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Visit Toronto: Your travel guide

Mike Myers, Drake, Neil Young – stars of stage, screen and speakers – you never know who you’ll bump in to in Toronto. Canada’s cultural powerhouse with its corporate muscle, commercial bustle, mega-museums and film fests has the megawattage to power ahead of the rest.

Things to do in Toronto

Toronto Eaton Centre
Eaton or take away? No need to be punny – this shopping centre 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 high street's most stylish, plus a chain gang of food stores from cheap and cheerful (hello, food court) to busting bistro.
220 Yonge Street, Toronto, Onatrio M5B 2H1
Open Monday–Friday 10:00–21:30, Saturday 09:30–21:30, Sunday 10:00–19:00
Yonge - Dundas Square
Square dancing – not just for those deep south of the border. 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.
South-East Corner of Yonge Street & Dundas Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2H1
Hockey Hall of Fame
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 likely see doting parents and kids equally excited about what’s on display!
30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8
Open Monday–Friday 10:00–17:00, Saturday 09:30–18:00, Sunday 10:30–17:00
Art Gallery of Ontario
The city's most refined spot. Hob-nob with the hoity-toity in the city's most cultured venue. Come here to see continental paintings from the French salon to old Dutch and Flemish masterworks from 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.
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
Open Tuesday 10:30-17:00, Wednesday 10:30-21:00, Thursday 10:30-17:00, Friday 10:30-21:00, Saturday-Sunday 10:30-17:30
CN Tower
CNything? Skip the text speak, fasten your seatbelts and take a smooth ride up the CN Tower! Untold tonnes 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.
301 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:30
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
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” to run your hand over a slippery stingray breaking the water's surface.
288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9
Open Tuesday-Wednesday 09:00-18:00. Thursday-Monday 09:00-23:00.
University of Toronto – St George Campus
A snapshot of modern Toronto. This gorgeous campus is a medley of languages, colours and cultures, where intellectual tinders come to burst into flame. 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.
King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7
Royal Ontario Museum
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.
100 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
Open Monday–Thursday 10:00–17:30, Friday 10:00–20:30, Saturday–Sunday 10:00–17:30
Toronto Island Park - Toronto Islands
Looking for an island getaway? Well wake up and smell the rhododendron! 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 in a few rounds.
Toronto Islands
Open Monday-Sunday 10:30-20:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Casa Loma
Like a castle on a cloud. A tad 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.
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1X8
Open Monday-Sunday 09:30-17:00

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Traveller's reviews and photos

We were returning after thirty nine years so it was good to see how the city had changed in that time. We had breakfast at over easy very good value for money. The only thing we found confusing was the PATH under the city as we got confused with the direction we were going.
United Kingdom
14 February 2018
Friendly city, lots to see and easy to get around. The PATH system is a challenge, but once mastered nice to keep warm in freezing temperatures. Fantastic views from CN Tower a must do.
United Kingdom
9 February 2018
My hometown will forever be my favourite place to visit- it never sleeps! Culture, music, art, people, lifestyle, shopping- there are so many reasons to fall in love.
11 February 2018
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Great for biz ops. Great food. Not friendly locals- they are not warm or seem uncaring. Seem too busy to be friendly.
10 February 2018
Ms. Brake
Has everything you could possibly want from sporting events, theatre, museums, to excellent markets and craft breweries.
Ms. Brake
12 February 2018

Accommodation and hotels in Toronto

The Saint James Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

9 Superb

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto

9.2 Superb

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Royal Oak Inn

6.4 Review score

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Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront

8.7 Fabulous

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Knights Inn Downtown Toronto

6 Review score

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Comfort Inn Toronto City Centre

7.4 Good

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The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar

8 Very good

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Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel

8.5 Very good

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Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel

8.5 Very good

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Discover Toronto

Popular neighbourhoods in Toronto

Downtown Toronto

498 properties

Nine-to-niners 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 birds-eye peep over T-town, or share in Canada's sport fixation – NBA Toronto Raptors and NHL Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, or MBL Toronto Bluejays at the Rogers Centre.

Entertainment District

191 properties

Forget Broadway – the bright lights are right here. The crème-de-la-crème of Toronto performs in the opulent 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 seek sport, get in on the nation’s hockey obsession at the Air Canada Centre.

The Harbourfront

114 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 theatres, or cross Lake Ontario towards Queens Quay.


