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Diaspora Eats: 8 of the Best African Restaurants In Toronto

For our latest "Diaspora Eats," we list eight of the best African restaurants in Toronto, Canada.

DIASPORA—The diaspora is brimming with a variety of restaurants that offer savory dishes that’ll  remind you of mom’s cooking.


In our Diaspora Eats series, we highlight these many eateries, and offer recommendations for the best African food in whichever major city you might find yourself in. 

Whether you’re looking for options to fit your dietary restrictions or you’re simply looking to stuff your face with quality eats, there’s a spot in the city that will cater to your palette. Below are 7 African restaurants to check out while you’re in Toronto.

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Nunu

This quirky Ethiopian spot offers the staples: injera, doro watt, tibs and more in a casual, minimal atmosphere. They also have a full bar, which is never a bad thing.

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The Suya Spot

This eatery, located on Bradstock Road, offers everyone's favorite Nigerian treat and other barbecued delights. As if that weren't enough, they also have a live DJ so you can jam and chop all at the same time.

African Palace

This Eritrean and Ethiopian restaurant offers extensive vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. You can also participate in a full traditional coffee ceremony—with popcorn of course—in the eatery's super cozy setting.

We think we may be a bit obsessed with pour shots... 😜 || Organic Ethiopian coffee beans are freshly roasted and brought out to your table to entice your senses with the fragrant aroma || The coffee is then served in a tall, elegant pot with cups, burning incense and popcorn for a fun and unique experience!! || We tried dipping our popcorn in the coffee and it was really good!! If this ain't a thing, then let it be known that we discovered it first 🙆🙆😂 #africanpalace #ethiopian #ethiopiancoffee #coffee #coffeelover #coffeelove #sasachowdown #foodphotography #IGfood #IGfoodie #eatfamous #gastronogram #torontofood #tofood #toeats #tofoodie #tofoodies #torontofoodie #TO_finest #torontotaste #toreats #foodtoronto #tastetoronto #foodpornTO #eatstoronto #torontoIGers #blogTO #buzzfeedfood #zomato #EEEEEATS

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Avant Gout

Located on Yonge Street, this Morrocan-inspired bistro serves delicious brunch, lunch and dinner and offers a full wine menu. Try their oven roasted chicken breast with a Moroccan spiced sauce, mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables or the Provimi liver grilled, in Zinfandel and caramelized onions.

Mnandi Pies

This vendor located on Dundas Street offers flaky and delicious Zimbabwean meat pies made with wholesome, locally sourced ingredients. Try the steak and onion, chicken and mushroom, or carrot and kale.

Pili Pili

This restaurant, located on offers unique takes on East African fare. Their unique menu offers ugali fries, "Pili Pili Poutine," beef and chicken mishkaki and more. You'll want to try just about everything on the menu.

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Hamdi Restaurant Somali Cuisine

This restaurant serves food inspired by various regions in Africa, from the North to the South to the East, though they specialize in Somali cuisine and goat dishes.

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Nazareth Restaurant

This Ethiopian hotspot is a Toronto staple. It's affordable and they certainly don't skimp on the portions! Make sure to hit this restaurant the next time you're in the city.

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