Toronto's bustling streets are filled with many things to see and do. If you're only in the city for a small amount of time, it can be hard to decide where to go first. There are the obvious tourist attractions, such as the CN Tower and Casa Loma, but in order to get a real feel for life in the 6ix, you need to visit some of its hidden gems. Don't leave the city without checking out these must-see attractions and restaurants.

You can avoid the crowds and still get your fill of the city by visiting these essential places.

Take in stunning views of the Toronto waterfront from Centre Island or spend the day pedalling around the winding paths on a tandem bike or quadricycle.

There's a dizzying number of spots to satisfy your sweet tooth, but Tom's Dairy Freeze is one you need to check off your bucket list.

The iconic venue has been serving towering soft-serve cones since 1969, and guests still line up to get their hands on one.

Whether you have an afternoon or a few days to explore, these places will make your trip worthwhile. 

You can also check out some hidden attractions that most tourists don't know about for a unique TO experience.

Bike Centre Island

Price: $9-32 per hour

When: Opens May 1, 2020

Address: Centre Island, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Centre Island is one of the city's most scenic places to explore. You'll get stunning views of Toronto's waterfront as you pedal along the trails on the bike of your choice.

Eat A Peameal Bacon Sandwich

Price: Prices vary

Address: 93 Front St. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located at a humble stall in the bustling St. Lawrence Market, you'll find the "World Famous Peameal Bacon Sand­wich." Don't leave the city without biting into this Toronto icon.

Get Lost In Graffiti Alley

Price: Free

Address: Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Get lost in a street-art wonderland in this colourful alleyway. A maze of painted brick walls reveals a new mural at every turn.

Have A Laugh At Second City

Price: From $10+

Address: 51 Mercer St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: End your evening with a visit to Second City, one of the world's premier comedy clubs.

Fill Up At Gusto 101

Price: Prices vary

Address: 101 Portland St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Fill up on Italian food at this local gem. With tons of pasta and pizza, all your wildest carb-loaded dreams will come true.

Explore Evergreen Brick Works

Price: Free

Address: 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: A unique hub for all things sustainable, Evergreen Brick Works offers a range of activities from scenic hikes to a local farmers' market on Saturdays.

Tom's Dairy Freeze

Price: $2.85+

Address: 630 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON

Why You Need To Go: Crowds have long-since flocked to this tiny ice cream stall to indulge in some of the best soft-serve in the city. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with all sorts of colourful cones.

Infinity Mirror Room

Price: Free for 25 and under, $25 per adult

Address: 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Explore a room that seemingly goes on forever at the AGO's permanent infinity mirror installation.

Tim Hortons Innovation Cafe

Price: Prices vary

Address: 130 King St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: For a truly Canadian experience, sit down at Tim Hortons' first and only Innovation Cafe, where you can taste exclusive specialty items.