If you haven’t heard, Toronto is one of the best cities for young millennials to live in right now. Not only is this city thriving in multiculturalism and job opportunities, but it's filled with numerous activities and landmarks that'll entertain any visitor!
Whether you’re hear for a weekend getaway, a day trip from a neighbouring town, or just want to feel like a tourist in your own city – there’s something for everyone. That’s the magical thing about Toronto. Despite all the complaints of our (frustrating) transit system, or financially draining housing market, true Torontonians manage to put a smile on their faces and embrace the city with welcoming arms. So, if you happen to be in the neighbourhood anytime soon, here is a list of some crucial things to enjoy while in Toronto!
Where To Have Fun
Art Gallery of Ontario // 317 Dundas Street West
Whether you are a lover of the arts, or just want to immerse yourself in some creative culture, the AGO is guaranteed to make you feel inspired!
Royal Ontario Museum // 100 Queen’s Park
The ROM is another popular destination for tourists and locals alike! If you happen to be in town for the weekend, be sure to check out their weekly Friday Night Live event for some extra excitement.
CN Tower & Edgewalk // 301 Front St. West
Did you really go to Toronto if you didn't snap a picture of the CN tower? Why not take it another extra step further and take an adventure on the Edgewalk! Caution: not recommended for those faint at heart.
Casa Loma // 1 Austin Terrace
This beautiful castle will not disappoint! Take a tour inside and discover what it was like to live there. It's your fairy tale turned reality.
Ontario Science Centre // 770 Don Mills Road
Are you on a mission to learn or discover something new this trip? Well the Ontario Science Centre is just for you! There are plenty of fun exhibits inside, sure to entertain the entire family.
Hop on a short ferry and find yourself looking at Toronto from the outside! It's just a quick journey away to a much quieter and laid-back Toronto environment.
Hockey Hall of Fame // 30 Yonge Street
Even if you're not a fan of the Leafs, the Hockey Hall of Fame is guaranteed to amaze any hockey lover! Be sure to capture that picture of you and the Stanley Cup! Who knows when you'll see it next.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada // 288 Bremner Boulevard
There's always something going on at Ripley's Aquarium! Dive undersea with the fish and stingrays, and you'll get lost in a trance. No joke.
Where To Eat
School // 70 Fraser Ave
If there is anything you need to be prepared for when you come to Toronto, is that we LOVE brunch! Any excuse we can get, we're there. So even if you're only here for a day in the middle of the week - School has you covered.
Bar Raval // 505 College Street
I mean, just take a look at that decor! This place gets PACKED, so be sure to book a reservation well in advance. Did I mention that they have donuts...
Hanmoto // 2 Lakeview Ave
This is a MUST try place for anyone, from anywhere. This late night eats restaurant is exploding with cool vibes and even better food! With an open concept kitchen and furnished with salvage pieces from the owner's personal collection, what's not to love?
Gusto 101 // 101 Portland Street
Gusto 101 is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner - so no matter your cravings, you're sure to be satisfied! Dive into their mouth-watering pizzas and pasta, and you'll know exactly what the locals are raving about.
La Carnita // Multiple Locations
La Carnita is about celebrating urban culture, in a vibrant atmosphere, and amazing eats. So grab yourself a taco (or two) and finish it off with a churro! Because we all know you can't say no to a churro.
Antler // 1454 Dundas St West
The beauty of Antler is that they strive to be from farm to table, minus all the nonsense in-between. Just like us Torontonians. Check this place out if you're looking to taste what fresh, local Canadian cuisine is all about, and no I'm not talking about poutine.
The Commodore // 1265 Queen Street West
The Commodore specializes in seafood sharing plates and fancy cocktails. But not to worry, if seafood isn't your thing, there's plenty on the menu for you to try! Not to mention the white brick walls make the place very Instagram worthy.
Where To Party
Track & Field // 860 College Street West
Track & Field is a lawn games bar that will ramp up your competitive spirit with bocce ball and two lanes of deck shuffleboard. So if you're in the mood for something other than bumpin' and grindin' on a dance floor, come play!
SPiN Toronto // 461 King Street West
This massive 12,000 square foot venue is located in the heart of King Street West. With 12 ping pong tables, a full food menu, drinks, lounge, and party room - you can find yourself entertained all night long without ever having to leave the place!
The Drake Hotel // 1150 Queen Street West
No, believe or not The Drake Hotel is not associated with our beloved 6 God. Instead, find yourself in the heart of Queen West and indulge in a variety of music, food, and culture. The best part, if you get too tired to leave, just book a room upstairs!
Handlebar //159 Augusta Ave
Open 7 days a week, 7pm -2am. This place has a packed schedule, so you'll be sure to find an event going on no matter what day you stop by! They have a full menu as well, so you won't ever have to worry about an empty stomach.
Lost and Found // 577 King Street West
If you're more into the clubbing scene, well you've come to the right city. King West is known to be the neighbourhood to go out, so no matter where you stumble into, you'll be sure to have a good time! There are so many to choose from, you might just find yourself club hopping all night long.
Where To Indulge
Princess of Wales Theatre // 300 King Street West
This new beautiful theatre seats 2000 guests! With flexibility in mind, the stage is one of the widest and deepest in North America. With a mix of both traditional and contemporary design, you're sure to be an awe just sitting there.
Watch A Sports Game
Toronto has a sport for you to watch anytime of the year! Whether it be the Raptors or Leafs game in the Fall / Winter or a Blue Jays, TFC and Argos game in the Spring / Summer - you're guaranteed to get sucked into the hype sports culture of Toronto!
TSOQ // 662 Queen Street West
Also know as, The Store On Queen - this boutique shop is killing it both with unique finds and their Instagram! If you want to stand out from the crown, be sure to check out their store as you're strolling along Queen West.
Hammam Spa // 602 King Street West
Need some time to relax? Hammam Spa has you covered. This aesthetically pleasing spa will put you into full Zen mode, the must needed "me time' we all crave.
Interested in seeing Toronto from up top...literally? Why not take a helicopter tour around the city, it runs all year round and is one of the best ways to truly explore Toronto (especially on your short timeline).
What To Enjoy For Free
Walk through the Distillery District, where you'll be surrounded by brick buildings and cool boutique shops! There are tons of patios to check out in the Summer, but is also the host of the Toronto Christmas Market in the Winter.
St. Lawrence Market // 93 Front Street East
This favourite Toronto landmark is home to multiple food vendors and artisan goods! Even if you don't purchase anything, you'll be swept away by the pretty flowers and (occasional) samples awaiting inside.
Trinity Bellwoods // 790 Queen Street West
Located in Queen Street West, this park is a favourite spot for local Torontonains. Take some time and people watch on a nearby bench, there is always something going on in this neighbourhood!
Allan Gardens Conservatory // 19 Horticultural Ave
Need a new Instagram pic? Allan Gardens Conservatory is perfect any time of the year, since it's conveniently covered all year long. Become one with nature, and you might find yourself staring at the Koi Pond.
Graffiti Alley (Queen West)
The title says it all. Street art in Toronto is huge, and there are so many hidden spots all over the city to discover. But one very popular, and central area, is Graffiti Alley - definitely the place to step up your Insta game.
Kensington Market is where you can find the locals on the weekend, exploring the city without ever having to leave. There are a ton of cheap eats, and cool bars to check out in this area - you might just spend your whole afternoon here!
We can't get enough of our parks. High Park is stunning in the Spring, when the Cherry Blossom trees are in full bloom. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it any time of the year. Located a bit outside the downtown core, it'll be your mini adventure for the day!
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