Things to Do in Toronto

Toronto Eaton Centre

Shopping Areas

Eaton or take away? No need to be punny – this shopping center is like a flash-mob of big brands coming at you from every direction. Meet the troupe – HMV and Indigo for the musically inclined, Ann Taylor, Marciano, J. Crew and Gap for the most stylish brands, plus a chain gang of food stores from cheap and tasty (hello, food court) to busting bistro.

Accommodations near Toronto Eaton Centre
  • 220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Onatrio M5B 2H1
  • Open Monday to Friday 10 am – 9:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 9:30 pm, Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
  • http://www.torontoeatoncentre.com/
Yonge – Dundas Square

Popular Areas

Square dancing – not just for those in the deep south. This square is the heart of Toronto, awash with people all day every day. Come here to dine and imbibe. Afterwards, catch a play at the Ed Mirvish Theatre or a concert at Massey Hall, or slip on in to the Eaton Centre and be on your merry way.

Accommodations near Yonge – Dundas Square
Hockey Hall of Fame

Stadiums or Arenas

Run amok with the puck. Not the title of a long-lost Scooby Doo episode, but rather a place to uncover the mysteries of Canada's national obsession. See it all – the original Kings' Stanley Cup in the vault (think the Sistine Chapel of Hockey!), sport memorabilia and interactive displays. You'll probably see parents and kids equally excited about what’s on display here.

Accommodations near Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
  • Open Monday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday 9:30 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10:30 am – 5 pm
  • http://www.hhof.com
Art Gallery of Ontario

Museums

The city's most refined spot. Hang with the art-savvy in the city's most cultured venue. Come here to see continental paintings, from the French salon to the old Flemish and Dutch masterworks of Rubens and Ruysdael. Past and future exhibitions include Art Spiegelman and Basquiat. An impressive cache of African sculptural and figurative works are also on display.

Accommodations near Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
  • Open Tuesday 10:30 am – 5 pm, Wednesday 10:30 am – 9 pm, Thursday 10:30 am – 5 pm, Friday 10:30 am – 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • http://www.ago.net
CN Tower

Landmarks

CNything? Skip the text speak, fasten your seatbelts and take a smooth ride up the CN Tower! Untold tons of steel cabling and concrete were used to construct this iconic building, for a time the largest in the world. Views from the top are stupendous, offering a bird's-eye view of the entire city, and interactive exhibits that delve deep into Toronto's foundations.

Accommodations near CN Tower
  • 301 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
  • Open Monday to Sunday 10 am – 10:30 pm
  • http://www.cntower.ca/
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Attractions

Wall Street isn't the only place known for its sharks. Take a swim (or more precisely, don't) in one of Canada's best-known aquariums. All manner of marine life—from clown fish to crustaceans—swim by behind reinforced glass. Don't miss a chance to play in the “ray bay” and run your hand over a slippery stingray breaking the water's surface.

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University of Toronto – St George Campus

Institutions

A snapshot of modern Toronto. This gorgeous campus is a medley of languages, colors and cultures, where intellectuals come to satisfy their appetites. Take a walking tour of the lush grounds past centuries of fine architecture. Some big names have studied here – film directors, Norman Jewison and Atom Egoyan, and literary superstars, Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood.

Accommodations near University of Toronto – St George Campus
Royal Ontario Museum

Museums

A building that has to be seen to be believed. A fabulous fusion of post-modern might and industrial precision, this building is like stepping into a diamond. Once inside, you'll find a dazzling array of treasures, some cultural, many natural: bones of tyrannosaurus rex and wooly mammoth, meteorites and mega-sized minerals, and treasures of Canada's First Nation peoples.

Accommodations near Royal Ontario Museum
  • 100 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
  • Open Monday to Thursday 10 am – 5:30 pm, Friday 10 am – 8:30 pm, Saturday to Sunday 10 am – 5:30 pm
  • http://www.rom.on.ca/
Toronto Island Park – Toronto Islands

Parks

Looking for an island getaway? Well wake up and smell the rhododendrons! The russet tones of autumn leaves, the fun of family-friendly wildlife trails, not to mention Far Enough Farm and the Centreville Amusement Park, with its mascot Beasley Bear; yes, you’ve landed on the island! There's even a golf course if you want to get a few rounds in.

