Toronto, Canada
Claire, 30
Corporate Development/Dancing Queen
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Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Paris Paris!

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Toronto?

LAKEVIEW (dundas and ossington!)

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

When is it not? Bundle up and hit one of the museums, dash in and out of art galleries and then pick a bar with food and cozy up. Stick it out, put in a shift in a dark corner and talk to the locals.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

I let Toronto impress. Head to one of the countless bars, restaurants or parks and the city with its amazing people will do the rest.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Saving Grace, Beir Market, The Drake

Your perfect night out in Toronto includes:

Ossington strip from Queen to Dundas! Tequila at Represado, dancing at Baby Hueys and maybe catch a show at the Painted Lady.

Which local creators do you admire?

Hayley Elsaesser!

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The bridge on Bathurst between front and lakeshore. when walking south after crossing the bridge look back at the city to your east. It's a rare view of Toronto that doesn't have a view of the CN tower. I don't know why, but I've always loved this view.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Hit up Kensington market because you'll have the most options! Everything from a doner, a slice of za, or a cup of fries. The best, destination wise – my favourite is Mean Bao at Queen and Bathurst.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Toronto. How do you spend it?

I'd walk down Queen and back down Dundas. Hit patios, go into stores. The city is so amazing you don't have to plan it out - just let the city take you.

You’re meeting the mayor of Toronto - what constructive criticism would you give them?

A better transportation system. But this is known.

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