St. Clair West is fast becoming the place to be with its appealing mix of family-friendly spots and up and coming bars and restaurants. From the wide open green spaces along the Nordheimer Ravine to the glorious views over the city off the back of Casa Loma, St. Clair West has a delight all its own, whether you’re stopping by the Wychwood Barns or enjoying a truly delicious brunch at Emma’s Country Kitchen. But there’s plenty more to this ’hood than meets the eye…
#1 – Experience the next level of escape rooms at Casa Loma
Keep your eyes peeled and don’t miss even the smallest details in this immersive, out-of-the-ordinary escape room experience. Escape Casa Loma takes you on a unique adventure in which it’s the castle itself you must escape. Crawl through subterranean tunnels, climb turreted towers, and interact with live actors. For this primo experience, the price per person is $42 ($36 during off-peak hours), and for their new Murdoch Mysteries series they’re already taking reservations, so book your game as soon as you assemble your winning team.
#2 – Learn the secrets of sushi and Japanese culture
Who doesn’t want to learn how to make sushi? Venture off the beaten trail to St. Clair West at Weston Road for the chance to take the most entertaining of sushi making classes. At Sushi Making for the Soul for $50 you can enrol in a hands-on makimono class. Expect to get practical tips, learn how to make several different rolls, and eat tasty appetizers while listening to interesting stories about sushi etiquette and history. Book well in advance, these classes sell out fast.
#43- Improve your cooking skills at Aphrodite Cooks
If you’re looking to change up date night, look no further than Aphrodite Cooks at St. Clair West and Weston Road. Check out their couples cooking classes which range in flavor from Asian BBQ to succulent seafood and classic pasta. The price per couple is $195, and boy, are you in for a treat. From learning how to shop, sort, and slice, all the way to sauté, season, and serve, you’ll get to see and try it all at their hands-on classes. The name says it all—this is a passionate place for lovers and foodies alike.
#4 – Head over to the Junction for Bad Axe Throwing
Take the plunge and head to the farthest reaches of St. Clair West, where upscale meets up and coming. Check out Bad Axe Throwing’s Junction location on Ryding Avenue where you can book a group of friends in for $44 per person. You’ll get an axe throwing lesson and two hours of play. And best of all, you’re right by the Junction’s best microbreweries for drinks and snacks after.
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