PersonalTravel 22 June 2017
An insiders guide to all the cool spots in Toronto

How about Toronto? Janine, our intern from Canada, has been living there her entire life and it’s pretty much safe to say she’s familiar with all of Drake’s references to the city. For everyone out there who’s planning a trip to SkyscraperCity soon, (it’s high on our wish lists!) make sure to bring this insiders guide along.

Janine: “Toronto is a city is full of surprises; one second you’re at the beach by the lake and another second you’re surrounded by skyscrapers. Most of the time, we like to call the city by its nickname, ‘the six’ referring to the six boroughs that make up the city. But, when we do say Toronto, the second ‘T’ is always silent.”

“Look around you and you’ll notice our diverse population. For Toronto, this means we always have fresh ideas flowing in and out from the creative to the business industries. Luckily enough, it also means we never run out of new foods to try out; there’s always a new innovation like shawarma in waffle cones or sushi burritos. Beyond the food, you’ll never get bored either, there’s always something to do no matter the season like skating in the Nathan Phillips Square in the winter or watching a Shakespeare play in a park in the summer.”


Find the best vegan food in Toronto’s hottest new restaurant called Planta. They make vegan parmesan ‘cheese’ that really does taste like cheese.
1221 Bay Street

Craving authentic Thai food? Eat your cravings at Pai, where they serve green curry in coconut shells and know how to bring the flavour out in a classic and traditional Pad Thai dish.
18 Duncan Street

Wilbur Mexicana
Tacos and guacamole are made incredibly at Wilbur Mexicana. This is a good spot for a quick bite with your friends while you’re on the go touring the city.
522 King Street West

Petit Déjeuner
When you can’t decide to have something sweet or savoury at brunch, why not have both? A classic, and busy, Sunday brunch spot is here at Petit Déjeuner with waffles, poached eggs, and maple syrup galore.
191 King Street East

Early Bird Espresso Bar
If you’re in Toronto and looking for a Lattes and Laptops spot, check out Early Bird Espresso Bar. Great coffee, the perfect working environment and their interiors are totally Instagram worthy.
613 Queen Street West

Butter Avenue
Macarons for days! My favourite is their salted caramel macaron: gooey and the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Plus they have so many other incredible desserts.
716 Queen Street West

Smoke’s Poutinerie
You can’t go to Toronto, and Canada in general, without having a classic Canadian dish…Poutine! French fries with cheese curds and gravy is a combination you probably never thought of and you’ll be craving when you leave Canada.
218 Adelaide Street West


Sugar Beach
Hangout in this mini beach area in the city while experiencing a view of the lake and the city.
11 Dockside Drive

Toronto Islands
Head over for a day trip to the Toronto Islands! Enjoy a picnic while you’re there, go canoeing, and see the Toronto skyline like never before.

The Eaton Centre
A shopping mall of your dreams in the heart of the city. It’s North America’s busiest mall but don’t let that scare you because it’s worth seeing the entirety of its beauty.
220 Yonge Street


Queen Street West
Voted by Vogue Magazine as the second coolest neighborhood in the world, you can’t not explore the ins and outs of Queen Street West. There are so many cool hangout spots and indie shops to visit as well as its famous graffiti alley.
Queen Street West

Shops at Don Mills
Even though the Shops at Don Mills is a bit outside downtown Toronto, it’s a great spot for a date night with its VIP movie theater, stores, and restaurants!
939 Lawrence Avenue East

High Park
Strolls through High Park are beautiful. From Shakespeare plays hidden in the park to blossoms blooming in the Spring, there’s always something to do in this part of Toronto.
1873 Bloor Street West

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