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Natalia's Guidebook

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Natalia's Guidebook

Food scene
This is a historic diner, one of the oldest restaurants in Toronto. They are known for their breakfast (try their French toast or pancakes), and also for live blues and jazz music (including in house musicians and special guests) upstairs.
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The Senator
249 Victoria St
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This is a historic diner, one of the oldest restaurants in Toronto. They are known for their breakfast (try their French toast or pancakes), and also for live blues and jazz music (including in house musicians and special guests) upstairs.
This famous diner is located in the same building as our apartment. It provides a good value and is family friendly. Opened 24 hours. Serves all day breakfast, sandwiches and burgers.
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Fran's Restaurant
200 Victoria St
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This famous diner is located in the same building as our apartment. It provides a good value and is family friendly. Opened 24 hours. Serves all day breakfast, sandwiches and burgers.
3 Brewers at Yonge and Dundas is a pub and brewhouse restaurant with focus on great food and incredible in-house brewing. Steps from the apartment.
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3 Brewers
275 Yonge Street
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3 Brewers at Yonge and Dundas is a pub and brewhouse restaurant with focus on great food and incredible in-house brewing. Steps from the apartment.
Sleek space inside the Eaton Centre for classic Italian meals & wine, with big windows & a patio.
Trattoria Mercatto
220 Yonge Street
Sleek space inside the Eaton Centre for classic Italian meals & wine, with big windows & a patio.
Casual hang out place with friends. Best view of Dundas square from their patio terrace.
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Jack Astor's Bar & Grill
10 Dundas St E
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Casual hang out place with friends. Best view of Dundas square from their patio terrace.
Classic Southern Italian dishes, plus a small, curated wine list, in a cozy exposed-brick space.
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La Bettola Di Terroni
106 Victoria St
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Classic Southern Italian dishes, plus a small, curated wine list, in a cozy exposed-brick space.
Upscale leather-&-wood tavern offering an extensive wine selection paired with gastropub-style fare. Great outdoor patio. Must try their gin and tonic selection (make your own G&T).
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REDS Midtown Tavern
382 Yonge St
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Upscale leather-&-wood tavern offering an extensive wine selection paired with gastropub-style fare. Great outdoor patio. Must try their gin and tonic selection (make your own G&T).
Foodies paradise! Co-owned by a "Top Chef Canada" winner, this bustling spot offers a daily menu of seasonal cuisine. Always busy, book your table in advance. However they also have a long communal table for walk ins.
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Richmond Station
1 Richmond St W
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Foodies paradise! Co-owned by a "Top Chef Canada" winner, this bustling spot offers a daily menu of seasonal cuisine. Always busy, book your table in advance. However they also have a long communal table for walk ins.
Some of the best ramen in the area.
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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
91 Dundas St E
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Some of the best ramen in the area.
Swanky and specious, it offers an upscale menu of creative, gourmet Korean dishes.
Kimchi Korea House
149 Dundas St W
Swanky and specious, it offers an upscale menu of creative, gourmet Korean dishes.
A little longer walk from the apartment, but it is worth it. Restaurant is close to Art Gallery of Ontario and famous Toronto Chinatown. Soup with dumplings is a must to try.
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Asian Legend
418 Dundas Street West
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A little longer walk from the apartment, but it is worth it. Restaurant is close to Art Gallery of Ontario and famous Toronto Chinatown. Soup with dumplings is a must to try.
Local upscale grocer located underneath the Saks Fifth Avenue / Hudson Bay on Queen street.
Saks Food Hall by Pusateri's
176 Yonge St
Local upscale grocer located underneath the Saks Fifth Avenue / Hudson Bay on Queen street.
Too far to walk, but please grab a street car or a taxi to visit the biggest market in Toronto. I love shopping there on a Saturday morning for hot Montreal style bagels, cream cheese and lox. Two levels are full of bakeries, grocers, cheese mongers, butchers, seafood, specialty stores and eateries. Try famous peameal bacon sandwich on the top floor. I also love a small Russian food stall downstairs for their amazing pirogies and blintzes. Outdoor space with picnic tables for a quick lunch and people watching.
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St. Lawrence Market
93 Front St E
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Too far to walk, but please grab a street car or a taxi to visit the biggest market in Toronto. I love shopping there on a Saturday morning for hot Montreal style bagels, cream cheese and lox. Two levels are full of bakeries, grocers, cheese mongers, butchers, seafood, specialty stores and eateries. Try famous peameal bacon sandwich on the top floor. I also love a small Russian food stall downstairs for their amazing pirogies and blintzes. Outdoor space with picnic tables for a quick lunch and people watching.
Portuguese / Spanish / seafood. Nice atmosphere. Family run and located in a Victorian house.
Adega Restaurante
33 Elm St
Portuguese / Spanish / seafood. Nice atmosphere. Family run and located in a Victorian house.
Vegan Mexican restaurant. While many of other places mentioned in this guidebook offer vegan and vegetarian dishes, this one is for those who is looking for a full vegan menu. About 20 min walk from the apartment.
Rosalinda Restaurant
133 Richmond St W
Vegan Mexican restaurant. While many of other places mentioned in this guidebook offer vegan and vegetarian dishes, this one is for those who is looking for a full vegan menu. About 20 min walk from the apartment.
Not a hangout for locals, however it is super convenient since it is located right downstairs. I had a glass of martini there with an appetizer and it was good. In the evenings there is often a crowd of travellers drinking and chatting. Welcoming and friendly place. Also serves breakfast.
Pantages Hotel Downtown Toronto
200 Victoria Street
Not a hangout for locals, however it is super convenient since it is located right downstairs. I had a glass of martini there with an appetizer and it was good. In the evenings there is often a crowd of travellers drinking and chatting. Welcoming and friendly place. Also serves breakfast.
For a raucous night out, grab a drink and a bite at one of Toronto’s izakayas, informal Japanese pubs with share plates of traditional and contemporary foods, plus sake, beer, and innovative cocktails. The top two in the city, Guu and Kinka, were once under the same ownership and share a similar menu. Most noticeably, they share a similar volume, where all servers and cooks shout a greeting to each diner as they enter the restaurant, making for an incredibly energetic and noisy evening. This is best enjoyed with a friend or group, so that everyone can experience several different flavors. Izakayas make a great pre-funk for a big night out or are a fab destination on their own.
