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7 Best Restaurants at First Markham Place

7 Best Restaurants at First Markham Place

Hungry and looking for the best First Markham Place restaurants to eat at?

I’ve been coming to First Markham Place (known as FMP by all my friends) since I was a kid, and it’s definitely changed quite a lot over the years.

The giant Cineplex here used to be a hotspot on weekends before Netflix came into the picture, and the mall used to be the spot to grab bubble tea in Markham before all the bubble tea chains came along.

Even with all the changes over the years, it’s still a fantastic place to grab food, and the parking lot is pretty much always packed during lunch and dinner hours.

If you’re looking for places to eat in Markham, here are the best restaurants inside First Markham Place to eat at!

And if you’re searching for more food spots in specific areas, check out the best restaurants in Main Street Unionville or Downtown Markham.

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Best First Markham Place restaurants

Chinese crispy burger from Bingz restaurant at First Markham Place in Markham, Ontario


Bingz is a fast casual restaurant chain based out of Beijing, and they serve up amazing Chinese crispy burgers.

The crispy burgers are what you should be coming for, but they also have some noodle and wonton dishes, as well as some traditional Chinese drinks (try their Plum Cold Brew)!

They have over 140 locations across China, and you can find their first Canadian restaurant at First Markham Place, with plenty of seating inside.

They’ve also now got locations inside Yorkdale Mall and Fairview Mall!

LOCATION: Unit 11 & 12, 3229 Hwy 7, Markham, ON

The Owl of Minerva

If you’re looking for authentic Korean food in Markham, you’ll need to visit Owl of Minerva.

Owl is a Korean restaurant chain based in Toronto that’s been around for around two decades now, and they have a few locations across the GTA!

Their Kamjatang (pork bone soup) and Kalbi (BBQ short ribs) are my faves to order, but everything on their menu is amazing.

You can visit their Markham location at First Markham Place.

LOCATION: 3229 Hwy 7 #7b, Markham, ON

Brown Donkatsu restaurant at First Markham Place in Markham, Ontario

Brown Donkatsu

Brown Donkatsu is the spot to satisfy your katsu craving in Markham.

They’re actually a chain based out of South Korea, and they make Korean-style katsu.

If you don’t know what katsu is, it’s a Japanese dish of deep-fried meat coated in panko bread crumbs, and it’s absolutely delicious.

Especially when it’s stuffed with cheese, which you can find at Brown Donkatsu.

They actually make their own bread crumbs in-house, and their signature brown sauce comes in different levels of spicy.

They’ve also got a location in North York!

If you’re looking for even more Korean eats, check out my post on the best Korean restaurants in Toronto.

LOCATION: 3235 Hwy 7 #22, Markham, ON

Mabu Generation

If you’re in the mood for Taiwanese food, you’ll definitely want to eat at Mabu Generation.

From Taiwanese Style Popcorn Chicken to Taiwanese Style BBQ Sausage, you’ll find all the best Taiwanese street eats and other delicious bites on the menu.

If you’re looking for a heartier meal, they’ve got plenty of mini hot pot options alongside rice and noodle dishes.

They’ve even got Taiwanese drinks and desserts like bubble tea, ice cream cube toast, and dessert bowls with grass jelly, taro balls, and sago.

LOCATION: 3235 Hwy 7 #23-26, Markham, ON

KAKA All You Can Eat Sushi in Markham, Ontario

KaKa All You Can Eat

If you’re looking for the best all-you-can-eat sushi in Markham, KAKA is it.

Just because you’re eating AYCE, doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on quality.

You’ll find plenty of delicious sushi options and izakaya-style eats, including everything from donburi, to skewers, to maki rolls.

They’ve also got my fave type of sushi available for AYCE: aburi oshi sushi, also known as torched and pressed sushi!

You don’t typically find aburi oshi sushi at AYCE spots, and it’s literally heaven on earth.

KAKA All You Can Eat Sushi in Markham

Of course, dessert is always the best part of AYCE, and my fave dessert item here is the matcha crème brûlée.

KAKA All You Can Eat Sushi in Markham

The atmosphere of their Markham restaurant is also really nice – I love the combo of the dark interior and airy, Scandinavian-style lighting.

KAKA All You Can Eat Sushi in Markham

You’ll find them at First Markham Place, and they also have a location in downtown Toronto on Bay Street!

LOCATION: 3235 Hwy 7 #18A, Markham, ON

IKON Sushi Bar & Lounge in Markham

IKON Sushi Bar & Lounge

IKON is actually located at First Markham Centre right behind First Markham Place, but we’ll include it in here anyway.

They’re known for having fresh and delicious premium sashimi, which you can have in one of their platters or in their donburi (rice bowls).

You’ll find a variety of platters you can choose from, and the Salmon Deluxe Sushi & Roll is perfect for salmon lovers.

It features a mix of fresh and torched salmon nigiri and rolls, and it’s v delicious.

Salmon Deluxe Sushi & Roll from IKON Sushi Bar & Lounge in Markham
The Salted Egg Spikon Roll and the Salmon Deluxe Sushi & Roll platter.

Their special rolls are definitely worth ordering as well, and they’ve got an amazing Supreme Roll with otoro, uni, and ikura and a super unique Salted Egg Spikon Roll with a delicious salted egg sauce.

If you’re a sashimi lover, try their IKON Chirashi Don, which features the chef’s selection of cubed sashimi with tamago, cucumber, ikura, and ponzu sauce.

IKON Sushi Bar & Lounge at First Markham Centre in Markham, Ontario
The IKON Chirashi Don.

They also wrap their takeout in fabric, a Japanese method called furoshiki, so you can keep it and reuse it for other things!

IKON Sushi Bar & Lounge in Markham

Located at First Markham Centre, which is across from First Markham Place, they’re kind of hidden, but totally worth the visit.

If you’re visiting during lunch, definitely stop into The Library Specialty Coffee in the same plaza, which is an incredible Toronto coffee shop with a new Markham location!

LOCATION: 11 Fairburn Dr Unit 20, Markham, ON

The Poke Box in Markham

The Poke Box

The Poke Box is also not actually at First Markham Place – it’s right across the street from it.

If you haven’t had poke bowls before, it’s kinda like sushi in a bowl.

I usually grab the Lava Blaze bowl at The Poke Box – it’s absolutely amazing!

Poké bowl at The Poké Box Toronto
The Lava Blaze bowl from The Poke Box.

You can also find two super cute neon signs at their Markham location, which makes for some v nice Instagram photos!

LOCATION: 3000 Hwy 7, Markham, ON

Best First Markham Place restaurants:

  1. Bingz
  2. The Owl of Minerva
  3. Brown Donkatsu
  4. Mabu Generation
  5. KaKa All You Can Eat
  6. IKON Sushi Bar & Lounge
  7. The Poke Box

Of course, you can always just go inside the food court to get a quick, affordable, and delicious meal.

But if you’re in the mood to dine in at a restaurant, these were some of the best restaurants at First Markham Place to eat at!

First Markham Place food court in Markham, Ontario
Inside the First Markham Place food court.

After eating all of the delicious eats at First Markham Place, you can walk it all off at one of York Region’s many nice trails, quite a few of which are in Markham.

If you’re looking for more great areas in Markham to visit, you have to visit Downtown Markham – they’ve also got plenty of awesome restaurants worth visiting!

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