April has the potential to be a great month. Spring is here, our beloved Toronto Six has won their first Isobel Cup (of many) and the city is inching closer to electing a new mayor (one that won’t suck this time, please). Cruise through this month with new hot restaurant openings, fun events and spring flingin’.

Here’s what’s happening in Toronto this month.

The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show is happening this weekend! Grab tickets to this fun upcycled event April 1st and 2nd at the Queen Elizabeth Building by Exhibition Place. While you’re there, pop over to snag foodie finds and Cricut ideas at the One of a Kind Show, at the very nearby Enercare Centre also until April 2nd.

State of Mind and The Illusion of Choice is coming Thursday – Sunday Evenings from April 6th-30th to Casa Loma. Tickets are $80 and include a twisted tour of the tunnels. The Illusion of Choice is led by Lawrence Larouche who specializes in blowing your mind and bucking conventional magic.

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Easter eats and treats abound this month, but we’re flocking for the menu at J’s Steak Frites. The classic combo of steak + frites gets the spring treatment via the dessert menu, with an impressive Mango Passion Fruit Cheesecake addition by in-house Pastry Chef Tara Tang.

We’ve also been that bitch in front of you more than once snapping up all of Craig’s new easter cookies, with Cadbury Mini Egg. Sorry/not sorry. Easter flavours also include Cadbury Creme Egg, Carrot Cake, Skor, Kinder Suprise, Rainbow Bright and Classic, get them while you can at Craig’s Cookies.

And if you’re a dip sauce lover like us, then don’t miss your chance to snag this novelty Pizza Pizza mini Dip Roller! If you’ve ever struggled at awkward angles trying to dunk that crust then this innovative wonder is for you. Visit diproller.ca to enter for your chance to win your very own.

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Here’s what’s NEW in Toronto this month.

Earls is opening this month at Yorkdale. The eponymous eatery is known for its addictive menu and eclectic drink offerings. This launch marks the 6th location for the brand in Toronto. The Yorkdale location will open on April 21st and include Yorkdale-only items like a Seafood Tower and Passion Fruit Chili Margarita.

Paris Bakery Baguette has opened. This international bakery boasts pretty cakes, deluxe coffee and savoury items too. The crowds are real, so get there early for the best selection.

Pizzeria Libretto is looking for staff for its north-end commissary kitchen, spotted on Alden Road.

Bar Habana has moved. The east-end brunch spot is joining forces with its Ossington sister, La Cubana. Look for the soft opening later this month.

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Bar Habana moves west

Barkat, a modern Indian fine dining restaurant coming to Queen Street West.

Tavern Tamblyn is serving bistro-style French fare on the Danforth, just west of Coxwell. A short, seasonal menu is complemented by great wine and tasty cocktails. Reserve a seat at the kitchen bar and watch the chefs work their magic, creating beautiful bowls of bouillabaisse, mussels, gougères topped with melted, Gruyère and a jaw-dropping boeuf bourguignon. A massive side patio is just waiting for summer too.

CAN’T WAIT- COMING SOON TO TORONTO!

New locations of Fresh Kitchen + Juice are coming! We have a full juicy interview with Ruth Tal, founder of the brand, stay tuned for details on these new west-end locations.

There are steakhouses, and then there are Kobe-Beef Certified Restaurants. A new breed of beef-minded menus is coming to the core. Meet Black + Blue, a destination for a refined steakhouse experience. Fronted by Glowbal Restaurant Group, they’ve been grilling on the west coast in Vancouver for a minute. Book reservations starting May 1st at this new King West hotspot.

Joystar Cafe is opening soon on Yonge Street. The cafe is located on the east side, across from our friends at Grounded Coffee Bar.

A slam dunk for basketball fans, the soon-to-open NBA Restaurant will be helmed by Top Chef Canada Season 9 winner Erica Karbelnik. Erica has been drafted to oversee the menu development for the sports-themed concept. Sounds like a win to us.

Pompette owners have now added a bakery to their roster. Bakery Pompette is now open on College Street. Croissants and beautiful pastries are all housed in a gorgeous space. Yes, please!

MORE SPRING OPENINGS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT…

Ruby Soho is getting a little sister. Liberty Soho is inching closer to the big unveil in Liberty Village. Known for chuggable cocktails and bar bites, this casual resto-bar has been a bright spot on King Street West since it opened in 2020.

Redpath Coffee and Redpath Restaurant are both coming to, wait for it, Redpath Avenue! The prime coffee location at this midtown hub means there’s so much potential for these projects. Stay tuned as we await this buzzy opening.

Maker Pizza on Bayview is opening, south of Eglinton. Housed in a new condo-build, look for this pizza joint to open in the coming months.

Char Bistro is opening on Wellington Street, in Old Town, where Bravi once stood. Look for this opening later this summer.

APRIL CLOSING TIME

Lai Wah Heen has closed. The city’s signature dim sum restaurant closed in March after decades on Chestnut Street.

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All images by Libby Roach.