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While his sixth novel takes its occult-scholar hero on a dark and twisted journey through Venice, New York and North Dakota, author Andrew Pyper writes from the relative calm of his home in Toronto. Out in paperback this January, The Demonologist is being turned into a film for Universal Pictures.

01. Bakerbots Baking
I go to this bakery for life-altering ice cream sandwiches. Choose the cookie you want and fill it with your choice of ice cream.

205 Delaware Ave., 416-901-3500

02. TYPE Books
The best of indie Toronto. The shop looks onto Trinity Bellwoods Park and has a great kids' section, well-selected literary fiction and magazines, and informed staff.

883 Queen St. W., 416-366-8973

03. Art Gallery of Ontario
I love the Frank Gehry redesign. I bring my kids to the expanded kids' space in the lower level a couple of times a month. Also, the soup at caféAGO is game-changing.

317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648

04. The Roof Lounge
They don't make 'em like this anymore. For fancy drinks – really, as long as you're not dressed in jeans – the bar in the Park Hyatt Hotel has great views of the city from Yorkville, and a bartender who has been working here for 50 years. I order the vodka martini.

4 Avenue Rd., 416-324-1568

05. Ortolan
This wonderful little restaurant is close to an age-old strip club, which may account for the lower rent and amazing prices! The gnocchi is a fixture on the menu – they're linebackers but somehow fluffy and mysteriously light.

1211 Bloor St. W., 647-348-4500

06. Gallery Grill
For lunch, I like to take people to the Gallery Grill, on the upper floor of Hart House, a Gothic structure on the University of Toronto campus that drips with collegiate nostalgia. The dining room is sophisticated, but not uptight.

7 Hart House Circle, 416-978-2445




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