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Best of Toronto: 30 Things We Love About Our City in May 2013

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer!

Best of Toronto #1: the lush flora of the Allan Gardens Conservatory

Best of Toronto #1: the lush flora of the Allan Gardens Conservatory

1  A quiet moment of respite amidst the beautiful blooms at Allan Gardens Conservatory.

2  Playful mobiles hanging from the ceiling of Kol Kid.

3  Spending the day with four-legged animals like the Masai giraffe at the Toronto Zoo.

4  A cheese platter composed of offerings from Ontario, France and Australia at Edulis.

5  Donning red and chanting along with the BMO Field crowd during a Toronto FC match.

6  Attending the annual sakura hanami—cherry blossom viewing—at High Park.

7  Taking a stroll on the boardwalk at The Beach, a favourite sunny-day destination of locals.

8  The aromatic scent of freshly baked pastries like almond croissants and chocolate brioche from Brick Street Bakery.

9  Cacti and air-globe terrariums from Pistil Flowers.

10  The shimmering marquee lights of the Princess of Wales Theatre in the Entertainment District.

Best of Toronto #TK: afternoon tea at the King Edward Hotel

Best of Toronto #14: afternoon tea at the King Edward Hotel

11  A haute history lesson at the Bata Shoe Museum, where over 4,500 years of footwear history is on exhibit.

12  A Vietnamese sub from Banh Mi Boys, with fixings like pork belly and lemongrass.

13  The airy, two-level converted tank house that is home to the Corkin Gallery, which exhibits works by contemporary artists.

14  Fancying up the English tradition of afternoon tea with a champagne feast at Victoria’s.

15  Walking all over the stars—literally—along Canada’s Walk of Fame.

16  Salsa dancing lessons every weekend at Lula Lounge.

17  A warm cinnamon and sugar dessert pizza from Hey Lucy Café (295 King St. W., 416-979-1010).

18  Seeing the world through the lenses of shutterbugs at the Contact Photography Festival.

19  Kaliyana’s travel-friendly apparel, including its flowing “anti-suit.”

20  Hopping on the free daily shuttle bus to Vaughan Mills for a day of shopping.

Best of Toronto #TK: novel decor elements at Patria

Best of Toronto #23: novel decor elements at Patria

21  Watching the chocolatiers at Stubbe handmake truffles right before your eyes.

22  A one-stop art viewing experience at the 401 Richmond Street West building, which is home to over 140 artists and galleries.

23  Butcher knife bunting decor that spells out Spanish phrases at Patria.

24  Picking up cheese and bread from local vendors at the Evergreen Brick Works‘ Saturday morning farmers’ market.

25  Tucking into the signature Saturday brunch dish at The Stockyards: fluffy Belgian waffles with crispy fried chicken.

26  Having the king of all desserts at Hawthorne Food & Drink—the Elvis is grilled banana bread with candied bacon, peanut butter and jam.

27 Tucking into a plate of veal parmigiana, a house specialty at Marinella.

28  Jiving to nightly live jazz shows at The Rex.

29  The impressive selection of more than 150 loose-leaf teas at Golden Mint Coffee & Tea Company (911 Yonge St., 416-964-8100).

30  The light-filled Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place—a perfect spot for a photo op.

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