Wednesday 13 November 2019

Weekender: Cassie Stokes's Toronto


Cassie Stokes. Photo: Kip Carroll
Cassie Stokes. Photo: Kip Carroll

Sarah Caden

A weekend in Toronto should start with Friday night in King Street. If the weather is good, try to get a table at Gusto 10. It's Italian, and they have wine on tap! The patio is stunning, and there's always a great vibe. It's a nice place to get dressed up to go to, and enjoy some beautiful food and people-watching. Then, later, I'd head to Locals Only bar, or go to the Drake Hotel on Queen Street West.

On a Saturday, I'd start the day with a brunch at Smith on Church Street. On a nice day, I'd ask for a table on the back patio, and it's important to make sure you have battery in your phone. It's very Instagrammable.

After Saturday brunch, I'd walk down to the the Distillery District. It's about a 30-minute walk, and if it's nice you can walk around, or take a seat at El Catrin. It's a Mexican restaurant with one of the best patios in the city. Whether you like cocktails or mocktails, you'll love this. I would usually sit here with friends and laugh for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday evening. I would then head downtown for the best Thai food I've ever tasted in Pai on Duncan Street.

On Sunday, I would go for brunch again. For a really cute local patio, I'd head to the Old Yorke on Niagara Street. Then I would go to Trinity Bellwoods Park for a walk and chill time. I'd enjoy the sun, and some music, courtesy of some brilliant people who bring their guitars down there. For dinner, I would go to Smoke and Bones, a barbecue place on Queen Street. I'd get some food and bring it back to the park to have a picnic for dinner.

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