Whether you're on a budget or not... there's just something powerfully appealing about doing hilarious, fun and CHEAP activities for under $10. There are even some places that allow you to eat 16-piece massive sushi rolls for only $8. You don't always have to dine out in your Louboutins while eating steak at STK and grabbing cocktails at D-Bar to have fun... you can still wear your Louboutins at these low-cost spots in Toronto and have equally as much fun.
Here are some super fun and overlooked Toronto activities you can do for UNDER $10:
Laugh Your A** Off At A Comedy Bar
Feeling blue lately? Get a good laugh in Toronto's trendy west end at the Comedy Bar on Bloor Street. This bar features a full calendar spilling with hilarious comedy shows for between $5 - $8. Check their website listings to see what's going on at the venue. Comedy Bar also whips up a super affordable (all items around $10) and satisfying snack menu to hit that sweet spot.
Get Your Photo Printed On Your Coffee
For only $5, you can get a photo printed on your coffee! Snap Coffee offers this really cool service where they can actually print words and PHOTOS onto your lattes. It doesn't cost extra to use their print machine inside the cafe, so you can take your time choosing what photo you want to upload or select one of the machine's pre-picked options.
Pet Animals At The Riverdale Farm
A seven-acre farm in downtown Toronto? What? This adorable and often overlooked farm in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto lets you wander around observing farm workers and farm animals. Great spot to play with some baby goats and pack a picnic for the day.
Attend A Free Concert At The Canadian Opera Company
Free concerts in Toronto's most stunning and intimate amphitheatre spaces? Say no more. Grab a to-go sandwich and attend one of the Canadian Opera Company's free lunch hour performances. You can enjoy dances, musicals, operas and other cool concerts in the beautiful concert hall of the fancy Four Seasons for the Performing Arts.
Best part-- you have a full view onto the busy University Avenue through their glass facade which is the spot for some cute pics. It's also nice because it doesn't make you feel like you're isolated from the outside world in a dark concert hall. Before or after the concert, you can also shop around the Eaton Centre or Chinatown or stroll around Queen's Park.
Play Indoor Beach Volleyball
This is a relatively inexpensive and interactive way to play around in groups or team outings. At North Beach Indoor Volleyball, it is only $10 per person on Fridays and Saturdays between 10pm and 2am. There's also an in-house bar your group can take advantage of. Nothing like a clean indoor beach, sports and drinks, amiright?
Feel Fancy At The AGO
On Wednesdays after 6pm, the AGO is free! You can peruse around with your BFFs or beau or even get some much-needed alone time surrounded by sophisticated art. Free admission from 6-9pm on Wednesdays is a longstanding tradition at the AGO, and it's a great place to grab a hot coffee and engage in some playful banter.
Eat Giant Takeout Sushi Rolls For $8
There's a sushi spot near the Eaton Centre called Sushi & Bento located at 187 Dundas St. W, a few minutes from Eatons. It's a small sushi shop that you'll probably miss if you walk down Dundas West but their takeout sushi is only $7.99 if you pay cash (taxes included). Not only is their takeout sushi super affordable but it comes with 16 pieces and I can attest each roll is massive.
Each order comes with 2 sushi rolls of choice and a pop. You can choose from sushi rolls like spicy salmon, spicy tuna, yam tempura, dynamite, california or veggie options. My favourite is their spicy salmon/tuna, without the cucumber. Great idea if you want to eat out by Queen's Park or dine-in with friends and have a potluck.
Get Your Yoga On At The Gladstone Hotel
This cheap and fun activity is perfect if you're a morning person! The Gladstone offers yoga at their edgy hotel on Wednesday mornings at a beautiful gallery space on the second floor. Imagine you in your zone, getting your zen on, practicing downward dog and relieving any mid-week stress. Drop-in classes only cost $5 and run from 730am - 830am.