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KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINAL
398 Church St
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For a raucous night out, grab a drink and a bite at one of Toronto’s izakayas, informal Japanese pubs with share plates of traditional and contemporary foods, plus sake, beer, and innovative cocktails. The top two in the city, Guu and Kinka, were once under the same ownership and share a similar menu. Most noticeably, they share a similar volume, where all servers and cooks shout a greeting to each diner as they enter the restaurant, making for an incredibly energetic and noisy evening. This is best enjoyed with a friend or group, so that everyone can experience several different flavors. Izakayas make a great pre-funk for a big night out or are a fab destination on their own.
Hungry?
Quick bite and a take out
Delicious and healthy food for meat eaters and vegans alike. Amazing value considering the quality. Try a take out lunch or dinner with a few sides $3.50 each.
Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods - Yonge St.
151 Yonge Street
Delicious and healthy food for meat eaters and vegans alike. Amazing value considering the quality. Try a take out lunch or dinner with a few sides $3.50 each.
I like their breakfast pastries. Also good soup and sandwiches for a quick lunch.
Panera Bread
322 Yonge St
I like their breakfast pastries. Also good soup and sandwiches for a quick lunch.
For coffee lovers, alternative to Starbucks.
Mos Mos Coffee
65 Queen Street West
For coffee lovers, alternative to Starbucks.
I love their Coffee, pastries and croissants. Close to the Financial district.
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Dineen Coffee Co.
140 Yonge St
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I love their Coffee, pastries and croissants. Close to the Financial district.
Japanese fast food.
Mi'hito Sushi Laboratory
4 Edward Street
Japanese fast food.
Grocery store. Not the closest to the apartment, but I love this location for their cheese and antipasto selection, ace bakery bread and freshly prepared foods. Joe Fresh and LCBO are also right there. Free parking with $40 spent. It is located in the Maple Leaf Gardens building. We have a picture of this historic building in our apartment.
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Loblaws
60 Carlton St
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Grocery store. Not the closest to the apartment, but I love this location for their cheese and antipasto selection, ace bakery bread and freshly prepared foods. Joe Fresh and LCBO are also right there. Free parking with $40 spent. It is located in the Maple Leaf Gardens building. We have a picture of this historic building in our apartment.
Indulge in the ultimate Canadian comfort food: poutine. With layers of French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy, this is a decidedly decadent treat. You’ll find poutine on menus all over the city, usually with these three staple ingredients, but sometimes with different spins on the classic recipe. The best spot for traditional poutine is Nom Nom Nom, one of the shipping container food stalls in Market 707, owned by an ex-Montrealer (the dish originated in Quebec).
NomNomNom Poutine
707 Dundas St W
Indulge in the ultimate Canadian comfort food: poutine. With layers of French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy, this is a decidedly decadent treat. You’ll find poutine on menus all over the city, usually with these three staple ingredients, but sometimes with different spins on the classic recipe. The best spot for traditional poutine is Nom Nom Nom, one of the shipping container food stalls in Market 707, owned by an ex-Montrealer (the dish originated in Quebec).
Neighbourhoods
here are a few Chinatowns scattered throughout metro-Toronto, but the main one, called Old Chinatown is west of downtown Toronto. Centered around the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area spreads out in all directions to make up one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Historically, this population hails from southern China and Hong Kong, so Cantonese is the primary language spoken here, though recent years have seen an increase in families from mainland China, Thailand, and Vietnam. This is a great spot to spend a few hours tasting your way through the neighborhood, savoring made from scratch dim sum, rich Peking duck, and fresh baked sweets. Stock up on teas and herbal remedies, or browse through fun knickknacks. Produce, flowers, public art, and graffiti murals brighten the streets. Stop by for Chinese New Year in January or February or the Toronto Chinatown Festival in late summer to see lion dancers, martial arts performances, traditional music, and more!
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Toronto Chinatown
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here are a few Chinatowns scattered throughout metro-Toronto, but the main one, called Old Chinatown is west of downtown Toronto. Centered around the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue, the area spreads out in all directions to make up one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Historically, this population hails from southern China and Hong Kong, so Cantonese is the primary language spoken here, though recent years have seen an increase in families from mainland China, Thailand, and Vietnam. This is a great spot to spend a few hours tasting your way through the neighborhood, savoring made from scratch dim sum, rich Peking duck, and fresh baked sweets. Stock up on teas and herbal remedies, or browse through fun knickknacks. Produce, flowers, public art, and graffiti murals brighten the streets. Stop by for Chinese New Year in January or February or the Toronto Chinatown Festival in late summer to see lion dancers, martial arts performances, traditional music, and more!
This 13 acre stretch of Toronto is the largest group of Victorian industrial buildings in North America. Once home to Gooderham and Worts, the largest distillery in the world, the Distillery District is a unique area in Toronto with plenty of boutique shops and upscale restaurants, plus a microbrewery, sake brewery and a chocolate factory. This area is designated for pedestrians and cycling only; cars and parking are allowed just at its borders. Here historic architecture meets contemporary creativity, and as such, it is a leading component in Toronto’s artistic and cultural community, with events held throughout the year. Possibly the most picturesque area in Toronto, the Distillery District is a perfect spot to spend the afternoon shopping and dining or to spend the evening celebrating. Art lovers come for the galleries, outdoor sculptures and dance, music and stage performances at the area's several theatres. In December, the annual Toronto Christmas Market takes over the streets.
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Distillery District
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This 13 acre stretch of Toronto is the largest group of Victorian industrial buildings in North America. Once home to Gooderham and Worts, the largest distillery in the world, the Distillery District is a unique area in Toronto with plenty of boutique shops and upscale restaurants, plus a microbrewery, sake brewery and a chocolate factory. This area is designated for pedestrians and cycling only; cars and parking are allowed just at its borders. Here historic architecture meets contemporary creativity, and as such, it is a leading component in Toronto’s artistic and cultural community, with events held throughout the year. Possibly the most picturesque area in Toronto, the Distillery District is a perfect spot to spend the afternoon shopping and dining or to spend the evening celebrating. Art lovers come for the galleries, outdoor sculptures and dance, music and stage performances at the area's several theatres. In December, the annual Toronto Christmas Market takes over the streets.
