Winter in Toronto brings with it a crisp Canadian cold that can be totally unbearable at times. That leaves many of us feeling stuck at home where, at the very least, it's still warm. But with so many cozy places in Toronto to escape the cold, there's no reason to go on lockdown this winter.

Whether you're alone, you're with the squad, or you're trying to plan a date night with bae, Toronto has you covered (both literally and figuratively, we might add). From amazing heated patios to pink salt caves and tropical escapes, you'll forget about that chilling cold air in no time. 

So don't let winter get the better of you this year. Life can still go on!

Proof Bar

Price: Fixed-price

When: Thursday, November 28 until Tuesday, March 31

Address: 220 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you loved the outdoor igloo dining last year, you're in luck. Proof Bar is bringing back the heated domes to its patio again this winter, so you can enjoy street dining without freezing your buns off. With stunning lights and an incredible menu, this cute date night spot is a definite bucket list item for you and bae. 


Hoame

Price: Starting at $45

When: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday until 4:30 p.m.

Address: 430 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Nothing says comfy-cozy quite like cuddling up in a Himalayan salt cave. You can sink into a giant pillow, throw on the provided noise-cancelling headphones, and relax in this calming meditation cave. You might even forget about winter altogether — until you go back outside, at least.


Allan Gardens Conservatory 

Price: Free 

When: Monday to Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 160 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can explore six different indoor greenhouses and trick yourselves into thinking you're on a tropical vacation. The exotic plants, succulents, and cacti are a beautiful sight to take in, and the warm temperatures will keep you so cozy you won't want to leave.


El Catrin Destileria

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily

Address: 18 Tank House Ln., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Who says patio season has to end when it gets cold out? With a beautiful open fireplace, numerous heaters, and adorable blankets, you and your S/O can keep the patio vibes alive well into the chilly months. In the past, El Catrin even offered a brunch challenge, where those brave enough to eat their meal outside receive a 50% discount. 


The Shameful Tiki Room

Price: Prices vary

When: Sunday to Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursday to Saturday until 2 a.m.

Address: 1378 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can trade in the snowy mess outside for a pseudo paradise inside. With tiki-themed decor, tasty eats, and tropical drinks, you're sure to warm up in no time.


Ripleys Aquarium 

Price: Prices vary

When: Daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Address: 288 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You might not think underwater when you think of escaping the cold, but the aquarium is a magical (and heated) spot for you to explore. Plus, it's open daily, so if you're stuck for something to do, you can nearly always count on coming here.


Famous Last Words

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily at 5 p.m.

Address: 392 Pacific Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Is there anything more romantic than cuddling up with a cocktail and a good book? You can enjoy both at Famous Last Words. And, if the booze doesn't warm you up, try to grab a seat by the super cozy fireplace. This is an adorable spot to stay warm, especially if you're a literature lover. 


Snakes And Lattes

Price: Prices vary

When: Hours vary

Address: Multiple Toronto locations

Why You Need To Go: If you hate winter but love caffeine and board games, then this is the perfect spot to conquer the cold. You and your buddies can spend hours inside sipping warm drinks and playing some serious board games. The competition won't be the only thing getting heated here.


Beach Blast

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily

Address: 15 Leswyn Rd., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: If winter has you dreaming of beach days long past and longing to break a sweat, then this indoor beach volleyball court is the place to be. With actual sand inside, you can easily trick yourself into thinking it's summer again. There are beach chairs, picnic tables, a fully licenced snack bar, and more for you to enjoy as well.


 

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