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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

8
Very Good
Toronto public transit is great. Weekend family pass is very handy not everybody knows about it. Look into it as it could save your family or couples a lot of money on a weekend, allowing you to hop on and off all day (24 hours).
Nicola
Canada
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
Great city, very friendly and easy to get around. Loved the PATH as a warm alternative title the snowy streets! UP train incredible value and very quick route into town from the airport.
Eilidh Young
United Kingdom
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
Liked the PATH it made very comfortable if the weather had been bad. Also expect to get lost. Lol. The weather was great so we spent a lot of time above ground.
Angela
Canada
February 19, 2017
8
Very Good
Toronto is a great city to travel to. Excellent restaurants, lots to do and see. We were fortunate to have a record warm winters day, so could get around in a lighter jacket and no hat.
James
Canada
February 19, 2017
10
Exceptional
Excellent city, unlimited things to do, just like New York but half the price - you will be delighted
Rickats
Canada
February 19, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Toronto

Grand Hotel & Suites

8.7 Excellent

Score from 2,239 reviews

$122

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “great pool area”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Super 8 Downtown Toronto

7.6 Good

Score from 1,588 reviews

$91

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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One King West Hotel and Residence

8.8 Excellent

Score from 4,340 reviews

$103

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Chelsea Hotel Toronto

7.8 Good

Score from 6,564 reviews

$107

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “great pool area”
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The Omni King Edward Hotel

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 2,262 reviews

$143

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “beautiful building”
    282 related reviews
  • “very clean”
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DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown

8.6 Excellent

Score from 3,437 reviews

$126

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean”
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Hyatt Regency Toronto

8.3 Very Good

Score from 739 reviews

$144

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean”
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Fairmont Royal York Hotel

8.8 Excellent

Score from 2,131 reviews

$146

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

8.5 Very Good

Score from 1,837 reviews

$129

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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Discover Toronto

Popular Neighborhoods in Toronto

Downtown Toronto

299 properties

Nine-to-fivers work the week away in a sea of skyscrapers, but don't let that spoil the view. Believe it or not, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is here. Head up the CN Tower for a bird's-eye view over T-town, or share in Canada's sport obsession – NBA Toronto Raptors and NHL Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, or MBL Toronto Bluejays at the Rogers Centre.

Entertainment District

100 properties

Forget Broadway – the bright lights are right here. The crème de la crème of Toronto performs in the beautiful halls around King Street West, where cultural mavens flock to the National Ballet and Toronto Symphony. The major concert venues are here, too. If you like sports, get in on the nation’s hockey obsession at the Air Canada Centre.

The Harbourfront

48 properties

Goodbye factories, hello fun! Shipbuilding factories became loft-style condos, folks traded their blue-collar shirts for hipster red, and today this 'hood is among the coolest in town. Watch paddle yoga in the bay (it’s a thing), or catch an event; see Harbourfront Centre for galleries, studios and theaters, or cross Lake Ontario towards Queens Quay.

Fashion District

26 properties

No goon squads allowed. Toronto’s historic rag-trade zone is strictly for fashionistas and the couturiers (or outlet stores) who dress them. Shop here for anything from buttons to bridal gowns, then watch the area transform into a stomping ground for hungry hipsters – try Jacob's & Co. Steakhouse for a seared porterhouse steak (it’s to die for).

The Village

26 properties

Stop, in the name of love. Dance in the name of "Pride." There's a rainbow that shines permanently over Church and Wellesley. The Village is the scene of flag-flying parades, tricks and plenty of treats. Dads walk hand-in-hand, urban sophisticates chat over cocktails, and drag queens lip-sync to Miss D. Ross. No matter what color or creed, all are welcome!

Bloor-Yorkville

22 properties

What happens to celebrities when you close the tabloids? They’re probably living the glamorous life in Yorkville’s expensive condos and high-end shops, where "hi, how are you’s" roll off the tongue like silk. Run along and greet your good friends Chanel and Tiffany, steam up at the Windsor Arms spa, then dine at Buca (try the raw sea bass).

Old Town Toronto

16 properties

Well, some people use a flat iron on their hair... The Gooderham—a “flat-iron” building built in 1892—hints at the quirky architecture that can be found in the Old Town. Catch a matinee at the Rainbow Cinema (tickets are the best value in town), then pick a prime dining spot on the Esplanade. Saturdays, venture to the St. Lawrence Market for gourmet galore.

