It's no secret that Curtis and I love to share tips about what to do in places we've visited, and we only get more fanatical when someone asks us about what there is to do in our own city, Toronto! My Uncle asked if we'd pass along some information to a friend of his. After quickly jotting down an email, I realized this may actually be helpful to someone else.
Anyone looking to come into the city for the weekend, any self respecting Foodie or anyone who likes to enjoy a hip scene with a cool vibe...(maybe I'm getting a little carried away) will love their time here.
So here is the exact email I sent...
Here are some suggestions that aren't very touristy, but we think would showcase Toronto well. I'm not sure how you are planning on getting around the city, but the TTC day pass is about $13 for two adults on the weekends. You can hop on and off any TTC vehicle (bus/streetcar/subway all day, as much as you like) for the whole day. This is hands down the best way to get around the city.
We heard you were foodies. Toronto is great for that. The King St West area has lots of trendy restaurants and shops, also Queen St West. (Streetcar West from St. Andrew Station)
On the East side of the city we have the Old Town. Quaint, with some older buildings, but the shining glory for foodies in Toronto... St. Lawrence Market, it was recently voted best Market in the world. The curstard tarts are as good as they were in Portugal and they sell Famous Canadian Bacon Sandwiches, which are great! (East streetcar, or short walk from King Station)
China Town/Kensington Market is hip/alternative and vibrant to say the least. Vintage, second hand stores, funky cafes and also, some great food. The young crowd hang out here a lot, but so do a lot of the old hippies. Honestly, it's loads of fun, and has some great street art.
The Royal Ontario Museum is pretty cool, the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) has some great exhibits and we've always enjoyed.
The Best Shopping: Eaton's Center, King/Queen West
Right by the CN Tower there is the SteamWhistle Brewery. You can book a tour with them ahead of time, or pop in for a sample. It's a local favorite...one of them. lol https://steamwhistle.ca/
Yes, the CN Tower is cool too, they offer a lunch deal that looks pretty good on weekdays. If you do head there, I'd suggest some type of skip the line. The best view of the city though, from the lake. hands down.
You may also want to check out this lounge, it has another amazing view of the city, but it does come at a price also. http://www.the51stfloor.com/
Most of this could be done in a day and at your own pace. To be honest, that's what we think the best way to experience the city is. There are loads of surprises and for the most part it is pretty safe.
Hope that helps, we really do enjoy sharing our tips with people, so it's been our pleasure. Hope you have fun!"
And I do hope that helps.
Curtis and I are always happy to answer any questions we can. We travel because we love to explore, see new things and get a feel for the local culture. We are firm believers that locals can offer the best advice. Have a great day!