One of Toronto's most important symbols and well-known landmarks is the CN Tower. The tower's top level is where the world's highest observation deck is located, offering visitors a stunning view of Toronto's skyline. The tower's third level houses a high-class restaurant with spectacular vistas, and a cafe occupies the level below. The tower serves a practical purpose, too - it is a major Canadian telecommunications hub.
This major museum is made up of three buildings with multiple art, archaeology and science exhibits spread out throughout its rooms and halls. Royal Ontario is one of the largest museums in North America that attracts hundreds of thousands visitors throughout the year.
Subdivided into several different zoogeographic areas, Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada. The displays include animals inside tropical pavilions, as well as naturalistic ones, where animals live in an imitation of their natural environment. Toronto Zoo´s idea is to be Canada’s national leader in saving wildlife to guarantee the rich variety of nature for upcoming generations.
This historic district is home to the best Victorian architecture collection in all of North America. It is not only drawing visitors with its architecture, but also for the entertainment options - numerous art and design venues, bars and restaurants dot the area, making it a very attractive spot for locals and travelers alike.
The medieval Gothic Revival castle of Casa Loma today belongs to the city of Toronto and has been used as film set for numerous movies and TV shows. The castle is open to visitors, who are welcome to explore its halls furnished with authentic period items. The view over Toronto from one of the towers is definitely worth taking in.
The Toronto islands make for a wonderful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located only a short ferry ride away, the islands are a fantastic way to spend the day. Centre Island is very family-friendly with its kid's entertainment areas and bike rental locations, and Ward's Island if you're looking to hike and enjoy nature.
Visiting Toronto's Chinatown is an ethnographic experience in itself. Whether you're looking to browse through mysterious natural herb medicines or quality Chinese teas, you'll be in the right place. Dining options also abound, everything from Chinese, to Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese restaurants are all located here.
An interactive experience from which any age group will learn, the Ontario Science Center is full of fascinating exhibits and holds daily science shows. For the younger ones, there is KidSpark, where children can play, explore and be engaged in sciences. Don´t miss the IMAX theater showing movies about our planet, sea and nature or the adjacent Space Hall that houses Toronto's planetarium.
A fun adventure for the whole family, Ripley's Aquarium houses thousands of sea animals and with interactive and educational exhibits, kids and adults will keep themselves busy for few hours. Don´t miss out the tunnel, when walking through all kinds of marine creatures will swim by and above (the aquarium is especially known for its multitude of shark species). Daily dive shows are held every two hours.
Toronto's central square has been compared to New York's Times Square, due to the abundance of colorful billboards and shining lights. Located in the very midst of downtown, it is a sight to behold both day and night - the square teems with people and enticing shopping and dining venues.
The Absolute Towers are a landmark not to be missed - they liven up the cityscape with their unusual design and are one of the most original-looking residential condominiums out there. The skyscrapers twist to challenge strictly utilitarian modernist perspective on dwelling buildings.
Cross this bridge on foot or by bike and take in the views of the city as you pass. The view of the bridge itself from below also makes for a nice photograph. The bridge has been distinguished by several architecture and engineering awards, and commemorates the old aboriginal trading route once in existence here via themed carvings.
Brookfield Place is a postmodern architectural complex that is primarily an office complex, but still remains a tourist attraction due to the exhibitions and installations it frequently hosts. Come here to admire art and architecture, shop, and take some unique photographs.
An upscale family run modern steakhouse with an Italian twist in the heart of the financial/entertainment district. Michael’s features A5 Kobe, American Wagyu, in-house dry aged USDA prime and PEI naturally raised grass fed beef, as well as an assortment of house made pastas and ethically sourced seafood. Live entertainment in the lounge Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Valet parking available Monday-Saturday.
This quaint restaurant is a stone’s throw away from Toronto’s posh Yorkville neighborhood and brings you the romance of Italy with its Florentine decor, aged frescoes, wall-mounted stonework, and wax-dripping candelabra. The enchanting atmosphere, the authentic Italian cuisine and the wide variety of wines make it one of the city’s favorites.
Café Sassafraz is a favorite of celebrities, particularly during the famous Toronto International Film Festival, and it is probably Toronto’s best spot for people-watching. The chance to catch a glimpse of celebs is high on any given day. Dishes range from butter-poached monk fish fillet and roasted duck breast du Normandie to veal sweetbread medallion.
Golden Thai has received more acclaim than over 30 other Thai restaurants and deservedly so with exotic cuisine known for its sensuality and searing spiciness. More than 60 different dishes are on the menu. Try the prix fixe with lemon shrimp soup perked up with coriander and chili, followed by basil beef and curry chicken with a red curry sauce thick with coconut milk and basil leaves.
