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Things to do in Toronto
Plenty of unique neighborhoods to visit
Things to do in Toronto: If you are looking for things to do, and areas to visit or to find a hotel in Toronto, take a look at the area below. Also be sure to check out our Toronto hotel and Toronto restaurant reviews.
St. Lawrence Market – Contains over 120 specialty vendors, known for the variety and freshness of their fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, grains, baked goods and dairy products, as well as for the uniqueness of the non-food items for sale. (As you requested, this will be our first stop after your airport pickup)
Queen Street West - Funky shopping, cafes and bars with lots of outside seating can be found here. Plan on seeing lots of tattoos, a rainbow of hair colors and piercings from head to toe and lots of regions in-between
West Queen Street West - Great cafes, art galleries, antique stores, an older an upscale version of Queen Street West
The Beaches/Queen St East - Off the beaten path, close to the water, cute shops, parks, people walking their dogs on the boardwalk.
Yorkville – This high end area hosts numerous top restaurants, cafes, bars, luxury hotels and designer shops. It’s a small area, well worth a visit. This neighborhood is the stomping grounds for the old money of Toronto.
King West/Entertainment District - this area is made up theaters, TIFF (Toronto Independent Film Festival theater), new trendy restaurants, clubs and Broadway shows. Plan on seeing people in their 30’s – 40’s out spending their new found wealth.
Bloor Street West Village/Kingsway – This area consists of multiple small, independent, casual restaurants. Everything from Italian and French to Thai, Japanese and fusion restaurants can be found there. You can also find a great butcher, cheese shop and wine making shops.
The Distillery District – This old distillery was bought by three lawyers and turned into a weekend Mecca for art enthusiasts (lots of art galleries), foodies (a handful of outdoor cafes and bars), shoppers and meanderers.
Waterfront/Lakeshore/Queens Quay – Located on the water front, it has parks and a long promenade. Very busy on the weekends when the weather is beautiful. Parking may be an issue. You will see lots and lots of people out walking, bicycling, roller blading and just our enjoying the sun. TONS of new high-rise condos have turned the area into a bit of a concrete jungle.
Little Italy – Located on College Street West, it was and still is home to a large Italian population. Home to many restaurants, bars and clubs.
Danforth /Greek Town – All kinds of restaurants can be found here, and as you would guess, there is a plethora of Greet restaurants. Bars and shops are scattered along the Danforth.
Rosedale – Toronto’s old money lives here. Gorgeous multimillion dollar homes are tucked off of Yonge Street North. While on Yonge Street you’ll find shops, cafes, bars, furniture stores and nice restaurants.
The Gay Village – Home to Toronto’s gay bars and clubs.
Outside of Toronto
Port Credit – Located from 20-30 minutes west of downtown Toronto is a lake front city with a small harbor and is an upcoming area. Small shops and restaurants can be found here.
Oakville – Located about 30-40 minutes west of downtown is the quaint town of Oakville. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, it is home to many small shops, cafés and restaurants.
Caledon – It is a rural, yet cute little town about an hour from Toronto. A great restaurant, Terra Cotta Inn makes it worth the drive. The park like setting makes it just gorgeous!
Forks of the Credit – Located near Caledon, it is on the famous Bruce Trail. The park features the excitement of the Credit River, as it narrows and rushes through a deep gorge, plunging over a falls. Geological features that were deposited or carved out by retreating glaciers, such as kame hills and kettle lakes, surround the river. The park also includes some of the upland, rolling pasture land that is typical of much of southern Ontario.
Niagara-on-the-Lake – The wine region of Ontario. With wine tasting, small shops, cafés and restaurants, consider it the Napa of Canada!
Suggested dining options: (Click her to see our Toronto restaurant reviews.)
Insomnia – Perfect for weekend brunch (Located on Queen Street West)
Blowfish – Great sushi in a hip and trendy atmosphere (Located on King Street West)
1800 Degrees – Sublime steaks in an upscale setting (Located in Bloor Street West Village, near Villa Four Nine Three)
Pizzeria Liberetto – Absolutely the best pizza in Toronto (maybe even in all Canada!) (Located in Little Portugal)
Weslodge – Perfect for a drink and small bites. One of the most gorgeous interiors we’ve seen in a long time. Great wine list and excellent Caesars (spicy bloody Mary) (Located on King Street West)
Sasafraz – Canadian cuisine, in a upscale atmosphere (Located in Yorkville). Perfect for a long lunch.
L’Unita – High-end Italian cuisine (Located on Avenue near Yorkville)
Blu Restaurant – Named the best restaurant by Concierge Association, high-end, upscale Italian (Located in Yorkville)
Babur – Vey casual Indian restaurant (Located in Queen Street West)
Centro – High end Italian restaurant. The well-to-do are found here. (Located in North Yonge Street)
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