Whether you like it or not, Toronto, January is here. There are exactly 31 days to take it all in. After you have eased into the new year it’s time to dust yourself off and make the most of the month.

If you’re looking to escape the city, we have some suggestions for glorious staycations. But if you’re stuck in the six, here are our suggestions to make the 31 days fly by.

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

The Toronto Tea Festival is taking over the reference library on January 28 and 29th. Don your best and be sure to pop those pinky’s out when trying and tasting hundreds of hot cuppas. Tickets go for $12.

Tuck in tight at The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto for some apres-ski-themed fun, skiing optional. We’re drooling over the fondue menus, only available Tuesday nights at d|bar. Book ahead for this winter-approved dining experience fourseasons.com/toronto/dining.

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

Antonio Park is bouncing back after his flop-house restaurant with Drake shuttered in mere months. (RIP Pick 6ix, we hardly knew ya.) His new digs are much more refined, as is the food, which is a Japanese approach to steak and seafood restaurants. The gorgeous space crowns Eataly in Yorkville. AP is now open in the Manulife Centre.

Bad Blowfish Cafe is now open on Bayview Avenue. This cute cafe offers coffee, salads, desserts and savoury eats.

coffee latte

Parquet is now open on Harbord Street. A restaurant opened by two lawyers doesn’t bring a ton of confidence but they’ve wisely paired with Chef Jeremy Dennis (Chantecler, Woodlot).

CAN’T WAIT- COMING SOON TO TORONTO!

Aloette is a go, literally, at Yonge and Eglinton. Permit signs indicate it will be dubbed Aloette Go, nestled next to a Dollarama, and in the thick of the food scene at Yonge and Eg.

A massive Earls is going in at Yorkdale. The casual eatery is being built out overlooking the 401 and parking lots. Look for this project to go well into ’23 as they break ground on a new era of mall dining.

Earls Restaurants are known for the modern take on comfortable dining

Near the top of Avenue Road, Old Avenue Restaurant and Bakery is a cute find. Owner Esther is committed to offering homestyle pastries and goodies with a neighbourhood feel.

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 constant growth and neverending development at this midtown hub mean 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 new year.

Mumbaikar is coming to Yonge and Lawrence. The Indian restaurant also will operate as a bar, a perfect fit for this thirsty pocket.

JANUARY CLOSING TIME

Joy Thai Restaurant at Yonge and Lawrence is closing. The beloved Thai restaurant has been operating for years on Yonge Street, by Lawrence.

Marben and the clandestine The Cloak Bar are closing and taking John’s Burger, the best in the city, with it. We hope to hear more

Marben fried chicken
Marben offered excellent takeout options too, like this crispy fried chicken

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Lead photo of the Four Seasons Lobby, Toronto.