Yonge - Dundas

13 properties

Let's meet at the corner of Yonge and Fabulous! Fabulous being the Eaton Centre, best friend of Torontonian spend-a-holics – big chains, big range. Not your thing? Take a walking tour of the charming Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre (Saturdays at 11 am), or cross the square to dine and people-watch at Milestone's Bar and Grill.

The Annex

11 properties

Students love books. And books love The Annex! Find secondhand bookstores, galleries and every student accoutrement known to man. Laid back and leafy, this city burb has art at its heart. See a play at the Poor Alex Theatre, shop for everything imaginable at Honest Ed’s, or bar-hop till you pop on Bloor Street (try the 90's-esque Dance Cave!).

Financial District

10 properties

Flicking that abacus all day takes its toll. Just ask the Financial District’s stockbrokers, statisticians and bean counters who make multimillion-dollar decisions that steer the nation. Toronto's Central Business District is a slick suit-and-tie affair, punctuated by even slicker skyscrapers. For proof, see First Canadian Place; it's the nation's tallest.

Chinatown

9 properties

No need to take the slow boat to China – everything is right here at your doorstep! The birds aren't the only ones going “cheap cheap” – shirts, t-shirts, jeans and sunglasses are a dime a dozen and all for a dime. Shop a lot for a little, sip on bubble tea (a Taiwanese treat) and don't miss Dumpling House Restaurant for...what else, dumplings!

Kensington Market

6 properties

A cool, ethnically diverse neighborhood. Add a touch of bohemian, sprinkle in some counter-culture, and what do you get? Kensington Market: a chain-store-free zone brimming with thrift shops, hole-in-the-wall eateries and 1,001 places to hang. From live music at Supermarket, beers at Graffitis to dinner at Big Fat Burrito, "KM" has you covered.

The Danforth

3 properties

Whether it’s koftas-to-go (try Athens Pastries) or sit-down dining, this is the spot for all things Greek. Eat around Alexander the Great Square, or check out Messini for authentic gyros. In August, try Taste of the Danforth – over 1.3 million flock to this three-day event, and Danforth Avenue closes to traffic. Simply a-mezze-ing!

Little Italy

1 property

Ciao! You may not be under the Tuscan sun, but Little Italy more than promises to throw shades of Michelangelo. This vibrant multicultural 'hood flaunts a bevy of beatific sights: cafes with espresso-sipping older gents reading the paper, restaurants serving old-recipe dishes made with all the love of a favorite aunt, plus shops aplenty.

Local Tips for Toronto

Sweaty Betty's.
Rafael. by Rafael.

.Rafael plays the drums in several bands and loves the city’s vibrant live music venues.

Sweaty Betty’s on Ossington Avenue is one of my favorite bars. It’s one of the few joints in the city where you can sip on affordable drinks while you jam out to an old-fashioned jukebox. But this bar’s real hidden gem is its back patio where you can chill and mingle with the locals.

  • 13 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON M6J 1H1.
  • Open Monday to Thursday 5 pm – 2:30 am, Friday to Sunday 3:30 pm – 2:30 am
Chester Hill Road.
Janet. by Janet.

Janet spent most of her life in Athens, but has loved getting to know Toronto over the last 3 years.

Chester Hill Road is a hidden lookout spot tucked away in a residential area near Greektown. Although it’s off the beaten path, you can easily access it from Broadview Station. Snap some pics of the city skyline or bring your special someone for an unforgettable tryst!

  • 10 Chester Hill Road, Toronto, ON M4K 1X3.
The Dakota Tavern.
Alex. by Alex.

Since moving from England 6 years ago, Alex has enjoyed exploring Toronto's diverse neighborhoods.

.The Dakota Tavern has exceptional live bluegrass and alternative country music nearly every night of the week. If the idea of sipping cocktails from mason jars makes you happy, you’ll love this basement honky-tonk! Stop by for some Southern hospitality, great music and affordable drinks.

  • 249 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, ON M6J 3A1.
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday 8 pm – 2 am
Riverdale Farm.
Cristina. by Cristina.

.Cristina’s idea of a great time is eating at nice restaurants and playing board games with friends.

