A Healthy Tour of Toronto
Yale Breslin, a native of the Canadian hub, walks us through the prime places to eat and live well.
While the international media spotlight shines bright upon Toronto every September for the annual Toronto International Film Festival, I’m lucky to call the city — Hollywood North! — home. As TIFF winds down and the food and drink excess comes to a much needed halt, here’s my fresh and clean guide to what I deem the metropolitan hub of Canada.
Evergreen Brick Works
What was once a collection of run-down buildings, Evergreen Brick Works is now a vast green playground that acts as a community environmental center with one singular mission: live, work, and play more sustainably. It houses art exhibits, workshops, as well as a weekly farmers market that you can taste-test your way through.
Based inside Equinox, The Juicery acts on the principle of seasonal vs. everyday – constantly rotating their nutritional menu based on what’s in-season and what’s fresh – not simply what's convenient. For a smoothie junkie, I recommend the Bewell Vitality Smoothie, concocted by Dr. Frank Lipman, the founder of the Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in NYC.
St. Lawrence Market
I may be biased because I’ve been going here since I was a child, but throughout my travels, never have I found a farmers market quite like this one. Composed of three main buildings, multiple vendors individually sell an assortment of grains, produce, fish, cheese and more. Located inside the St. Lawrence Hall, this is one of Toronto’s most famous (and fresh) landmarks.
Edgewalk at CN Tower
While I may be a little too scared to participate, the Edgewalk at CN Tower is a recently introduced ‘extreme sport’ that involves walking around the circumference of the CN Tower, Toronto’s tallest and most recognized landmark. Channel your inner daredevil and #gethigh.
Located in Yorkville (one of Toronto’s most recognized shopping destinations), this is a shop I’ve been going to forever. Over the years it's transitioned from a skater vibe to an aesthetic that's grown up with an athletic edge. With staples from Rag & Bone and Levi’s to Canadian favorite Wings + Horns, up your style game with a little help from your new favorite Uncle.
I always say the best way to experience a city is by walking it, but recently, Toronto has elevated their game with BIXI Bike, an array of bikes situated around the city that are based on a hop on/hop off mentality.