All my favourite places... in one little book

Karen
All my favourite places... in one little book

Sightseeing

Here are the top things to see in Toronto... in my humble opinion. Normally if people ask me about sightseeing I say that there aren't that many great sights, but there is amazing opportunity to try authentic cuisine from all over the world and sip some lovely cocktails! ;)
I think this is the one true attraction in Toronto. Must do, so you can say you've been up there. :) You can also make a reservation and have dinner in the revolving restaurant on top!
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CN-turninn
301 Front St W
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I think this is the one true attraction in Toronto. Must do, so you can say you've been up there. :) You can also make a reservation and have dinner in the revolving restaurant on top!
A Gothic Revival style mansion and garden in midtown Toronto that is now a historic house museum
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Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace
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A Gothic Revival style mansion and garden in midtown Toronto that is now a historic house museum
Open 365 days a year - 20,000 aquatic animals.
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
288 Bremner Blvd
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Open 365 days a year - 20,000 aquatic animals.
Lovely place to check out if you'd like to go to a museum!
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Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park
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Lovely place to check out if you'd like to go to a museum!
Great area to visit for an afternoon. You can browse all the shops, have great coffee at Arvo and grab a beer at Mill Street brewery. Also has a GREAT Mexican restaurant called El Catrin
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The Distillery Historic District
55 Mill Street, Building #58
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Great area to visit for an afternoon. You can browse all the shops, have great coffee at Arvo and grab a beer at Mill Street brewery. Also has a GREAT Mexican restaurant called El Catrin

Parks & Nature

A mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.
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High Park
1873 Bloor St W
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A mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.
The park sits atop the now buried Garrison Creek and features three ball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two volleyball courts, an artificial ice rink, a dog off-leash area, a picnic area, a wading pool and a children's playground. Located in the south-west section of the park is the Trinity Community Recreation Centre.
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Trinity Bellwoods Park
790 Queen St W
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The park sits atop the now buried Garrison Creek and features three ball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two volleyball courts, an artificial ice rink, a dog off-leash area, a picnic area, a wading pool and a children's playground. Located in the south-west section of the park is the Trinity Community Recreation Centre.
Nice for an afternoon out and about. You have to take the ferry there.
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Toronto Islands
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Nice for an afternoon out and about. You have to take the ferry there.

Food & Restaurants

Here are my favourite restaurants for you :) Enjoy!
An excellent Thai place in the neighbourhood. Very busy, but excellent food and only 5 minutes from my place. NO reservations, sadly.
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PAI
18 Duncan St
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An excellent Thai place in the neighbourhood. Very busy, but excellent food and only 5 minutes from my place. NO reservations, sadly.
Mmmm...if you want simple but amazing Italian food. This is the place to go on Queen West!
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Terroni
720 Queen St W
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Mmmm...if you want simple but amazing Italian food. This is the place to go on Queen West!
Cheap but very good sushi spot. Perfect for take-out!
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Kibo Sushi House - King
36 Charlotte St
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Cheap but very good sushi spot. Perfect for take-out!
Casual and great VEGAN restaurant that I love going to. Try the quinoa onion rings - sooo good.
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Fresh on Spadina
147 Spadina Ave
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Casual and great VEGAN restaurant that I love going to. Try the quinoa onion rings - sooo good.
Fancy spot for high-end dining. Belongs to Toronto's fanciest restaurant Alo (which books up to 2 months in advance) which is upstairs.
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Aloette Restaurant
163 Spadina Ave
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Fancy spot for high-end dining. Belongs to Toronto's fanciest restaurant Alo (which books up to 2 months in advance) which is upstairs.
Great, casual FRENCH spot. Always great for dinner - try the steak frites.
Jules Bistro
924 Queen St W
Great, casual FRENCH spot. Always great for dinner - try the steak frites.
Yes, go there for hamburgers.
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The Burger's Priest
463 Queen St W
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Yes, go there for hamburgers.
Amazing, authentic, hole-in-the-wall Chinese food. Try their steamed pork dumplings.
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Mother's Dumplings
421 Spadina Ave
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Amazing, authentic, hole-in-the-wall Chinese food. Try their steamed pork dumplings.
Lovely spot for dinner and brunch. A real local's spot!
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Peter Pan Bistro
373 Queen Street West
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Lovely spot for dinner and brunch. A real local's spot!
Best steakhouse in the city - and close to my place :)
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Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse
12 Brant St
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Best steakhouse in the city - and close to my place :)
Love this taco place!
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Campechano Taquería
504 Adelaide St W
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Love this taco place!
Excellent spot for ramen, close to my place.
Ikkousha Ramen Toronto
249 Queen St W
Excellent spot for ramen, close to my place.

