15 Toronto Spots You Wish That Tourists Will Never Ever Ruin
The city's private gems.
Photo cred - Dominic Bugatto
Every once in a while, you'll want to go out and enjoy some spot in the city, like a restaurant or a bar, only to find that it's suddenly been overrun with tourists. And we all know what that means: lots of photo snapping, lots of spouting inaccurate "facts" about the place, and lots of asking for directions. It's the easiest way to ruin any location, and these are some spots in the city we hope it'll never happen to.
Tourists have known about Kensington for a while because its reputation precedes it. But we've been lucky enough so far to have this spot remain mostly tourist free, and we hope things stay that way. Our little hippie center in the city needs to remain undisturbed.
This is the best park in the city, with its rolling hills and dense greenery. One of the best things about it is that no matter when you go, it's never crowded, and always peaceful. This would all change if tourists took it over.
At this point, it's established that the Lakeview is a Toronto institution. Wouldn't it suck if next time you were there for a hangover brunch, you couldn't get a seat because out of towners wanted to "try it out?" The answer is yes, it absolutely would.
Photo cred - Adam Conolly
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market is another spot that's famous enough to be a real cause for concern, and you do see tourists there every once in a while. If that starts to pick up over the years, we may have to give it up like we did the Toronto Zoo.
Luckily, we have Center Island to distract tourists from the other two Toronto islands. But if the city decides to start building attractions there too, we'll have nowhere chill to hang out by the water that won't be crowded with children and loud people asking for directions.
Our Chinatown is dope, but while you do see the occasional tourist running around, it's mostly ours. Let's hope it stays that way, because I'm willing to die before I give up Mother's Dumplings.
This cute little neighbourhood is just coming into it's own, so it'll probably be a while before the tourists get to it, but wouldn't it suck if all those cool bars you like became tourist spots?
The Green Room
The Green Room is such a quintessential part of everyone's drinking experience. Who doesn't remember holding a friend's hair while they puked in it's bathroom toilets (just me? Okay.)? We really don't need the space to get crowded and the prices to get jacked up.
Photo cred - Dominic Bugatto
Now that Sneaky Dee's is world famous thanks to Scott Pilgrim, it would really suck if R&B night started getting crowded with tourists.
Little India flies almost completely under the radar, which is awesome because it means we don't have to compete with Americans for a seat at the Indian buffet.
Late on Saturday nights, sometimes you accidentally end up in a karaoke bar on Bloor Street. And the last thing you need when you're in the zone is some out-of-towners trying to take the place over with Eagles covers.
This cemetery is one of the more beautiful and serene places in the city, and it's not unheard of for graveyards to become tourist attractions. Let's hope that doesn't happen here.
Thanks to the Lakeshore and Centre Island, Cherry Beach has stayed pretty tourist free over the years, which is nice, because it's the only body of water we have that it's actually safe to swim in.
Photo cred - Pete McLeod
Shopping along this street wouldn't be anywhere near as fun if you had to muddle through crowds to do it. Let's keep Queen West tourist free.
The Fashion District
All of those cute little coffee shops and restaurants seem like prime tourist fodder. It's lucky they haven't been overrun though, because I love me a spicy chocolate infused latte.