A Vic Student’s Guide to Downtown Toronto

By Annie

Caffienate and Snack

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Caffiends in Old Vic
Victoria College’s very own free-trade coffee house with the friendliest baristas.

Aroma Café at Bay and Charles
Healthy salads, sandwiches and soups galore. (There are also cookies and pastries, don’t worry.) And yes, this is the place where they give you free chocolate with your coffee.

Dark Horse Espresso Bar near Osgoode Station
A refined, photogenic and relaxing space for coffee dates and light studying.

Eat

Rabba Fine Foods east of Bay on Charles (open 24/7)
Need some groceries at 2AM? No problem.

Wish Café at Yonge and Charles
When you feel like eating brunch in a hipster’s bright, beach-y garden house.

Over Easy on Bloor
Diner-style breakfasts in a bright atmosphere.

El Furniture Warehouse on Bloor
The five-dollar menu makes this a clear winner for ‘where do we eat’ group texts.

Fresh at Bloor and Spadina
Pressed juices and quality vegan food.

Explore

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Look out for free food days and open-mic nights!

The Royal Ontario Museum
Free on Tuesdays for students! Just don’t forget your T-Card.

AGO Art Gallery of Ontario
Free on Wednesdays 6-9pm!

TIFF Bell Lightbox
Hosts the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival September 8-18. And don’t forget to check out the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival brought to you by young filmmakers later in the year .

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Check out some knick-knack boutiques, sip on coffee from Balzac’s, grab some chocolate bars from SOMA, and gobble down tapas at El Catrin. The District also hosts the annual Christmas Market.

Kensington Market
Eclectic vintage shops, cute cafés and hip restaurants. Make sure to visit Wanda’s Pie in the Sky!

Yonge-Dundas Square
The Times Square of Toronto! The square hosts free movies and concerts year-round.

Queen St. West
Check out Black Market west of Osgoode Station for cheap vintage clothing and records.

Lakeshore
Go down to Union station and explore the Toronto Photo 2015-08-11, 11 53 38 PMlakeshore while you munch on a BeaverTails food truck pastry.

Ripley’s Aquarium
Walk underneath sharks and take photos with jellyfish!

 

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