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Toronto aka Hollywood North

By Travel Savvy

Oh Canada! We’re talking about Toronto today, aka “Hollywood North.” Lots of hit shows film in this dynamic city, including Handmaid’s Tale and YouTube’s Impulse. Book a trip and plan on enjoying excellent food, culture and nightlife while you keep an eye out for movies stars, Toronto Raptor’s star Kawhi Leonard, and of course, musician Drake. 

Here are four hotspots where you’ll possibly spot some of your favorite Canadian-based celebs.


Pick 6ix Sports Bar

33 Yonge Street


This Drake-affiliated popular local hangout attracts a lively crowd with bar-food dishes like buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, baby-back ribs and nachos. Expect a clubby feel and a see-and-be-seen vibe complete with velvet ropes. It’s a great place to cozy up to the bar and watch the game. Go Raptors!


Jimmy’s Coffee

Jimmy’s Coffee

191 Baldwin



Apparently Toronto locals know to look for singer Sean Mendes at coffee shops all over town, and when they see him, they post a YouTube video or talk about it on twitter. One of his apparent favorite java shops is Jimmy’s.  There are eight locations across the city, but we like the one in Kensington Market, with its boho vibe and lots of cute boutiques nearby. 



Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

188 University Avenue



There are lots of excellent luxury hotels in Toronto, which makes sense given that this city is known as “Hollywood North.” Both the Four Seasons Hotel and the Ritz Carlton are perfect for those looking for posh accommodations, but we love the gorgeous rooms at Shangri-la Toronto, each showcasing the brand's Asian-inspired design asthetic.

This property is consistently praised for the excellent staff and service  as well as its onsite Hammamm Spa by CAUDALIE PARIS. The hotel was an "Official Hospitality Partner of the Toronto International Film Festival" last year. Drop in for a drink at the lobby bar, particularly during after work hours, for some fun people watching.



Looking for something fun to do? Head to Spin, an international chain of table tennis clubs and bars with a 12,000-sq ft downtown Toronto location, where you can play ping pong, watch a game on the big screens, and enjoy inventive cocktails and a full menu.  Originally launched in New York City by actress Susan Sarandon, this ‘rec room for adults’ has expanded to include 9 locations.


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