9 Spots In Toronto To Go People Watching Without Looking Creepy
Stop and stare.
Photo cred – Duncan Rawlinson
People-watching can actually be a really fun activity when you can't think of anything else to do. You get to see humans of Toronto for who they really are – whatever that may be.
The key thing to remember is to not creep anyone out with your staring, no matter how hot or how weird they are. You can really people-watch anywhere, but here are the best spots for people-watching.
Settle down on the bench next to that bored-looking old man and watch all the different shoppers pass you by. From pesky high school students in large groups to parents with children, there's a variety of different people at the Eaton Centre. It's the most basic place to go people-watching, but it never gets old.
For one thing, there's always something going on here, so there's bound to be a lot of people. Also, it's one of the busiest intersections in Toronto pedestrian-wise, so you'll see lots of different kinds of people.
Trinity Bellwoods Park or High Park
Being popular parks in the city, you'll catch a lot of different people here. These spots are probably more enjoyable in the spring/summer/fall, not so much the winter.
Grab some red velvet macaroons from Brick Street Bakery and chill out on one of the benches at the Distillery. You'll see plenty of tourists (sometimes on segways) and people who work in the area meandering around.
Photo cred – Neil Howard
Commuters, commuters, everywhere. It's funny watching fussy commuters frustrate themselves over nothing. Since people are coming from all over the GTA, Union is very diverse and great for people watching.
Queen West is where you'll find all the hipsters. Although patios are out of the question at the moment, you can still people-watch from windows of restaurants or coffee shops.
The Rock @ Yorkville Park
Gawk at all the good looking people and the fancy cars parked along the streets.
Obviously the best time to go people-watching here is in the summer, but you'll still be able to people-watch during the winter.
Lake Devo @ Ryerson University
This spot isn't exclusive to only Ryerson students. During the spring, it's a (very miniature) lake, and during the winter, it's a mini skating rink. There are a few nice rocks you can chill out on and people-watch to your heart's content.
Photo cred – Shandi-lee Cox