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
I love going to markets when I'm on a trip. It's a place where you get a glimpse of people's every day lives. If I live in Toronto, St. Lawrence Market would definitely where I'd shop on weekends. It's a multi-level indoor market where you can...
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
Home to the largest white squirrel population in the world is our beloved park, Trinity Bellwoods. It was formerly the site of the college, now situated at the University of Toronto (and my alma matter!). Year round, this is a fantastic place to...
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
Forget paying $30+ dollars to go to the top of the CN Town in Toronto. Instead, head up the FREE elevator of the nearby TD Bank Tower (66 Wellington Street West) to the 54th Floor to Canoe Restaurant. The place is super pricey, so spend that...
Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
One of the things I liked about Toronto is the different neighborhoods and that each of them had its own open market. I was also pleasantly surprised at the abundance of street art. The photo above was taken on one of the surrounding streets near...
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
I went to Toronto for the first time in the fall of 2010. I expected it to be colder, but I wasn't exactly thrilled that Toronto's fall was like New York's winter. So I was happy to spend a good amount of time indoors in galleries and museums. AGO...
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...
1150 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada
The Drake Hotel is quite the institution. Not only can one sleep, eat, and booze there, but live music, talks, plays, and so on also take place in its bowels. Recently, Hedwig and the Angry Inch had a small run—something I was rather sad to...
30 Mercer St, Toronto, ON M5V 1H3, Canada
but gets all the basics we need just right. Crisp sheets, ultra comfortable beds, excellent yet not fawning service and a nice breakfast spread (included with your stay) not to mention free WiFi, makes this the place I book all my friends who...
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