With a population of 2.79 million (5.5 million in the Greater Toronto Area), Toronto is Canada’s largest city and the fourth largest in North America. It is also the centre of our world here at Chowbella.
Built on a network of charming yet vibrant neighbourhoods, Toronto is likely the world’s most multi-cultural city, with more than 200 distinct ethnic origins calling it home. As such, you can expect to find authentic experiences from every corner of the world here.
From a culinary point of view, the city is experiencing a gastronomic renaissance at the moment. While celebrity chefs like Daniel Boulud, Scott Conant and David Chang have recently opened restaurants here, it is actually our home-grown talent that is getting critical acclaim and putting Toronto on the world’s culinary map. From upscale dining to casual bistros and local farmers’ markets to ethnic street food, there’s something to suite everyone’s taste. Won’t you explore with us?
Food for Thought
- In 2012, St. Lawrence Market was named the world’s best market by National Geographic magazine. First stop: Carousel Bakery for the famed Back Bacon on a Bun sandwich.
- Until recently, food trucks were illegal on public property. Today, you can find them in select parks and at private events everywhere.
- Toronto is 90 minutes from Buffalo, 4.5 hours from Detroit and 4-5 hours from Ottawa and Montreal. It is an easy one-hour flight from many major US cities, such as New York, Chicago and Boston, making it the perfect weekend getaway.
- As with other world-class cities, Toronto is teeming with culture – theatre, live music, opera, symphony, art galleries and museums, fine dining and nightlife – not to mention endless sporting and leisure activities.
- We recommend this city for everyone. It is an ideal destination for singles, couples, families, foodies, culture and sports enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys the energy of a vibrant city.
When to Go
Toronto is the perfect destination to travel to any time of year. Regardless of the season there are plenty of foodie things to do in this vibrant city, including food tours, street festivals, farmers’ markets, wine/beer tasting events, food trucks, world-class dining and more. Visit Tourism Toronto for a list of what’s happening in Toronto.
QUEEN & KING WEST FAVOURITES TOUR
6 stops, 8 tastings, 2 neighbourhoods, 3 mouth-watering hours
As Canada’s largest metropolis, Toronto is a mecca for world-class cuisine. Walk down any major street and you will be find dining options that cater to any and every craving. As exciting as this is, it can also be a little intimidating, especially as a visitor to the city, because, if you’re like us, you want to skip the tourist traps and go straight to where the locals go.
Well, fret no more! We’ve put some of our favourite stops on Chowbella’s signature neighbourhood culinary tour. A merging of our former and highly popular Chocolate and Cheese Crawl and Global Bites tours, this refreshed tour takes you on a leisurely stroll along Queen Street West – touted by Vogue Magazine as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods – and King West, where you will discover popular local hangouts, hidden gems, trendy new locales and various ethnic cuisines.
Duration: 3 hours
Start Time: Saturdays at 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $69/person + applicable taxes and ticketing fees.
What’s Included: All food and beverage samples
Capacity: 14 guests
What to Wear/Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, camera, shopping bag for purchases, water bottle, rain gear depending on forecast for the day.
Meeting Point: SOMA Chocolatemaker, 443 King Street West.
Conditions: Tours run rain or shine. This tour is not suitable for those who are gluten-or lactose-intolerant. Vegetarians can easily be accommodated however vegan is not an option, unfortunately. As any food tour should be, this tour is quite filling, therefore we recommend you enjoy a light meal or abstain from eating beforehand.
Note: This tour does not begin and end in the same location. Street parking has a three-hour limit so we would suggest parking at a local “Green P” lot.
Private Tours Available
Our food tours can also be customized for groups and private tours. They make ideal outings for:
- Special occasions – birthday and anniversary celebrations, bachelor and bachelorette parties
- Corporate functions – team outings, client appreciation, networking functions
- Family Outings - family reunions, girls’/guys’ weekends in the city, etc.
For the fall and winter months, private walks can only be accommodated on Sundays for groups of 6-14 people (and Saturdays provided there aren’t any public tours already booked.) Advance bookings are required and arrangements can be made by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +1 (416) 483.8030. A culinary travel planner will get back to you within 24 hours to confirm availability and finalize the details. Pricing is determined by group size and an 18% gratuity will be added to private tours.
Group tours not your thing? We can also create custom, self-guided itineraries that allow you to enjoy the tour at your own pace. Enquire!
Have additional questions? Please see our Commonly Asked Questions page for information that applies to all tours.
Group tours not your cup of tea? Our custom self-guided itineraries just might be the perfect alternative for you.
Whether you’re passionate about finding the best cheese shop, farmers’ market, cooking school or dining destination, or simply need guidance on where to eat and what to see, we make it easy by creating custom self-guided Basic (half-day) and Premium (full-day) culinary-themed itineraries to match the tastes and budgets of any clientele, including individual travelers, couples, families, groups and businesses. Every spot we recommend has been personally visited by our team and has our full stamp of approval, ensuring you have the most enjoyable and memorable experience possible.
To order a custom itinerary, purchase either the Basic (5-6 stops) or Premium (8-10 stops) option and we will get back to you promptly with a questionnaire that will help us further define your needs, tastes and desires. We will then create a bespoke experience, including directions to each stop, and send it to you as a PDF within seven days.
Basic itinerary ($65)
Premium itinerary ($110)
NOTE: Price includes detailed itinerary, recommendations on what to sample, pertinent information about each location (hours of operation, address, phone number, etc.) and directions. Food samples, meals, and all other purchases are at your own expense
All itineraries are self-guided to allow you the freedom to explore Toronto’s culinary scene at your own pace. Should you wish to participate in a guided tour, you are more than welcome to join in on one of our public walks or we’d be happy to arrange a private tour for an additional fee.