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24 Hours in Toronto with Jon Conway

May 12, 2019

Jon Conway knows how to get the best out of a city. The Toronto FC Goalkeeper Coach is constantly on the road with the city’s beloved soccer team (let’s go Reds!) and while that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for leisure, it means he can get to the heart of any place pretty quickly. But the Pennsylvania native had had tons of practice: prior to earning the "coach," badge, he was a goalkeeper himself, playing professionally for more than a decade from San Jose to New York to Chicago. And yes, many years in his now-hometown of Toronto.

Jon Conway and donut of choice.
Jon Conway and donut of choice.

Favourite neighbourhood? I live in the West End so I love it there. From Bloor West Village, to Roncesvalles, to Ossington there are so many cool, hip, spots to check out.

Where can you find me? Most mornings grabbing an Americano at Jimmy’s Coffee. On Sunday mornings at Sanremo Bakery on Royal York. Do yourself a favour and show up early, grab a dozen donuts (my fave: red velvet) and have at it sitting outside.

Coach Jon Conway.
Coach Jon Conway.

Favourite dinner spot? I love going to Terroni on Yonge in the summer and sitting on the roof. Great summer grill menu.

Favourite brunch spot? Le Select. When summer hits sit out on the patio and enjoy food, booze, and views of the CN Tower. Also really convenient for taking a solid boozy breakfast into the afternoon at any of the fine establishments on King West.

Best ice cream? Not Your Mother in Vegandale and Sweet Jesus.

Best cocktail? Give me bourbon in the winter and gin in the summer. Mix in a few wine recommendations from The Wine Sisters and my cocktailing is complete.

Hotel lobbies? I love hotel bars. Right now I’m loving the King Eddy (Omni King Edward Hotel). Solid cocktail pours and people watching.

Photos: Andi Petrillo