.Old MacDonald would be jealous of the variety of farm animals at Riverdale Farm. This free year-round attraction also has walking trails, a butterfly garden and a park that’s perfect for a picnic. If you’re lucky, the farmers' market might be open during your visit!

  • 201 Winchester Street, Toronto, ON M4X 1B8.
  • www1.toronto.ca
  • Open Monday to Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
High Park.
Audrey. by Audrey.

.When she's not browsing Toronto's malls, avid shopper Audrey loves a quiet stroll in the park.

High Park is Toronto’s largest public park. Its small zoo, playgrounds and picnic areas make it a favorite among kids and adults. Late April is cherry blossom time, and locals and visitors come together to view the beautiful flowers. It’s a quick escape from the busy city!

Junction Craft Brewery.
Matt. by Matt.

.Matt leads walking tours throughout the city and loves showing off Toronto’s coolest spots.

Junction Craft Brewery is a local brewery on a quiet street in the Junction area. Sample some ice-cold craft beers at the cool bar area in the front of the brewery. The walls are decorated with historic photos of the neighborhood, including a vintage map of the area.

  • 90 Cawthra Avenue, Toronto, ON M6N 3C2.
  • www.junctioncraftbrewing.com
  • Open Thursday to Friday 4 pm – 9 pm, Saturday 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Divya. by Divya.

.Shopping with friends and visiting the city’s hottest spots is what Divya is all about.

Trinity Bellwoods Park may be locally famous for housing a family of rare white squirrels, but it’s also a great hangout spot with activities like tennis and picnic areas. Grab some fresh produce at the weekly farmers’ market or just find a patch of grass to sit and while the day away.

Toronto islands. Also a visit to High Park turned out to be very pleasant surprise.With easy access on the subway this park has beautiful trees,shrubs and flowers.Had one of the best meals of our 4 week stay in Canada in the Grenadier Cafe in the middle of the park.Would definitely recomend.

Transportation was incredibly simple. I never had to look far for a subway sign or a bus stop, etc. It is quite cheap, always safe, and even a newcomer like me had no issues learning it. It probably only took a single day of sightseeing to figure it all out.

Go to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the Casa Loma museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). You can go to all three and more very cheaply with a Toronto City Pass. Google it!

Yes, they do. Could you not a deal together for a stay at your motel and at discounted price, we have done that in the past and it was great, can you please do that?

Yorkville, Distillery District, restaurants on Queen St and in the Distillery District.

Get talking to locals and ask for their favourite food places.

The House on Parliament on Parliament Street

Lots to see lots to buy

AGO. This trip

Transportation

Toronto Transportation

Air – Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson Airport is Canada's largest and busiest airport. The fastest way to get downtown is the UP Express train, which connects Terminal 1 with Union Station. It takes 25 minutes and costs CAD 12. Taxis take 30 minutes and cost around CAD 60. Be aware of unauthorized drivers soliciting inside the terminals. TTC Buses provide a cheaper alternative, but the journey takes more than an hour and requires multiple transfers.

Air – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is small and commonly referred as the Toronto Island Airport. The fastest way to get downtown is to take the footpath that runs under the lake. There is also a free ferry that runs every 15 minutes, which takes you from the airport to the terminal on the southern tip of Bathurst Street. Once you arrive on the mainland, there is a free shuttle that drops you off near Union Station in the downtown area.

Subway

Toronto’s metro system has 4 lines connecting the north, south, east and west of the city. It runs on weekdays and Saturdays from approximately 6 am – 1:30 am, and on Sundays from 9 am – 1:30 am. You'll rarely have to wait more than 4 minutes for the next train to arrive. A single ticket with unlimited transfers is CAD 3, and can be purchased from the ticket booths in any station. Metro stops are identified by a signpost with the red TTC Subway logo.

Bus

TTC buses generally run from 5:30 am – 1:30 am and fill the gaps when the metro and trams aren't running. The system is well organized and buses make frequent stops. Stops can be identified by the red and white signs on lamp posts on street corners. A single ticket with unlimited transfers is CAD 3, and can be purchased at a ticket booth in any metro station. Alternatively, you can pay with exact change on board by dropping your payment in the box by the driver.

