5 Toronto Malls With The Best Food
The mall food court can be a chaotic and confusing place; where do you go? What do you order? Are they serving REAL food, or processed sludge? Will you be able to find a seat? And why are there so many screaming children?
Although all mall food courts are not created equal, it’s not all doom and gloom. Some food courts are offering incredible dining options that rival sit-down restaurants, with stunningly designed spaces, and outdoor seating galore. Next time you’re planning to hit the mall for a day of shopping, head to one of our recommendations below where you’ll be able to find killer vendors and some yummy eats because let’s face it, shopping while hangry isn’t good for anyone.
Sherway Gardens is one of our all time favourite malls, mainly because it appeared in Mean Girls. But in all seriousness, Sherway Gardens has, in recent years, undergone some extensive and incredible renovations, which extend to its food court. With live birds chirping while you enjoy your meal, it’s a calming and relaxed experience — plus it’s on a separate floor from the rest of the shoppers. Your dining options are quite diverse, from classic American and Chinese, to Thai, Mexican, and more. There is also lots of seating available, plus if you’re looking for a sit-down meal, head to Cactus Club or JOEY!
The PATH is a labyrinth of shops and food courts that can keep you occupied and shopping for hours (however most shops close at 6 p.m., so be sure to make this a daytime venture). With options ranging from healthy bites, burritos and a variety of cuisines, lunchtime has never been more exciting. There is also lots of seating, but try to avoid coming from 12-1:30 p.m. as it will be at peak as The PATH is located in the Financial District, and lunch hour is known to be crazy busy. The PATH is very easily accessible from many major points in the city including Union Station and other subway stations.
Yorkdale, located in North York, houses more stores than you would ever have energy to browse through in a single day. With all that retail space, comes an ultra-upscale eating area that has redesigned the standard for shopping mall food options. With 50 tempting eateries — from Canada’s first Cheesecake Factory to Paris’ famous Ladurée Patisserie — there’s something for everyone, regardless if you have a more refined palate or you’re more into a quick bite. The best part is you get to enjoy your meal in their beautifully designed dining areas!
The ideal summer shopping destination is CF Shops at Don Mills as it’s an outdoor mall with many delicious dining options. Although the food options are a little more spread out compared to the classic “food court” style, it still gets an inclusion for their great use of outdoor dining space and yummy food hot spots. You can grab a variety of meals, from Chipotle and The Good Son, to Panera Bread and the hot table at McEwans. Plus, you enjoy your tasty eats at one of its many outdoor dining spaces.
The Eaton Centre is Canada’s fourth largest enclosed mall with a retail space of 2,167,000 sq ft, and by far the largest mall in Toronto. Although the main struggle is seating (you have to be on the hunt for a seat from the second you get to the lower level where the food court is located), it has the broadest and most diverse selection of foods. We love that they serve your food on a plate if you’ll be dining in the food court to help eliminate plastic and paper waste. Some of the food vendors are so good, that they draw people to the food court that aren’t even shopping! The main food court is located on the lower level of the mall, but there is a smaller market-style food court found at the south side of the building near Queen Station.
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