Queen West has one of the trendiest shopping scenes in Toronto. Toronto’s Art and Design District boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage, shoe stores and craft and sewing supplies. At night the neighbourhood offers lively patios and bars and a variety of live music ranging from roots to rock at internationally-renowned venues like the Cameron House, the Horseshoe and the Rex. Re-charge with food from around the world at unique restaurants and cafes that are often open late. On a nice day visit Trinity Bellwood’s park, local favorite for walks, play and picnics.
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Queen Street West
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Queen West has one of the trendiest shopping scenes in Toronto. Toronto’s Art and Design District boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage, shoe stores and craft and sewing supplies. At night the neighbourhood offers lively patios and bars and a variety of live music ranging from roots to rock at internationally-renowned venues like the Cameron House, the Horseshoe and the Rex. Re-charge with food from around the world at unique restaurants and cafes that are often open late. On a nice day visit Trinity Bellwood’s park, local favorite for walks, play and picnics.
Once the countercultural capitol of Toronto, where musicians like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell got their start, Yorkville has since become the most affluent neighborhood in the city. Yorkville is home to the Mink Mile, a section of Bloor Street with the most expensive retail shopping in Canada. Here you will find luxury branded shops, including Hermes, Christian Louboutin, and Prada, though recent years have seen an influx of mid-range retailers, like BCBG and The Gap. Off the Mink Mile, though, there are still several upscale, local boutiques, designer consignment shops, art galleries, and museums, most notably the Royal Ontario and Bata Shoe Museums. Several bistros, bars, and fine dining spots line the streets, offering a great perch for people-watching, as the city’s fashionistas stroll through, wearing editorial looks as if it’s totally normal. Be sure to get your pampering in one of over a hundred spas and salons in the neighborhood. For a different food experience Check out Eataly - I haven’t been there yet but everyone has been talking about it since it opened in 2019. Yorkville is located north of Downtown and south of Casa Loma.
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Yorkville
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Once the countercultural capitol of Toronto, where musicians like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell got their start, Yorkville has since become the most affluent neighborhood in the city. Yorkville is home to the Mink Mile, a section of Bloor Street with the most expensive retail shopping in Canada. Here you will find luxury branded shops, including Hermes, Christian Louboutin, and Prada, though recent years have seen an influx of mid-range retailers, like BCBG and The Gap. Off the Mink Mile, though, there are still several upscale, local boutiques, designer consignment shops, art galleries, and museums, most notably the Royal Ontario and Bata Shoe Museums. Several bistros, bars, and fine dining spots line the streets, offering a great perch for people-watching, as the city’s fashionistas stroll through, wearing editorial looks as if it’s totally normal. Be sure to get your pampering in one of over a hundred spas and salons in the neighborhood. For a different food experience Check out Eataly - I haven’t been there yet but everyone has been talking about it since it opened in 2019. Yorkville is located north of Downtown and south of Casa Loma.
LGBT-oriented enclave in Toronto “The Village” is home to Canada’s largest gay community and welcomes visitors from all walks of life. This a predominantly gay neighbourhood nestled within Toronto’s downtown core. Centred at the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets, the area is packed with cafés, restaurants, gay-oriented shops and a vast array of hot bars and nightspots. Despite the many shops, people-watching remains one of the most popular Village pastimes, especially during last week of October (Haloween) and in June (the Pride Month in Toronto).
Church Street
LGBT-oriented enclave in Toronto “The Village” is home to Canada’s largest gay community and welcomes visitors from all walks of life. This a predominantly gay neighbourhood nestled within Toronto’s downtown core. Centred at the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets, the area is packed with cafés, restaurants, gay-oriented shops and a vast array of hot bars and nightspots. Despite the many shops, people-watching remains one of the most popular Village pastimes, especially during last week of October (Haloween) and in June (the Pride Month in Toronto).
Beautiful mixture of old and new skyscrapers architecture. My favorite building is Brookfield place that also houses Hockey Hall of Fame. CN Tower is further West from there, about 15 min walk.
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Financial District
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Beautiful mixture of old and new skyscrapers architecture. My favorite building is Brookfield place that also houses Hockey Hall of Fame. CN Tower is further West from there, about 15 min walk.
One of the oldest urban parks in Canada. Established in 1860 and bordered mostly by Victorian buildings of the University of Toronto. Close to Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Yorkville.
Queens Park
One of the oldest urban parks in Canada. Established in 1860 and bordered mostly by Victorian buildings of the University of Toronto. Close to Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Yorkville.
Centre Island comprises 600 acres of parkland off the shore of downtown Toronto. Just a few minutes away by ferry, Centre Island is home to Centreville Amusement Park and other family-friendly attractions, loads of green space, bicycle paths, eateries and more. It is a great escape from the city that is a short ferry ride away. Centre Island attractions are open from May to October. In the colder months, the island reverts to a sleepy residential community. The ferry operates year-round - more frequently during the peak summer months. Visitors are free to go year-round, but there isn't a lot to do when the attractions are closed down. That does not means it can't be an enjoyable trip. The ferry ride itself gives a perspective of Toronto from the water at little cost. My favorite activity is to explore the island and glorious views of Toronto skyline by bike ( you can rent it on the island during open months)
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Centre Island
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Centre Island comprises 600 acres of parkland off the shore of downtown Toronto. Just a few minutes away by ferry, Centre Island is home to Centreville Amusement Park and other family-friendly attractions, loads of green space, bicycle paths, eateries and more. It is a great escape from the city that is a short ferry ride away. Centre Island attractions are open from May to October. In the colder months, the island reverts to a sleepy residential community. The ferry operates year-round - more frequently during the peak summer months. Visitors are free to go year-round, but there isn't a lot to do when the attractions are closed down. That does not means it can't be an enjoyable trip. The ferry ride itself gives a perspective of Toronto from the water at little cost. My favorite activity is to explore the island and glorious views of Toronto skyline by bike ( you can rent it on the island during open months)
This relaxed neighbourhood with a small-town vibe is a top summer destination, drawing families and tourists to its sandy beaches and quaint boardwalk. Vibrant Queen Street East features colourful indie shops, intimate bistros and hip bars, along with homey bakeries and ice cream parlours. Kew Gardens park offers skating and tennis, and hosts The Beaches International Jazz Festival. This area is good for walking, running and biking.
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The Beaches
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This relaxed neighbourhood with a small-town vibe is a top summer destination, drawing families and tourists to its sandy beaches and quaint boardwalk. Vibrant Queen Street East features colourful indie shops, intimate bistros and hip bars, along with homey bakeries and ice cream parlours. Kew Gardens park offers skating and tennis, and hosts The Beaches International Jazz Festival. This area is good for walking, running and biking.
