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The Church and Wellesley area is affectionately known as the "Gay Village" and is one of Toronto's biggest tourist attractions.

Get in

By public transit

Take the Yonge subway to Wellesley station and walk one block east.

See

Do

  • 'elmspa', 557 Church St., Tel: +1 416 964-4500, Fax: +1 416 977-8611, Toll Free: +1 877 284-6348[1] an urban boutique spa that is natural, modern, and environmentally responsible. elmspa treatments are designed to de-stress, relax, and revitalize your soul.


  • Spa Excess, 105 Carlton St., Tel: +1 416 260-2363, Fax: +1 416 260-2290, Toll Free: +1 877 867-3301 [2] a men's bathhouse open 24/7/365. Clean, well kept w/ friendly staff. Wide demographic - probably the best of 6 or 7 baths in T.O Open Daily 24 hours.

Buy

Church Street

  • 724 Movies and More, 501A Church Street at Wellesley, [3] This local movie rental business is great for finding new releases and independent releases. All movie rentals are $4, between Monday and Thursday if you rent 2 you get a 3rd for free. The staff is friendly and helpful. This store does have some previously viewed movies for sale and does still carry VHS tapes.

Eat

On Church Street between Isabella to the north and Carlton to the south you will find more restaurants than just about anywhere in the city in a comparable distance (comparable to Greektown). The restaurants often suffer in Toronto's tourist districts, this is no exception. If you have to eat here, the take-out often beats sit-down, and you get to walk. There are several good "sub" joints north of Wellesley on Church. The key here is that you are eating as part of a larger plan to be out with friends for drinks, socializing, dancing and debauchery.

  • Byzantium - The "see and be seen" attitude restaurant and bar. Overpriced and not what it once was, but still the destination for that first date, a smart little cocktail or introducing the straight family to the village.
  • Cafe California - Been there longer than anyone else. Extremely popular. Dependable if unexciting menu. Great staff.
  • Church Street Diner - Cheap, basic, high calorie, "home cooked" meals.
  • Churchmouse & Firkin - English pub grub. Small summer patio.
  • Garage Sandwich Co at 509 Church St, north of Wellesley, is offers excellent and eclectic home made sandwiches. They aren't cheap, but they aren't unreasonable either, for the quality.
  • Ginger - Asian fast food. can be tasty but high calorie.
  • Hair of the Dog - Overpriced pub grub, but they have very good nachos.
  • Just Thai - The best part is food flexibility. They will make it any way you like, from mild to molten. Fun staff.
  • Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine, 6A Alexander Street, at Yonge [4]. Serves excellent Thai food and is very consistent in offering high quality meals. Lunch specials are available during day and the price is excellent. The atmosphere is very clean and quiet. Pi (pronounced Pee) means is a prefix of respect, takeout is also available. Be sure to try the pumpkin soup! Meals from under $10.
  • Pimblett's, 263 Gerrard. A charming fixture just west of Parliament. Beer is great, menus are pasted into old copies of Punch, and in the basement pub, you can see a portrait of the owner, Geoffrey Pimblett, dressed up as lovely as Queen Victoria.
  • PJ Mellons - Serviceable food.
  • Slack's - Newly licensed. Food is part of larger bar/socializing scene. Simple stuff.

Drink

  • Buddys in Bad Times Theatre is a theatre by day, club by night.
  • Crews & Tango, 508 Church Street. The quintessential gay bar/club in the gay village. 2 floors, 3 rooms, and weekly drag shows makes for a great night to town.
  • Woodys - The biggest bar in the city. Very friendly.

Sleep

Budget

  • HI-Toronto Youth Hostel, [5]

Mid-range

  • The Toronto Townhouse, [6]
  • Wellesley Manor Boutique Hotel, [7] 1(888)927-9820 or 416-927-9820 Centrally located in downtown Toronto this EuroStyle boutique hotel offers Elegant Mix Of Modern Comfort And Traditional Charm. Rates C$89 -- C$139

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