16 Sep A day in West Queen West: Fresh, Hello 123, Trinity Bellwoods & More!
Every neighborhood in Toronto is unique.
Queen West is best known for their one-of-a-kind boutiques, hip & trendy restaurants, and the ever popular Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Boasting the second place spot for the coolest neighborhoods in 2014 by Vogue, read on to see what there is to do, eat and see in Queen West!
9:00 AM – Breakfast at the Drake Café
Attached to the Drake is the Drake Café which serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
While not an entirely vegan restaurant the wooden tables, plush seating, and large windows make the corner shop a pleasant place to start your day in Queen West.
Enjoy the coconut chia bowl or steel-cut oats made with almond milk.
11:00 AM – Yoga at Downward Dog Yoga Centre
After a light fare at Drake Cafe, head to Downward Dog Yoga Centre for a holistic yoga experience. You can find the studio boldly ladened with beautiful, bright graffiti art on the corner of Tecumseh and Queen.
Experience soothing Shiatsu, Registered Massage Therapy, or join in for a group session of yoga.
Classes range from an hour to an hour and a half, with all different kind of levels, perfect for beginners and yoga enthusiasts!
12:30 PM – Lunch at Fresh on Crawford
After you’ve worked up an appetite, visit Fresh, a Toronto favorite, which is only steps away from Trinity Bellwoods.
Neatly nestled on the corner of Crawford and Queen Street West, you can have an amazing lunch on their street-side patio or inside!
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So 'Fresh' & So Clean, Clean! 🍔 Mid-day animal-free burgers at @FreshRestaurants #FreshOnCrawford makes Thursday feel like Friday - mainly because I have tomorrow off! ⬆️ Thai Burger high-protein made from scratch almond and grain patty // house Thai peanut sauce // tomato // lettuce // green onion // bean sprouts // Fred's Bread bun ⬇️ BBQ Burger high-protein made from scratch almond and grain patty // house barbecue sauce // quinoa onion rings // house garlic tofu mayo // Napa cabbage // banana peppers // tomato // lettuce // Fred's Bread bun ➡️ Green Poutine fresh-cut fries // steamed baby bok choy // steamed kale // steamed Swiss chard // roasted mushroom gravy // Fresh 'cheese' sauce // scallions // sunflower seeds 🔄 All Good, all the time.
2:00 PM – An afternoon in the park at Trinity Bellwoods.
Trinity Bellwoods is one of Toronto’s largest public parks in the downtown area.
There’s always something going on, whether it’s the farmer’s market on Tuesday’s 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm May 8 to October 30, an evening movie screening or just a picnic to soak up the sun and maybe a cold bevy.
Bring your book and a blanket or a coffee and your laptop and enjoy some time in Toronto’s favorite park.
5:00 PM – Dinner at Hello 123
Hello123 was created by the same team behind Kupfert & Kim, and they are serving “happy food & happy times.” for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
There is no bad time to go to Hello123.
Their dinner menu sports cocktails and shareable apps such as the Three Dips Two Chips plate.
The Kimchi Burger will help fill hungrier tummies.
7:30 PM – Dessert at Sweet Olenka’s
A trip to Queen Street West wouldn’t be complete without stopping by Sweet Olenka’s.
Although they aren’t a completely vegan sweet shop, they boast an impressive amount of vegan and gluten-free treats!
Indulge in their beautifully decorated “cakesters” (also known as cupcakes), chocolate-dipped ice cream bars or ice cream by the scoop.
Their rotating ice cream selection includes Strawberry, Salted Caramel and Birthday Cake.
There is so much to see on Queen West, it’s hard to fit it all in one day.
Enjoy these recommendations, but make sure to come back- there’s more waiting for you here on trendy Queen Street West!
Article Courtesy: Eva Pham
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