Being a major city, Toronto is also home to some major, cheap places to eat.
Bond Place Hotel , close to Dundas Square.
Hotel Victoria Downtown, excellent location.
Super 8 Downtown Toronto, comfortable and value-packed.
Holiday Inn Express Toronto – Downtown, free hot breakfast bar.
Hungry for great food at a great price? One place to start is by perusing the latest Toronto food and drink deals on Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities. Visit the Toronto “Food & Drink” Groupon page and you’ll find savings from 40% and up on breakfast, lunch and dinner spots. The Toronto “Food & Drink” Groupon page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Toronto visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.
If sushi is one of your favourite foods, Toronto offers up many affordable options so you can enjoy your sushi on the cheap. If you’re cruising Bloor Street, and the craving strikes, Big Sushi is a great cheap eats spot to hit. Nosh on a 16-piece lunch deal for $8.95 or get 20 pieces for only $10. If you find yourself in the downtown area, visit Avocado Sushi and whip up your own 10-piece roll special for $7.95.
Italian food fans who like to enjoy a good deal at the same time, will appreciate Café Diplimatico, at College and Clinton in Little Italy. Pasta primavera, chicken parmigiana, fusilli, pizza—all the classic Italian staples are here and everyday there’s a different special for between $10-$13. The portions are generous too, perfect when you want to stock up on the carbs before heading out for more sightseeing.
If the smell of bacon curls your tail, you’ve got to venture to Rashers. All they do at this cheap eats place in Toronto is whip up delicious take-out sandwiches made with bacon. The fare is simple, the ingredients are quality, and the prices start at around $7.
Chinatown is one of the most popular spots for visitors to Toronto. If you’re exploring the area during the week between 1:30 P.M. and 4:00 P.M., make a detour to the Gold Diamond restaurant for a fantastic cheap eats special—dim sum starting at $1.88. Feel like something heartier? One of the best food deals in Chinatown is the Vietnamese assorted sub sandwich at Nguyen Huong–it’s just $2.
Serious refueling on your plate? Only one solution will do—a buffet of course. The Mt. Everest Restaurant, an Indian and Nepalese spot, is a fabulous cheap place to eat in Toronto with a buffet boasting curries, vegetable dishes, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, naan and desserts to boot. Ascend the buffet at Mt. Everest for only $10—now that’s thrifty!
Spend a week in any city and chances are, at some point, you’ll have a hankering for some good, honest chicken wings. If this pang in your stomach occurs on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday you’re thrifty side will be satisfied too, because throughout Toronto you’ll find great deals on chicken wings at cheap eats places across the city.
Up for something truly fun and different for dinner while visiting Toronto? Make reservations at O.Noir, Toronto’s only dine in the dark restaurant. Book your table at this fun thing to do and enjoy a delicious three-course meal in total darkness and gain a better understanding of what life as a blind person would be like.
At O.Noir no cell phones, light up watches, or cigarette lighters are permitted to ensure the entire two-hour dining experience remains free of the intrusion of light.
Prior to entering the restaurant the O.Noir hostess comes around to ask you for your dinner selection from the menu, or, if you’re truly into the spirit of the night, you can opt for the surprise starter, entrée and dessert, and really put your senses to the test as you try to guess what you are eating.
Another unique aspect of O.Noir is that the entire wait staff is visually impaired. You’ll marvel at their ability to lead you to your table and flawlessly navigate their way through the dining area, which holds up to 120 people, to bring your party’s drinks and meals.
O.Noir is very popular and fills up fast, so plan ahead and be sure to make a reservation a few days before your visit. THRIFTY TIP: If you’re planning to dine in the dark at O.Noir on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night, you can usually save with a Groupon deal. Just go to the Groupon Toronto page and search for “O.Noir”.
Feel like a drink? Libations for less can found at a variety of places in Toronto. For cheap beer, one of the best places is Nirvana on College Street where you can enjoy a domestic brew on Wednesday for only $3.25. Stop by The Lakeview Restaurant on any day, and you can order a pint for just $4. If you’re planning to stay a while, the Wide Open Bar is the ultimate thrifty place to be. On Mondays you can order a pitcher of beer and get a second one free. And if you stop by on a Thursday, between 5:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M., all drinks—including mixed drinks—are just $2.50. Wine lover? Share a bottle for half price by rendezvousing, on a Wednesday, at Czehoski.
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If you have your heart set on seeing the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre do them all on the cheap by getting yourself a Toronto CityPASS.
This is an awesome thrifty thing to do—you’ll save over 40% on the combined, regular admission price for these five attractions.
Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or as a family it’s hard to beat the value of the Toronto CityPASS. To learn more about what the Toronto CityPass has to offer, check out the short video below.