The Afar Guide to

Queen City Takes the Crown

Whatever you call it—Toronna, Hogtown, the Big Smoke, TO, or the TDot—no one can deny that Toronto is a city of neighborhoods. These enclaves, influenced by diverse ethnicities, blend into each other, creating a geographical melting pot. From the lively Chinatown to the Latin-influenced Kensington Market, the TDot is more than the film town it's known to be every September. It is home to some of Canada’s best chefs, an explosive music scene, and abundant visual and performing arts. Although May to September is the best time to visit, there is plenty to do to warm up during the cold winters as well.

Essential Toronto Facts to

know before you go

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Natalie TaylorToronto Local Expert

Natalie Taylor is a freelance writer and blogger based in Toronto, where she covers food, lifestyle, design and travels in Canada and beyond. She has contributed to National Geographic Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Globe and Mail. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.