Let's face it - we all have those days where it feels like there's just nothing to do; even though so many new attractions pop up everyday in our city. Perhaps we're just looking in the wrong places. It's easy to fall into the trap of going back to certain places just because we're already familiar with them.
But "been-there-done-that" date locations like the CN Tower are just so standard that they can no longer cure the seasoned Torontonian's boredom. If you're a couple looking for things to do that are more off the beaten path, then these 10 things are for you:
Redfish Bluefish Cafe // 73 Harbord St
Redfish Bluefish Cafe is a coffee shop that doubles as a drop-in craft space. You can let your imagination run wild with feathers, pipe cleaners, markers and googly eyes all while enjoying a comforting mug of delicious coffee. The best part about it all? The craft space is completely free to use.
Joyride 150 // 150 Bullock Dr
Joyride 150 is an indoor bike park that features over 100,000 square feet of obstacles to shred on. The facility also has a sponge pit and cross-country loop for those who aren't too interested in trying out the obstacles. Bikes, helmets and padding are also available for renting. Reenact part of Rihanna's We Found Love video in this wicked spot!
Leslieville Cheese Market and Fine Foods // 891 Queen St E
The Leslieville Cheese Market offers cheese-making classes that you and your significant other will definitely enjoy. Of course, no cheese is complete without a glass of wine, so plenty of it is provided during your class. Just make sure your partner isn't lactose-intolerant because there's lots of cheesy goodness to engage in!
The Culinary Adventure Co. // 26 Dalhousie St
The Culinary Adventure Company organizes amazing local tours of various food places in Toronto to really give you a taste of what the 6 has to offer. There are a variety of tours available, from wild mushroom pickings to a canoeing and dinner package. See their website for more details.
Photo cred - krtopher
Tiff Bell Lightbox // 350 King St W
Tiff Bell Lightbox is perfect for couples who enjoy movies. The theatre holds screenings of entertaining films, from classic hits to recent blockbusters. TIFF's Digiplayspace exhibition, which allows visitors to "play with a diverse range of the latest interactive installations" like video games, virtual reality and green screens, has also returned for a run from March 5 to April 24. Check it out with your partner while you still can!
Design Exchange // 234 Bay St
Design Exchange is Canada's largest museum and hub for all things design. Here, you and your partner can walk through exhibits of mind blowing art created by both local and international artists. Currently, the museum is holding an exhibit called "Classic Plastics", which displays rare objects illustrating how plastic has influenced designers (and our lives in general).
All Fired Up // 10 Brentwood Rd
All Fired Up has a stock of various ceramic figurines that are available for you to paint. The studio is open to everyone throughout the week (except Mondays) and welcomes people of all individuals and artistic skill levels. Glass fusing workshops are also offered at this location. See their website for pricing information.
Toronto Ornithological Club // 100 Queen's Park Cres
The Toronto Ornithological Club holds monthly bird watching outings in the city's natural areas. You and your partner will be taken to places like Leslie Spit and Lakeshore where you can watch and learn about the winged fauna that take over Toronto's skies. Just don't forget to bring binoculars! See their website for scheduling details.
Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse // 95 Danforth Ave
Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse is a paradise for meatarians. The venue serves all-you-can-eat BBQ that is sure to give you a fulfilling case of "itis". Your dining experience is also combined with Brazilian-inspired performances, including Capoeira routines and Brazilian dances.
Photo cred - courtwinson
Cocktails ’n Canvas // Various Locations
Cocktails 'n Canvas mixes alcohol and art to really get your creativity flowing. The company organizes events in Toronto and throughout the GTA (typically in local bars and pubs) that are led by master local artists who will give you step-by-step instructions on how to create a masterpiece painting. See all event listings here.
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