It’s that time of year again, folks, when Toronto goes a little nutty as the world’s biggest celebs descend on the city for ten days and try to bribe each other into distributing their films in the upcoming year. Yes, it’s a little frivolous, but when we see that George Clooney took selfies with fans at a Toronto taco joint, we can’t help but get excited.
So where is that taco joint, you might ask? Whether you’re hoping to stargaze in the city or are just casually checking in from across the country, it’s kind of cool to know what the stars are getting up to during their stays in Canada.
And that itching curiosity is exactly why we’ve compiled a list of some of the places you’re most likely to spot a celeb and what they might be chowing down on at that moment. If you’re hanging out in Toronto, why not hit a few up for some star potential (and, of course, a fantastic meal too)?
Here’s where all those stars will be eating in Toronto during TIFF
- Campo is a traditional Spanish food hall in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. The hall is home to a number of eateries, notably Labora which boasts a quiet-yet-sophisticated atmosphere perfect for taking a moment away from the paparazzi. The Nuestra Mojama de Atun -- marinated tuna, smoked cherries and toasted Marconi almonds – is a favourite. Labora at Campo Food Hall
- Montecito is located right in the center of the action and as such, the restaurant is an official hospitality partner of the festival. Last year, they hosted Hugo Boss’s yearly bash and a premiere party for I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan. A restaurant favourite is their B.C. Tuna Crudo served with smoky tomato jam, grilled gem lettuce and egg yolk.Montecito Toronto
Nespresso TIFF Signature CocktailsMontecito’s head sommelier Heather McDougall partnered with Nespresso to make two signature cocktails for TIFF this year. Both are coffee-based with one offering a warm chocolaty respite from chilly evening red carpets and the other a refreshing boost after a hot carpet at high noon. Last year, George Clooney, Julianne Moore and Brie Larson were among the stars who enjoyed Nespresso cocktails. Nespresso
- The Thompson Hotel downtown has been known to be a celebrity hotspot, especially during the festival, and The Diner restaurant within offers elevated American staples in a classy environment. The Reuben’s Happy Place sandwich is their pride and joy and takes 72 hours to get the short rib pastrami just right. If you’ve got any room left after the sandwich, you can finish up with a dessert of Wanda’s Pie in the Sky – a Toronto staple.The Thompson Diner
- This upscale Japanese eatery offers an elevated take on the cuisine and is located just a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of the main festival. The restaurant offers private dining options, which makes it a prime location for stars to escape the spotlight for a moment and chow down on some authentic sushi. Their Aburi Oshi Sushi is individually pressed and flame-seared to enhance its delicate flavour profile and comes with a variety of custom sauces and garnishes to make every bite totally unique. Miku Toronto
- This year, Soho House is hosting a number of celebrity events including a Vox Lux Grey Goose x Soho house party attended by Natalie Portman and Jude Law and a Monsters and Men after-party where Chloe Grace Moretz and Dylan O’Brien made appearances. In honour of the festival, celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre created a unique menu with twists on traditional movie favourites as well as truffle grilled cheeses, wood-oven pizzas and chocolate salted caramel tarts. Soho House
Grey Goose Cocktail CollectionThose fancy Soho House parties also featured a whole collection of Grey Goose cocktails inspired by the movies. Stars can sip on The Blockbuster, Box Office or a Showtime and then toast their success with a Grey Goose Le Fizz. Our personal favourite is The Sequel though – for its espresso base and the fact that the name suggests we should probably have more than one. Grey Goose via @MadelineBurch/Instagram
- Located at the downtown Eaton Centre, this eatery offers upscale American classics with a Mediterranean twist. It’s so close to many of the major screening venues that stars might not be able to resist grabbing a quick bite here before a red carpet appearance. Hendriks’ Greek tacos are a particular favourite among clientele and come with a homemade tzatziki sauce. Hendriks Restaurant