I think we can all agree that Toronto is a pretty amazing city to live in. We've got the bustling city life of downtown, a gorgeous waterfront, individual and unique neighbourhoods each with so much to offer and a surprising amount of nature within the city limits.
You could find anything you could want or need in the city of Toronto without ever leaving! But one big downfall is the cost of living here. Cost of rent continues to rise dramatically and with that so does the cost of living in general.
That's one of the major problems with living in a big city and there doesn't seem to be a solution in sight. But enough of that negativity! If you're tight on cash right now but don't want to give up your exciting social life, these spots have got you covered.
There's tons of ways to have a good time, go on exciting adventures and explore the best areas of the city without breaking the bank!
10. Take a tour of the Toronto Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens
Even though it's completely free to wander around these gardens on your own, paying for a tour can sometimes be much more informative and enjoyable! This tour will take you around all the gardens including Edwards Gardens and the knowledgable guides will explain all there is to know about the plants and design in the gardens.
9. Ride the ferry over to Centre Island.
On a warmer day this spring, hop on the ferry and ride over to Centre Island for a day of adventures. Take you bike over on the ferry ride and then you can ride along the trails on the island, visit the animals at the petting zoo, pack a picnic lunch or pay a little extra to spend the day at the amusement park!
8. Enjoy board games and coffee at Snakes and Lattes!
Snakes and Lattes is the most famous board game bar/cafe in the city. They have 3 locations across Toronto with a huge library of board games to choose from. It costs $5 for admission and you can choose any games to enjoy while you're there. Any food, drinks, and coffee you want to order while you're there will cost extra.
7. Take a tour of the Steam Whistle Brewing Company.
The Steam Whistle Brewing Company has a super nice location in the heart of downtown Toronto that's perfect for a day of exploring. They offer a 'Steam Whistle Brewery Tour' for just $10 that will last for 30 minutes and takes you through the brewing process.
6. Wander through the indoor greenhouse oasis at Allan Gardens Conservatory.
Allan Gardens Conservatory is a stunning indoor greenhouse filled with endless rooms of plants, aquatic animals and flowers! They're open 365 days out of the year and are always free. Right now the spring blooms are on, making this an amazing destination for colourful flower spotting.
5. Have a few laughs at a Comedy Bar stand up show.
The Comedy Bar has a whole lot to offer anyone who loves spending their evenings laughing as much as possible. They have improv nights, stand up nights, sketch nights and so much more. The cost of each show varies but almost all of them are between $5 and $10.
4. Have a delicious meal at Frankie's Diner.
This is one of the best diners in the city for delicious diner eats. Almost everything on the menu is under $10 with the exception of some of their more specialty items like their specialty burgers and eggs benedicts. Everything else including their homemade burgers, sandwiches, regular breakfasts and omelettes are all under $10!
3. Get your geek on at Tilt Arcade Bar.
Price: $5 ($2 on Tuesdays)
Tilt is Toronto's best arcade bar that features over 50 vintage arcade games and pinball machines. Pay the entrance fee and then all the games are set to free play mode so you don't have to shell out anymore cash except for drinks!
2. Indulge in some seriously good baked goods at Short and Sweet Bakeshop.
Head over to one of the 3 locations of this amazing bakeshop and treat yourself to a few different desserts! This spot is home to the insane sprinkle-stuffed cookies and cakes but they also have a huge menu of decadent cupcakes, bars and milkshakes to choose from.
1. Get a unique printed latte from Snap Coffee.
Snap Coffee has a super unique concept where they actually print words and even pictures onto your latte! There's no extra cost to use their print machine, which you can choose to print your own uploaded picture or use any of their pre-selected sayings.