After decades of standing in the United States’ shadow, toting the reputation of America’s polite, poutine-eating neighbour to the North, it seems like Canada is having a moment.
While no one can pin point exactly when or how it started, it might be appropriate to thank Drake for bringing recognition to the 6, Rob Ford for his back alley antics or Justin Trudeau for making Canada ‘hip’ (the New York Times’ words, not mine). It could be our free health care, our crappy dollar or the fear of Donald Trump’s reign, but tourism in Canada, Toronto in particular, is higher than ever. So high in fact, that the fashion bible, otherwise known as Vogue, has dubbed Toronto a must-visit foodie destination.
But why should we be surprised?
Toronto is heralded as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. While America is a melting pot, Canada is a mosaic of ethnicities that aren’t lost upon arrival but combined to compliment each other. Where else can you find Indian style Chinese food (known as Hakka in the GTA) or restaurants that are Jewish by day and Chinese by night? Our food scene is incomparable and there is no lack of talented chefs.
So where does Vogue say you should go? Well, you’d start around the world’s second coolest neighbourhood of course! Grand Electric, La Cubana and Miss Thing’s are all so delicious and wonderfully different, and they’re all praised by Vogue but there were 11 restaurants in particular they thought would make foodies flock. Check them out in the slideshow below:
Are there any other hot spots that should be on this list? Comment below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe!