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

Each and every month we scour the city to bring you all the very best that Toronto has to offer! Check out our latest favourites below.

Best of Toronto #1: New sunglasses from Spectacle

Best of Toronto #1: New sunglasses from Spectacle

1  Picking out chic new sunglasses from Spectacle, in preparation for a bright spring and a balmy summer.

2  Not only the 200-plus exhibitions, but also the numerous artist talks and related events of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

3  Ordering Fonda Lola‘s “Mexican Fiesta” to indulge in everything on the restaurant’s menu.

4  Learning a few of the intriguing stories from Toronto’s past while on a local jaunt with Muddy York Walking Tours.

5  Discovering which contemporary artists Kim Dorland favours—the acclaimed painter has curated a group show that opens May 8 at Angell Gallery.

6  Gazing in awe at the fleeting wonder that is cherry blossom season in High Park.

7  Taking the kids to see Simba, Mufasa and Scar brought to vivid musical life at a performance of Disney’s The Lion King.

8  Edgy, contemporary (and highly curated) fashions for men and women at Da Zoo.

9  Being surrounded by exotic underwater creatures while traversing the tunnel beneath the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada‘s “dangerous lagoon.”

10  Spending a sunny morning wandering Kensington Market, then returning after hours for a drink on Cold Tea‘s secluded patio.

Best of Toronto #11: New work by Vanessa Maltese at Cooper Cole Gallery

Best of Toronto #11: New work by Vanessa Maltese at Cooper Cole Gallery

11  Contemplating the meaning of Vanessa Maltese’s The Compleat Gamester installation, on display until May 10 at Cooper Cole Gallery.

12  People watching from the front window at De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters while waiting for a “slow” coffee (siphon, aeropress, chemex or pour over) to be prepared.

13  Starting the week off right with a creative nigiri platter at Drake One Fifty—available only on Mondays.

14  Making the trip north to the charming community of Kleinburg to see nationally significant paintings at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

15  The slow but steady emergence of a local dining scene in south Etobicoke, led by the likes of family-friendly bistro Goodlake.

16  Taking the kids to meet acrobats and jugglers, comedians and clowns at Harbourfront Centre‘s free Toronto International Circus Festival from May 17 to 19.

17  A new and expanded home for the excellent Koffler Gallery—within a restored century-old school now known as Artscape Youngplace.

18  Snacking on pitas and pureed chickpeas at S. Lefkowitz, Toronto’s first hummus café.

19  A spring stroll along the winding, woodsy pathways of the Toronto Zoo, complete with tiger, gorilla and panda sightings.

20  Scoping out the seasonal beers—and then a seat on the streetside patio—at Bellwoods Brewery.

Best of Toronto #21: A new look at restored event venue Arcadian, as part of Doors Open

Best of Toronto #21: A new look at restored event venue Arcadian, as part of Doors Open

21  Peeking into some of the city’s not-always-accessible buildings during the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto.

22  Picking up seasonal produce (like fiddleheads, perhaps) from the Evergreen Brick Works‘s Saturday-morning farmers’ market.

23  Recharging our smartphone—at one of 60 charging stations—while sipping a signature cocktail at new Financial District hot spot Speakeasy 21.

24  Selecting (and sniffing) the freshest, most colourful blooms at the Toronto Flower Market.

25  Old Town resto-bar East Thirty-Six‘s Borsalino, a boozy mix of Lot 40 rye, Cynar and lime juice—with a splash of maple syrup.

26  Marking Victoria Day with fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland.

27  Finding the cutest bonnet to protect baby’s sun-sensitive skin at Mini Mioche.

28  Oddseoul‘s spicy (and cheap!) Korean-fusion fare—like the bulgogi cheesesteak.

29  The wild, floral-print blazers from Bustle lining the racks at Anti-Hero.

30  Walking along The Beach‘s boardwalk and looking forward to a summer of sun, sand and swimming.

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