Best Restaurants for a City Getaway in Toronto

The long weekend just ended, but why should this mean that you have to wait for the next one to feel like you’ve had a getaway? Escape city life for a few hours with these suggestions. From the authentic to the kitsch, you might just forget you’re in the concrete jungle for a while.

Daio Japanese Restaurant

1
45 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H9

Daio is a quiet little Japanese restaurant located across from the Carlton Cinema. Step inside and it’s like taking a trip to Japan. Servers dressed in authentic kimonos bring tea and dishes with authentic ingredients such as sea urchin, pickled plum and burdock. You might be steps away from Yonge and College, but you’ll feel like you’re in Japan.

Southern Accent Restaurant, Bar & Express

2
839 College St, Toronto, ON M6H 1A1

he raucous spirit of Bourbon Street is alive and well at Southern Accent. Celebrating 31 years on Markham Street, this restaurant has everything from hush puppies to jambalaya and two in-house psychics. Finish off the evening with Pecan Pie, Mardi Gras beads, and dancing to Zydeco and Louisianan music. All while leaving your passport at home.

Rooster Coffee House

3
479 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 2N4

This little coffee shop nestled in the Riverdale neighbourhood might be a regular caffeine stop for most, but if you stop for just a moment, you'll feel like you’re in Muskoka. The rustic décor and board games in the back lends a cottage-y feel to the place, but it’s outside that you’ll feel like you’re at the lake. Take in the view of Riverdale Park and our tremendous skyline while you sip your Americano, but don’t be surprised if you hear the sounds of lapping waves nearby.

Against The Grain Urban Tavern - Harbourfront

4
25 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 0B5

If you are searching for actual water, this is the place to be. Nestled right next to Sugar Beach, you’ve got the sun, water and sand all at your feet. That, and a big menu to indulge in your cottage-y cravings. So sit back in the cushion-y patio furniture and soak up some rays while you tuck into burgers, salads, Lake Erie Pickerel, Cast Iron Seared Atlantic Salmon and Smoked Ontario Pork Ribs with some drinks and good friends. It’s time to celebrate - who says you need a place outside of the city to do that?

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