The 16 Ultimate Hacks To Enjoying Toronto On A Budget
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Toronto is a great city with a ton to offer when it comes to food, nightlife and just general fun things to do. Though, it can get pricey pretty quick if you aren't paying attention to what you are spending some major coin on. Luckily, not everything fun in the city costs a crazy amount, you've just got to pay attention to the cheaper options around the city that are just as good!
Lucky for you, we've compiled a ton of different options for you so that you don't have to look yourself! Now you can continue to have fun in the city without breaking the bank. So whether you are looking for cheap eats, free things to do or a cheap night out, look no further!
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Mother's Dumplings // 421 Spadina Ave
If you are in the market for some dumplings, look no further than the best spot in the city, Mother's Dumplings! Not only are there tons of options from steamed, boiled and pan-fried, but the prices are dirt cheap!
Bobbie Sue's Mac and Cheese // 162 Ossington Ave
Who doesn't love mac and cheese? Bobbie Sue's serves up some amazing bowls of the classic dish with some interesting spins if you choose to grab one of their signature bowls. Plus a small will only run you $6-8 depending on the type of mac you get!
Fonda Lola // 942 Queen St W
Tacos are great but they can get a little pricey if you get them too often, luckily there is a solution that involves more tacos! On Tuesdays at Fonda Lola, an adorable spot that happens to have some delicious tacos on their menu, they sell their tacos for only $2!
Randy's Take Out // 1569 Eglinton Ave W
Jamaican patties are always a great cheap food to consider if you are looking for something inexpensive to eat, but Randy's Take Out hosts arguably the best Jamaican patties in Toronto, yet they still maintain a super cheap price, it's win-win!
Hanmoto // 2 Lakeview Ave
This Japanese inspired snack bar has become a hot spot in the city and it's no surprise as to why. The delicious finger food is easy to enjoy, delicious and not hard on the wallet!
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Bar 244 // 244 Adelaide St W
Bar 244 is notably known for their super cheap drink deals, with $3 drink deals running all the time. Though combine that with no cover if you arrive before 11, you'll have a super cheap night out!
Dance Cave // 529 Bloor St W
Dance Cave is the perfect place to party if you are a student looking for ways to save money. So long as you bring and show your student ID at the doors, you won't have to worry about paying cover at this spot and you can save that extra money!
The Madison Ave Pub // 14 Madison Ave
The Maddy is a great spot to consider if you want to go out and not break the bank but are also the type of person who prefers a more relaxed bar vibe vs a crazy club night. With no cover on Fridays or Saturdays, it makes for the perfect weekend watering hole for you and your friends!
Baby Huey's // 110 Ossington Ave
Don't worry about coordinating your nights out to match up with when there is free cover at this fun spot because there is no cover ever! This is another great spot if you are more of a bar kind of person!
The Get Well // 1181 Dundas St W
The eccentric interior alone will have you revisiting, but it definitely does help that you don't have to worry about paying cover, meaning more money for some of the great beers they got on tap!
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AGO // 317 Dundas St W
The Art Gallery of Ontario is a gorgeous venue in the city with tons of amazing and inspiring works, but admission can get pretty pricey if you keep revisiting to see all of the art inside. Luckily, if you visit on Wednesdays from 6-8pm you don't have to pay anything! So make sure to coordinate your visits to get the best bang for your buck!
If you haven't visited Graffiti Alley already, you've got to at some point in your life while living in the city. The alley hosts some spectacular graffiti (hence the name of course) and makes for the perfect backdrop for street photography, or just a great spot to venture through and appreciate the art!
Sit in on a performance at The Art Bar Poetry Series // 154 Danforth Ave
If you have ever wanted to hear some live poetry and want to support some local Toronto poets, look no further than The Art Bar! Not only are you supporting local talent but you can visit for free on Tuesdays at 8pm, though donations are appreciated if you are able to contribute!
St Lawrence Market // 93-95 Front St E
St Lawrence Market is a great place to check out with friends if you want to just go to the market and browse or pick up some items for a good deal!
Go to Dundas Peak.
Fall foliage is at it's peak right now, so if you want to get the best experience you will want to do this hike ASAP. The trip out to Dundas Peak definitely will turn the event into a day trip, but trust me when I say that the hike up to the peak is unbelievably gorgeous and 100% worth the drive!
Go biking through one of.
If you are looking to enjoy nature and the Fall foliage but don't have a car to go drive to Dundas Peak, biking through one ofis the next best thing! These paths take you through some of the scenic spots in the city that host some pretty spectacular views of the Fall leaves!
Visit the Toronto Public Library.
The Toronto Public Library is SUPER underrated, yea it may not be the spot to go to with all of your friends, but if you are feeling stressed or in need of some rest and relaxation, heading over to read a book is free! So arrive early to grab a comfy seat after browsing to find the perfect paperback to curl up and read for the day!