Young and vibrant. Mythic and grounded. The Annex is an authentic blend of old and new. It’s where trends are born and ideas run free.
Let’s call it, perfectly imperfect.
Annexed to Toronto in the late 19th century, the neighbourhood has preserved its distinctive character ever since thanks to activists and visionary urban planners.
Centrally located between Yorkville and Koreatown, we’ve partnered with the artists and shopkeepers who breathe life into this unique neighbourhood.
~ 2 minute walk
BMV Books471 Bloor Street West · 2 min walk
Pretty much Toronto’s version of The Strand. Spend countless hours perusing aisle upon aisle of new and used books. To this day, their philosophy remains to sell good books at affordable prices.
Why should you go? They have everything – from rare editions to surprising finds.
Brunswick House481 Bloor Street West · 2 min walk
Known colloquially as the “Brunny”, it was one of the oldest establishments in Toronto until its closing in 2016. First a hotel, then a pub, it became a famous Jazz bar where musicians such as Oscar Peterson and Muddy Waters liked to play in the 70s and 80s.
What’s the big deal? After 140 years in business, this Annex landmark is now a Rexall.
Ahimsa Yoga440 Bloor Street West · 2 min walk
The warmest, most welcoming yoga studio in the neighbourhood. Whether you’re a beginner, an expert or just looking to reconnect with your inner self, you’ll love it here.
What’s in it for you? Mindful teachings. Connection. Compassion.
The Burger’s Priest406 Bloor Street West · 2 min walk
The North’s version of In-N-Out, and with a secret menu to boot. Classic cheeseburgers with freshly ground, top quality beef, cooked on a flat top griddle. Nothing less, nothing more. Amen.
What’s in the secret sauce? We can’t tell you or else we’ll be excommunicated.
5 – 10 minute walk
Piano Piano88 Harbord Street · 8 min walk
Enjoy comforting Italian food in a whimsical setting. With Piano Piano, Chef Victor Barry has left his mark on the city’s culinary landscape. You may also want to try his new sister restaurant across the street, Café Cancan, a contemporary French bistro with pastel-coloured walls.
Why do we love it? Because family-friendly so rarely rhymes with gastronomy.
Harbord Fish & Chips147 Harbord Street · 5 min walk
Order their delicious yet unpretentious fish & chips for take out, or eat it outside on a picnic table. Fresh, friendly and affordable, this spot is known for being the best at what it does.
What’s for lunch? Quick and simple beer-battered goods.
Hot Docs Cinema506 Bloor Street W · 5 min walk
Year-round, this community cinema plays some of the best documentaries and even offers audiences a repertoire of fiction films, too. Their popular Doc Soup and True Crime Tuesday series are just two of the many special presentations on their program.
10 – 30 minute walk
Fat Pasha414 Dupont Street · 20 min walk
Bright, colourful and convivial are words we’d use to describe Anthony Rose’s Israeli cuisine at Fat Pasha. Mixing street food mezzes with traditional Shabbat dishes, this place doesn’t take anything too seriously. Except maybe flavour.
What’s on the menu? Creative cocktails, grilled meats, and a whole roast cauliflower to die for.
Sonic Boom Records215 Spadina Avenue · 27 min walk
So technically, Sonic Boom is no longer located in the Annex. Their success brought them to the downtown core, though they never forgot their roots. Born and bred here, this independent record store has forged a loyal community of music lovers who enjoy crate-digging late into the night. The records in your room? That’s their fault.
What’s so great about it? Open until 10pm with knowledgeable staff – it’s worth the detour.
Vesta Lunch474 Dupont Street · 16 min walk
Since 1955 this classic 24 hour diner has seen it all. If you’re out really really late, or craving a cheap, greasy breakfast the next morning, look no further.
When should you go? Most likely when you’re drunk. Or hungover. Or both.
Bar Begonia474 Dupont Street · 18min walk
Before dinner at Fat Pasha, grab a drink four-blocks down at another Anthony Rose joint, Bar Begonia. Paris meets Brooklyn in this darkly lit den of cool.
What are they known for? A selection of local ciders and appetizers à la Française.