Apps to make life in Toronto easier...we need these for Hiroshima

Good morning everyone,

While it hasn't started raining yet, they are calling for rain all day today and tomorrow along with strong winds tomorrow. I wonder if we'll get hit by a typhoon-since I've lived here, we've never been directly hit by one. Maybe tomorrow will be the first...

Living in Toronto can be a nightmare if you're not connected. Mobile apps currently manage the way The People Of The Six operate and in most instances, it's for the better. Everything from groceries to bike shares to private nap spaces have become more accessible and to make sure you're not stuck in a bubble, here are ten apps you need to cycle through on a daily basis.


If you're a busy body who barely has time to breathe, then Breather is a miracle. It's been a clutch app for students and business types because it helps you find and rent "spaces" by the hour, allowing you to power nap in peace or enjoy 60 minutes of uninterrupted bliss (with Wi-Fi included).

Amsterdam BrewHouse

Drink Owl

Drink Owl isn't any ordinary drinking app; it's one that will help you ignore everyone's obsession with taking selfies with craft beer. In one fell swoop, it scans your surroundings for drink specials and happy hours taking place in the city - giving you the scoop on The Lakeview's $3 mimosas and Thai Spring Roll's $3.75 Sapporo pints. In short, here's to never paying $5 for anything ever again.


Neighborhoods such as Cabbagetown and Kensington are overrun by grocery stores and due to their quantity over quality, it can be hard to keep track of who has what on sale. GroceryGo sifts through major grocery chains - including Metro, Loblaws, No Frills, Food Basics, and Sobeys - and provides side-by-side comparisons of items to show you which store currently has the best savings.

Just Eat

Pizza is always a great choice but change can be good and that's where Just Eat comes in. The online takeout service provides restaurants based on your postal code and even offers the option of paying ahead of time. The catch? Well there isn't one. Some restos hike up their prices by a dollar but the options make up for it as you can dig into pad thai, sushi, burgers, and nachos on any given night.

Bixi Bike Toronto

Ride The City

Cab drivers aside, riding your bike is one of the safest and cheapest ways to get around Downtown and Ride The City helps cyclists use that privilege. It pinpoints the locations of various rental shops and bike shares and utilizes the city's growing network of lanes to get you from Point A to Point B.


Similar to SportBuddy, an app that helps organize pick-up games and workout dates, Spot uses your location to alert you to news and activities that are taking place nearby. What makes the Toronto startup unique is it places a focus on student bodies and residences, presenting a "new standard for community chat" that's not limited to study groups and social bulletin boards.

Grilled Street Dogs

Street Food Toronto

You may think you want an app for doughnuts, but let's be honest: your heart really wants an app for street grub. Street Food Toronto fills that void as it helps users find food trucks in their area, noting when they'll be active, where they're going, and if you can dig into Beaver Tails on Saturday night.

TTC Streetcar

Transit App

If you're still stuck on trying to decide which public transit app is for you, then quit. The Transit App has become a unanimous frontrunner for all things navigation and compared to Rocketman and TTCWatch, it displays every nearby transit option - including Uber and bike shares. It also works in 84 other cities making it a convenient go-to when being a travel freak.

What do you think? Could we make any of these for Hiroshima?

Have a great day!

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