It feels as though the 1st of December was just yesterday but here we are, starting January! Whether you are happy to wave the holidays goodbye or are holding onto the remnants as long as you can, it's time to welcome January and the new year along with it with open arms!
Luckily for you, regardless of the colder weather, we've got tons of activities for you to keep the holiday spirit alive, or just enjoy the month in general! So whether you are looking for the hottest restaurants to check out, the coolest bars to grab a drink at, or just fun activities to enjoy with your partner or best friends, look no further!
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Grab some Chinese small plates at Mahjong Bar.
This secret bar recently opened this past Fall but it already has become a staple spot for tons of Torontonians looking to spice up their nights. The bar which is outfitted with a tropical/mid-century theme hides behind what seems like a convenience store front, that is until you find the secret entrance! Inside you'll find an array of Chinese small plates and an inviting ambiance.
Grab a slice from Yeah Yeahs Pizza.
Who doesn't love a slice of pizza or two? This chain initially planted it's roots in Nova Scotia but their recent expansion with a spot in Toronto has proved to garner the attention of GTA pizza-lovers. I mean... are you seeing that pepperoni pizza?! Totally drool worthy!
Grab a chic meal up top at Kost!
If you are looking to eat while enjoying a view, look no further than Kost! The eclectic restaurant can be found at the top of the Bisha Hotel and serves some seriously luxe vibes. While you probably won't be enjoying their rooftop patio anytime soon thanks to the cold weather, the inside is absolutely gorgeous and definitely will have you whipping out your phone once or twice to snap a photo!
Experience an American mega chain on Canadian soil at The Cheesecake Factory!
We couldn't not mention the infamous Cheesecake Factory! While the new location is definitely a hot spot and has been hosting some ridiculously long lines to get in and try out the massive menu, it's definitely a spot you want to try in the new year.
Grab some insane cocktails at Aloette.
If you like the finer things in life, look no further than this luxe diner spot that serves up some incredible French cuisine. Aloette's interior is insanely stunning and super sleek, though the rave reviews definitely do not stop at the interior design. Their menu of hot items like beef tartar, burgers and sundaes are incredible- plus you can even pair them with a fancy cocktail if it suits you!
Have a bottle.. or several at Mad Crush Wine Bar!
What better way to de stress from all the holiday craze than to check out a wine bar? Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, anybody can appreciate the small plates and general ambiance. Not only does the space host arguably one of the prettiest bars in the city, but their oysters and lamb dishes are to die for!
Channel your inner vegan at Hello123!
Whether you are an actual vegan/vegetarian or are just looking to expand your horizons past meat dishes, Hello123 has been one of the hottest vegan spots in the city that you've definitely got to try for yourself. From their vegan spin offs of popular meat dishes to their veggie bowls, you are sure to feel satisfied with no guilt!
Grab a brew and some pub classics at Northern Maverick!
Calling all beer lovers and beer snobs! Northern Maverick is one of the newest brewing spots in the city and it's massive, gorgeous and of course, full of beer. The interior serves some serious Distillery District vibes as well as an incredible pub food styled menu to complete their beer list. If you are feeling for something a bit more light to pair with your brew, they've even got an oyster bar!
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Bowling at The Ballroom Bowl!
What better date could you get than a classic like bowling?! While some may see it as basic, this is a staple date for a reason. Not only is it a great way to get competitive with your partner, but considering they've got a great bar to enjoy after a few rounds, it's a no brainer!
Getting your game on at Snakes and Lattes.
With the colder weather finally here to stay, there truly couldn't be a better date for any couple that enjoys more low-key/chill nights out than to go to Snakes and Lattes! What better way to spend time with your S/O than to warm up with a hot drink and a few rounds of Guess Who?!
Channeling your inner kid at Pursuit OCR.
If you and your partner are constantly full of energy and are looking to pump some adrenaline, look no further than Pursuit OCR. The spot is practically your childhood dream playground and is a great way to have some fun and get some cardio in!
Packing a picnic and relaxing with a view at Riverdale Park.
Ok, so you'll definitely have to bring some thick blankets for this date idea, but it's super romantic! Especially with the snow, the skyline looks gorgeous from the park, just make sure to dress accordingly!
Checking out 'Winter at Ontario Place.'
Winter at Ontario Place is brand new this year and has become a massive hit, who wouldn't want to walk around a Winter Wonderland that is completely decked out with light installations?! Pair the incredible lights with the skating rink and you've got yourself the perfect date night!
Going skating at one of these rinks around the city.
If you want to lace up your skates and enjoy the chilly weather with your partner, definitely check out these rinks around the city. From Nathan Phillips Square to more low-key arenas, these are the perfect places to enjoy!
Playing a lawn game or two at Track and Field's newest location, Bangarang.
Track and Field's newest location has been a massive hit considering they host the perfect pass time while you wait for your drink at the bar- bocce ball and other field games!
Going record shopping at Sonic Boom.
If you and your partner are obsessed with music, this is definitely the date for you. Sonic Boom is absolutely adorable and offers tons of records for your to scope through, plus in the basement they've got thrifted clothing as well!
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Enjoying a paint and wine night with friends!
Don't worry, you don't have to be Picasso to enjoy this fun activity! The only thing better than having a paint date with your best friends is to include a glass of wine or two- so get ready to create your best (or worst) creations this January!
Sitting in on a movie at Kingsway Movies.
