5 great places to sample indigenous cuisine in Toronto

1) Pow Wow Cafe

This tiny restaurant in the heart of Kensington Market takes traditional indigenous pow wow food and gives it a new life. The menu is small but delicious. Come to the Pow Wow Cafe to sample Ojibwe tacos. They also serve a killer brunch on Sundays filled with recipes rooted in indigenous Canadian culture.

indigenous food from the Pow Wow Cafe in Toronto

213 Augusta Avenue

+1 416 551 7717

2) NishDish

NishDish began as a catering service and later took root in this small marketeria-type venue. The meals are all based on traditional Anishnabae cuisine and culture. Come here to sample items like Cedar Tea, Bison Sausage or Three Sisters’ Soup, which uses the three staple foods of the Anishnabae diet; corn, beans and squash.

a round plate of indigenous food from Nishdish

690 Bloor Street West

+1 416 855 4085


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3) Tea-N-Bannock

Tea-N-Bannock is a cozy place to stop by and purchase something different. Indigenous people developed a cuisine based on the seasonal offerings of mother nature and also government rations. Sample fry bread or try Trapper’s Snack.

restaurant window of Tea-N-Bannock Toronto

1294 Gerrard Street Eeast

+1 416 220 2915


4) Ryerson Pow Wow

This pow wow takes place in September. Held on the grounds of Ryerson University, it’s easily accessible from anywhere in the city. There are all types of vendors at the pow wow that bring delicious indigenous food. Sample the food and watch some of the dancing. The location tends to vary so check the website.

man doing a dance at the Ryerson Pow Wow

at: Ryerson University, Downtown


5) Na-Me-Res Pow Wow

Held during June to celebrate National Aboriginal Day as well as the summer solstice, this pow wow is a larger event hosted by the Native Men’s Residence. It’s a free event as well as family-friendly. Please note all indigenous events are alcohol-free. Check the current year’s poster for the location.

people serving food at the Na-Me-Res Pow Wow

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