Best Restaurants for Celebrity Spottings in Toronto

We are so fortunate in Toronto that we don’t have to wait for TIFF to arrive to get a sneak peek of Hollywood elite, supermodels and their ilk. If you want to star-gaze and get up close to celebs, head to these top 5 eateries in the city for VIPs and superstars.

Grand Electric

1
1330 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4

Grand Electric is on F-I-R-E. Long the cool kid on the Parkdale block , boasting lineups out the door for their tacos, PBRs and cocktails, now the stars – and supermodels - are getting in on the action.

Sotto Sotto Ristorante

2
120 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2H4

For decades, Sotto Sotto saw celebs like Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon but Sotto Sotto’s "dear friend" Drake as they called him on Twitter, ensures that the restaurant will continue to be a mecca for stars, young and old alike.

One Restaurant

3
116 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C2

hh, One. It truly has one of the best patios in the city. And not just because of its swanky location at the corner of Yorkville and Hazelton Avenues. It happens to be where the stars stay and hang out. Back in May, supermodel Kate Moss made headlines across the globe over the Victoria Day weekend when she was photographed on the patio spreading cream cheese on her own bagel and topping it with salmon (gasp!).

Café Boulud

4
60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4

Now closed for renovations, expect the new Cafe Boulud (and d Bar) to be even more of a draw when it opens just in time for TIFF. Most recently, Taylor Schilling - better known as Piper Chapman on Netflix hit series "Orange is the New Black" - was interviewed for the June issue of Elle Canada at a table at The Four Seasons Café Boulud overlooking Yorkville wearing skinny jeans and a cashmere sweater. She exclaimed, "This is so nice!"

Wahlburgers Toronto

5
46 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, ON M5V 1J6

Speaking of Mark Wahlberg, Wahlburgers grand opening last November brought out the stars, including brothers Donnie and Paul and celebs like Jenny McCarthy (now Donnie’s wife), Maestro Fresh Wes, NHL legend Mats Sundin , and Michael Wekerle, to name just a few.

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