population

2.8 mil

currency

CAD

distance from YYZ airport to city centre

25km

average summer temp

70F

ideal travel time

3 days


 Photo: Kayla Rocca

Photo: Kayla Rocca

the broadview hotel

Hotel

 

Rooted in Toronto's east end, this charming gathering spot established in 1891, has been meticulously revitalized and recently transformed into the city's most lively boutique hotel. Comprised of 58 guestrooms, 3 restaurants and a vibrant rooftop bar with a beaming view of the Toronto skyline, this home away from home is the perfect place to lounge and relax while being in the heart of the city.  

Area / Riverside

Vibe /  Newly restored boutique hotel popular among locals in the heart of the East end.

 

forno cultura

Cafe & Bakery

 

This is easily deemed our Saturday spot. Whether that be for morning coffee and a savoury cornetto, indulging in the most delicious sandwich made on house-made focaccia for lunch, or picking up a fresh loaf of bread to accompany our dinner at home, we make a point to come here every weekend. A staple establishment in the city that makes you feel completely at home, everything from the service and staff, the music and the food is heavenly and delectable. One of our (many) favourite treats are their amaretti cookies. You will simply not be able to stop at just one. 

Area / Fashion District

Vibe / An authentic Italian bakery space that is unapologetically classic, not trendy.

 Photo: Michael Graydon+Nicole Herriot

Photo: Michael Graydon+Nicole Herriot

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waterfront

Public Space / Market

 

Toronto is lucky to be situated directly overlooking Lake Ontario. What was a considerable plot of public space that was underused and neglected, it has recently been completely redesigned to engage community, activity and be accessibility. With the work of Dutch landscape architecture firm, West 8, the stretch along Queen's Quay has been tastefully revitalized to incorporate new bike lanes, sidewalks and walkways, as well as the integration of transit that is setting new standards of design and public space. There are always organized events and fun things happening along the waterfront.

Area / Waterfront

Vibe / The newly revitalized area that has created extraordinary new places to live, work, learn and play.

queen west & ossington

Neighbourhood

 

Queen West is where you will find Toronto urbanites strolling, shopping, eating or sipping on the perfect americano. For your coffee fix, stop into Sam James Coffee Bar across Trinity Bellwoods Park. A walk through Trinity Bellwoods is a must, and if it's summertime, you will notice almost everyone in Toronto is picnicking here. A walk down the Ossington strip is bliss. Be sure to follow your sweet tooth to the long-winding line at Bang Bang Ice Cream. While lining up for food items is something we avoid, this is -if not the only- line we will queue for in Toronto that is completely and utterly worth the hype. 

Area / Queen West

Vibe / Hipster-cool neighbourhood with a strong coffee, shopping and restaurant culture.

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aloette

Diner & Bar

 

The perfect place in Toronto to relax, unwind and bask in all things Parisian is at the Tempered Room. The sun-filled room with exposed brick walls and collection of vintage copper pots is equipped with three kitchens making everything from traditional French croissants, croque madames, and stellar cappuccinos.  We often find ourselves here in the late morning lingering into lunch and it is always fantastic. The chef has brought his Michelin-star training from Paris to Parkdale, and we couldn't be more grateful. Through becoming regulars, we are a part of a cultivated community and by developing a social connection with the staff, we love nothing more than to support their craft.  

Area / Parkdale

Vibe /  Paris in Parkdale mastering the art of French baking and pastry. 

toronto-dominion centre

Architecture

 

When Toronto-Dominion Centre opened in 1967, the future of Canadian business was immediately altered. Designed by architectural visionary, Mies van de Rohe, it was the introduction of the modernist workplace to the city's financial hub which quickly cultivated the functionality of the downtown core. While his designs are timeless yet strong and evocative, TD Centre remains one of Canada's most cultural landmarks that plays a key role in ensuring that the entire complex is energy efficient, healthy and a leader in sustainability.  

Area / Financial District

Vibe / The introduction of modernist standards of design in the centre of the financial realm.

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art gallery of ontario

Museum

 

Toronto is fortunate to have an extensive permanent collection of art and sculpture at the AGO. The striking building is designed by Frank Gehry and upon entering, you are greeted by a spiral Baroque staircase clad in wood leading up to the top floor of the museum which provides for a picturesque view of the city. Bathed in an abundance of natural light, any which way you turn to start your gallery experience will eventually lead you to Galleria Italia - a long, curved atrium space comprised of wooden beams, vast windows and pocket-cafe perfectly suited for a pause between exhibits. 

Area / Chinatown

Vibe / An architectural landmark bringing people together through art and culture.

grey gardens

Restaurant

 

Kensington Market is notorious for it's incredibly diverse and multicultural food ventures, however a standout is Jen Agg's fourth Toronto establishment, Grey Gardens. It's alluring in it's design and provisions, and allows you to truly create your own experience with each visit. When it comes to the food, there is no better way to describe it other than food that feels very Toronto. The rest is up to you to come and discover for yourself. If we can make one suggestion, if available, request a seat at the chef's counter to be fully immersed in the kitchen. It is undoubtedly the best seat in the house and is guaranteed to instantly heighten your dining experience. 

Area / Kensington Market

Vibe / Dining room meets wine bar bathed in delicate candlelight.

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bar raval

Restaurant

 

This Toronto establishment is somewhat of a cult favourite amongst locals. Opened by highly regarded restauranteur Grant van Gameren, Bar Raval has been coined the most beautiful bar in town and the ultimate surprise on the eyes. If you're looking for the perfect place to share some of the most incredibly exquisite pintxos and tapas, accompanied by superb cocktails with your closest friends, look no further. The whole experience is nothing short of a magical undertaking - being encapsulated in the meticulously designed mahogany millwork that is strikingly Gaudi-esque, you'll find yourself ordering plate after plate.  

Area / Palmerston

Vibe / Spanish snack bar buzzing with locals from early morning until late night.

the drake hotel

Hotel

Nestled in the heart of the West side, The Drake Hotel (no affiliation with Drake the rapper) is hip, cool and eclectic in it's design and interiors. Each of the rooms are designed and decorated differently which really gives it a unique and personal experience to every hotel guest. With three restaurants that are sure to please no matter what your craving is, The Drake is unequivocally Toronto and you couldn't visit without at least checking it out for a drink in the Sky Yard. 

Area / West Queen West

Vibe / Hipster epicentre of Toronto cool self-proclaimed as the "hotbed for culture".

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other recommendations

 

Templar Hotel  -  Hotel

NEO Coffee Bar  -  Cafe

Leslieville  -  Neighbourhood

St. Lawrence MarketFood Market

Fat Pasha  -  Restaurant

Atlas  -  Restaurant

Maker Pizza -  Takeout

Bang Bang  -  Ice Creamery

Kensington Market  -  Neighbourhood

Roncesvalles  -  Architecture