Downtown Toronto is home to many great vegan and vegetarian restaurants, catering a great many types of food like pizza, thai, and pub fare.
Urban Herbivore – located in the Eaton Centre but with another location in Kensington Market – serves a number of great veggie-friendly soups and sandwiches.
Sabai Sabai is an excellent and fair-priced vegan thai restaurant located just at the corner of Church and Dundas. (We’re also currently looking into getting IRSA2016 delegates a discount here).
Located at 109 McCaul street (in the Village by the Grange), Karine’s is a small breakfast and lunch location with a number of great vegetarian and vegan options. There are $5 breakfast meals everyday, and the PBC (Peanut butter/ banana/ chocolate) smoothies are amazing. They also sell vegan desserts like cupcakes, brownies, and cookies.
A bit further West though (but still a walkable distance from Ryerson’s campus), is where the majority of really great vegetarian and vegan restaurants are located…
In Kensington Market alone there are Cosmic Treats (207 Augusta Ave.) with science fiction-themed pub food and desserts, Veggie D’Light (160 Baldwin St.) with Caribbean foods, Bunner’s Bakery (244 Augusta Ave.), which is (as the name suggests) a cozy little vegan bakery, and Grasshopper Restaurant (310 College St., a personal favourite!) with delicious vegan sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Kensington Market and its neighbour Baldwin Village are both home to many vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants and small grocery stores, though these four spots definitely stand out as exceptionally great.
For those looking for cigarettes or e-cigarette materials, there are a number of stores located close to the Ryerson campus. Directly across from Ryerson at the corner of Gerrard and Mutual Street is a Mac’s Milk open 24hrs which sells most popular brands of cigarettes. There are also similar convenience stores located at 1 Carleton Street (7-Eleven), 256 Jarvis Street (Rabba Fine Foods), and the Metro grocery store at 89 Gould Street.
As for e-cigarettes, there are shops all around Toronto including The Ecig Flavourium Vape Boutique (114 Queen E), 180 Smoke Vape Store (657 Younge), and Vap29 (639 Bay & 452 Queen W) just to name a few of the most popular.
Please keep in mind that, by law, stores are not allowed to merchandise tobacco products, and so you will need to ask the employees behind the counter for any such products. Please also keep in mind that smoking in buildings is prohibited, and that this now also includes on restaurant patios and many building balconies.
For those hoping to stay in and cook for most meals throughout the conference, there are several options located close to the Ryerson campus.
There is a Metro grocery store located across the street from the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC) building at 89 Gould Street, which is open daily from 7 AM – 11:30 PM, as well as another Metro grocery store located at the corner of Younge and College in the basement of College Park, which is open 24hrs.
The Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens is also located just North of the campus at the corner of College and Church, and is open until 11 PM daily. This is the largest grocery store in the area and has arguably the greatest selection of culinary needs – they stock everyday grocery items, gluten-free products, a selection of vegan and vegetarian options, and they also have a large in-store bakery. There is also an LCBO and Joe Fresh located on the top floor.
The Ryerson Farmers’ Market also runs Wednesday on Gould Street from 11 AM – 2 PM, with dozens of vendors selling a variety of local and sustainable foods. Visit their website for further info: www.Appletreemarkets.ca.
For those not staying close to Ryerson’s campus, Toronto is full of great neighbourhoods with many different small and large grocery options. We’ll be posting soon regarding the different neighbourhoods like Little Italy and Kensington Market, and will provide a more detailed outline of each neighbourhood’s grocery and restaurant options.
We’ve finally got the blog running for updates regarding the upcoming World Congress of Rural Sociology hosted by Ryerson University. We’ll be posting updates regularly about the conference, as well as practical things to know for your stay in Toronto and visit to Ryerson.
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