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7 Best Cheap Places to Eat in Toronto

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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 places to eat in Toronto.

El Furniture

Cheap places to eat in Toronto

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Every dish in El Furniture is priced at $5.95 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

Cheap places to eat in Toronto

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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 places to eat in Toronto

A variety of egg tarts at this Brazilian bakery. They are dirt cheap and delicious

For coffee, tea, and sweet lovers, Brazil Bakery and Pastry is the perfect place and they have a variety of delicious sweets, deserts, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and main dishes for your afternoon tea and dinner. Their pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart) is the best one I have ever had, and it costs next to nothing. They also make everything from scratch and the service is fast and friendly, not to mention it is extremely affordable.  My friend had a fish sandwich and a bottle of orange juice one afternoon and she paid only $7.50.

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

The Village by the Grange

Cheap places to eat in Toronto

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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

Fudao Noodle House

Best cheap places to eat in Toronto

These are toppings come with the noodle soup

I spent some time eating around Spadina’s Chinatown. Usually, a lot of restaurants along the street are pretty average and catered to the flavor of foreigners, so I did not have high expectations when it came to Fudao. However, I am glad I decided to eat their rice noodles because it was an absolutely heavenly taste. It had a rich broth, chewy texture of the rice noodles, a variety of toppings, and my favorite chili sauce to add to the soup. Make sure to go during the day from 2pm to 5pm when this noodle house offers a special menu. For only $10, you can get a bowl of noodle soup, a side dish of your choice, and soft beverages.

Address: 358 Spadina Ave, Toronto,ON M5T 2G6

The Xtreme Taste

Cheap places to eat in Toronto

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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

Cheap places to eat in Toronto

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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Toronto does not have any unique places to sleep in for the night, and the hotels can get expensive in the city center. However, it has a few hostels that are worth staying at for a few nights

Planet Traveler Hostel: I stayed at the Planet Traveler many times. It is a green hostel that is located near the Kensington Market and the street-car station, and it has free breakfast until 1pm. The only downside is that the front desk is only open from 7am to 12pm. For more information about this hostel, you can read my experience here.

HI-hostel Toronto: Located at the King and Church Street and the front desk runs for 24 hours. The hostel has live concerts and open-mic at night in the bar area and offers free breakfast. However, it can get loud at night especially if your room is at the lower level.

-For detail itineraries and off-the-beaten-path destinations, you can get my Toronto travel guide. All the essential travel information, tips, and the routes are included in this guide, so you can just grab this guide and go without additional research.

-I also purchase travel insurance from World Nomad before I go on any trips to cover unexpected accidents and sickness. I highly recommend it because it is affordable and the service is reliable.

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Julie Cao
 

Julie is the creator of Always On The Way. She lived in Hawaii and has made her way to Toronto Canada. In 2017, she went on an overland trip from Bogota Colombia to Puerto Williams, the southernmost city in the world. She believes travel is not only about visiting tourist attractions but more about getting to know the culture, people and the place.

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