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Your favourite Leslieville studio—Chi Junky—is back open and looking better than ever. After a successful opening of its second location at Sweat and Tonic, the yoga and wellness hub’s east location started a major renovation in celebration of its six-year anniversary. Now completed, you’ll want to book a class ASAP to experience all the fresh zen vibes.
Parkdale’s Vegandale Brewery has moved across Queen Street West and is now open under the name Bar Vegandale. Not only is this a huge move because it takes the place of Mythology Diner, which closed in December, but it is also reviving vegan fast-food restaurant Doomie’s for plant-based burgers, tacos, and mac and cheese.
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We’ve got healthy eateries on the move this month. Fresh, one of the best plant-based sit-down restaurants for bowls, wraps, and gluten-free brunch, just announced a new location at CF Sherway Gardens, plus a pop-up kitchen in the Queensway until it opens! And then there’s paleo paradise Impact Kitchen. Its fourth location in Queens Quay is now doing what it does best: serving real food.
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Your daily routine is about to get a makeover — Ritual Yogahouse has hit the GTA ready to nourish your mind, body, and soul in and out of class. Join in a Reboot flow for a mid-week reset or sweat it out in more Pilates and abs-focused class. And mark your calendars because starting March 29, they’ll be holding a Sunday Run Club.
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Looking for a wheatless and meatless meal this weekend? Kupfert & Kim just opened its eighth Toronto location at Yonge and Eglinton in January, and it’s totally vegan and gluten-free. The cozy eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but we’re partial to their everyday brunch menu featuring the K&K Waffle—a fresh GF waffle piled with blueberries, coconut, and cashew cream—as well as The Benny, which comes with roasted mushrooms and cashew ricotta on oat and seed toast.
Imagine buying all of your groceries for the week without bringing home one more plastic bag or container than when you left — that’s the goal at Bare Market, the newest package-free store for stocking up on home goods and groceries. What started as a pop-up at different stores and markets, is now a stand-alone zero-waste shop on the Danforth. BYO containers or join the lending program to stock up on produce, grains, grab-and-go snacks, soaps, and shampoo.
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We’ve got a new weekend hike for you — and it’s right inside the city. Toronto City Council just approved an 81-kilometre multi-use trail that will connect one-third of the ravines throughout the city, give you access to the Lake Ontario waterfront, and tie together neighbourhoods not only in the downtown core but also the GTA. And by some miracle, at no point will this trail have you walking along the busy city streets — it’s completely off-road!
Last year may have been the year of new plant-powered restaurants opening downtown, but this year is all about expanding into the GTA to fill the bellies of veggie-lovers everywhere. Fast-casual eatery Good Karma—a city staple for vibrant Indian-inspired eats—is now open in Vaughan Mills, so you can fuel your weekend errands. Stop by for the vegan and gluten-free Cauliflower Rice Quinoa Biryani bowl or the turmeric eggs in onion & tomato curry sauce.
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For all of you who wrote down wellness goals for 2020, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness is making it easy for you to get started. Its new location is opening at Yonge and Eglinton on January 13! This hot yoga studio offers so many different flows that you'll be stretching and strengthening your entire body — and you won’t want to miss a single one!
The well-known St. Clair West gym Philosophy Fitness is getting an upgrade. The neighbourhood favourite already offers boxing and kickboxing classes, but in an effort to keep up with demand, the studio is revamping its studio with the creation of NORTH. This new 2,300-square-foot space in Philosophy’s current location is set to open January 1, 2020 — just in time to help you achieve those New Year’s goals!
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We all live busy lives, so the last thing we need is for healthy food to be hard to find. Here to fight that battle is Mad Radish, a veggie-packed fast-casual chain serving fresh salads, sandwiches, bowls, and soups. ICYMI: there are now two new shops: one in the PATH and one at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre. These high-traffic locations make it easy to grab a healthy bite when you’re on the go.
There’s a new, mindful place to pick up your pantry staples — Coco Market is a health-food convenience store in Rosedale where you can find your fave vegan cheese, a fridge full of ’booch, and basically all your US health food faves (think Hu chocolate, Four Sigmatic, and Vital Proteins) alongside Toronto-based brands and eco-friendly goods.
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