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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.

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


Church Street

  • 724 Movies and More, 501A Church Street at Wellesley, [2] 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.


Max_Tor Review of Boystown Eats 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 key here is that you are eating as part of a larger plan to be out with friends for drinks, socializing, dancing and debauchery. You won't find any Bymark, Rain or Canoe class munchies here, but that's not what you came for, right? Here are a few words about them, going from north to south

  • Church Street Diner - cheap, basic, high calorie, "home cooked" meals
  • Slack's - Grrl-run. Newly licensed. food is part of larger bar / socializing. Simple stuff.
  • Pizza Pizza - no surprises
  • Ginger - asian fast food. can be tasty but high calorie.
  • Byzantium - the "see and be seen" 'tude restaurant and bar. Overpriced. 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.
  • Il Fornello - huge investment in a very New York room (nice). Too bad they did not invest equally in the food. Poor slow service is the norm (based on 3 visits over 2 months). Waaaaaaaaay overpriced for what you get.
  • PJ Mellons - serviceable food.
  • Lub - trendy little snacks with your trendy little drinks before dancing
  • Cafe California - been there longer than anyone else. Extremely popular. Dependable, if unexciting menu. Great staff.
  • Just Thai - best part is food flexibility. They will make it any way you like, from mild to molten. Fun staff.
  • O'Grady's - Irish pub grub. big summer patio. This place has overpriced, bad food and service. For the money it costs to eat here, try something up or down the street.
  • Churchmouse & Firkin - English pub grub across the street. small summer patio.
  • Trattoria Al Forno - another longstanding presence. Simple Italian. popular. Good service generally.
  • Hair of the Dog - Overpriced pubgrub. Very good natchos.

Another Review The restaurants often suffer in tourist districts, this is no exception. If you have to eat here, the take-out often beats sit-down, and you get to walk. Several good "sub" joints north of Wellesley on Church.

  • Garage Sandwich Co at 509 Church St, north of Wellesley, is one of these. Offering excellent and eclectic home made sandwiches, they aren't cheap, but they aren't unreasonable either, for the quality.
  • With what you save on lunch, spend a bit more and eat dinner at Pimblett's, a charming fixture on Gerrard just west of Parliament (number 263). 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 luvly as Queen Victoria.
  • Pi-Tom's Thai Cuisine, 6A Alexander Street, at Yonge [3] is located just off Yonge Street. 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.


"CREWS & TANGO " at 508 Church Street is the quintessential gay bar/club in the gay village. 2 floors, 3 rooms, and weekly drag shows makes for a great night to town.

"Buddy's in Bad Times Theatre" is a theatre by day, club by night.

"Woodys" - the biggest bar in the city. Very friendly.


  • The Toronto Townhouse, [4]
  • HI-Toronto Youth Hostel, [5]





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