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Hidden Gems in the PATH

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:

Truefitt & Hill

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.

Char No.5

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.

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Waxon Waxbar

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.

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Tidy’s Flowers

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.

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Kupfert & Kim

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.

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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.

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Hard Candy Fitness

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.


Soup Nutsy

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.

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Check out the PATH below and click on the image for full resolution:

(Main photo by Steve Harris via Flickr)

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