Let’s face it; there are a lot of lists out there. From the best greasy spoons, and pizza parlours to the finest purveyors of yarn and knitting accessories, the Internet has it all covered. The problem is that it really only seems to focus on mega cities like Toronto. As you may have noticed, Vaughan is becoming a major contender in the race for urbanization; just look at places like Avenue on 7, a new boutique-style community just minutes from the coming Vaughan Metropolitan Centre and TTC station. If these types of spots are popping up, why aren’t we concentrating some of those efforts on Vaughan? It has so much to offer.
Here’s a list of the top 10 hot spots in the area in no specific order:
Zona Caffe – A modern twist on classic Italian style and fare. Home to a beautiful Victoria Arduino espresso machine –regarded as the Ferrari of coffee makers- Zona has become the go-to java joint for those craving a perfectly pulled espresso, latte, or cappuccino. If you’re feeling peckish, try something from their hot table, it never disappoints.
McMichael Art Gallery – Featuring only Canadian art, the McMichael offers almost 6,000 pieces for viewing, ranging from a large collection of Group of Seven’s to beautiful First Nations and Inuit art. This is a true taste of culture in Vaughan, and an opportunity to enjoy some of Canada’s finest. Bring a camera along as the McMichael grounds offer up some incredible landscapes. Get the inspiration needed to create some art of your own.
The Burger’s Priest – Yes! The Toronto favourite now has a home in Vaughan, and their location on Weston Road is just as delicious as the original. Try one of their signature burgers like The Vatican, or something off of their secret menu like The Holy Smoke. Greasy, gooey, good!
Structube – If modern, angular furniture is your thing, you’ll definitely want to check out Structube. It’s a fashion forward Canadian company with lots of options for any and all of your furnishing and decorating needs. A great spot for condo sized furniture.
The Kortright Centre for Conservation – This is one of Vaughan’s greatest little gems. Go on an “Owl Prowl” and meet some live owls, learn owl calls, and enjoy a beautiful nature walk. As well, you can indulge in the centre’s Maple Syrup Festival, where you’ll see how our nation’s liquid gold is harvested and the best ways to serve it; lots of samples and treats along the way.
Vaughan Mills – If you haven’t been to this mall, you’re missing out. With over 200 retail stores and a vast selection of designers, food, and housewares at fantastic price points, this mall isn’t just a mall; it’s a luxury shopping experience. Check out Lucky Strike Lanes while you’re there and finish your day with some great drinks and boutique bowling.
Corsa Meccanica – Italian motorcycles aren’t just incredibly cool, they’re incredibly beautiful. Whether you’ve been riding all of your life, are looking to get into the sport, or just want to enjoy some sleek lines, visit Corsa Meccanica for a chic, gear-head inspired experience. Check out Moto Guzzi’s new V7 Café Racer while you’re there; it’s like stepping back in time.
Quality Cheese – Artisan cheese as it should be. Almerigo Borgo has been making cheese –by hand- since 1957, and his experience shines through his products. From fresh ricotta, bocconcini, and friulano, to a perfectly crafted and award winning buffalo mozzarella, you really can’t go wrong at aptly named Quality Cheese.
AC Milan Sports Centre – With over 93,000 square feet of space, this massive sports complex offers some really motivating, active options. Join a soccer league or get some one-on-one training from some of the best in the country. If you’re lucky you can catch AC Milan Academy or Scuola Calcio players doing their thing on one of the many indoor fields.
Memphis BBQ – Don’t be fooled by the looks of this place. If you’re craving some serious bbq in Vaughan, Memphis won’t disappoint! Slathered ribs, wings, and pulled pork highlight their menu, but if you’re really hungry opt for The Elvis combo which features all three items plus coleslaw, fries, baked beans, and cornbread! Wear your stretchy jeans to this one.