Accommodations near Toronto Island Park – Toronto Islands
Casa Loma

Landmarks

Like a castle on a cloud. A little out of the way, but worth the trip, Casa Loma is a flamboyant Gothic-revival castle built as a family home between 1911-1914. The scene of movie sets to royal guests, every period detail here stuns – from the glorious stained-glass conservatory dome and grand Elizabethan library to the elaborate figurative causeways.

Accommodations near Casa Loma

Reviews of Toronto

10

Exceptional

July 27, 2016

One of the most diverse cities I've been to. Great environment! Great city!
Amanduh93
United States of America
15 reviews
6

Review score

July 27, 2016

CN tower is a must and the meal there was amazing. The aquarium well worth visiting
Lynda
United Kingdom
3 reviews
8

Very good

July 26, 2016

Everything about Toronto is awesome. Traffic can be annoying sometimes, but try not to drive. And try as many non-chain restaurants as you can, the food is usually pretty amazing
Sergio
Canada
8 reviews
6

Review score

July 26, 2016

Tickets are so expensive for what we got. My favorite place was CN Tower. Not so much things or activities for families with young children.
Giuseppe
Canada
1 review
10

Exceptional

July 26, 2016

Niagara falls,the zoo, tours through Toronto, shopping and the food at the resturants.
Matthew
Barbados
1 review
10

Exceptional

July 26, 2016

CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, the mall, second cup restaurant has the best mango tea and mini caramel crunch cake ever!!!!
Latreace
United States of America
3 reviews
2

Review score

July 26, 2016

The only reason I stayed there because it was cheap in price and the photos I seen it didn't look too bad. I had tickets for a concert at The ACC in Toronto so that's the only reason I stayed there!!
catherine
Canada
1 review
10

Exceptional

July 26, 2016

Toronto has so many fun and great things to do and awesome places to eat!
Madison
Canada
1 review

Accommodations and Hotels in Toronto

Chelsea Hotel Toronto

7.8 Good

Score from 6502 reviews

$175

Average price per night
  • 33 Gerrard Street West, Downtown Toronto, Toronto
Fairmont Royal York Hotel

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1703 reviews

$133

Average price per night
  • 100 Front Street West, Financial District, Toronto
One King West Hotel and Residence

8.8 Excellent

Score from 3397 reviews

$125

Average price per night
  • 1 King Street West, Financial District, Toronto
InterContinental Toronto Centre

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1261 reviews

$146

Average price per night
  • 225 Front Street West, Downtown Toronto, Toronto
Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 2705 reviews

$185

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  • 75 Lower Simcoe Street, The Harbourfront, Toronto
The Omni King Edward Hotel

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 2307 reviews

$232

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  • 37 King Street East, Old Town Toronto, Toronto
DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown

8.6 Excellent

Score from 3506 reviews

$142

Average price per night
  • 108 Chestnut Street, Downtown Toronto, Toronto
Hilton Toronto

8.4 Very good

Score from 1557 reviews

$240

Average price per night
  • 145 Richmond Street West, Financial District, Toronto
Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 747 reviews

$232

Average price per night
  • 525 Bay Street, Downtown Toronto, Toronto
Discover Toronto

Popular Neighborhoods in Toronto

Downtown Toronto

232 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

83 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

33 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.

The Village

24 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

16 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).

Fashion District

16 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 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!).

Yonge - Dundas

11 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.

Old Town Toronto

10 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.

Chinatown

7 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!

Financial District

7 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.

Kensington Market

4 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.

Little Italy

2 properties

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.

The Danforth

1 property

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!

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

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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

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Fit for Life
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The Gabardine
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Mercatto
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Little Anthony's
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The Chase Fish & Oyster
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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
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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
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Momofuku Noodle Bar
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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
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Paramount Fine Foods
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Fran's Restaurant
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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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Canoe
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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
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Four
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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
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Woods Restaurant and Bar
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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
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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
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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
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