For a dinner with a view, come to The One Eighty - as the name suggest, you will surely be pleasantly surprised by the vistas awaiting you here. Serves a pleasant selection of meat and seafood dishes, as well as a special Sunday brunch offer from 11am to 3pm. Reservations recommended.
With its own wine cellar (the world's highest!) the 360 is a curious landmark located at the top of the famous CN Tower. Enjoying the seasonal menu and incredible wine selection as you dine in this revolving restaurant is complemented by the stunning views of Toronto from over 350 meters above the ground.
The place is well-known for its generous portions, so order to share. Try the ribs or come in for brunch - protein options abound! For the full tasting experience, try the BBQ platter (feeds four) - includes brisket, pulled pork, lamb shoulder, turkey sausages, baby back ribs and chicken thighs.
This huge venue will definitely accommodate even the biggest of parties - feel free to bring friends and family to this traditional Portuguese restaurant and make sure to order their specialty - Fish Rodizo. On weekend evenings live music and entertainment are to be expected.
Continuously recognized for the impeccable quality and taste of the food, Union is the place to go for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch, as long as you include Elk Sliders, Union Salad or Sticky Ribs in your order. The French-inspired restaurant places special emphasis on cooking with fresh, organic ingredients.
This small eatery brings East Indian flavor to the downtown core and serves a variety of “rotis” stuffed with your choice of curry at bargain prices. As you watch the bread being stretched and grilled to order and wait for your delicious meal, enjoy a fresh mango or plain lassi, a sweet yogurt drink.
This laid back, unpretentious spot smack in the middle of Little Italy on the College West strip has become an institution for coffee lovers and is often used as a set for film makers. In the afternoon, the tables fill with local folk pouring intensely over movie reviews, writing, or chatting amicably while sipping long double espressos or lattes from pint-sized glasses.
It’s very rarely quiet at this quaint spot in Kensington market, one of the few shops where you can enjoy some 50 different varieties of organic, freshly roasted and fair trade coffee. Head there on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, and don’t forget to order the popular “nana” bread (banana bread)!
This popular coffee house is nestled in the old Pump House of the historic Distillery District and is probably the closest you’ll get to a European coffee house in Toronto. The dark wood and raw stone interior lends a Paris café ambiance to this hidden-in-epic-proportions gem. Stylized posters, in the Toulouse-Lautrec and Cheret realm, grace the walls, while a huge chandelier hangs from the ceiling.
Coffee and food options are aplenty at this cozy café with a view over Riverdale Park. Many plugs to charge your electronic devices and password-free WiFi are a nice touch to complete the café experience. Multiple locations serving coffee and snacks available throughout Toronto.
A visit to this lively and inviting pub gives you the unique opportunity to have your own spot in the "Idiot’s Hall of Fame" - but be weary of the tough competition. They are known for their food and a wide array of draught beers, they provide 36 varieties to be more exact.
A favorite of artists and indie musicians, this bohemian infused hotel/lounge is located in Toronto’s artsy design neighborhood and is frequented by fashionistas and creative types. The drink menu offers vintage cocktails with a twist. Recipe sources include drink menus from the Algonquin Hotel in New York, circa 1920s.
Uniun Nightclub is the first nightclub of its kind in Toronto. It offers impressive state-of-the-art LED installations with 3D light shows. From the bar you can get a varied selection of liquors and champagnes, or simply lose yourself to dance to music played by international and local Djs.
Maison Mercer Nightclub is ideally situated in the center of Toronto's Entertainment District and offers a dense program with a variety of events and functions. This 12,000 square foot venue features state-of-the-art audio and lighting system to maximize your nightlife experience.
This sophisticated restaurant and lounge invites visitors to get comfortable in its dimly lit, appealing courtyard patio. Inside you will find a sleek dining room with a tantalizing menu of Mediterranean cuisine, a wine cellar and a stylish bar and lounge where one can savor a delicious cocktail.
Packed with Soviet memorabilia, this themed bar will surely make for some entertaining examination of its many treasures. Don't miss the vodka sampling in the vodka cooler but before that fill your stomach with some Russian delights such as pierogies (filled dumplings), caviars and Russian flatbread.
A year-round cacophony of vendors hawking everything from fresh fish to dress socks, Kensington Market is the place to get whatever your heart desires. The food choices available are a gesture towards Toronto's multi-ethnic population. Kensington Market is also known for its second hand vintage clothing stores.
One of the largest and most well-known shopping complexes of Toronto with four levels and over 300 shops and restaurants. From H&M, Zara and Gap, to Canadian retailers such as Roots and Sears, this is one-stop-shopping at its best. There are many other upscale boutiques that offer the latest in women’s fashion and accessories.
