Greene Avenue

1455 rue Sherbrooke

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Toqué! 

This is the prime spot where Montrealers splurge on modern Québécois cuisine. 

3842 Rue St.-Denis

 

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Biodôme

A soaring white dome that’s home to replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas, including 4500 animals from around 220 different species.

4777 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave

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Madison Boulud at the Ritz-Carlton

During the summer, the Oriental Cosmopolitan (with a real, frozen orchid) in the open-air garden brings me to another place. -Darlene Cole

1228 Sherbrooke Street West

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Petit Musée

Prepare to stumble upon rare, museum-worthy pieces displayed across four levels of a 19th-century building. 

1494 Rue Sherbrooke W.

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Espace Pepin 

One of the leading lifestyle retailers in Montreal—and ideal for stumbling upon beautiful objects and clothing with a strong focus on Canadian talent—led by brother-and-sister team Patrick (a photographer and graphic artist) and Lysanne Pepin (a renowned artist and entrepreneur). 

350 Rue St.-Paul W.; 514/844-0114