Toronto’s urban wilderness, a unique place near downtown Toronto to experience nature, and one of the best places for bird-watching in the city, with more than 300 recorded species.
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Tommy Thompson Park
1 Leslie St
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Toronto’s urban wilderness, a unique place near downtown Toronto to experience nature, and one of the best places for bird-watching in the city, with more than 300 recorded species.
Spacious waterfront boulevard that connects people to the water’s edge. A grand pedestrian promenade about three times the size of a normal city sidewalk graces the south side of Queens Quay. Running alongside the promenade is the Martin Goodman Trail – a safe place for cyclists and joggers. The harbor offers gorgeous views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands from the shore, where visitors can walk the Wavedeck, a pathway along the waters’ edge with gradual ups and downs to mimic the wave patterns on the lake, or visit one of the parks studding the path, such as the Music Garden or Ireland Park. Kayaking, sailing, and cruising are also popular ways to spend time here, while taking in city skyline views.
Queens Quay West
Spacious waterfront boulevard that connects people to the water’s edge. A grand pedestrian promenade about three times the size of a normal city sidewalk graces the south side of Queens Quay. Running alongside the promenade is the Martin Goodman Trail – a safe place for cyclists and joggers. The harbor offers gorgeous views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands from the shore, where visitors can walk the Wavedeck, a pathway along the waters’ edge with gradual ups and downs to mimic the wave patterns on the lake, or visit one of the parks studding the path, such as the Music Garden or Ireland Park. Kayaking, sailing, and cruising are also popular ways to spend time here, while taking in city skyline views.
Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites in Toronto, over one-third of High Park remains in a natural state. A jewel in the city’s park system, residents and visitors can enjoy its many attractions, playgrounds and features year-round. Late April to early May, depending on the weather, check their website for famous cherry blossoms - the flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular. If you visit in the summer, check out Shakespeare in the park - theatre under an open sky ( bring a blanket and a picnic).
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High Park
1873 Bloor St W
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Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites in Toronto, over one-third of High Park remains in a natural state. A jewel in the city’s park system, residents and visitors can enjoy its many attractions, playgrounds and features year-round. Late April to early May, depending on the weather, check their website for famous cherry blossoms - the flowering of the Sakura trees is spectacular. If you visit in the summer, check out Shakespeare in the park - theatre under an open sky ( bring a blanket and a picnic).
King Street West is one of the oldest streets in Toronto. Known for its constant hustle and bustle, King Street encompasses most of Toronto’s downtown core and hosts a number of iconic buildings from the Toronto Stock Exchange to the Royal Alexandra Theatre. It runs through the financial district, the entertainment and theatre district, with numerous restaurants and vibrant nite life.
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King Street West
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King Street West is one of the oldest streets in Toronto. Known for its constant hustle and bustle, King Street encompasses most of Toronto’s downtown core and hosts a number of iconic buildings from the Toronto Stock Exchange to the Royal Alexandra Theatre. It runs through the financial district, the entertainment and theatre district, with numerous restaurants and vibrant nite life.
On Gerrard Street East, between Coxwell Ave and Greenwood Ave, Little India is also home to the Gerrard India Bazaar, North America’s largest South Asian ethnic market. This is where you will find many Indian restaurants and stores filled with food and spices, household items, clothing and jewelry.
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Gerrard India Bazaar
1426 Gerrard St E
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On Gerrard Street East, between Coxwell Ave and Greenwood Ave, Little India is also home to the Gerrard India Bazaar, North America’s largest South Asian ethnic market. This is where you will find many Indian restaurants and stores filled with food and spices, household items, clothing and jewelry.
Set on a strip of College Street, buzzy Little Italy's main draw is its classic pizzerias, trattorias and gelato shops, as well as its international restaurants and produce markets. Sleek martini bars, trendy pubs, and concerts at the famous Mod Club round out the area's nightlife, which mostly attracts students and hipsters. In summer, locals and visitors flock to outdoor patios lined with casual cafes.
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Little Italy
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Set on a strip of College Street, buzzy Little Italy's main draw is its classic pizzerias, trattorias and gelato shops, as well as its international restaurants and produce markets. Sleek martini bars, trendy pubs, and concerts at the famous Mod Club round out the area's nightlife, which mostly attracts students and hipsters. In summer, locals and visitors flock to outdoor patios lined with casual cafes.
Yonge Street is Toronto's most famous street, and it was once the longest street in the world according to the Guinness World Records. Yonge Street is one of downtown Toronto’s most dynamic streets where you’ll find a plethora of things to see and do, whether you’re in the mood for shopping, catching a movie, heading to the theater or checking out some of the city’s major attractions.
Yonge Street
Yonge Street is Toronto's most famous street, and it was once the longest street in the world according to the Guinness World Records. Yonge Street is one of downtown Toronto’s most dynamic streets where you’ll find a plethora of things to see and do, whether you’re in the mood for shopping, catching a movie, heading to the theater or checking out some of the city’s major attractions.
Easily the coolest neighborhood in Toronto and named by Vogue as one of the coolest in the world, West Queen West is the arts and cultural hub of the city. With its trendy, hipster vibe, this area has the highest concentration of art galleries in the city, plus tons of boutique and vintage shops, live music venues, bars, and restaurants. There are no major tourist attractions here; rather, the draw is in soaking in the creative spirit and living like a local. West Queen West is home to Trinity Bellwoods Park, a great place to commune with Torontonians in the summer months, while sunbathing, daydrinking, and throwing a Frisbee in the off-leash dog area. Grab a bite at one of several hole-in-the-wall bakeries. At night, hit the bars on the South end of Ossington Avenue and take in the sounds of a live band or DJ. West Queen West is located between Chinatown to the east and Little Portugal to the west.
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West Queen West
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Easily the coolest neighborhood in Toronto and named by Vogue as one of the coolest in the world, West Queen West is the arts and cultural hub of the city. With its trendy, hipster vibe, this area has the highest concentration of art galleries in the city, plus tons of boutique and vintage shops, live music venues, bars, and restaurants. There are no major tourist attractions here; rather, the draw is in soaking in the creative spirit and living like a local. West Queen West is home to Trinity Bellwoods Park, a great place to commune with Torontonians in the summer months, while sunbathing, daydrinking, and throwing a Frisbee in the off-leash dog area. Grab a bite at one of several hole-in-the-wall bakeries. At night, hit the bars on the South end of Ossington Avenue and take in the sounds of a live band or DJ. West Queen West is located between Chinatown to the east and Little Portugal to the west.
