The Perfect Weekend in Toronto
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
Toronto has so much good food, so many great museums, and so many landmarks to visit that first-timers to this cultural capital need a bit of a roadmap to navigate all the good stuff. Be sure and leave some room for improvisation, though, because the city is constantly changing and evolving.
93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
Toronto's St. Lawrence Market is crammed with 120 vendors, butcher counters, bakeries, ethnic eateries, and seafood shops. But there's one reason why most people come here: the peameal bacon sandwich, which is dished up at the Carousel Bakery....
301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada
Since it was built back in 1976, the CN Tower has topped the must-visit list of most Toronto tourists. Until recently, a visit was pretty standard; hop in elevator, shoot up to the observation deck, and ogle the city from a hawk’s...
1575 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C1, Canada
Ashley Jacot De Boinod—the former pastry chef at Buca—has taken doughnut creations to new heights. Tim Horton's tim bits these are not. If you want a peanut butter, bacon, and marshmallow doughnut, order the Elvis. A beer doughnut?...
479 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2N4, Canada
It's one of the most beautifully decorated places in the city. It's away from the tourist fray in the East End, but if you're lucky to have your cuppa here, you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of the skyline from Riverdale Park. This is a...
64 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7, Canada
I don't know of many places where you can grab a coffee, read a magazine, pull a pint, flip a tractor tire, swing a sledgehammer, and finish off with an organic wheatgrass and kale smoothie, but then I don't know many other places like the...
790 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3, Canada
The moment the snow melts, young Torontonians begin their annual spring migration to Trinity Bellwoods Park. The hippest park in town, Bellwoods stretches from the shopper’s paradise of Queen West up to central Dundas Street. On a...
780 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 2R5, Canada
If you want to indulge on decadent desserts, this is definitely your place. From the cotton candy macarons to my favourite, the salted caramel tart, the desserts here are simply divine. This is also the perfect place to get a gift for the foodie:...
66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6, Canada
Anyone looking to check "fine dining," "skyscraper," and "Canadiana" off their to-do list in one fell swoop need only seek out Canoe. Perched among the clouds on the 54th floor of a Financial District building, this restaurant is a major...
Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
A trip to Toronto without a visit to Kensington Market doesn’t make any sense. Despite its diminutive size, this neighborhood packs plenty of activity within its boundaries. Arrive hungry: Restaurants and cafés dish out bites...
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
Frank Gehry was born inToronto, but his dramatic 2008renovation and expansion ofthis Beaux-Arts museum washis first Canadian commission.He first discovered art on childhood visits to its vast collection,which spans the world. Now themuseum...
The Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada
Nobel Tonic No.1 barrel-matured maple syrup may be brewed in the USA, but it has deep roots in the Canadian woods. You can find Nobel Tonic products, as well as great teas, coffees, and candies, at the Tea Shoppe in the Distillery District.
210 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3, Canada
Canada’s National Exhibition, or CNE, is a multi-purpose facility with live music venues, fairgrounds, waterfront parks, historic and cultural exhibits, and more. Canadians of just about any age can’t help but smile when they’re asked to visit The...
145 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 4G1, Canada
The Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts is home to the venerated Canadian Opera Company, so you can rest easy knowing that a Saturday night inside is spent in good company. But the building does not lack for architectural delights from the...
44 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7, Canada
Lost & Found is a neat little café and menswear shop on Dundas West that features a well curated collection of Canadian-designed threads. Wallets, belts, jackets, sweaters, and bespoke boots line the shelves, while a cup of fresh coffee is the...
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
When the Drake Hotel opened in 2004, it not only enhanced the Toronto hotel scene, it helped revitalize the West Queen West neighborhood. This was long before the rapper Drake (no relation) became known as a Toronto ambassador. The design-oriented...
30 Mercer St, Toronto, ON M5V 1H3, Canada
Tucked away on a side street between King Street and Blue Jays Way in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, Hotel Le Germain is a cozy escape from the bustle of the city. The lobby has a library area where guests can curl up on...
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