Many Toronto commuters are familiar with the PATH as their winter saviour. But for those not in the know, PATH is downtown Toronto’s underground pedestrian walkway system that links 30 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment – making that the Guinness World Records’ largest underground shopping complex. It also connects 50 buildings/office towers, 20 parking garages, 6 subway stations, 2 major department stores, 8 major hotels, and a railway terminal. Now you know.
Here are some hidden gems only accessible via the PATH:
161 Bay Street, Brookfield Place
Originally founded in Britain, this is the oldest barbershop in the world according to Guinness World Records. So pamper yourself on your lunch break, men, you deserve it.
200 Front Street West
There is only one in the city and trust us when we say it’s worth the line-up. This gourmet soup, salad and sandwich shop has a different soup menu every day, showcasing new flavors all the time. They’ve got soup sizes as big as 32 ounces and bread bowls (aka “boule”). In a hurry? Order Zoup online for a quick craving pick up.
75 Lower Simcoe Street, Delta Hotel
Purposely tucked away for a more private location, Char No.5 is an all Canadian whiskey experience. Straight or on the rocks, there is something for every whiskey drinker here.
120 Adelaide St West, Richmond-Adelaide Centre
Catering to both ladies and gentleman, Waxon Waxbar is one of the best in the business. With other locations north of Bloor, east of the DVP and west of Keele, this location is ideal for squeezing a treatment into your busy schedule.
25 King Street West, Commerce Court
Tidy’s Flowers has been in business since 1877! This go-to floral shop in the PATH is a homegrown family business with flowers for any occasion.
100 King St. W, First Canadian Place
Another gem you can only find in various parts of the PATH, their slogan “meatless and wheatless” says it all. With five locations, Kupfert & Kim serve healthy vegan and gluten free meals and have recently been added to the Uber Eats roster.
333 Bay Street, Bay- Adelaide Centre
Hiding in the Bay Adelaide Centre, this breakfast bar has been providing quality breakfast for PATH goers with their menu surrounding one key ingredient: kefir. An alternative to milk, made with grains and used like yogurt, kefir is made here in Toronto for a fresh way to start your day.
382 Yonge Street, Aura Condo
Heading into the northern part of the PATH, you can find Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness. The one and only in the city features the largest cycling studio in Toronto. Never freeze your buns off running to the gym in the winter again.
199 Bay Street, Commerce Court
Gastronomix sells high quality Italian vinegars, extra virgin olive oils, pasta, sauces and spices. Catering to a specialty market, this authentic family shop in Commerce Court offers tastings and can always provide you with something to match your pallet.
TD Centre, Metro Centre, RA Centre
Sticking with the gourmet soup train, Soup Nutsy is another only-located-in-the-PATH staple. With featured soups of the day and catering available, this is a go-to spot for those looking to grab something fresh and delicious for lunch.
(Main photo by Steve Harris via Flickr)