Best of the City 2012

Best of the City 2012

Best of the City 2012
Best of the City 2012

There’s this myth that Torontonians are polite and reserved, when the truth is we’re pushy, demanding perfectionists. We refuse a lamb chop until it arrives the right shade of pink. We badger clerks about the organic credentials of the cotton in a toddler’s T-shirt. We descend into interminable, friendship-ending Twitter feuds over which spa takes the most years off your face. And just when we think we’ve decided on our favourite places, the city breeds a new bumper crop of challengers to the title. Luckily for you, Toronto Life has put in the long hours of vetting and discernment, and chosen the absolute best options for eating, drinking, shopping, playing and age defying. It’s a list to satisfy this city of perfectionists. You’re welcome.

WINE STORAGE ART RENTAL BACKYARD FARMING CLASS NEWBORN SLEEP TRAINER PHOTO DIGITIZER YIN YOGA ART INSTALLATION CUSTOM WALLPAPER MEN’S FACIAL FULL-BODY PAMPERING

PAMPERING SERVICE CHEF’S TABLE HALAL BUTCHER GUACAMOLE
PO’ BOY HOT PEPPERS SMOKED SALMON POWER LUNCH SEAFOOD PREP LESSONS USE OF TRISCUITS BRUNCH TACOS PICKLING CLASSES
GELATO VEGAN BROWNIE ICE CREAM SANDWICH DESSERT TOAST TOPPER CAKE ARTIST

Three perfect post-work patios »
Four of Toronto’s top takes on Asian street food »
Four extravagant whole-beast feasts »

By Denise Balkissoon, Ariel Brewster, Andrew D’Cruz, Bronwen Jervis, Emily Landau, Signe Langford, Jason McBride, Mark Pupo, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea | Photograph by Eamon Mac Mahon