During the Winter, movie dates get 10x more attractive considering you get to spend a few hours in a heated theatre just enjoying a flick with a bag of popcorn in hand. If you are looking for a cheaper experience, definitely skip the major theatres and check out Kingsway Movies instead to save some cash!
Getting your game on at SPIN.
SPIN Toronto is such a good time, who wouldn't enjoy playing a few rounds of ping pong in between a pint or two? The more are definitely the merrier when it comes to going to this spot to make sure to invite all your friends!
Grabbing a drink and playing a game or two at these arcade game bars.
Who doesn't love an arcade game bar?! If you are someone who doesn't really like just going out for a drink and chatting, this is the perfect idea for you considering it's a cheap way to fit some entertainment into a typical night out!
Working up a sweat at Dance Cave.
Dance Cave is a great time considering not only do they play great music, but they also take requests! Mix that in with their free cover for students and you've got yourself the perfect spot to dance the night away!
Celebrating 'Taco Tuesday' at one of these taco spots in the city.
Who doesn't love another excuse to grab tacos? Toronto hosts arguably some of the greatest tacos in the city, and considering how cheap it is to grab a few, you could totally turn this into a weekly event with your friends!
Having a martini night at Hey Lucy.
If you are looking to grab a drink at a cool spot, look no further than Hey Lucy. For starters their neon sign outside is adorable, but trust me when I say it gets better once you are inside. Pair the eccentric interior with a martini and it's definitely going to end up being one of your favourite local spots!
Grabbing something from this massive cheap eats list!
The Toronto foodie scene can get pretty pricey, but luckily there are just as many cheap and delicious spots as there are expensive. So make sure to refer to that handy list if you ever find yourself hungry in the city but short on cash!
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Having a pamper day at Her Majesty's Pleasure.
The holidays can be stressful AF, so if you are looking for a classy way to unwind that goes a step further than just throwing a bath bomb in your bath tub, look no further than Her Majesty's Pleasure. They've got you covered from head to toe with tons of treatments that make for the perfect R&R day!
Partying it up at Ballet.
If you are looking for the perfect venue to have a boujee party night, definitely look no further than Ballet. The spot is always a great time and the perfect spot to use as an excuse to dress to the nines!
Grabbing dinner at one of these chic spots.
If you are looking to splurge on a great meal, Toronto is definitely the city to do it in considering we host some pretty incredible spots when it comes to food. Whether you are looking for Italian or Chinese, there is a chic option for every pallet!
Shopping around Yorkville for the perfect bag to drop several month's rent on.
If you've got champagne taste and are looking to shop around for some new accessories or outfits, definitely don't waste your time in any other neighbourhood than Yorkville. From the re-opening of Chanel's boutique to other massive luxury brands around the area, this is definitely the spot to be in for any classy girl or guy in the city!
Checking out the AGO.
The Art Gallery of Ontario is such and underrated classy spot, from the design of the space to the whole activity of taking in fine art, you literally can't get more classier than that!
Of course for this to be classy you probably are going to want to splurge on some platinum seats, but regardless catching a game at the ACC whether it's the boys in blue or red is always a fun time!
Checking out this vodka bar.
What's more classy than a vodka bar? Nothing! This vodka bar is the perfect spot for any liquor lover, just be prepared to UBER home after hitting up this spot!
Getting your work out on at Soulcycle.
If there is a "classy" way to work out, it's definitely at Soulcycle. Ever since the trendy work out spot hit the city, it's been all the rage and definitely is the best way to work out in style.
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Go for a Winter stroll around the city at these spots.
If the holidays have been seriously stressing you out, then you should definitely look no further than the best (and cheapest!) way to de-stress- being a walk outside! The city is absolutely gorgeous in the Winter time, and trust me when I say these paths prove to show off the best scenic Winter views.
Using this map to check out all of the holiday lights up and around the city!
Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean the lights are coming down any time soon! If you are obsessed with the holidays are are currently refusing to say goodbye to your favourite month of the year, check out the Winter lights using this map around the city to keep the holiday spirit alive!
Celebrating NYE at Nathan Philips Square!
Toronto's biggest party will be back again this year and is surely to be an event you don't want to miss out on. From live performances to fireworks displays, it's going to be a great way to ring in the new year!
Getting a head start on studying for semester at these cool study spots around the city.
Whether you had a rough first semester and are looking to get a leg up on the second half of the year or are just a keener in general, these spots are definitely the best places to start studying! From coffee shops and cafés to hidden libraries, there's no arguing that these are super cool spots to hit the books!
Going skating at Nathan Phillips Square.
If you are looking to make a day or night trip to Nathan Phillips Square to go for a skate, make sure you bring your own pair of skates to lace up so you don't get hit with rental fees!
Scoping out Graffiti Alley.
Even though you might have to bundle up more than usual to enjoy the art in Graffiti Alley, that definitely is no reason to skip out on this fun activity! Especially considering there is a new mural in honour of "dart guy," there's never been a better time to visit (or revisit) this spot!
Perusing through St Lawrence Market.
St Lawrence Market is always a fun spot to scope through whether you are actually planning on buying something or not. From the food to the other bits and bops throughout the market, it's just an interesting place to walk through!
Checking out the Aga Khan Museum on a Wednesday.
If you are looking to check out a museum or exhibit during the Winter but don't want to spend, definitely check out the Aga Kahn museum on a Wednesday! From 4-8pm the spot hosts free admission!