5 Tropical Toronto Hot Spots
If you can’t wait for your next tropical vacation, end your winter hibernation by checking out these Toronto tropic-themed spots that are guaranteed to have you thinking sunny thoughts.
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160 College St.
If you’re itching for a wellness retreat in Bali, try the next best thing in University of Toronto’s Terrence Donnelly Centre. Designed by talented landscape architect Diana Gerrard, the building’s atrium houses a breathtaking lush bamboo forest. Step into tranquility and take a moment to ground yourself in this urban city oasis.
Hula Girl Espresso Boutique
2473 Dundas St. W.; hulagirlespresso.com
Aloha from Junction-favourite Hula Girl Espresso Boutique. Hula Girl offers high-quality coffee with beans from locations like Costa Rica and Guatemala. The twinkle lights and Hawaiian décor create the perfect ambience for unwinding indoors with a rich and flavourful espresso.
Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen
104 Portland St.; chubbysjamaican.com
For a quick, vibrant getaway, grab a bite at Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen in the Fashion District. Hanging plants, pineapple light fixtures, and an open-fire jerk pit grill in this carefully re-designed 1890s row house create the illusion you’re eating on the beach. Start your meal with delicious ackee and saltfish bites and the spicy jerk chips to share, then indulge in the grilled shrimp lettuce wraps or order the finger-licking jerk pork platter. Don’t forget a fruity cocktail to complete your mini getaway.
1279 Queen St. W.; missthings.com
Colourful and refined, Miss Thing’s is a Hawaiian-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant that gives you all the Waikiki feels. From pretty Hawaiian Hibiscus murals to mid-century Bertoia wire golden chairs, every detail here counts. The beautifully-crafted cocktails served in playful tiki mugs make this spot the perfect tropical destination. Favourites include the Fuzzy Wawa poured in a hollowed-out coconut shell, and the Our Tai cocktail served in an elaborate pineapple.
The Shameful Tiki Room
1378 Queen St. W.; shamefultikiroom.com/toronto
Head on over to The Shameful Tiki Room for what feels like an all-inclusive vacation under the stars. With its kitschy tiki-themed décor, dim red lighting and a live band on Thursdays, this bar provides an exotic escape without a passport. Try their Polynesian eats paired with a tropical vintage cocktail like the retro Pago Pago or a classic Mai Tai. If you’re feeling adventurous, go all out and order the Volcano Bowl or Mystery Bowl – but be prepared for pyrotechnics and fanfare.
Snap a photo! The Shameful Tiki Room has one of the most instagrammable cocktails in Toronto.