Midtown Toronto is in the midst of some major upgrades. Already, the vibrant neighbourhood offers great shopping, dining, aparments to rent, and nightlife. With the construction of the crosstown LRT and the completion of the Yonge-Eglinton centre near us, living in midtown Toronto is going to get even better.

Date nights are made easy in this part of the city. This guide will help make choosing your next date night destination easier by highlighting some of the best of what Midtown Toronto has to offer.

Shopping in Midtown Toronto

Midtown Toronto features a broad mixture of chain stores from big name brands as well as long rows of independently owned storefronts along Yonge Street.

In midtown, the Yonge-Eglinton Centre offers the best shopping mall experience. With 70 retailers, there is truly something for everyone. Reitmans, Indigo!, Sephora serve as an example of some of the top retailers the centre attracts. 

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If you need a break from the mall experience, from Davisville to well past Lawrence along Yonge, there are many great, family owned shops to check out. Anything from toy stores, high-end fashion, boutique furniture, and more.

Dining in Midtown

The food in Midtown Toronto offers enough to satisfy whatever you’re craving. If you’re looking for a greasy spoon, a quaint lunch, a full dinner, or even the best gelato in the city for dessert, you’re covered in this neck of the woods. Here are just a few of the many, many great spots in the neighbourhood.

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Breakfast – Good Bite Restaurant

For a nice, wholesome start to the day, nothing beats a lumberjack breakfast classic featuring bacon and eggs. The Good Bite restaurant features a lineup of hearty traditional breakfast food at a fair price.

Cafe – Istanbul Cafe & Espresso Bar

In a previous blog post highlighting the best cafes in midtown Toronto, we touched on the Istanbul Cafe & Espresso Bar. This cafe offers many coffee and espresso options as well as a wide array of delicious Turkish pastries and savouries. This cafe is a genuine Turkish Delight.

Lunch – Pho King Fabulous

Many locals are proud to tout Pho King Fabulous as the best pho in the city.  Their pho in will fill you up and warm you from the inside out. The effort put into each dish by this family owned operation can be found in each bowl. Their pho is prepared through a traditional 10-hour process with the highest quality ingredients.

Dinner – La Vecchia Ristorante

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La Vecchia Ristorante is one of the best spots for authentic Italian in the midtown. It was even rated the best Italian restaurant by Dine.to. The surroundings, the cuisine, and the atmosphere combine for the ultimate Italian dining experience.

Dessert – Il Gelatiere

After dinner and a movie, nothing caps off the night better than authentic gelato from Il Gelatiere. Any fan of the ice cream cone will wonder why they haven’t made the switch to gelato sooner.

Don’t just take our word for it! Of course, these are just a few of the many great restaurants that this neighbourhood offers. Come to the midtown and experience for a great meal in person!

Entertainment & Nightlife in Midtown

Whether you’re looking for a laugh, or a fun night on the town, the stretch of Yonge street from Davisville to Lawrence has you covered. The dense amount of vibrant nightlife, bars, nightclubs, and entertainment has turned Yonge and Eglinton, into Young & Eligible.

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Fans of jazz can take in a set at Alleycatz. The Rose and Crown is able to supply some more upbeat live music. DJ’s are usually spinning at both Spacco and the Bull and Firkin, where there are also free pool tables for guests.

After a meal at some of the fantastic restaurants previously listed in this article, movie lovers have the option of catching a flick at two major cinemas located at Yonge and Eglinton.

Join the Excitement! Living in Midtown Toronto

If you have an hour to kill in midtown Toronto, it is guaranteed to be an hour well spent. With many improvements coming to the area, many Torontonians are seeing midtown as an excellent place to live.

A great Toronto apartment rental involves having a great deal of neighbourhood amenities at your disposal. When you combine those with the amenities in the building, living is made all the more comfortable. Discover some great apartment rentals in Midtown Toronto today!

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