Toronto

Eats, Music, Nightlife and More

Toronto is a blast: a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Recognized as one of the most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse cities on the planet, Toronto boasts some of the world’s finest dining, along with an eclectic bar, club and festival scene. And for those looking for a different rhythm, the great outdoors beckons with easily accessed bike and hiking trails. With so much to see and do, we thought it would be helpful to compile this handy list of noteworthy attractions to help you plan your visit. So make time in your schedule to explore what makes Toronto great!

Selfies – Just say no to basic selfies with a quick snap in front of the 'This is Paradise' mural. Or add some majesty to your pics at Casa Loma. The 3D TORONTO Sign is a must have, and for a selfie with old city charm, look to the always colorful Kensington Market.
 
Breweries - If imperial stouts and fruity pale ales are calling your name, check out Bellwoods Brewery. Or snag some tech transfer cronies and head to Bandit Brewery for a flight and a plate of beer-battered cheese curds (you can thank us later). Looking for the favorite new brewery of local brewers? Check out Godspeed Brewery for beers that even purists can’t resist.
 
Cocktails - Visit Black Hoof for ingenious 21st-century libations. Prettyugly Bar is a tight squeeze but serves up concoctions like the Crystal Lake (named for the camp in Friday the 13th). Vintage vibes, delicious drinks and a great selection of Japanese whisky and sake abound at Black Dice Cafe. You’ll feel no shame drinking at Shameful Tiki Room, where the d├ęcor is playful and the punch bowl style libations are served with fanfare (gongs, fog machine). Project Gigglewater (the name alone makes it a must) pays homage to old-timey cocktail joints, while frivolity and oceans of Champagne are rolling in at Louix Louis on the 31st floor of the St. Regis Hotel.
 
Casual Eats - Looking for authentic Thai food in Toronto? Khao San Road has you covered. For seriously good tacos, Seven Lives is the place to be. Miss Thing's offers super delicious Polynesian dishes in a cool retro setting, while Adamson Barbeque scratches your itch for Texas style bbq deliciousness. True True Pizza is a craft-your-own pizza shop with a twist on the typical (we’re drooling).
 
Upscale Gastronomics – For unfussy, Italian sophistication Ardo can’t be beat. The Chase serves pastas, meaty plates and steakhouse classics amid incredible views. The menu at Miku features cleverly combined exotica, while the elaborately plated dishes and panoramic views at Canoe are sheer beauty. Gussied-up pubgrub, homespun classic cocktails and a decent selection of by-the-glass trendy wine are staples at The Gabardine.
 
Shopping - If shopping is your bag, check out Bloor-Yorkville’s boutiques and galleries. Kensington Market offers a plethora of retro shops and cool cafes. Crummy weather? The PATH brings indoor shopping pleasure.
 
Get Physical - Feeling edgy? Take an Edge Walk on the CN Tower. Clear your mind and up your other senses at Yoga in the Park. Get your walk on at the Toronto Zoo, or rent a bike from Bike Share Toronto and explore the city on two wheels. Jog it out along the scenic lakeshore, or take your workout to new heights at the Baldwin Steps. The Beltline Trail is the gold standard for downtown hiking, and High Park features 400 acres of trails and a public swimming pool (free admission!) Hit the links on the lush, rolling landscape of Don Valley Golf Course, or perfect your passive/aggressive driving maneuvering at Go Karts At Polson Pier.
 

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