Best Restaurants for TIFF Star Spotting in Toronto

TIFF starts this Thursday and runs until Sunday, September 14th. Take notice of these dates because our city becomes North Hollywood for this short while, with celebrities running all over town promoting their films and lucky for us, dining in our restaurants.

Montecito

1
299 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7

With a secret back door for celebs to slip in and out of (because passing through a busy kitchen is so 1990s) and Bill Murray Day on Friday, Sept 5 (for the world premiere of Murray's latest film, St. Vincent, TIFF will be celebrating three comedy classics: Stripes, Groundhog Day, and ahem, Ghostbusters), this is going to be the place to be.

Azure Restaurant & Bar

2
225 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3

This one might surprise you because the InterContinental Toronto Centre doesn’t get a lot of attention compared to newer, trendier hotels. But in addition to greeting Azure guests with official TIFF popcorn containers filled with seasoned kernels, you should know that this is where many North American press junkets are held.

One Restaurant

3
116 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C2

Mark McEwan’s restaurant One is in the Hazelton Hotel, where many stars prefer to stay – and sometimes live. I will have more specific details about this later this week, but just know that if you want to see some famous faces, this is one of your best bets.

the Spoke Club

4
600 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3

A “private members club for people with an interest in media, entertainment and the arts,” you have to be a member to attend (or guest of a member). And no cameras are allowed. It’s a little hideaway for those looking to be out of the spotlight if just for a drink or two. But occasionally TSC holds parties and events that are by invitation only, so that non-members can get a glimpse into how the other half lives – and looks, up close.

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