In a city as bustling as Toronto, there’s never a shortage of new places and spaces to check out. And with the warm weather finally here to stay, there’s no better time than now to explore all of the gems that the city has to offer.
Take a peek at six notable Toronto openings to check out this July.
Nestled in the heart of Toronto’s financial district is Chotto Matte, a new upscale restaurant that’s bringing Japanese-Peruvian cuisine to the city. The beautiful space spans over 10,000-square-feet and is designed to give its visitors a modern-day Tokyo feel. In addition to indoor seating, the new resto features a heated terrace, so there’s plenty of space for guests to linger. While the space is stunning, what’s most impressive are the menu of offerings by Executive Chef Jordan Sclare, who has worked at many Michelin-Star restaurants in the past, including Gordon Ramsay’s. Chotto Matte is worth the visit, and almost every day has its own special. Enjoy two-for-one drinks from 4-7 p.m. daily; buy one, get one free sushi rolls on Mondays; limitless tostaditas and margaritas for $35/person on Tuesdays; all day two-for-one drinks on Wednesdays; Moët Minis for only $35 on Thursdays from 4-11 p.m.; and buy one, get one free Bentos on Sundays.
Earlier this summer, iconic Toronto vintage store Black Market announced that it was closing its basement location for good. However, at the time of the announcement, the retailer already had a backup location in place. Located directly across the road from Black Market’s former location at 347 Queen St. West, the new location features all of the same incredible deals and steals as the OG, with vintage finds for just $10 or less. And while the basement location was slated to close at the end of June, they’ve extended the stay to clear out the location — everything in-store is just $5 a piece. Head there quick — the original location won’t be open long and the good stuff is sure to go fast.
From the creator of Bang Bang Ice Cream and the OG of the HK waffle with ice cream is Toronto’s newest ice cream shop, Knockout Ice Cream. Located at 342 Westmoreland Ave. North, the shop features mouthwatering and inventive flavours like Matcha Oreo, Ube, Black Sesame, Lychee, and London fog. Served in a homemade Hong Kong-style waffle cone, Knockout Ice Cream is a great addition to your summer bucket list.
If you were a frequent visitor of the King and Spadina LCBO, you’ll be sad to hear that the location is closing. However, fret not, a bigger and better store is now open just blocks away from the former location. Located inside the sprawling Steele Briggs Seed Company building at 49 Spadina Ave is the new and approved neighbourhood LCBO. Sitting a 22,000-square-feet, the LCBO calls it “one of the most impressive and enticing stores to-day,” with same day pick up, a tasting bar, tasting stations, and product expansion.
Move over, Dollarama, there’s a new low-cost store in town! MUMOSO recently opened its first Toronto location at 5150 Yonge St. in the North York Centre. Shoppers can expect to find Korean-inspired lifestyle products, including apparel, accessories, stationary, skincare, kitchen items, cosmetics, and more.
Part wine bar, cafe, flower shop, and boutique, Miss Pippa’s is a new destination at 1158 College St. where you can truly have it all. The eclectic space is furnished with antiques and has locally made giftables such as tote bags, earrings, Swedish gummies, candles, plants, bouquets, and more up for grabs. Once you’re done shopping, you can also grab a cocktail and a bite to eat. It’s a magical little one-stop shop that can’t be missed!
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