Play Interesting Board Games At Snakes & Lattes
Snakes & Lattes is always a great choice to entertain yourself over some coffee and trivia. All you need to get in is a $8 cover charge, and then you have access to a giant library of board games: strategy, millenial drinking games, cards against humanity, trivia and so much more. I remember the first time stepping foot into the cafe and thinking, wow-- I didn't know board games could actually be super cool. If you're not sure what you want to play, their friendly staff can help choose the best game for you.
Practice Your Baseball Swing
There are super awesome batting cages in Toronto and this is a great and affordable activity whether you're looking to perfect your skills for a league, or just want to engage in a fun outdoor activity. The outdoor batting cages at Diamond Beach in Etobicoke only costs $3.50 for a single session (20 pitches). Helmets and bats are provided. If you decide to go here, make sure you bring cash because it's cash only and there are no ATM's around!
Take A Paddleboat Ride At Natrel Pond
Head to Natrel Pond on the shores of Lake Ontario and take a paddboat ride! You'll be getting fresh crisp air (especially during October weather) and see gorgeous lake views while still being active on the water. Rentals come up to $10 and it's about a 15-minute boat ride, including life jackets. Additionally, there are plenty of affordable activities once you're in this Toronto neighbourhood, like seeing live music at the Harbourfront Centre.
Admire Shoes At The Bata Shoe Museum
If you're a modern-day Carrie Bradshaw, you'll appreciate this one. This unique Toronto museum takes you through the history of fashionable footwear and on Thursday evenings from 5pm - 8pm, admission is "pay what you can." Most people donate $5. This shoe museum displays over a thousand different shoes ranging from ancient Egyptian sandals to sexy, celebrity-worn high heels.
Pack A Picnic And Head To A Gorgeous Toronto Park
Toronto is swimming with beautiful outdoor parks worthy of a picnic. So long as you don’t spend a fortune on what you fill your basket with, you can easily plan an affordable afternoon in the city. Chips and salsa, sandwiches, wraps and fruit are great snack ideas. High Park, Trinity Bellwoods, Christie Pits, Dufferin Grove Park or Riverdale Park are great park ideas! Don't forget a frisbee and a blanket!
See a classic movie at Revue Cinema
Located at 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Revue Cinema is a movie theatre committed to showing classic films of the recent decade. Head over to the theatre on a Tuesday to take advantage of their $6 ticket special! Student admission is only $9.
Visit an indoor jungle at Allan Gardens
Allan Gardens Conservatory is open 365 days a year and the 16,000 square foot conservatory is FREE to explore. This scenic and picturesque garden gives visitors a chance to admire rare and beautiful plants that will make you feel like you've been sent off to the desert or a tropical jungle.
Browse Antiques At The Gladstone Flea Market
The Gladstone Flea is a modern and carefully curated monthly marketplace for everyone to enjoy on a Sunday. It happens once a month and it's a great spot to hunt for vintage gems, unique fashion finds and other market must-haves. What's great about this flea market is that it's VERY organized, unlike other typical markets. The Gladstone Hotel teams up with notable fashion and lifestyle aficionados to create a clean and handpicked marketplace for easy browsing. Great spot to find some cool vintage jewellery, I must say.
Stroll Around The Distillery District
The beautiful Distillery Historic District on Toronto's east end is an adorable way to get away from the usual downtown hustle. This village is pedestrian only so it really takes you out of the city, even though you're still in it. You can browse historic architecture and small boutiques. You won't find any franchise or chain operations here, so it's truly one of a kind. You can find lots of snacks and beverages under $10 at the attractive Arvo Coffee shop.
Get Competitive And Play Arcades Games At Tilt
Tilt is one of Toronto's newest and hottest arcade bars that feature over 50 vintage arcades games and pinball machines. All you have to do is pay the entrance fee and all the games are FREE to play so you don't have to take out large amounts of cash just to play a couple rounds of pinball. Admission is $5 and $2 on Tuesdays!