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Eat Like A Local At TIFF 2017

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Between standing in rush lines, running from theatre to theatre and celeb spotting, you’re bound to work up an appetite during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. But if you consult our handy guide on the best places to eat near all the TIFF hot spots, you can avoid the tourist traps of Toronto’s Entertainment District and instead, chow down on grub as exciting and eccentric as this year’s lineup of films.


District Eatery

While it might be convenient to sit down at the number of restaurants across the street from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, you’d be better off avoiding the strip all together–save for District Eatery, a vegan and vegetarian-friendly pub with clean eats and a hearty cocktail and beer list. On warmer nights, be sure to head up to their rooftop patio and indulge in an alternative type kind of stargazing.


El Caballito

Skip the upscale Mexican food found at Los Colibris and opt for tacos, margaritas and loud music at El Caballito, their sister tequila bar located downstairs. Throw back tequila under the twinkling lights of their rooftop patio and treat yourself to $3.50 tacos every Tuesday.

Oh hello … #fromwhereistand #nomnom #patio #summerlovin #torontoeats #torontolife #margarita

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This Thai spot steps away from the Princess of Wales theatre is a local favourite for Northern Thai cuisine and a cocktail list inspired by the names of the Toronto Raptors’ star players. If one meal at Pai isn’t enough to fix your hankering for Thai, head to their sister restaurant, Kiin, or Khao San Road, too.

A restaurant that's as vibrant as its food. This authentic Thai restaurant has all the correct flavour profiles. A must go for a casual yet celebratory feel. 🥄 Indulged in: Miang Kung (leaf wraps to assemble), Grabong (shredded buttercup squash fritters), Gai Satay (chicken), Tom Yum Kung (soup), spring rolls, Khao Soi (shrimp) & fresh coconut water . . . #foodie #foodies #instafoodie #foodforfoodies #foodiegram #foodiesofinstagram #igfoodie #foodielife #instafoodies #torontofoodie #Toronto #torontolife #lovetoronto #torontoblogger #torontoeats #torontofood #igtoronto #igerstoronto #thesix #thaifood #thaifoodstagram #thaifoodie #thaifoodporn #downtowntoronto #tastetoronto #restaurantsintoronto #foodphotography #paitoronto #spoonforkfriday

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Calii Love

Re-energize with caffeine, poke bowls or hearty smoothie bowls at this King West hot spot. Sit and stay a while in the clean and bright space and catch up on e-mails or stalk celebs in town on Instagram.

Maybe summers not over after all! 🙌🏽💕🌴 #smoothiebowls #love

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Village By The Grange 

Just a short walk away from some of the busiest TIFF venues is the Village By The Grange food court. The humble mall doesn’t have much too offer shopping wise, but boasts one of the best food courts in the city. For cheap and tasty eats, consider Taiwanese buns at Mean Bao, Japanese soup and takoyaki at Manpuku or veg-friendly all-day breakfast at Karine’s.


Santouka Ramen 

For those events taking place closer to the heart of downtown, cozy up to a bowl of the city’s best ramen at Santouka.

Best I've ever had. ❤️🍜

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Sud Forno

If you don’t have time for a decadent Italian meal at Terroni, swing by Sud Forno, the restaurant’s standalone bakery for grab-and-go meals or a light lunch.


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