One day in Toronto: CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay

The radio host claims she can't cook, but she does know where to find good food.

CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay
CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay

You can frequently hear Piya Chattopadhyay on CBC Radio, hosting programs including The Current, Day 6, The World at Six, and Metro Morning (in Toronto). She’s also a fill-in and summer host of TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin. When she’s not a moonlighting broadcaster, she’s dealing with her three children in Toronto. With such a busy schedule, it's surprising she has anytime to herself at all. Although eating out is a less frequent adventure these days, Chattopadhyay loves dining out when she can, partially because she's a self-proclaimed substandard cook. 



The Drake Hotel: Great Patio, rooftop, restaurant and café. It's hip, but not too hip. Great staff, great food and great location, in the cool Queen Street strip.


Terrace at Le Sélect

Le Sélect Bistro: Most people think of Le Sélect for dinner, but I think it’s perfect for lunch or brunch. It’s got a fabulous patio and equally delicious food and drink.


Sotto Voce: OK, the area has its fair share of douchebags. On the plus side, there are lots of local cool types in the heart of Little Italy, too. It’s a tiny joint with great food, and the staff are great. And, great patio. Clearly, I have a patio thing going on.



Park Hyatt — The Roof Lounge: As a mother of three young kids, I wish I could go out for drinks more often, but I’ve visited a fair number of drinking establishments over the years. Bar none, the rooftop patio (there I go again with the patio) at the Park Hyatt has one of the best views of Toronto to indulge in while sipping wine. The storied bar inside (when it’s too cold to sit outside) is an institution in Toronto. If you ever want to find out what excellent service is all about, check it out.