15 Non-Touristy Ways To Explore The Best Of Toronto
Go off the beaten track.
No matter how long you've been here, there's never a shortage of things to do in Toronto. As a city with such a vibrant culture, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on.
That said, it can be all too easy to stick with the city's tried and true mainstream attractions, no matter if you're a tourist or a local. While all of our classic landmarks and destinations are great to see, the city is home to much more than the C.N. Tower and Saint Lawrence Market.
Whether you're visiting for a day, or have lived here all your life, here are 15 non-touristy attractions and activities that will show you the best that Toronto has to offer.
Look through the Gerrard India Bazaar (1426 Gerrard St E), a massive marketplace in Little India.
Skip High Park and instead watch the sun set at Riverdale Park (550 Broadview Ave).
Go shopping at the unique boutiques of Lower Ossington (between Dundas West and Queen West).
Have brunch at the Saturday Dinette (807 Gerrard St E), located in one of Toronto's up and coming neighbourhoods.
For live music, head to Fat City Blues (890 College St).
Shuck dollar oysters at Chantecler (1320 Queen St W).
Explore Kensington Market.
Watch a documentary you won't find in theatres at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street W).
Check out the beautifully curated Leslieville Flea Market (28 Distillery Lane).
Try one of the insane burgers at Holy Chuck (1450 Yonge St).
Check out an exhibition at the Design Exchange museum (234 Bay St).
Sample local Ontario craft beer at Birreria Volo (612 College St).
Check out Graffiti Alley (1 Rush Lane), the only place in Toronto where graffiti is legal.
Go for a hike and look through through Evergreen Brickworks Community Centre (550 Bayview Ave).
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