Toronto Travel Guide
Toronto is a city I keep going back to. There is always something amazing to do and stunning scenery is a drive away. Not to mention the food/bar scene is amazing. It should be on your must visit list, and if it’s not, put it at the top.
Things to do
Take a drive to Niagara Falls - Hire a car and escape the city for the day. Niagara is less than an hour and a half away from Toronto. The scenery is breathtaking along Niagara on the lake so make sure you take a drive down after exploring the falls.
Graffiti Ally - Just off Queen Street West, there is an ‘ally’ , more like a street tbh, full of amazing art. It’s a must see if you visit Toronto
Queen Street West - Is full of bars, indie shops & places to eat. Basically it’s like a giant hipster strip. Well worth a trip if you are planning a shopping/barhopping day out.
Toronto Islands - If the city gets too hot in the summer, which it 100% will, pop over to the Islands. A short taxi boat rise or free ferry away the islands are a green haven and a much needed break from the heat.
Distillery District - It would be so easy to spend the day wandering around the stores, bars and galleries here. My advice would be to head down for brunch, grab a pastry and coffee then spend the afternoon in the galleries and doing some shopping. Blackbird vintage and GW general are both amazing for picking up really weird gifts & homewear.
Kensington Market - An outdoor market full of indie sellers is always worth a visit. We picked up some really cool art here & then went for a wander in the surrounding vintage shops, with a pint stop at the embassy.
CN Tower - You can get an epic view of it from the Thompson Hotel rooftop & the islands. You can also go up the tower for a view of Toronto but the skyline with the tower in it is so iconic I never felt the need.
Where to eat
Mythology Diner - Vegan food heaven, or so my wife tells me. Food was great and the jackfruit fries were the top of the list for me. Amanda recommends the brunch menu with the ‘fried egg’.
Hello 123 - A super fresh & much needed green injection when you are eating out. Breakfast was fantastic and their salad bowls a must have.
El Catrin - Located in the Distillery District the only reason I would have for you to go to El Catrin is the Guacamole. They make it at the table, which is super awkward but somehow used as a selling point? Ignoring that the guac is fantastic. The Margaritas are great too.
Grand Electric - The tacos at grand electric are sublime. The baja fish and pork belly are both perfect.
The Drake Hotel - If you are looking for a good night out starting with dinner then book in to eat at the rooftop bar at the Drake. Food, drinks and decor is all fantastic.
Planta Toronto - All plant based but that doesn’t affect how amazing everything tastes. I could eat the thai noodle salad every single day.
The Federal - If Maple syrup sausage and waffles sounds life your idea of breakfast heaven then you need to get your ass to federal. Good vibes and great food.
Suko Thai - We stopped by the Dundas st restaurant and it did not disappoint. Tom Yung King soup and the gaeng masaman curry were both firm favourites. I’ve been back every time I’ve been to Toronto and it never fails to impress.
Where to drink
The Drake Hotel - Rooftop Cocktails is where its at!
Bar Fancy - A little bar with good bar food and amazing drinks. The atmosphere is great even if it can get insanely crowded.
Sweaty Bettys - Drive bar goodness. A must visit if you love dive bars.
The Thompson - Rooftop drinking during the early evening is 100% recommended. Just be aware that it gets crowded during sunset because of the amazing views.
Gladstone Hotel - If you are looking for something fun to do then head to the Gladstone. The cocktails are great and there is always something on.
Old School - A cute little prohibition style bar. Good cocktails.
Black Dice Cafe - I have three words for why this should be top of your Toronto list. Japanese Rockabilly Bar.