New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Toronto is the city that never gets old. New people appear in Toronto just as fast as new attractions do, and they certainly will appreciate the wide range of options that are available for them to explore.
All they really need is a more 'seasoned' companion to show them where all the good stuff is in the city. If you've just met someone who's new to the city and you've been designated as the tour guide, here are a few fun things that you could consider:
Art Square Gallery and Cafe // 334 Dundas St W
Art Square Gallery and Cafe is a perfect place to start off a day with a new friend or date. The venue is a coffee shop that doubles as an art gallery, so you can enjoy a hot beverage and a delicious snack (like fondue, for example) while observing some amazing paintings and artwork.
Evergreen Brick Works // 550 Bayview Ave
Evergreen Brick Works is a unique public space that has taken deteriorating old buildings and converted it into a green and eco-friendly location. Visitors can tour the site and check out green-inspired technology and artwork. There's also a farmer's market that sells a ton of healthy food options, as well as a variety of interactive ecologic workshops, programs, festivals that visitors can engage in.
CineCycle // 129 Spadina Ave
CineCycle offers a unique movie-watching experience for Torontonians. The theatre is hidden in a coach house that also functions as a bike repair shop and event venue. Several of the movies shown are from the owner Heath's personal collection that consists of 500 classic and rare movies. CineCycle is a great place to introduce a newcomer to the "underground" community in Toronto.
Papabubble // 3360 Yonge St
Papabubble's fourth franchise in North America was established in Toronto, and sweet tooths all over the city are rejoicing. The shop is run by Catherine Chan and Jennifer Liu, and the candies are made by hand in the store in front of their customers. Delight in a Papabubble classic while getting to know your new friend.
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Nightowl // 647 College St
Nightowl is essentially an adult play place. The venue boasts a selection of vintage arcade games, live music, amazing cocktails and affordable food options. One night spent here and you're bound to make even more new friends. Make sure to try out their signature Eglinton West drink, a rum-and-mango concoction, for $9.
BYOB Cocktail Emporium // 972 Queen St W
BYOB Cocktail Emporium is an alcohol enthusiast's dream. The store sells one-of-a-kind vintage alcohol accessories, from antique shot glasses to unusually-shaped flasks. Shop for some cool stuff here with your new friend and try them out with some alcohol later!
Hollywood Cone // 1 Simcoe St N (Oshawa)
Okay, I know this place isn't in Toronto and thus it shouldn't belong in this list, but I just had to include it. Besides, it's coming to Toronto (possibly Queen St W) this Spring, so it'll belong on this list in a few months or so. Hollywood Cone is the unofficial king of frozen desserts. The shop is Hollywood-themed and features a red carpet, as well as movie theatre chairs for seats. Their washroom doors are even fitted with the iconic peephole from Friends. Make sure to save some room in your stomachs before coming here because their milkshakes and ice cream are insane.
Colonel Samuel Smith Park // 3145 Lake Shore Blvd W
Colonel Samuel Smith Park's skating rink is a great alternative to the one at Dundas Square. The rink is actually more of a path that is shaped like an irregular figure-8. You'll be able to see a couple of cool sites as you skate through the path, such as the allegedly haunted Humber College campus buildings.
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