Kensington Market is an eclectic neighborhood, brimming with cafes, boutiques, and sights in and around the partially outdoor market. Originally built to house Scottish and Irish immigrant laborers in the late 1800s, the neighborhood housed a large Jewish population in the early twentieth century, and today is home to a large Chinese population, along with Central American and African immigrants. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada, the resulting mix is a collection of great restaurants, fun food trucks, and produce stalls; funky clothing shops and wild gifts from around the globe; a place where counterculture, new ideas, and artistic prowess flourish.
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Kensington Market
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Kensington Market is an eclectic neighborhood, brimming with cafes, boutiques, and sights in and around the partially outdoor market. Originally built to house Scottish and Irish immigrant laborers in the late 1800s, the neighborhood housed a large Jewish population in the early twentieth century, and today is home to a large Chinese population, along with Central American and African immigrants. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada, the resulting mix is a collection of great restaurants, fun food trucks, and produce stalls; funky clothing shops and wild gifts from around the globe; a place where counterculture, new ideas, and artistic prowess flourish.
Sightseeing
Also called Toronto Times Square, this square is visible from the apartment and you will notice that it never sleeps with its flashy billboards, crowds of shoppers and buskers. It also has a scramble intersection which is a must experience if you haven’t seen it before:)
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Yonge-Dundas Square
1 Dundas St E
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Also called Toronto Times Square, this square is visible from the apartment and you will notice that it never sleeps with its flashy billboards, crowds of shoppers and buskers. It also has a scramble intersection which is a must experience if you haven’t seen it before:)
One of the largest galleries in North America, the AGO’s collection of ancient and modern art includes over 80,000 pieces. Theirs is the single largest collection of Canadian art, plus the house an extensive range of photography and contemporary art, alongside African, European, and Asian art. The building itself is a work of art, with its’ Frank Gehry-helmed redesign being labelled a masterpiece; the most notable features of this project include Galleria Italia, a glass and wood façade the runs the entire length of the city block, and an asymmetrical spiral stairwell. The AGO is open until 5:30 p.m. most nights, except for Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:00. General admission is about $20, but is free on Wednesdays after 6:00.
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Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St W
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One of the largest galleries in North America, the AGO’s collection of ancient and modern art includes over 80,000 pieces. Theirs is the single largest collection of Canadian art, plus the house an extensive range of photography and contemporary art, alongside African, European, and Asian art. The building itself is a work of art, with its’ Frank Gehry-helmed redesign being labelled a masterpiece; the most notable features of this project include Galleria Italia, a glass and wood façade the runs the entire length of the city block, and an asymmetrical spiral stairwell. The AGO is open until 5:30 p.m. most nights, except for Wednesdays and Fridays until 9:00. General admission is about $20, but is free on Wednesdays after 6:00.
The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history. Check it out in fall for Friday Night Live, a seasonal event that occurs weekly from 7-11:30 p.m., featuring live music, DJs, cocktails, and a new theme each week. This event sells out often, so buy tickets a week ahead; this will also allow you to skip the line which gets crazy long when it’s cold outside. An extension built in 2007, The Crystal, was a source of admiration but also a controversy.
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Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park
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The Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history. Check it out in fall for Friday Night Live, a seasonal event that occurs weekly from 7-11:30 p.m., featuring live music, DJs, cocktails, and a new theme each week. This event sells out often, so buy tickets a week ahead; this will also allow you to skip the line which gets crazy long when it’s cold outside. An extension built in 2007, The Crystal, was a source of admiration but also a controversy.
Ripley’s Aquarium is home to over 16,000 underwater creatures from around the world. They are most notable for their Dangerous Lagoon gallery, which has the longest underwater tunnel and moving sidewalk, filled with sharks, sawfish, and sea turtles. They have several freshwater and saltwater tanks, plus interactive exhibits and touch tanks with rays, crabs, and sharks. Interactive dive shows are scheduled every two hours. The aquarium is open seven days a week, 365 a year, usually from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (there’s a cheaper ticket for access after 7 p.m.)
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Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
288 Bremner Blvd
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Ripley’s Aquarium is home to over 16,000 underwater creatures from around the world. They are most notable for their Dangerous Lagoon gallery, which has the longest underwater tunnel and moving sidewalk, filled with sharks, sawfish, and sea turtles. They have several freshwater and saltwater tanks, plus interactive exhibits and touch tanks with rays, crabs, and sharks. Interactive dive shows are scheduled every two hours. The aquarium is open seven days a week, 365 a year, usually from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (there’s a cheaper ticket for access after 7 p.m.)
The tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere and third tallest in the world, the CN Tower is the most iconic structure in the Toronto skyline. At over 553 meters, the tower offers unmatched views of the city and harbor from its observation deck. There’s a glass floor and restaurant on the main deck and higher up (with an additional fee), the SkyPod. For a thrill, sign up for the Edge Walk, where visitors step outside, lean over, and walk the full circle around the deck. The CN Tower is open every day from 9am to 10:30pm. Admission is overpriced at $35 for general, plus another $12 for the SkyPod, but they are part of the CityPASS (along with the aquarium right next door), which alleviates some of the sting if you plan on visiting multiple attractions.
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CN Tower
301 Front St W
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The tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere and third tallest in the world, the CN Tower is the most iconic structure in the Toronto skyline. At over 553 meters, the tower offers unmatched views of the city and harbor from its observation deck. There’s a glass floor and restaurant on the main deck and higher up (with an additional fee), the SkyPod. For a thrill, sign up for the Edge Walk, where visitors step outside, lean over, and walk the full circle around the deck. The CN Tower is open every day from 9am to 10:30pm. Admission is overpriced at $35 for general, plus another $12 for the SkyPod, but they are part of the CityPASS (along with the aquarium right next door), which alleviates some of the sting if you plan on visiting multiple attractions.
Nathan Phillips Square is located at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street West in Old Toronto. A variety of activities, events, and amenities make this a public space suitable for all ages. It also features a large reflective pool that turns into an ice skating rink during the winter months. This square is also a famous picture spot featuring a huge TORONTO sign that is lit at night.
