At NKPR, the film festival is our favourite time of year. And it’s not just because of the IT Lounge, our can’t-miss pop-up shop loaded with star-worthy finds, or the talented celebs who pay IT a visit.
It’s because the film festival shines a global light on our city, and we get to share it and show it off to the stars, the media and all the other visitors who settle in for the cinematic action.
Looking for the best spots to star gaze, hang out or get a hit of festival-worthy style? We know just the place!
What gets us through the film festival? Food, of course! Here’s where we – and the stars – will be noshing (and sipping!) into the moonlight hours.
These King West and Mink Mile restos will be swarming with glitterati looking to see and be seen. To escape the hordes, try Briscola for some of Toronto’s finest rustic Italian in charming Little Italy.
- Brassaii (461 King St. W.) – Kick it on King West at this luxe lounge and patio.
- Canteen (330 King St.W.) – Located on the ground-level of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this is the best place to star-spot over lunch.
- La Société (131 Bloor Street W.) – Had your (ahem) “fill” of Toronto? Try Paris for dinner, or weekend brunch.
- Briscola (501 College St.) – Little Italy’s coolest hideout is a cozy escape from downtown crowds.
Recharge your batteries and satisfy your sweet tooth. Running around town all day calls for the occasional self-indulgent cupcake, no?
- Baker Street (Loblaws, Sobeys, IT Lounge) – Cupcake connoisseurs rejoice! Baker Street is stocking the IT Lounge with their decadent desserts.
- SOMA (443 King St.W.) – When a corner store candy bar just won’t do, try SOMA’s handmade artisan chocolate.
- Little Nicky’s (375 Queen St.W., Entrance on Peter St.) – A staple in every NKPRers daily diet, we dig Little Nicky’s laid-back vibe… and their old-fashioned mini donuts. YUM!
- Cool Hand Luc (545 King St.W.) – The real film fest scoop? This premium purveyor of ice cream on King West.
Whether you’re dancing all night or simply taking the edge off a long day, some bar and cocktail suggestions to go with your flow. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
- IT Lounge (312 Adelaide St.) – The stars will sample special SKYY Vodka Festival Cocktails every day at the NKPR IT Lounge. Taste them yourself at SKYY Vodka’s official festival events. And to ensure media and celebs stay hydrated, we’ll also be stocked with Hollywood’s favourite water: FIJI Water.
- Tattoo Rock Parlour (567 Queen St.W.) – The ultimate hangout for Alt-grunge groupies.
- This is London (364 Richmond St.W.) – For ex-pat party-goers who like to dance it off.
- Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen St.W.) – We listed Ultra as a top spot to star gaze – because with a 4 a.m. license, it’s sure to be an after-hours destination for celebs and their entourages.
Missed part 1 in our film festival guide? Get the lowdown on hotspots, hangouts and star-gazing sites here!