14 Underrated Places Every True Torontonian Should Know

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14 Underrated Places Every True Torontonian Should Know

There are a lot of things that undeniably scream Toronto - The CN Tower, The Toronto Blue Jays, our beloved mascot, Aubrey Drake Graham. Any one of these notable figures could be identified as arguable landmarks of the city, and so they should. They embody Toronto, through and through. 

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However there are many spots in Toronto you may not know about. And just because they are more subtle or subdued, doesn't mean they're not awesome in their own right. We like to think these spots in deserve a special shoutout for being cool af and seriously underrated. 

1. Mist Garden @ The Four Seasons // 60 Yorkville Ave 

This previously private space is totally enchanting and easily accessible to the public. The garden is sprayed with a very mystical mist every ten minutes, making it an awesome stop if you're strolling through Yorkville!

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2. 3030 // 3030 Dundas Street West

Maybe one of the West End's best kept secrets, 3030 is the spot locals flock to and definitely don't want you going to. Formerly a furniture store, 3030 is a massive space that homes pinball machines, board games, tons of seating and a stage for local bands. They offer $6 pints of craft beers and delicious grub served up by a former Grand Electric chef!

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3. Mount Pleasant Cemetery // 375 Mount Pleasant Rd. 

This spot may seem a little morbid, but the cemetery actually makes a beautiful spot for a run, walk, bike ride or skate mesh. Mount Pleasant is filled with classic architectural pieces and pieces of art from the 1850-1900's, making it more like an outdoor museum than anything. Stop by at night for a moonlit stroll if you're not too spooked.

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4. Evergreen Brickworks // 550 Bayview

This gorgeous East Toronto spot is suppppper underrated considering how amazing the views of the city are and how many great events they host! Evergreen always has something going on, whether it's a special event like a fundraiser, or a chill farmer's market on Saturday mornings.

5. Gibraltar Point Lighthouse // Toronto Island

The oldest piece of architecture in Toronto has the spookiest story attached to it. This lighthouse was home to many keepers since its construction in 1808 - but one was strangely found dead in 1815, with no answer as to who or what killed him. Are you brave enough to hunt around the island for his ghost?

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6. Ossington Laneway // Ossington & Queen 

Graffiti Alley's cool little sister is definitely Ossington Laneway. Local artists have made this back alley into a destination with a little spray paint and a whole lotta love.

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7. Tommy Thompson Park / The Leslie Street Split // 1 Leslie Street 

This incredible park is a happy-5km-long-accident. When Toronto was booming in the 50's, developers needed a place to dump soil they were excavating from the mainland and created a beautiful island park.

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8. The Senator // 249 Victoria St. 

Not nearly enough people know about - or appreciate - The Senator. This Toronto classic has been in the city for almost 100 years. You don't stick around that long if your food/atmosphere/service is less than amazing.

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9. The Ceili Cottage // 1301 Queen St. E. 

This adorable Leslieville patio is the perfect slice of the East Coast in the city. They serve up amazing comfort food like Sunday roasts, and shucked-to-order oysters.

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10. Cloud Gardens // 14 Temperance Street

Deemed one of the best secret gardens in the city Cloud Gardens is blissfully quiet and wonderfully green, nestled away in the Bay Adelaide Centre.

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11. Humber Bay Arch Bridge // Lakeshore Blvd. W. 

This Etobicoke staple is built for biking across! The Humber Bay Arch bridge leads to tons of beautiful green spaces, parks, and little concession stands!

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12. West Toronto Rail Path // West Toronto  

These old train tracks have turned into a wooden path perfect for exploring! The path leads from The Junction right to the downtown core!

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13. The Tiki Bar @ Bovine Sex Club // 542 Queen St. W. 

I'll say it once, I'll say it a thousand times. Best tiki bar in the city. Coolest, raddest, loveliest drinks and bartenders. The pineapple speaks for itself.

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14. Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe // 755 Lake Shore Blvd W

This spot is truly magical in the summertime. Something about the white pillars and gates makes you feel like you're so far out of Toronto when you're really just at the lake. The cafe does a surprisingly great cocktail and burger if you've worked up an appetite from on-site kayaking or beach volleyball!

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