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Nelly Furtado picks her fave Toronto hotspots

By Jane Stevenson, Postmedia Network

Nelly Furtado poses for a photo in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday March 8, 2017. Her new album, The Ride, will be out March 31. (Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia Network)

Nelly Furtado poses for a photo in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday March 8, 2017. Her new album, The Ride, will be out March 31. (Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia Network)

Along with her weekend dwelling in New York City, former west coaster Nelly Furtado has called Toronto home for a while.

The singer and songwriter recently swung by Postmedia Network’s offices to talk about her first album in five years, The Ride, which drops March 31.

Furtado, who is juggling motherhood and her career, shared what she likes to do in #TheSix when she’s not travelling the world and selling millions of albums internationally. (She’s sold over 40 million thus far.)

“I very much do love Toronto,” the Victoria-born Furtado tells 24 Hours.

“The best Indian food in the city is The Host in Yorkville. My favourite place to shop is a little boutique north of the city, it’s actually called Want boutique. I like it ’cause you can get casual wear or formal wear. When I have nothing to wear to work, I go there and find what I need in an outfit in a pinch. I literally bought my Toronto International Film Festival dress there the day I went to TIFF. I’m telling you all my secrets! My other favourite place to shop is Medulla hair salon, a boutique right on Queen West. I like that little area.”

And among the Grammy and Juno winner’s favourite things to eat and drink?

The 38-year-old Portuguese beauty answers,“I love Bunner’s bakery for cinnamon buns, gluten-free, in The Junction. Delicious, to-die-for cinnamon buns. I like anywhere that has bubble tea. I’m addicted to bubble tea. I get plain jasmine, no sugar, with double bubbles. Any Tea Shop 168. ”

And where does she escape it all just to chill out?

“I like The Distillery, The Junction and The Annex. I love the east end,” she says. “My favourite coffee shop in the whole city is Mercury Espresso Bar, which is right in Leslieville. Best coffee in the city. No, literally. And my special getaway spot on Saturday, when I just want to get lost is, Pacific Mall.”

In between discs, Furtado even worked for a few days at her friend’s record store Cosmo’s (two locations on Queen West and Palmerston) and highly recommends it.

So make sure you say “Força” when you run into Nelly on the streets of Toronto!