Series: My Favourite Cities and What to Do in Them: Toronto

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I love to travel. Thankfully, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many beautiful cities around the world. Because of this, I’ve decided to start a series featuring my favourite cities in celebration!  

I’m starting the first in the series with a place I often find myself travelling to for business - Toronto, Canada.

Toronto is a beautiful, vibrant, and multicultural city in the province of Ontario, and is the largest city in Canada. Home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million, this global centre for business, finance, arts and culture is steadily ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities.

I first started coming to Toronto 16 years ago and the city has evolved immensely since then. With more modest beginnings, the city has really developed a sophistication of its own.

One of my favourite things to do while in Toronto is to enjoy delicious food and drinks in good company.

Where to Dine

This city is a hotbed for culture, which of course influences the cuisine! Many restaurants in Toronto have a French or Asian influence on the food, but draw from Canadian culture as well. The city is full of diversity, right down to the food, which is part of the reason why I enjoy visiting.

If you ever find yourself in the city, be sure to check out these restaurants – you won’t be disappointed.

The Chase

The Chase is an upscale rooftop restaurant in the heart of the Financial District, which offers beautifully displayed, flavourful meals. This spot exudes casual elegance along with the finest ingredients. I can always count on a satisfying and adventurous meal in the city when I come here.

A recent Toronto evening ended with a delectable seared Foie Gras with pear and bourbon, lovely avocado stuffed crab, followed by a delicious seafood crockpot. Always a great time at The Chase.

Jump

Jump was the very first restaurant in the city’s financial district, now a staple in the downtown Toronto dining scene. It offers modern, Italian influenced, North American cuisine with robust, fresh and honest flavours. Inspired by the hustle and bustle of a Manhattan café, this restaurant has a city life energy like no other.

The menu features reinventions of classics, like handmade pasta or quality cuts of meat, and pairs them with an extensive selection of scotch, whiskey and bourbon, along with an exciting wine list.

Boralia

Boralia is an unusual restaurant on Ossington Ave. that I love visiting! This spot celebrates the historic origins of Canadian cuisine. The menu, inspired by traditional Aboriginal dishes, as well as the recipes of early settlers and immigrants of the 18th and 19th, is truly unique.

Some of the more seasoned menu items actually include they date the original recipes were found. The oldest, the L’eclade, is a delicious dish of butter-poached mussels. It's served theatrically in a fog of pine needle smoke and has been a part of Canada’s culinary history since 1605. With a wide selection of wine to choose from as well, I am always happy dining in this Toronto gem.

You can tell a lot about a city based on its food, the care and passion they put into it, and when it comes to Toronto, I am constantly impressed.

More of my favourite cities to come! Feel free to share your thoughts on Toronto, or any other exciting cities around the world in the comments section below.

Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.