The Beaches, or The Beach depending on who you ask, is a well-known spot for summer adventures, but there’s lots of opportunity for fall fun in The Beaches too. Check out these five hot spots that are sure to please, even when the weather is not.
The Burger’s Priest
1636 Queen Street East | www.theburgerspriest.com | (416) 346-0617
When the craving for a good quality burger hits nothing satisfies like The Burger’s Priest. Located at the west end of the Beaches, The Burger’s Priest serves up a variety of decadent burgers that have converted locals lining up out the door. This small, unassuming joint is easily passed by for some of the trendier restaurants further east on Queen Street, but if you appreciate fresh ground, never frozen, beefy deliciousness, and care more about taste than trend, you need go no further east. The Burger’s Priest is closed on Sundays and only accepts cash. It has a few stools for dining in, but most customers opt for the take-out experience and head to nearby Ashbridges Bay or Woodbine Beach Park to eat their food.
Ashbridges Bay and Woodbine Beach Parks
Ashbridges Bay and Woodbine Beach Park sit next to each other on Lake Ontario. Both of these parks are wonderful places to take a fall stroll. Lovely views of the lake and the city can be found at the west end of Ashbridges Bay. This area also boasts great walking trails with peaceful and private spots on large rock formations, perfect for sitting and taking in the beauty of the waterfront. Further east, Woodbine Beach Park includes a boardwalk next to a large sandy beach, a play structure for the kids, and a number of large trees. In the summer, both of these parks are bustling with locals and tourists alike, but if you choose to make a visit in the fall, you’ll enjoy breathtaking colours and have the added bonus of avoiding the large crowds.
Wunderland Cafe and Gallery
1905 Queen Street East | www.wunderlandcafe.ca | (416)698-4634
Wunderland Cafe and Gallery is a friendly, independent neighbourhood cafe. It has a log cabin inspired decor with lots of dark, rustic wooden tables and benches. Wunderland serves certified organic and fair trade coffee, as well as a number of other cold and hot drinks and snacks. The cafe also displays local art that changes monthly. This quirky cafe is definitely worth a stop for a warm drink on a cool autumn day.
1975 Queen Street East | (647) 352-9300
After grabbing a warm drink from Wunderland, head further east along Queen Street, where you’ll find Cobs Bread. You’ll know you’re getting close when you detect the pleasant aroma of fresh-baked bread. This local bakery has a wide range of breads that are baked daily and are over-the-top yummy. They also have a large selection of baked goods that are sure to make the mouth water, like cinnamon buns, danishes and scones in a wide array of flavours. The lemon-cranberry danish is a big hit and the sour dough bread is a delicious dose of carbohydrates. The bright and cheery storefront is welcoming and the staff are wonderful. Cobs is a great bakery in a great location.
Kew Gardens is situated at the east end of TheBeaches, and spans from Queen Street in the north, to Lake Ontario in the south. This park includes lots of open space, access to the water and an awesome castle play structure for kids. The park also offers tennis courts, a wading pool and a library as well as a number of other historic buildings. Kew Gardens is a great place to stop for a stroll, to take in the fall colours and enjoy the last remaining pleasant days before winter.
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