47 properties

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

Fashion District

40 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 bobbin to bridal gown, then watch the area transform into stomping ground for hungry hipsters – try Jacobs & Co Steakhouse for a seared porterhouse steak (it’s to die).

The Village

29 properties

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

Old Town Toronto

18 properties

Well, some people flat iron their hair. The Gooderham – a “flat-iron” building built in 1892 – hints at the quirky architecture to 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.


17 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” – 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!

Yonge - Dundas

16 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 11:00), or cross the square to dine and people-watch at Milestone's Bar and Grill.

Kensington Market

12 properties

A cool, ethnically diverse neighbourhood. Add a touch of bohemian, sprinkle in some counter culture and what do you have? Kensington Market, a chain-store-free zone that brims with thrift shops, hole-in-the-wall eateries and 1001 places to hang. From live music at Supermarket, beers at Graffitis to dinner at Big Fat Burrito, "KM" has you covered.

The Annex

12 properties

Students love books. And books love The Annex! Find second-hand bookshops, galleries and every student accoutrement known to man. Laid back and leafy, this inner-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 90s-esque Dance Cave!).

Financial District

11 properties

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

Little Italy

3 properties

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

The Danforth

2 properties

Whether it’s koftas-to-go (try Athens Pastries) or sit-down dining, this is a plum spot for all things Greek. Eat around Alexander the Great Square, or seek out Messini for authentic gyros. In August, try "Taste of the Danforth" – over 1.3 million folks close in for this three-day event, and Danforth Avenue closes to traffic. Simply a-meze-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 favourite 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–Thursday 17:00–02:30, Friday–Sunday 15:30–02:30
Chester Hill Road
Janet by Janet

Janet spent much 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 neighbourhoods.

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–Sunday 20:00–02:00
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
  • Open Monday–Sunday 09:00-17:00
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 favourite 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 neighbourhood, including a vintage map of the area.

  • 90 Cawthra Avenue, Toronto, ON M6N 3C2
  • Open Thursday–Friday 16:00–21:00, Saturday 11:00–21:00, Sunday 12:00–17:00
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 away the day.

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Recommendations for Toronto

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


Toronto transport

Air - Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson Airport is Canada's largest and busiest airport. The fastest way to the centre 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 wary of unauthorised 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 to the centre is via 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 city centre.


Toronto’s metro system has 4 lines linking the north, south, east and west of the city. It operates on weekdays and Saturdays from approximately 06:00–01:30, and on Sundays from 09:00–01:30. 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 bought from the ticket booths in any station. Metro stops are identified by a signpost with the red TTC Subway logo.


TTC buses generally run from 05:30–01:30 and fill the gaps where the metro and tram don’t operate. The system is well organised and buses make frequent stops. Stops can be identified by the red and white signs on lamp posts at street corners. A single ticket with unlimited transfers is CAD 3, and can be bought 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.


Known locally as ‘streetcars’, Toronto’s trams run along several main roads, stopping at all major junctions along the way. Most routes run from 05:30–01:30. Stops are identified by red and white signs on lamp posts at street corners. Single tickets with unlimited transfers can be bought 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 journey for free.


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 colours 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.


Driving in Toronto can be a complicated and frustrating experience. Traffic is often very heavy in the city centre, and icy roads may make for dangerous conditions in winter. Parking is also expensive, and fines can be costly. The car parks marked with a green ‘P’ are the most affordable. Street parking is paid by the hour: buy a ticket at the grey parking meters. Ensure your printed ticket is clearly displayed on your dashboard.

Food in Toronto

Top restaurants in Toronto

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Fit for Life
Good value
The Gabardine
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Little Anthony's
High-end dining
Blowfish on Bay
High-end dining
The Chase Fish & Oyster
Cheap 'n' tasty
Soup Nutsy
High-end dining
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
  • 001 4168611211
High-end dining
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
  • 001 4165939667
Good value
Momofuku Noodle Bar
High-end dining
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
  • 001 6473487000
Good value
Middle Eastern
Paramount Fine Foods
Good value
Fran's Restaurant
High-end dining
  • 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
Cheap 'n' tasty
Crave Healthy Habits
Cheap 'n' tasty
High-end dining
High-end dining
High-end dining
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
  • 001 4169776400
Good value
Cheap 'n' tasty
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
  • 001 6477482033
High-end dining
Woods Restaurant and Bar
High-end dining
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
  • 001 6472602070
Cheap 'n' tasty
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
  • 001 6474394065
Good value
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
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