Toronto: Home of the Raptors, Drake, and Barry’s first and second Canadian locations. When you’re not working out with us, check out some of our favorite local spots in the city:
WHERE TO EAT
Assembly Chef’s Hall – Part food hall, part foodie’s delight, this court-like restaurant serves up food from 17 different chefs, all in one spot. Never disagree on food with friends again.
Art and booze? On Friday nights, visit the Royal Ontario Museum and get super cultured with pop-up food vendors, drinks, and live music. Talk about balance.
Image via Royal Ontario Museum
If you overdid it the night before, you’ll need Hair of the Dog. The name says it best: comfort brunch food for the morning after.
WHERE TO PLAY
Like your friend’s basement, but much cooler, Underground at Drake Hotel (no relation to the rapper) has dance parties and live DJs. There’s also a rooftop bar for when the heat is on and you need some fresh air.
Keep the party going. Dance all night long at CODA; get spicy at El Convento Rico, a Latin nightclub; or head to The Beaver for a mix of karaoke, trivia, and drag shows almost every night.
If you’re more into music than the dance floor, check out Danforth Music Hall for indie shows, speakers, and comedy.
Danforth Music Hall. Image via the Toronto Star.
Toronto seems to have a thing for video games and drinking. We’re here for it. Serve up friendly competition at Tilt Arcade Bar, Power Up Game Bar, or Get Well.
WHERE TO DRINK
It wouldn’t be a trip up north without trying a Caesar – Canada’s national drink akin to a Bloody Mary. Would you like Sunday brunch with that?
Other faves include:
- Birreria Volo – tons of beers on tap and communal tables to meet your next new Barry’s BFF
- El Rey Mezcal Bar – tequila, terracotta tiles, and exposed brick – you won’t even feel like you’re in Canada
- Rooftop at the Broadview Hotel – East of Don River with major #views and cheeky drinks like Becky With the Good Hair, The Canadian Tuxedo, and Sorry Not Sorry. We’ll take one of each, please.
WHERE TO RELAX
Get out of town. Plan a day trip to Scarborough Bluffs for half beach, half Games of Thrones vibes and some ocean waves.
Be salty. Try a salt cave session at hoame meditation studio. A floor to ceiling room filled with pink Himalayan salt helps to reduce stress, relax your body, and cleanse your sins.
Image via Hoame.
WHAT TO WEAR
Facts: we’re in good company. Our Yorkville studio is right in the middle of v trendy shopping in Toronto’s most fashionable hood. Neighbors include Gucci, Prada, Cartier, and high-end Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. (There’s a whole store just for men, too.)
Holt Renfrew. Image via A Frame Studio.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR BARRY’S CLASS
Need coffee post-workout? Spoiler alert: not Tim Horton’s. Re-caffeinate at Dineen Coffee Co., an Instagram hot-spot perfect for people watching and only a 15-minute stroll from our Richmond St. studio.
Walk it out:
- The Distillery, a pedestrian-only village, filled with food, arts, and shopping with Soho, NYC feels.
- St. Lawrence Market, a farmer’s market and antique market all wrapped into one. If it’s good enough to make National Geographic’s Top 10 Food Markets, then it’s good enough for us.
Oh, Canada. Be sure to visit us in the Red Room for a sweat up north, eh?