This Californian chain is the ultimate fro-yo franchise. You get unlimited samples of fat-free yogurt, with flavours ranging from the super-sweet “cake batter” to the classic “original tart.” Throw on as many toppings as you can muster — but beware, you pay for your final masterpiece by weight.
“Late for Class?”
245 Augusta Ave.
Don’t let the sketchiness of this Kensington nook fool you. Its Chilean grub is flavourful, filling, and cheap. Grab a large beef empi for just $4 on the way to class, and if the store isn’t en route, freeze them in bulk ahead of time and reheat for a meal on the go.
“Best Bar Food”
581 Markham St.
The Vic is a popular place for drinks, and its food is also great. When it’s warm out, the patio is a relaxing spot for a club sandwich and a pint. Their veggie burger is also one of the best in town.
“Late Night Munchies”
Future Bakery and Café
483 Bloor St. West
A long-time favourite of U of T students, Future’s is open into the wee hours every night of the week. Their cheesecake is famous across the city (don’t miss the dulce de leche!) and huge helpings of all-day breakfast are just $5 from Mondays to Fridays if you’ve got a T-Card.
“Best Date Spot”
Café La Gaffe
24 Baldwin St.
This Baldwin Village treasure is the perfect place for a first date. Its friendly staff and eclectic décor make it cozy, comfortable, and fun. The food is wonderful — if you’re feeling extra couple-y, try splitting a pizza.
Aunties and Uncles
74 Lippincott St.
Free tables are hard to come by at this hipster diner, but the wait is well worth it. The home fries are perfectly seasoned, the challah is delectable, and their OJ is a gift from the gods after a night out. Just be sure to line up early to grab a good seat!
One bite of the green curry and you’ll find yourself craving some whenever you try to study. Great for take-out or eat-in, this joint also has a $10 lunch deal that includes both soup and spring rolls.
“Keeping it local”
Daddyo’s Pasta & Salads
673 Spadina Ave. (at Sussex Ave.)
A stone’s throw from Robarts, this place is perfect for a post-cramming dinner — especially considering they’re open until 10 p.m. on weekdays. Bring your own wine (for a $5.99 corking fee) to drown your pre-med melancholy.
Step inside, and you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in France. Chabi specializes in artisanal cheeses, but also sells hard-to-find imported Euro goods, and is a great café for a casual lunch. The daily soups are especially tasty, and perfect when paired with the generously portioned cheese plate.