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Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St W
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Nathan Phillips Square is located at the intersection of Bay Street and Queen Street West in Old Toronto. A variety of activities, events, and amenities make this a public space suitable for all ages. It also features a large reflective pool that turns into an ice skating rink during the winter months. This square is also a famous picture spot featuring a huge TORONTO sign that is lit at night.
A little over 100 years old, Allan Gardens Conservatory is a striking sight with its glass domes, steel framing, and symmetrical geometry. The almost 5000 meter space contains five linked greenhouses filled with tropical plants from around the world. The central, largest, and oldest dome, the Palm House, contains the tallest plants, including bananas and pine, while two tropical houses, a cool house, and a cactus house brim with orchids, citrus trees, and more. The park is open every day of the year, with rotating seasonal exhibitions, and is always free.
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Allan Gardens
160 Gerrard St E
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A little over 100 years old, Allan Gardens Conservatory is a striking sight with its glass domes, steel framing, and symmetrical geometry. The almost 5000 meter space contains five linked greenhouses filled with tropical plants from around the world. The central, largest, and oldest dome, the Palm House, contains the tallest plants, including bananas and pine, while two tropical houses, a cool house, and a cactus house brim with orchids, citrus trees, and more. The park is open every day of the year, with rotating seasonal exhibitions, and is always free.
Co-designed by cellist YoYo Ma, Toronto Music Garden park is arranged so that each of six sections corresponds to a portion of “Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major…” and beginning with a curvy, river walk “Prelude” and ending with an oversized grass stairway “Gigue,” with flowers, a birch forest, and may pole in between. The park hosts free concerts in the summer months on Thursdays and Sundays. Bench seating is limited, so feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair – and don't forget your hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade is also limited.
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Toronto Music Garden
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Co-designed by cellist YoYo Ma, Toronto Music Garden park is arranged so that each of six sections corresponds to a portion of “Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major…” and beginning with a curvy, river walk “Prelude” and ending with an oversized grass stairway “Gigue,” with flowers, a birch forest, and may pole in between. The park hosts free concerts in the summer months on Thursdays and Sundays. Bench seating is limited, so feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair – and don't forget your hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade is also limited.
One of Toronto cultural centres, TIFF Bell Lightbox occupies an entire city block in the heart of Toronto's media and entertainment district. Home to Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) they have interesting programs for film lovers all year round. Toronto hosts several film festivals, such as Hot Docs in April (all documentaries), Toronto After Dark in October (horror, sci fi, exploitation), and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, one of the largest in the world, attracting nearly half a million people including big name actors, directors, and other celebs. Several other niche film festivals go on year round in this urban hotbed of creativity, making almost any time a great time to catch an indie flick or two with other fans. Be sure to hit up Toronto Popcorn Company in Kensington Market first, and choose one of their 100+ flavors to munch during the movie.
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TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St W
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One of Toronto cultural centres, TIFF Bell Lightbox occupies an entire city block in the heart of Toronto's media and entertainment district. Home to Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) they have interesting programs for film lovers all year round. Toronto hosts several film festivals, such as Hot Docs in April (all documentaries), Toronto After Dark in October (horror, sci fi, exploitation), and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September, one of the largest in the world, attracting nearly half a million people including big name actors, directors, and other celebs. Several other niche film festivals go on year round in this urban hotbed of creativity, making almost any time a great time to catch an indie flick or two with other fans. Be sure to hit up Toronto Popcorn Company in Kensington Market first, and choose one of their 100+ flavors to munch during the movie.
The Harbourfront Centre, a not-for-profit cultural center with lots of free stuff to do, especially for families.
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Harbourfront Centre
539 Queens Quay W
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The Harbourfront Centre, a not-for-profit cultural center with lots of free stuff to do, especially for families.
Cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada, and one of the oldest churches in Toronto. It is located at 65 Bond Street in Toronto's Garden District. St. Michael's was designed by William Thomas, designer of eight other churches in the city, and was primarily financed by Irish immigrants who resided in the area. The cathedral has a capacity of 1600.
St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond St
Cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada, and one of the oldest churches in Toronto. It is located at 65 Bond Street in Toronto's Garden District. St. Michael's was designed by William Thomas, designer of eight other churches in the city, and was primarily financed by Irish immigrants who resided in the area. The cathedral has a capacity of 1600.
A castle in Toronto! A little over a hundred years old, Casa Loma is a landmark site, built by financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt in the early 1900s. The castle (actually a Gothic Revival mansion) took three years to build, though the third floor was never completed, and the marble stairway that was supposed to lead up to it was lost at sea. It features secret passageways, towers, and an oven big enough to roast an entire ox. After falling on hard times, Pellatt moved out after only ten years. The castle has since been used as a hotel, Prohibition getaway for Americans, and more recently a film location (it was Hogwarts in the last Harry Potter movie, among other things). Casa Loma is open every day except Christmas. General admission is $25, and the last entry is at 4:30. If you are visiting in the summer, Symphony in the Garden is a beautiful experience. Explore the castle, enjoy amazing music, food and the gardens. Unassigned seating, so for the best seats you should arrive early.
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Casa Loma
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A castle in Toronto! A little over a hundred years old, Casa Loma is a landmark site, built by financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt in the early 1900s. The castle (actually a Gothic Revival mansion) took three years to build, though the third floor was never completed, and the marble stairway that was supposed to lead up to it was lost at sea. It features secret passageways, towers, and an oven big enough to roast an entire ox. After falling on hard times, Pellatt moved out after only ten years. The castle has since been used as a hotel, Prohibition getaway for Americans, and more recently a film location (it was Hogwarts in the last Harry Potter movie, among other things). Casa Loma is open every day except Christmas. General admission is $25, and the last entry is at 4:30. If you are visiting in the summer, Symphony in the Garden is a beautiful experience. Explore the castle, enjoy amazing music, food and the gardens. Unassigned seating, so for the best seats you should arrive early.
The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics. Check out their adult classes (usually sold out).
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Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park
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The Gardiner Museum celebrates the art of ceramics. Check out their adult classes (usually sold out).
