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TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL If you’re in Toronto during the film festival and want experience nightlife in the Queen City  ‘celebrity-style,‘ head to Yorkville… 

  Dimmi’s Trattoria & Bar (140 Cumberland Ave., Toronto, ON, 416.975.110) has the ultimate people watching patio that’s jammed with tiny tables that are so close together you can bump elbows with patrons sitting next to you. However, the service is thorough and the menu features rustic Italian fare that complements the wine list. I’d recommend splitting the Calzone’s, thin-crust pizzas, & pasta courses as portions are fairly hearty. It’s a bit pricey but worth the splurge (and the tight dining quarters).

If you’re looking for other recommendations in Yorkville, two locals who know a thing or two about hob-knobbing in Toronto devised the following list… Hemingways, which is next door to Dimmi’s has a happening upstairs patio scene and good bar food. For the ultimate view, head to The Park Hyatt Hotel Rooftop Lounge.   If you appreciate Japanese cuisine, Ki has a sophisticated menu (including sushi & sashimi) and a Nobu-esque bar scene. For a romantic setting, Sotto Sotto is rumored to be one of the best trattorias in town to propose to someone. If you don’t mind a little pretension,  Ristorante Spuntini is ‘the place to be and be seen’ as well as  The Four Seasons Hotel Bar & Restaurant where Matt Damon was being hounded by paparazzi & stargazers last Saturday.

Stay tuned for more updates on nightlife in the Queen City…