Shopping

Mall offerings include hundreds of brand name stores, restaurants, and entertainment.
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CF Toronto Eaton Centre
220 Yonge St
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Mall offerings include hundreds of brand name stores, restaurants, and entertainment.
Named the second coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue magazine, the uber-trendy two-kilometre Queen Street strip between Bathurst and Gladstone is home to some of the city’s most cutting edge boutiques among the art galleries and hip bars and restaurants. Shoppers can be sure that the street style around these parts will be as intriguing as what’s in the stores.
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Queen Street West
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Named the second coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue magazine, the uber-trendy two-kilometre Queen Street strip between Bathurst and Gladstone is home to some of the city’s most cutting edge boutiques among the art galleries and hip bars and restaurants. Shoppers can be sure that the street style around these parts will be as intriguing as what’s in the stores.
A store that has everything and is a lot of fun to browse around in! Go check it out when you are in Kensington market.
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Blue Banana Market
250 Augusta Ave
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A store that has everything and is a lot of fun to browse around in! Go check it out when you are in Kensington market.
Very cute little store that has a bit of everything.
BRIKA
642 Queen St W
Very cute little store that has a bit of everything.

Drinks & Nightlife

This is a very fancy place for cocktails... again about only a 5-min walk from my place on Queen West. If you want to have a fancy evening this is your palce!
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BarChef
472 Queen St W
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This is a very fancy place for cocktails... again about only a 5-min walk from my place on Queen West. If you want to have a fancy evening this is your palce!
Think this is a cool spot, 10-min walk from my place. Great place if you like Tequila and Mezcal!
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El Rey Mezcal Bar
2a Kensington Ave
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Think this is a cool spot, 10-min walk from my place. Great place if you like Tequila and Mezcal!
Fun spot for a casual evening with live music. Very close to my condo!
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The Cameron House
408 Queen St W
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Fun spot for a casual evening with live music. Very close to my condo!
Sooo... this is kinda cool. It is a secret/hidden restaurant (ok, well it is listed on Google, so probably not THAT secret), but still cool to visit because there are no signs outside on purpose. In fact, it will be hard for you to find it at first try. Check it out... it's very hipster!
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Cold Tea
60 Kensington Ave
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Sooo... this is kinda cool. It is a secret/hidden restaurant (ok, well it is listed on Google, so probably not THAT secret), but still cool to visit because there are no signs outside on purpose. In fact, it will be hard for you to find it at first try. Check it out... it's very hipster!

Neighbourhoods

My amazing neighbourhood - there is so much to explore. Just wander down Queen street from my place towards the west... you can walk and walk and walk and not get bored!
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Queen Street West
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My amazing neighbourhood - there is so much to explore. Just wander down Queen street from my place towards the west... you can walk and walk and walk and not get bored!
Ok, so I LOVE Kensington market. Please go to this hipster/hippie area while you're visiting. It's a lot of fun, cute coffee shops, hole-in-the-wall restos and just fun to hang out.
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Kensington Market
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Ok, so I LOVE Kensington market. Please go to this hipster/hippie area while you're visiting. It's a lot of fun, cute coffee shops, hole-in-the-wall restos and just fun to hang out.
Very close to my condo and a TON of authentic Chinese restaurants. My go-to is MOTHER'S DUMPLINGS, close to Spadina and College.
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Chinatown
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Very close to my condo and a TON of authentic Chinese restaurants. My go-to is MOTHER'S DUMPLINGS, close to Spadina and College.
Great place to spend an afternoon! Excellent Mexican restaurant. During Christmas time they have a beautiful market, but very overpriced and long lines to get in.
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Distillery District
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Great place to spend an afternoon! Excellent Mexican restaurant. During Christmas time they have a beautiful market, but very overpriced and long lines to get in.
GREAT area for dinner, drinks, brunch, live music, shopping or all of the above!
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Ossington Avenue
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GREAT area for dinner, drinks, brunch, live music, shopping or all of the above!
Nice for an afternoon out and about. You have to take the ferry there.
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Toronto Islands
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Nice for an afternoon out and about. You have to take the ferry there.

Coffee shops

So, let's get real. This is my FAVOURITE coffee shop place in the neighbourhood. They keep winning an award for best chocolate chip cookie of the year (yes, that exists). Must visit!! They also do a great brunch/lunch menu!
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Le Gourmand
152 Spadina Ave
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So, let's get real. This is my FAVOURITE coffee shop place in the neighbourhood. They keep winning an award for best chocolate chip cookie of the year (yes, that exists). Must visit!! They also do a great brunch/lunch menu!
Great coffee spot as well - close to my home. Check it out!
HotBlack Coffee
245 Queen St W
Great coffee spot as well - close to my home. Check it out!
Also very good coffee - close by!
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Strange Love Coffee
101 Spadina Ave
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Also very good coffee - close by!
Another great place for coffee, close to my place.
Pilot Coffee Roasters
439 Richmond Street West
Another great place for coffee, close to my place.
Great, authentic, Italian coffee shop with delicious pastries.
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Sud Forno
716 Queen St W
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Great, authentic, Italian coffee shop with delicious pastries.