Torontoist understands that it has been somewhat painfully hot recently in the city, but quite frankly, we’re sick of all the complaining. Yes, you might not have A/C, and yes, your fan’s oscillating feature might not work properly. But before you shake your fist at the sun again, think about how annoying your huge winter parka is when you’re drinking at a bar without coat check.
Okay, so maybe memories of shoveling snow and washing salt stains off denim aren’t helping your current case of heat stoke. In that case, this week’s Ist List will count down the coolest places to stay cool, that aren’t city-sponsored.
4. IKEA (15 Provost Drive, North York)
Torontoist originally got this tip from our mom, who was fond of packing us up for an afternoon of Ikea air-conditioned shopping when that 1980’s heat wouldn’t stop. The free childcare play center inside every Ikea store means you can escape the heat and screaming children at the same time! Plus, the winding layout of the showroom is complimentary to spending lengthy amounts of time “shopping” without worrying the sales associates will dub you a lurker. And if nothing else, go for the Swedish meatballs and delish soft-serve cones.