Instagrammable Restaurant Interiors in Toronto
In the past few years, Toronto has seen a huge boom in restaurant openings that are undeniably made for the ‘gram.’ Sad but true, serving up great food just isn’t enough anymore. The interior design of a restaurant now goes through a rigorous checklist of good lighting, ambiance and attention to detail.
While there are probably 30+ restaurants in Toronto that deserve to be on this list, I’ve narrowed it down to about nine of the most gorgeous and delicious restaurants this great city has to offer.
199 Augusta Ave.; greygardens.ca
From the moment you walk past the white security gate outside of Grey Gardens in Kensington Market, there’s an overwhelming feeling of “I need to take a photo.” Owner Jen Agg, a well-known restaurateur and author of “I Hear She’s a Real Bitch,” has done an incredible job with the interior design of Grey Gardens. The light-filled bar has the most stunning white vintage moulding, pastel blue bar stools, beautiful brass light fixtures and a modern palm-printed wall mural. Perfect for date night or brunch.
633 King St. West; oretta.to
For such a large space, not a single detail has been overlooked at Oretta. You’ll quickly notice the colourful zig-zag patterned tiles that extend from the floor up to the walls. This massive space is beautifully reminiscent of the art deco era with its sky-high arched ceilings and curved plush pink, gold-rimmed wall installation. Stop by Oretta any time of day for a quick coffee break, a casual lunch or a more sophisticated dining experience in the evening.
89 Harbord St.; cafecancan.com
Designed by Tiffany Pratt, renowned for her colourful, bright and playful aesthetic, this French bistro is sure to bring delight to Instagrammers and non-Instagrammers alike. No detail has been overlooked. From the floral printed wallpaper, leopard print painted ceiling to the pink brick walls, teal benches and flamingo painting, Café Cancan is an instant mood booster. Be sure to look behind the curtain left of the bar as it will reveal the most adorable hidden seating area donned with pink flamingo wallpaper. Café Cancan is the ideal spot for drinks with a group.
106 Broadview Ave.; thebroadviewhotel.ca
Formerly home to Jilly’s Strip Club, this historic Toronto landmark has emerged as the new Broadview Hotel. The front lobby, which houses the beautifully-designed café and bar, is anything but your ordinary hotel bar. What will catch your eye first is the massive wraparound bar showcasing hundreds of bottles and cocktail mixes. Look up and you’ll see a bright neon installation anchored to the ceiling. Look down, and you’ll want to snap a photo or two of the hexagonal tiled floors that jut out onto the wooden flooring. Whether you’re dropping in for drinks or dinner, you’ll enjoy the aesthetic and the cool vibes of the Broadview Hotel.
326 Adelaide St. West; kiintoronto.com
Kiin, which is a personal favourite on this list, is a Royal Thai restaurant where the food is just as beautiful as the interior design. The emerald green velvet benches, hexagon tile marble floor, family-photo style gallery wall and crystal light fixtures are just a few interior gems that make Kiin look and feel special.
849 Dundas St. West; lapalma.ca
La Palma makes its grand entrance with a burst of bright walls giving it that cool and casual West Coast vibe. This newly-renovated garage provides more than enough natural light to take a beautiful photo. Its neutral and tan tones are brightened up by the colourful abstract painted wall murals accompanied by brass wall sconces, marble tables and bold blue barstools. And the details don’t end there. Every plate is branded by La Palma in gold, cursive writing with perfectly-plated food that looks more like art.
176 Yonge St.; lenarestaurante.com
When this highly-anticipated restaurant opened inside the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship in Toronto, it did not disappoint. With its heavy Spanish and Italian art deco design influences, we were immediately smitten with the skyscraper-esque bar, grand staircase with original art deco railings and beautiful canary yellow and bright blue leather seating. Similar to Oretta, Lena offers up a casual but sophisticated dining experience.
88 Harbord St.; pianopianotherestaurant.com
Owned by Chef Victor Barry and designed by Tiffany Pratt, Piano Piano offers up a more sophisticated and sultry design than the playful Café Cancan, but isn’t without its own whimsy. The exterior of Piano Piano is hard not to notice as it features a massive pink floral mural that dresses the entire wall. Inside, the chic black accents, floral wallpaper and abstract art installation (by Barry’s young daughter) are what will have you snapping away. You’ll also want to casually make your way into the bathroom to have a peek at the gold swan faucets.