A great mall for those looking to browse through high-end stores, even though shoppers on a budget won't find themselves at a loss either. The food court on the top floor offers plenty of food choices, too. Stores such as Hugo Boss, Burberry, Chanel, Levi´s, Disel, GAP, H&M, Zara, The North Face, ecco and much more are all housed here.
Square One isn't just a mall, but an experience - events are regularly held on Celebration Square right next to it, and there is also a weekly Farmer's Market. The mall is the biggest one in all of Ontario, so if something exists - you can probably find it here. Here you can stroll around and explore stores such as Claire's, Ben Sherman, Aldo, Topshop/Topman, Walmart, Wolford, Banana Republic, Zara, Victoria's Secret, GUESS, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Tiffany & Co, Pandora and much much more.
A stone's throw away from Square One is Sherway Gardens, a mall with a distinct geometric layout which makes it not only a shopping destination, but an interesting sight to look at. The collection of shops in it ranges from brand-name clothing and accessories to cosmetics and household goods.
Savvy shoppers looking for high-end deals on fashion head to this Toronto location to hunt for bargains on brands like Calvin Klein, Coach, kate spade new york, Michael Kors and many more. It once was the first premium outlet mall in Canada, and is still in operation today.
Bergo Designs is an interior and home decor design store reminiscent of its many cousins in big European capitals. It stocks unique, elegantly designed items that will not look out of place in a tasteful interior. The trendy Distillery District the store is located in also makes for a great walk around.
The place to go for unique pieces of art and original design-lovers' favorite haunt, the Arts Market is where one would head to find exquisite creations to bring home. The Arts Market project allows multiple local creators to easily showcase and sell their art, thus fostering the city's creative spirit.
Two times a year, around Christmas and in Spring, the One of a Kind show brings together numerous artists, craftsmen and designers to showcase their unique, handcrafted fashion and art items - most available for sale. Check the website for more details and this year's dates.
Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America, nearby cities include Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago and New York. The Lester B. Pearson International Airport is located in the northwest corner of metropolitan Toronto 16 miles (25 km) west of central Toronto and serves more than 35 international carriers. It is the main Toronto airport for handling commercial and business flights. Allow 40-60 minutes to/from the heart of downtown, depending on time of travel. Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) provides express bus and subway service to the city center of Toronto. This is least expensive method of getting to and from downtown Toronto. You will find the stations in terminal 1, ground level, second curb, column R4 and terminal 3, arrivals level, third curb, column C12. MiWay, the local bus service within the City of Mississauga is located in terminal 1, ground Level, second curb, column S4. GO Bus and GO Train service transport their passengers to the city center of Toronto and surrounding suburbs. (Terminal 1, ground level, second curb, column Q2-Q4). Union Pearson Express takes only 25 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto. The trains are leaving every 15 minutes and runs between 5:30am and 1am. Tickets can be bought at the ticket vending machines at airport, customer service counter in terminal 1 (arrival level) and onboard on the train. If you choose to take a taxi, make sure to take a licensed Toronto Pearson taxi or limo. Only authorized taxi company are allowed to pick passengers from Toronto Pearson. Taxi pick-up locations: terminal 1, arrival level and terminal 3, arrivals level. At the airport there are several car rentals such as Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo. They are on Level 1 of the Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the quick, convenient and safe way to get around Toronto. The subway system is linked with buses and streetcars to get you around Toronto on one fare, provided it’s a one way trip with no stopovers. You can “ride the rocket” (as the TTC aptly describes itself) weekdays and Saturdays from about 6:00 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. and on Sundays from about 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Get a transfer when you pay and you can make a free connection as long as you complete your journey within one hour. Weekly and monthly passes are also available at subway stations. Buses and streetcars are frequent and can get you from any subway stop to your final destination. Both are equipped with route and destination information signs. Schedule information is posted at most major route intersections. There’s a late night service called the Blue Night Network. Buses and streetcars run on most major routes (transit stops are marked with a reflective blue band) every morning from about 1:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Service is provided every 30 minutes or less. Toronto is also served by the VIA Rail System, the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada (with connections to the Amtrak system through Niagara Falls, New York). Union Station is the name of the train station. It is located on Front Street, between Bay and University (across the street from the Royal York Hotel). The station is right on the subway line.
Pharma Plus Drug Mart and Shoppers Mart are two of Toronto’s main chains for medication. There’s often one in every neighborhood that is open 24 hours. If you’re in need of emergency medical care, call 911. Concierges at hotel desks can also recommend doctors. Some central pharmacies are located at: Central Medical Pharmacy 311 Sherbourne St, Toronto Hours of operation: Mon - Fri - 9am - 6pm www.pharmacy.ca Infinity Health Pharmacy 35 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto Hours of operation: Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 3pm www.infinityhealthpharmacy.com Shoppers Drug Mart - The Queensway: