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Things to Do In Toronto
Toronto Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in Toronto
Where to Stay
Visitors to Toronto looking to discover some of the city’s hottest attractions and restaurants should stay in one of the great downtown hotels. From here, you’ll be within walking distance to museums, sports venues, such as the Rogers Centre, and Toronto’s subway system. If world-class shopping is what you’re after, consider splurging on one of the posh five-star hotels in the trendy Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood.
Caution: Book downtown hotels early since these are popular choices for conventions and tourists alike.
What to Eat
Toronto is home to a thriving dining scene, and the city’s best restaurants are scattered throughout virtually all neighborhoods. Generally, you’ll pay more for meals in the downtown core and Bloor-Yorkville area. The Little Italy neighborhood west of downtown along College Street is one of Toronto’s most vibrant dining districts for Italian food and many other cuisines.
Caution: Many of Toronto's most popular restaurants don't take reservations. Go early to avoid the lineups.
Be Sure to Sample: Some of Toronto's great farm-to-table restaurants, where you'll get a taste of the best local produce.
Things to See
Toronto is a big city, so it’s only fitting that many of its best attractions are of the imposing variety, from the world-famous CN Tower to North America’s largest car-free community, Toronto Island Park. Admire great art and history at the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario, both downtown. Parents travelling with little ones will want to spend a day at Canada’s Wonderland, an enormous theme park about 40 minutes north of Toronto.
Hot Tips: Tourism Toronto's online calendar of events is a good way to keep track of the wide variety of festivals the city hosts each year.
Places to Party
Canada’s largest city offers nightlife for every taste. Options for live music abound, whether you’re into large stadium shows, jazz, world beats or the latest indie rock. End a day of shopping or watching the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball with a nightcap in style at one of the city’s best hotel bars.
Take It or Leave It: If you're partying downtown, you'll find suits and party dresses common attire. Toronto's west end is where the young and trendy burn the midnight oil.
Where to Shop
The Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood on the northern edge of downtown is definitely Toronto’s best shopping district. Here, you’ll find trendy boutiques as well as retail outposts of some of the world’s most popular clothing brands. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and you’ll discover some unique gifts and food items in neighborhoods such as Greektown, Little India and Chinatown.
Best Local Souvenir: Visit St. Lawrence Market to buy locally produced food products, such as Kozlik's mustards.
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Toronto Is Known for...
Five of Toronto's most unique features and characteristics.Diversity that works
Toronto is famous as one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the planet. Thanks to a liberal immigration policy, North America’s 5th largest city is home to more than 70 different nationalities. Ride the subways and you’ll hear over 100 languages being spoken. The city’s official motto is “Diversity Our Strength” and you’ll see the word welcome displayed in 64 languages on the “Welcome to Toronto” poster seen throughout the city.
Toronto-the-good used to refer to the conservative nature of city but that adjective is applied to the diverse cuisine. Toronto is becoming a foodie destination known for its cosmopolitan mix of restaurants. On one short block you’ll find restaurants from all corners of the world and you can eat your way around the world very easily enjoying cuisine from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. The fresh, local movement has also taken hold here in a big way with many chefs creating signature Canadian dishes. Two major markets offer a chance to enjoy the local produce. The St Lawrence Market is a city-block complex surrounded by great Italian restaurants. Further west, funky Kensington Market has some great Latin American and Caribbean...
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