5 Spots in Toronto Every Young Professional Should Know About

From coffee shops to speakeasies and restaurants worthy of your weekend date nights, these 5 recommendations will introduce young professionals to a city-life dream. Just moved to town? It's time to discover your new landscape and create amazing memories in downtown Toronto, the city of culture, art and innovation. 


~ Late Night Get Togethers ~

D.W ALEXANDER

19 Church St, Toronto M5E 1M2

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This underground gem is the perfect venue to grab happy hour drinks and scout for some new city friends. With its warm but open concept, amazing cocktails and great music, once you walk through the door of D.W Alexander I guarantee you'll instantly fall in love.

Recommended Drinks:

Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whisky, Old Fashioned & Amaretto Sour

Meeting up with old friends or trying to get to know some new ones? Swing over to D.W Alexander early (5pm weekdays, 8pm weekends) to score a booth. This place is just radiating with good vibes.  In need of happy hour munchies? They serve a well-rounded cheese platter ($18) with essentials like brie and walnuts, to whatever fresh additions they stumble upon at the St. Lawrence Market located across the corner on Market St. 

Reservations will start to pour in around 10pm which is when you'll most likely lose your seat especially if you didn't make reservations beforehand, but no need to fret. D.W Alexander turns into more of a social lounge when the night gets going, you're going to want to be up and about instead of closed off in a group anyway. 


~ Date Night ~

BYBLOS

11 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5V 3M2

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If this Eastern Mediterranean restaurant doesn't bring a spark to your date, nothing will. With its evening low-lighting, amazingly curated dining selection and highly rated specialty cocktails, Byblos has everything to make your date night, perfect. 

Whether you're new to the area or a local, your date is sure to be impressed with your eclectic taste in fine dining when you bring them here. 

Recommended Selections From the Menu:

Organic House Labneh

Fennel + Honey + Olive Oil + Barbari Bread

Lamb Rack

Muhammara + Middle Eastern Gremolata + Coriander Salt

Recommended Cocktail:

The Geographer

Tanqueray Gin, Pistachio Orgeat, Apricot, Orange Blossom, Lemon, Egg White, Sumac. A silky gin sour with a touch of nuttiness from the pistachio and stone fruit from the apricot

KINKA IZAKAYA

 4775 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 5M5  |  398 Church St, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2  |   559 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

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Okay, stay with me here. If you've ever heard of this place then you know it's high in energy and usually kind of loud, but if you're looking for a unique date night experience, with amazing cultural flare, you won't find a better place than this. If your date can appreciate what this place brings to our city, you may have just found yourself a winner. 

Kinka Izakaya is inviting, open and promises to bring a lot of laughter to your evening out. Their menu is also overflowing with traditional and modern Japanese specialties made for sharing. 

Recommended Selections From the Menu:

Okonomiyaki

Deep fried Japanese pancake w/ squid, tonkatsu sauce and mayo.

Takoyaki

Deep fried octopus balls with tonkatsu sauce and mayo. 

Recommended Drinks:

Sapporo (on tap) / Sake Mojito


~ Caffeine Escapes ~

FAHRENHEIT COFFEE

120 Lombard St, Toronto, ON M5C 3H5   |   592 Richmond Street W Toronto, ON

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This is my favourite coffee shop in Toronto. Their bean selection is heaven, I've never had a smoother cup of coffee in my life. My favourite? The Diablo. With flavour notes of peanut butter, molasses and dark chocolate you can't go wrong. Grab it as a latte or my personal favourite combo, a hit-and-run (shot of expresso followed by a cup of coffee to go) 

The size of this coffee shop is small so sometimes you'll be lucky if you're not waiting in line just outside the door, but that's only a testament to how good their coffee is. 

Recommended Drink:

Diablo as a Latte <3

Their baked goods selection is also made fresh, so whatever you choose to pair with your cup of joe is unlikely to disappoint. 

DINEEN COFFEE

140 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 1X6

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Thanks to their professional and friendly staff, excellent coffee and amazing layout, Dineen Coffee is the perfect spot for business meetups, dates and lazy Saturday afternoons. It's one of those places that will never disappoint. From their locally sourced baked goods selection to the chocolate ganache they have churning all day to be used in their signature mochas, everything about this shop is fresh, local and ready to impress. 

Recommended Drink:

Vanilla Latte - smooth, creamy and delicious this vanilla latte will transport you.