It’s fitting that a museum devoted to shoes would be located in Yorkville, Toronto’s fashion-forward shopping mecca. Bata Shoe Museum focuses on footwear from around the world and throughout time. Four exhibits are on display at any given time, one of which is fairly permanent and covers a general overview on the history of shoes for the past 4500 years, including Chinese silk shoes for bound feet and a huge collection of Native American and Arctic footwear. Among their celebrity shoes, you’ll find the Dalai Lama’s flip flops, Marilyn Monroe’s high heels, and Elton John’s platforms. The museum is open every day of the year, except Christmas and Good Friday. Admission is $14, except on Thursday evenings when it’s “pay what you can,” with a suggested donation of $5.
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Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor St W
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It’s fitting that a museum devoted to shoes would be located in Yorkville, Toronto’s fashion-forward shopping mecca. Bata Shoe Museum focuses on footwear from around the world and throughout time. Four exhibits are on display at any given time, one of which is fairly permanent and covers a general overview on the history of shoes for the past 4500 years, including Chinese silk shoes for bound feet and a huge collection of Native American and Arctic footwear. Among their celebrity shoes, you’ll find the Dalai Lama’s flip flops, Marilyn Monroe’s high heels, and Elton John’s platforms. The museum is open every day of the year, except Christmas and Good Friday. Admission is $14, except on Thursday evenings when it’s “pay what you can,” with a suggested donation of $5.
Straddling the Canada-U.S. border, Niagara Falls is the name given for three waterfalls on the Niagara River: The largest of the three, Horseshoe Falls lies mostly on the Canadian side, while the smaller American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are on the U.S. side. Collectively, Niagara Falls has the highest flow rate of all waterfalls worldwide. Located 120 km outside of Toronto, you’ll probably want to rent a car for a day to get there or take a guided bus tour. While you’re there, do walk across to the dry side of Niagara Parkway across the street from Horseshoe Falls, to find the Nikola Tesla statue.
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Niagara Falls
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Straddling the Canada-U.S. border, Niagara Falls is the name given for three waterfalls on the Niagara River: The largest of the three, Horseshoe Falls lies mostly on the Canadian side, while the smaller American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are on the U.S. side. Collectively, Niagara Falls has the highest flow rate of all waterfalls worldwide. Located 120 km outside of Toronto, you’ll probably want to rent a car for a day to get there or take a guided bus tour. While you’re there, do walk across to the dry side of Niagara Parkway across the street from Horseshoe Falls, to find the Nikola Tesla statue.
Also known as Rush Lane or Rick Mercer’s Alley. Running east-west between Spadina and Portland on the south end of Chinatown, Graffiti Alley stretches for about one kilometer and showcases piece after piece of street art. The quality varies, with some basic tagging right next to intricate murals. Colorful, creative, and often thoughtful work is sprayed onto buildings from foundation to roof, running the length of several blocks and down every side street along the way. With countless works crammed together and wrapping around corners, it takes some time to see it all, so don’t try to rush through. This is a great stop to make on the way to Chinatown, Kensington Market, or West Queen West.
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Graffiti Alley
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Also known as Rush Lane or Rick Mercer’s Alley. Running east-west between Spadina and Portland on the south end of Chinatown, Graffiti Alley stretches for about one kilometer and showcases piece after piece of street art. The quality varies, with some basic tagging right next to intricate murals. Colorful, creative, and often thoughtful work is sprayed onto buildings from foundation to roof, running the length of several blocks and down every side street along the way. With countless works crammed together and wrapping around corners, it takes some time to see it all, so don’t try to rush through. This is a great stop to make on the way to Chinatown, Kensington Market, or West Queen West.
Riverdale Farm is a small farm in the Cabbagetown neighborhood just along the western side of the Don River. Perfect for all ages, the farm has goats, horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, and more, all of which are older breeds not found on commercial farms. Farmers are onsite doing chores daily, and love to answer questions and meet new people. Free to the public and open all year long, including weekends and holidays, from 9a.m. to 5p.m. daily.
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Riverdale Farm
201 Winchester St
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Riverdale Farm is a small farm in the Cabbagetown neighborhood just along the western side of the Don River. Perfect for all ages, the farm has goats, horses, pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, and more, all of which are older breeds not found on commercial farms. Farmers are onsite doing chores daily, and love to answer questions and meet new people. Free to the public and open all year long, including weekends and holidays, from 9a.m. to 5p.m. daily.
Shopping
Averaging around a million visitors a week, Eaton Centre is Toronto’s largest and most visited city attraction, as well as one of North America’s most popular shopping destinations. The mall houses 330 shops and restaurants and connects to the PATH, Toronto’s underground pedestrian complex, which offers even more shops attached. Not just a retail hub, Eaton Centre is also an architectural landmark, with its skylit galleria, as well as a historical marker, with connections to Toronto’s first major department store. Don’t miss its iconic Flight Stop, a sculptural collection of 60 fiberglass geese suspended from the ceiling and viewable from multiple levels within the mall space.
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CF Toronto Eaton Centre
220 Yonge St
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Averaging around a million visitors a week, Eaton Centre is Toronto’s largest and most visited city attraction, as well as one of North America’s most popular shopping destinations. The mall houses 330 shops and restaurants and connects to the PATH, Toronto’s underground pedestrian complex, which offers even more shops attached. Not just a retail hub, Eaton Centre is also an architectural landmark, with its skylit galleria, as well as a historical marker, with connections to Toronto’s first major department store. Don’t miss its iconic Flight Stop, a sculptural collection of 60 fiberglass geese suspended from the ceiling and viewable from multiple levels within the mall space.
Fashionable Yorkville is a top destination for affluent shoppers at its high-end boutiques, galleries and design studios, especially on Bloor Street's "Mink Mile." The area features chic cafes, polished bars and fine-dining restaurants. Its posh hotels host Hollywood insiders during the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Yorkville
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Fashionable Yorkville is a top destination for affluent shoppers at its high-end boutiques, galleries and design studios, especially on Bloor Street's "Mink Mile." The area features chic cafes, polished bars and fine-dining restaurants. Its posh hotels host Hollywood insiders during the Toronto International Film Festival.
Set against a backdrop of historic buildings, Queen West has one of the trendiest shopping scenes in Toronto. Toronto’s Art and Design District boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage, shoe stores and craft and sewing supplies. It’s a goldmine for the fashion-hungry!
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Queen Street West
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Set against a backdrop of historic buildings, Queen West has one of the trendiest shopping scenes in Toronto. Toronto’s Art and Design District boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage, shoe stores and craft and sewing supplies. It’s a goldmine for the fashion-hungry!
