7 Best Cheap Eats in Toronto

Toronto has many fabulous restaurants and it can be very tempting to eat out than cook your own meals. Unfortunately, not all the restaurants are budget-friendly and eating out often will make your wallet feel lighter.

It can be difficult to know what to eat and where to find the cheap food. During my two years in Toronto, I have tried many restaurants and have found that, in certain restaurants, your meal can cost as low as $5.

Here are my lists of best cheap eats in downtown Toronto.

El Furniture

Best Cheap Eats in Toronto-El Furniture
Photo credit: Jesse Milns

Every dish is priced at $4.95 all day every day. Featuring wings, sandwiches, burgers, pasta and appetizers, you will have a variety of dishes to choose from this restaurant and bar. Try their Works Burger with fries and look out for Taco Tuesday and Wednesday Wing Day.

Address: 410 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S

El Almacen

Best Cheap Eats in Toronto - El Alcamen
Photo credit: Emma McIntyre

This Argentine café brings hearty meals for affordable prices. Their yerba mate is $2-$3 ($3 if shared) and offers refills, and their homemade empanadas are crispy and juicy. The staff will talk to you about the ritual and the traditions of drinking yerba mate that will allow you to embrace South – American culture. This café also features sandwiches, café, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Address: 1078 West Queen Street, Toronto, ON M6J 1H8

Brazil Bakery and Pastry

Best Cheap Eats in Toronto, Brazilian Bakery

They serve the best Pastels De Nata (Portuguese custard tart) in town, and it costs you next to nothing. In addition to custard tart, this bakery serves a variety of sweets, cakes, bread, vegetables, tea, coffee, and main dishes.  I had a fish sandwich and a bottle of orange juice one afternoon and I paid only $7.50.

Address: 1566 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1T5

The Village by the Grange

Best Cheap Eats in Toronto - Village by the Grange
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This hidden food court at the corner of McCaul and Dundas West offers dishes from all over the world, and it is a wonderful spot to relax in the midday. They have tasty Korean plates for $3, as well as Indian and Thai combos for under $5. They also have food stalls that serve all-day breakfast, waffles, burritos, Japanese ramen, salad, and Greek food, but the food can hardly cost you $8. My favorite choice is a shrimp plate at the Pho Express, where they offer you rice, vegetables, meat and shrimp for $7.25, and they also have different flavors of pho.

Address: 53 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 3K8

Kung Fu Duck

Best Cheap Eats in Toronto -Kung Fu Duck

If you need Chinese food, Kung Fu Duck is a perfect spot where you can get cold Chinese dishes close to home. It features duck necks, feet, chicken bones, beef, innards, bean curd, bamboos, and seaweed. They offer spicy and non-spicy flavors and they will put the items in Ziploc bags and small containers that are easy for you to take out. Their rice vermicelli with beef in duck soup is equally delicious.

Address: 419 Spadina Avenue, Toronto,ON M5T 2G6

The Xtreme Taste

Best Cheap Eats in Toronto -the Xtreme Taste
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This little Mediterranean restaurant often has queues stretching out to the front door, and it is a nice spot to have a tasty and cheap lunch. They have seafood platters for $5.99 and salmon and chicken platters for $4.99 each, which usually does not happen in most restaurants. They have falafel pita and chicken and beef shawarma for less than $5.00.

Address:  6 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5

The Boil Bar

Best Cheap Eats in Toronto - the boil bar

The Boil Bar is the go-to spot for my seafood fix. They have been serving various kinds of fresh seafood including shrimp, mussels, clams, crab legs and lobster, and yummy garlic source. The food comes in a plastic bag and you can grab and eat them with your hands, and dump them on the table.

Address: 664 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2A6

Please note that Kung Fu Duck and the Xtreme Taste do not have many seats available inside, so it is highly recommenedd you order take out.

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Julie Cao

Julie Cao is a travel blogger, travel writer, and global citizen currently living in Toronto Ontario.

12 thoughts on “7 Best Cheap Eats in Toronto

  • February 13, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    The village by the Grange is my kinda place for sure! I love asian cuisine. I love Pho and Ramen and when it’s at an affordable price I can eat it all week 🙂

    • February 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      My friend and I love to have meals at the Village by the Grande and we still do. Ramen is my favorite food also and I do not mind to eat it all week if I can afford it as well.

  • February 14, 2017 at 2:03 am

    All of the food photos look so good. I haven’t been in Toronto in years but I need to go back! I’ll definitely check out these places when I do!

    • February 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks for liking the pictures and hope you do make it back to Toronto and check out these budget-friendly dining place.

  • February 14, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Oh so cool, I actually live in Thornhill, just north of Toronto! Will defnitely be keeping the places on this list in mind! 😀

    • February 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      I have never been to Thornhill, I just saw it on the bus from North York to Richmond Hill. I hope to visit Thornhill one day also.

  • February 14, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Toronto is such a great city- lots to do and see. We are always on the lookout for budget friendly travel options, so appreciate the info – thanks for sharing!

    • February 15, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Toronto has lots to offer and glad you find the info useful.

  • February 15, 2017 at 1:03 am

    El Furniture looks like a place I would love to go! I’m never one to deny Taco Tuesday and Wing Wednesday. I drooled a bit thinking about it. The Brazil Bakery also looks delightful with its Pastels De Nata.

    • February 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      The Brazilian Bakery is my go-to place for weekend afternoon tea, it is so cheap and the food is too good.

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