Day Trips / Food

Toronto in Winter: Winterlicious, Hot Chocolate & More!

So far, we’ve been lucky enough in Toronto to have a very mild winter! Usually by this time, we are knee deep in snow, and bundled up in down parkas. Winter will come, eventually, and when it does we’ll be ready! There are lots of fun things to do in this city as the temperature drops. asked me to gather a couple of my favourite things to do in Toronto when it gets cold outside, here are my top picks.


IMG_1694Winterlicious and Summerlicious are prixe fixe menu events in the city. For two glorious weeks, you can enjoy set menus at over 200 restaurants in Toronto! Although this happens again in the summer (hello, Summerlicious!), I have a soft spot for Winterlicious. I use it as a reason to get together with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, and it gives you something to look forward to in the winter! So how does it work? You can get a 3 course lunch for $18, $23 or $28, depending on the restaurant. Dinner starts at $25 and goes up to $45.

Feeling fancy? I recommend: Nota Bene, Lee, La Société

Want something a little more low key? I recommend: Bar Buca, Bannock, Colette Grand Cafe, Frida, Concession Road, La Papillion, Bar Buca, Pukka, Mildred Temple Kitchen,
In addition to all of those delicious restaurants, there’s also a series of culinary events! I’ll be having High Tea at Casa Loma, but there are also dinners hosted by popular chefs, and even a pasta making workshop! Tickets go fast, so get yours early. Check out the events here.

Distillery District


One of the most beautiful places to wander around when the city is covered with snow is the historic Distillery District. With its cobbled stones and winding pathways dotted with restaurants and cafes, there’s just something romantic about it. It’s also one of the best places in Toronto for a fantastic cup of hot chocolate.

Serious chocolate lovers have two solid options for hot chocolate.


Soma Chocolatemaker: This is the original chocolatier in the Distillery District. They are known for their Mayan Hot Chocolate. This dark chocolate drink can be served up as a shot or tempered out with milk or water. The delicious combination includes chili peppers and orange peels. They also have classic hot chocolate if that’s more your taste. You can also find an amazing range of chocolate bars and truffles here.


Cacao 70: This Montreal cafe has just landed in Toronto. They have an impressive range of hot chocolate from all around the world, including 76% dark chocolate from the Equator  to a mellow 31% french cream white chocolate.

Not enough chocolate for you? Visitors can also enjoy a bevy of chocolate desserts like a chocolate and marshmallow pizza, chocolate crepes and grilled marshmallows, just to name a few.

These are my favourite things to do in Toronto in January. What are yours?

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