Having moved from London, UK, to Toronto a year ago with our two year old, our biggest challenge was to decide where to live in Toronto as the city has so much to offer. Naturally, when we visited The Beaches there was no doubt in our minds that this was the perfect neighbourhood to live our Canadian adventure: the beach, the parks and the close-knit community. So a year later (time flies!) here are my family’s favourite places in The Beaches:
Buds Coffee: this friendly coffee shop is the heart and soul of the neighbourhood! Weekends start here with a great cup of flat white with almond milk and some snacks before hitting the beach or strolling on Queen Street East.
The back room has a kiddie area with chalkboards, toys and little coffee tables so your little one can get busy while you enjoy your freshly brewed coffee! Cozy, inviting and great service, I couldn’t have asked for a better local coffee shop.
Kyouka Ramen: I can honestly say we survived our first Canadian winter thanks to Kyouka Ramen. The restaurant offers seating for just about 20 guests so if you have children and want the lower tables be there when they first open!
Everything is made from scratch. Their chicken wings are crispy and juicy, the Beef Tendon Donburi has so much flavour and the Ramens are the best I have ever tasted. My favourite is the Shoyu Veggie with the perfect mix of spice, fresh vegetables and noodles. A must in The Beaches!
(CFIB member) Life is Sweet: I discovered this cute cupcake heaven when I shadowed one of our CFIB district managers and wasn’t disappointed. From the moment you step into the shop, the butter smell indicates you are in for a treat - and you are. Their cupcakes are to die for: baked to perfection, not too sweet and nicely moist. They have regular size and mini cupcakes with flavours such as Earl Grey with orange, coconut, lemon drop and, of course, chocolate - my favourite!
Aside from cupcakes, Life is Sweet offers so much more: candles, accessories, antique clocks, watering cans, and more importantly a great selection of original hand-drawn greeting cards. What’s not to like?!
Have I mentioned the Jazz festival, the fireworks, and art installations? That will be for another day then!
Miyese Ozcan has joined CFIB recently as Manager Partner Relations. She was born in Turkey, grew up in France and worked all across the world. She speaks four languages fluently and has travelled more than 50 countries. In her free time she enjoys discovering new restaurants, walking along the beach and good French books.