Canada’s iconic department store. Hudson's Bay is a chain of 90 department stores that operate in Canada and the Netherlands. It is the main brand of the Hudson's Bay Company, North America's oldest company. With acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue, this location now has both stores, side by side.
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Hudson's Bay
176 Yonge St
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Canada’s iconic department store. Hudson's Bay is a chain of 90 department stores that operate in Canada and the Netherlands. It is the main brand of the Hudson's Bay Company, North America's oldest company. With acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue, this location now has both stores, side by side.
Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre
260 Yonge St
Tokyo Smoke on Yonge is a cannabis store selling 125 strains of weed and a big selection of sleek stoner accessories. Taking over the iconic HMV building anchored at the corner of Yonge and Gould, north of Yonge Dundas square, it's the first outpost of the cannabis brand to legally sell weed in the city.
Tokyo Smoke 333 Yonge
333 Yonge Street
Tokyo Smoke on Yonge is a cannabis store selling 125 strains of weed and a big selection of sleek stoner accessories. Taking over the iconic HMV building anchored at the corner of Yonge and Gould, north of Yonge Dundas square, it's the first outpost of the cannabis brand to legally sell weed in the city.
For bargain hunters - this is the best Winners store in GTA, including Yorkville location ( in my opinion). You can also shop at the nearby Marshalls and Home Sense, owned by the same parent company.
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Winners
444 Yonge St
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For bargain hunters - this is the best Winners store in GTA, including Yorkville location ( in my opinion). You can also shop at the nearby Marshalls and Home Sense, owned by the same parent company.
Live Music
Modern-day speakeasy with different house and guests musicians each night (check their website). Small basement space will surprise you with great energy of music and swing dancers. They also serve food.
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The Reservoir Lounge
52 Wellington St E
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Modern-day speakeasy with different house and guests musicians each night (check their website). Small basement space will surprise you with great energy of music and swing dancers. They also serve food.
As there is only seating for 24 in the intimate Top o' the Senator which dates back to the 1860’s, they highly recommend that guests make reservations to guarantee a table for dinner and then watch as the room transforms into an old-fashioned, late-night speakeasy with plenty of audience participation. The resident artist at the Top o' the Senator is the Juno award-winning blues pianist, Julian Fauth, who performs Fridays with a featured guest. On Saturday they showcase a wide range of artists in every genre – please check their website for list of shows.
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The Senator
249 Victoria St
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As there is only seating for 24 in the intimate Top o' the Senator which dates back to the 1860’s, they highly recommend that guests make reservations to guarantee a table for dinner and then watch as the room transforms into an old-fashioned, late-night speakeasy with plenty of audience participation. The resident artist at the Top o' the Senator is the Juno award-winning blues pianist, Julian Fauth, who performs Fridays with a featured guest. On Saturday they showcase a wide range of artists in every genre – please check their website for list of shows.
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern has been around since 1947. Acts such as The Tragically Hip, The Rolling Stones, The Police and Stompin’ Tom Connors have graced the stage at Horseshoe Tavern over the years and more recently The Dirty Nil, Hollerado and Snarky Puppy. If you are looking to blow off some steam on a Friday or Saturday the Horseshoe can’t be beat. Hang out, see some great music all while in you best pair of ripped jeans and leather jacket.
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Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen St W
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The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern has been around since 1947. Acts such as The Tragically Hip, The Rolling Stones, The Police and Stompin’ Tom Connors have graced the stage at Horseshoe Tavern over the years and more recently The Dirty Nil, Hollerado and Snarky Puppy. If you are looking to blow off some steam on a Friday or Saturday the Horseshoe can’t be beat. Hang out, see some great music all while in you best pair of ripped jeans and leather jacket.
Lula Lounge is the epicentre of Cuban and Brazilian culture in Toronto. You can enjoy Latin music from south of the equator almost every night of the week. They are one of the only music venues in all of North America to have a live 9 – 16 piece salsa band every Friday and Saturday night all year round.
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Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas St W
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Lula Lounge is the epicentre of Cuban and Brazilian culture in Toronto. You can enjoy Latin music from south of the equator almost every night of the week. They are one of the only music venues in all of North America to have a live 9 – 16 piece salsa band every Friday and Saturday night all year round.
They have an eclectic mix of genres on stage and you can see folk, country, jazz, blues and rock often in the course of one evening. The Cameron House even has its own record label to help promote Toronto talent. They have great local beers on tap and are know for their crantini.
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The Cameron House
408 Queen St W
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They have an eclectic mix of genres on stage and you can see folk, country, jazz, blues and rock often in the course of one evening. The Cameron House even has its own record label to help promote Toronto talent. They have great local beers on tap and are know for their crantini.
The Rex Hotel is the jazz mecca of Toronto. Jazz greats from all over the world have performed there including Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker and Wynton Marsalis. It supports the burgeoning Toronto music scene with up to 19 shows per week.
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The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar
194 Queen St W
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The Rex Hotel is the jazz mecca of Toronto. Jazz greats from all over the world have performed there including Kurt Elling, Randy Brecker and Wynton Marsalis. It supports the burgeoning Toronto music scene with up to 19 shows per week.
As you walk down the steps into the venue it’s like you are transported to North Dakota; Barnboard walls, cattle skulls and washboards decorate the walls. It’s a serious venue to see blues, honky-tonk, country, and rockabilly. Some of the local acts you can catch here are The Mercenaries, Communism, Run With Kittens, and The Conor Gains Band. Tuesday’s at 6pm they host a jam session for those who want to test their mettle on stage. The Dakota Tavern offers food on Friday’s and Saturday’s and on Sunday they have a popular bluegrass brunch that is family friendly. If you are looking for a venue where beards and cowboy boots are in an abundance then The Dakota Tavern will fit the bill.
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The Dakota Tavern
249 Ossington Ave
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As you walk down the steps into the venue it’s like you are transported to North Dakota; Barnboard walls, cattle skulls and washboards decorate the walls. It’s a serious venue to see blues, honky-tonk, country, and rockabilly. Some of the local acts you can catch here are The Mercenaries, Communism, Run With Kittens, and The Conor Gains Band. Tuesday’s at 6pm they host a jam session for those who want to test their mettle on stage. The Dakota Tavern offers food on Friday’s and Saturday’s and on Sunday they have a popular bluegrass brunch that is family friendly. If you are looking for a venue where beards and cowboy boots are in an abundance then The Dakota Tavern will fit the bill.