So many things!
And so little time. I was only in Toronto for a weekend, and I wanted to cram in as much as possible, while also giving myself time to take in the city’s vibe and culture. I always find the best way to do this is to walk everywhere, or at least walk as much as possible. Here are some of places I found most worthwhile seeing along my way…
This eclectic neighbourhood is filled with tons of restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques, most of which are independent and distinctly unique in both what they’re selling and how they are designed.
Kensington is also where I saw some of the best street style in Toronto, and street art.
Queen Street West:
There’s a lot of street art along Queen Street West as well. Including ‘graffiti alley’.
You’ll know you’ve got the right spot if you see about ten other bloggers taking pictures.
But the real reason to check out Queen Street West is definitely for shopping. You can go to the Eaton Centre for all your basic chain stores, and in Yorkville you’ll find all the really high end stores, but along Queen Street West is where you’ll find dozens of independent boutiques with prices ranging from low to high.
I only walked by the CN Tower on my way to Harbourfront. While it’s a Toronto landmark, and one of the tallest buildings in the world, it also costs about $40 dollars to ride up the elevator. There’s also the Ripley’s aquarium and Rogers Centre in this area if you’re into that kind of thing.
If not, along your walk just take in some of Toronto’s architecture. Unlike some newer, more modern cities, a lot of the older buildings in Toronto have been preserved.
Harbourfront is along Lake Ontario with a path for walking/biking and a few restaurants and breweries to stop at along the way. There’s also a fake beach, which isn’t a bad place to stop for lunch either (if you pack a picnic).
We took the ferry over the Centre Island. It’s a quick ride (barely ten minutes) just across the lake.
And on a nice day it gives you a really beautiful view of the Toronto skyline.
You can rent bikes (or if you’re smart you can bring ride share bikes from the city, which are cheaper) or you can just walk around Centre Island. There’s paths and beaches and some amusement park kind of stuff for kids. But really, it’s just a quick escape to nature, not far out of the city.
Eating and Drinking:
There are so many great restaurants and bars in Toronto. I only had a chance to check out a few of them, but two places we went are definitely worth recommendations. The first is Planta. It’s an entirely plant-based restaurant, with incredibly beautiful decor and, no joke, the best vegan food I’ve ever eaten.
And for drinks check out Nuit. It’s a cool little spot with great cocktails and a good vibe.