Toronto. 416. The 6. The city that never sleeps and home of the 6 God, Drake. Although I only live four hours away, (three and a half if you go a buck nineteen), Toronto still puts me in awe every time I visit. Sometimes I wish my mom agreed to move back to Toronto with my dad, but four hours away doesn’t hurt (actually sometimes it does). Anyway, through the hustle and bustle of the busy city, there are countless of things to do, so in this post, I will be sharing with you an insider’s guide to Toronto. Psst…you won’t be disappointed.
1. CN TOWER. For those who have not gone to Toronto, obviously, the CN Tower should be your first stop! #VIEWS from the CN Tower is to die for, so definitely, make a stop to go on top and enjoy the #VIEW of the entire city. (Okay, I should seriously stop, but I love Drake too much).
2. DISTILLERY DISTRICT. When I visited the Distillery this past summer, I fell instantly in love. Accompanied with Victorian-era buildings, the Distillery gives you a very historical feel when you first enter through the gates. Filled with unique cafes, galleries, artisan shops, boutiques, and amazing restaurants, there is a place for everyone to enjoy the Distillery District. Make sure you stop by and take pictures at night!
3. CASA LOMA. Let me begin by saying that I am definitely having my future wedding at Casa Loma! Everything about it was enchantingly beautiful and looked as if it came straight out of a painting. From the history to the view from the outside, you will not be disappointed during your visit there! The self-guided tour really sets you back into history as you learn about the luxuries estate and Sir Henry Pellatt and Lady Mary Pellatt. Also, if you travel through the underground tunnel, you will end up in a completely different castle! (The Stables).
4. TORONTO ISLANDS. Want to get away from the busy city? Take a ten dollar ride on a boat and make your way to one of the Toronto Islands! When I visited the island last year, my friends and I decided to rent a quadricycle and explore the entire island. From outdoor picnics to walks on the beaches, the island is family friendly and includes activities that best suits everyone.
5. CHINATOWN. Okay, I know, but whenever my family and I travel to Toronto, Chinatown is a definite stop for us. If you are a lover of Chinese food, there are so many options to choose from, plus the foods are priced reasonably. Although it is a great place to eat and walk around, I highly suggest you refrain yourself from shopping high-end brands, as they are a hundred percent more likely to be a cheap knock-off. Sorry, Givenchy isn’t real if it didn’t come from the actual store.
6. CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION. If you go during the summer, specifically in August or September, you will come across the biggest carnival held annually at the Exhibition Centre. I’ve gone three times in my life, but let me just say it is one of the places you need to go when you are in Toronto! Besides the rides and the delicious funnel cake, they also give away freebies, such as gift cards and products so purchasing a ticket is quite worth it! Note, if you decide to purchase tickets, I suggest you do it online as you will get it at a cheaper price and coupons to food vendors while you are there.
7. TORONTO EATON CENTRE. Yes, for all you shopaholics, the Eaton Centre is the place for you. With over 230 stores and services, shopping can literally be done in one place. Also, for all you food lovers out there, the food court is the place to be if you are looking for something quick but hearty. The last time I visited the Eaton Centre was to order Indian food for lunch, but I was definitely not disappointed.
8. YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE. Yonge. Dundas. The two street names that will forever be ingrained in your brain once you leave Toronto. Known as the Time Square of Toronto, surround yourself with LED billboard screens and vibrant brand-name logos. If you travel during the summer, stop by the big lemonade stand and order a refreshing blueberry lemonade as you walk the streets of Yonge and Dundas. (Or you could enjoy listening to Beyonce’s Lemonade album as you walk the streets of Yonge and Dundas, whichever works for you 😛 ).
9. OLD CITY HALL AND NATHAN PHILIP SQUARE. On my Toronto trip last summer, Nathan Philip Square was on the To-Do List in Toronto. Home to the Pan Am and the Parapan Am Games last year, my friends and I made sure that a picture with the famous ‘Toronto’ sign was a must. Old City Hall itself was already captivating, so when you overlooked the building from the park, it was ten times more beautiful.
10. THE HARBOURFRONT. Enriched with art and culture, walking along the HarbourFront offers you various of live entertainment, cultural arts, and activities. When my friends and I were there, we decided to paddle-boat and enjoy a Japanese illusionist, performing away with a floating crystal ball!
This concludes the end of the list, however, I am most likely going back to find more things to do in Toronto. Like I mentioned, I promise you these places will not disappoint you!
Disclaimer: The featured image is not mine.