One Day in Toronto: singer-songwriter Melissa Lauren

The singer-songwriter's favourite food and drink spots in Toronto

Photo by Jen Squires
Photo by Jen Squires

Toronto-based musician Melissa Lauren charmingly sits on the fence between the musical worlds of jazz and pop. Whether covering a classic or elevating an original, Lauren never fails to locate a song’s emotional core.

Throughout 2022, the singer has released two captivating singles, her own original  "The Day We Stopped" and a stunning cover of Jann Arden's iconic tune "Insenstive". On September 9, she will release her third full-length album My Voice followed by an album release party at Paradise Theatre on Saturday, September 10.

Recently, we were able to chat with Lauren about her favourite spots for food and in her home base of Toronto. From a family-friendly breakfast to a cozy wine bar, here are her suggestions.


I love anywhere with good espresso and a decent scone.

However, now that I have a family, pancakes are a big one [for us and] we actually love going to KOS on Bathurst. My daughter loves the pancakes and bacon and I like the Greek Omelette.


I haven't been out to lunch in years, but I do love Kiyo Sushi on Vaughan Road. [I have great] memories of taking my daughter there as a toddler and teaching her to use chopsticks.


I love going out for a nice dinner and the longer you can sit and luxuriate, the better.

Le Paradis on Avenue is a favourite of mine and my parents—nothing like french dining. Succulent meat dishes and amazing appetizers. They have a beef bourguignon that is heaven and invokes “droolish" muscles.



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I love Senator Wine Bar [and ordering] red wine, with a bit of must.

My favourite right now is a 2019 Santa Ema Carmenare from Chile. My dad is a wine connoisseur and we can bond over that.

Watch: Melissa Lauren - The Day We Stopped (Official Music Video)