Tram

Known locally as streetcars, Toronto’s trams run along several main roads, stopping at all major junctions along the way. Most routes run from 5:30 am – 1:30 am. Stops are identified by red and white signs on lamp posts on street corners. Single tickets with unlimited transfers can be purchased on board (CAD 3, exact change only) or from booths in metro stations. Make sure you keep your receipt (known as a "transfer") to ensure you can continue your ride for free.

Taxi

Taxis are a convenient but expensive way to get around in Toronto. You can easily hail a taxi in the street or visit a designated taxi stand. Although taxi colors vary, they can be easily identified by the taxi sign on top. Some major taxi companies include Beck (orange and green cars), Maple Leaf (blue cars with a white stripe) and Crown (yellow cars). Most taxis accept credit cards, but cash is preferred. A tip of 15-20% for exceptional service is customary.

Car

Driving in Toronto can be a complicated and frustrating experience. Traffic downtown is often very heavy, and icy roads can make for dangerous conditions in winter. Parking is also expensive, and fines can be high. The car parks marked with a green "P" are the most affordable. Street parking is paid by the hour: buy a ticket at the gray parking meters. Make sure your printed ticket is clearly displayed on your dashboard.

Food in Toronto

Top Restaurants in Toronto

Cheap Eats
International
Fit for Life
Mid-Range Fare
Local
The Gabardine
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Mercatto
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Little Anthony's
Upscale Dining
International
Blowfish on Bay
Upscale Dining
Seafood
The Chase Fish & Oyster
Cheap Eats
International
Soup Nutsy
Upscale Dining
Greek
Estiatorio Volos
  • 133 Richmond Street West, Toronto, M5H 2L3
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 11:45–14:30 and 17:00–22:00, Thursday–Friday 11:45–14:30 and 17:00–22:30, Saturday 17:00–22:30
  • www.volos.ca
  • 001 4168611211
Upscale Dining
Grill
Bâton Rouge Steakhouse & Bar
  • 218 Yonge Street, Toronto, M5B 2H6
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–23:00, Friday–Saturday 11:00–00:00, Sunday 11:00–22:00
  • www.batonrouge.ca
  • 001 4165939667
Mid-Range Fare
Asian
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Upscale Dining
Asian
Momofuku Daisho
  • 190 University Ave, 3rd Floor, Toronto, M5H 0A3
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–22:00, Thursday–Friday 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–23:00, Saturday 17:30–23:00, Sunday 17:30–23:00
  • www.momofuku.com
  • 001 6473487000
Mid-Range Fare
Middle Eastern
Paramount Fine Foods
Mid-Range Fare
American
Fran's Restaurant
Upscale Dining
Asian
Bosk
  • 188 University Ave, Toronto, M5H 0A3
  • Open Monday–Friday 07:00–10:30 and 11:30–14:00 and 17:30–22:30, Saturday 07:00–14:00 and17:30–22:30, Sunday 07:00–14:00
  • 001 6477888888
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International
Crave Healthy Habits
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Italian
Pizzaiolo
Upscale Dining
Local
Canoe
Upscale Dining
Local
Jump
Upscale Dining
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Nota Bene
  • 180 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5V 3X3
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 11:30–14:30 and 17:00–22:00, Thursday–Friday 11:30–14:30 and 17:00–23:00, Saturday 17:00–23:00
  • www.notabenerestaurant.com
  • 001 4169776400
Mid-Range Fare
International
Four
Cheap Eats
American
Craft Dogs
  • 95 King Street East, Toronto, M5C 1G4
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 11:00–22:00, Thursday –Saturday 11:00–00:00, Sunday 11:00–18:30
  • www.craftdogs.com
  • 001 6477482033
Upscale Dining
Local
Woods Restaurant and Bar
Upscale Dining
International
Oliver and Bonacini Café Grill
  • 33 Yonge Street, Toronto, M5E 1G4
  • Open Monday–Tuesday 12:00–22:00, Wednesday 12:00–23:00, Thursday–Friday 12:00–00:00, Saturday 10:00–00:00, Sunday 10:00–22:00
  • www.oliverbonacini.com
  • 001 6472602070
Cheap Eats
Mexican
Burrito Boyz
  • 218 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, M5H 1W7
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 11:00–00:00, Thursday 11:00–03:00, Friday–Saturday 11:00–04:00, Sunday 11:00–00:00
  • www.burritoboyz.ca
  • 001 6474394065
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
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