Toronto: What to do while in Canada’s largest city
Toronto is having a moment right now. With internationally famous locals like Drake and The Weeknd dominating playlists across the globe, our cool is on the uptake—and we’re not talking about snow.
Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here, making Toronto one of the world's most multiculturally diverse cities, and Canada’s biggest. Whether you’re here to take in a game, a play or a night on the town, we’ve assembled some of the city’s highlights, suitable for sports fans and cultural day trippers alike.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
Excellent dining options abound here, but MIKU in Toronto's Harbourfront is a must for sushi lovers, with its innovative and delicious flame-seared Aburi Sushi—cozy up to the bar to check out the chef in action with his blow torch! The elegant, open-concept restaurant seats 200 and boasts a sushi bar, raw bar and large patio. Steakhouse fans will adore Michael’s on Simcoe for top-quality steak and expertly prepared, authentic Italian cuisine. Located in the heart of the financial district, the steakhouse is a celebrity hotspot, especially during the Toronto International Film Festival when Michael’s has hosted notables like Keira Knightly, Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman. If you're a soccer fan, head to The Football Factory in downtown Toronto where FC fans gather pre and post home matches. Expect a selection of good beers, bar food and even televised 7 a.m. weekend matches so you don't miss an English Premier League game!
THINGS TO SEE & DO
First-time visitors will likely want to see the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium and the Royal Ontario Museum, for starters. The city also hosts great events, and the spring-time roster includes the popular Canada Blooms, the country's largest design and garden festival. In mid-March, Toronto COMICON, presented by Fan Expo Canada, brings celebrity guests, exhibitors and panel discussions to life for three days. Whether you're a die-hard Trekkie or a Raiders of the Lost Ark fan, they've got you covered. Theatre buffs can grab tickets to performances at the historic and London-esque Royal Alexandra, or pop into independent venues like the Factory Theatre where weekend matinees are "Pay What You Can." And do stop by the Frank Gehry-rejuvenated Art Gallery of Ontario to see everything from its Canadian Collection to European masterpieces. It's the perfect way to while away any afternoon.
WHERE TO SHOP
In the north end of the city, Yorkdale has grown to become one of Canada's premier shopping centres. Its already exclusive list of retailers is growing with a $331 million expansion that will see Nordstrom added by this fall. Canada's own global phenomenon, Lululemon Athletica yoga and sportswear, sits near luxury department store Holt Renfrew as well as this country's his-n-her fashion staple, Club Monaco. For anyone with a home goods and furniture obsession, the King East Design District (KEDD) in Old Town Toronto is a hub for Canadian design and art. Contemporary design enthusiasts should make their way to Klaus by Nienkamper for example, where heavyweights like Vancouver's ANDLIGHT fixtures and Toronto-based Hollis+Morris furniture are available alongside the "New Newfoundland Aesthetic" pieces conceived and created by the province's luxe Fogo Island Inn.
WHERE TO STAY
Toronto is home to some magnificent hotel properties—and notable among them is the Omni King Edward Hotel. Or the King Eddy, as it’s known locally. Over a century old, the first luxury hotel in Toronto has been recently renovated to bring modern comfort to the old-world charm and vibrancy of the elegant property in the heart of downtown. The hotel’s luxurious oversized guestrooms and suites with antique furnishings, custom bedding and impeccably appointed marble bathrooms redefine luxury.