Toronto City Guide {updated September 6, 2016}

The Ultimate Toronto City Guide, complete with a handy Google map to make finding places easier.

Toronto often ranks high in the world’s most livable cities and it’s wonderfully diverse. I grew up here and the neighbourhoods have really changed over the years. Hip cafés and burger joints are now everywhere. West Queen West, a dodgy area in my youth, is now the world’s second coolest neighbourhood according to Vogue. Toronto is huge and spread out. It’s impossible to list everything in this city guide, but I tried my best to narrow it down for first-time visitors, as well as long-time residents looking for new places to check out.
Toronto City Guide

Neighbourhoods

Distillery DistrictKensington Market & Chinatown / Ossington / King St. West / LeslievilleLittle Italy / Roncesvalles VillageSt. Lawrence MarketWest Queen West / Yonge & DundasYorkville

Stay

The Drake Hotel / Gladstone Hotel / Hotel Le Germain / The Ivy / Planet Traveler Hostel / Templar Hotel / The Thompson Hotel

Cafés

Balzac’s Coffee / Boxcar Social / Crema / Dineen CoffeeJimmy’s coffee / Maman / Nohohon Tea RoomSnakes & Lattes / Sublime Cafe / White Squirrel Coffee Shop

Breakfast/Brunch

Aunties & Uncles / Cafe Fiorentina / Colette Grand Café / Emma’s Country KitchenLady Marmalade / The Lakeview / Saving GraceStarving Artist / The Stockyards

Lunch/Dinner

Alo RestaurantBar Raval / Barrio Coreano / BucaByblosCanoe / Fran’sFusaros / Hibicus / Khao San Road / Kinka IzakayaLe Sélect BistroMomofuku Daisho / PukkaRichmond Station Rock Lobster / Rol San Triple A Bar / Wilbur Mexicana

Eats under $10

Banh Mi Boys / Buk Chang Dong Soon To FuThe Burger’s Priest / Burrito Boyz / Mother’s Dumplings / North of Brooklyn / Ravi SoupsSneaky Dee’s / St. Urbain Bagel Bakery 

 Sweets

Bean and Baker / Bunner’s Bakeshop / Dlish Cupcakes / Ed’s Real Scoop / Glory Hole Doughnuts / Soma Chocolate

Drinks

Barchef / Bellwoods Brewery / The Gaslight / Get Well / The Lockhart / The Roof Lounge / The Three Speed / Voodoo Child / 2Cats

Shop – Style

AugustinaBluboho / The Cat’s MeowConveyCourage My Love / Eaton Centre / Gravity Pope / Haute ClassicsHolt Renfrew (Bloor St.) / Jonathan + Olivia / KA SpaceOpelle / Pink Tartan (flagship) / The Room at The Bay / Secrets From Your SisterShopgirls / Space VintageThursdays / Victoire / V S PWANT Apothecary / Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Shop – Specialty Stores

Arts Market / Blue Banana / BrikaEclectisaurus / Ecoexistence Kid Icarus / Labour of Love / North Standard Trading Post / The Paper PlaceSpruceType Books

Beautify

Alma Natural SpaBody Blitz Spa / Consonant / The Detox Market / Her Majesty’s Pleasure / Jacob & SebastienPure + Simple

Visit

The AGO  / Aga Khan Museum / Casa LomaCN TowerDesign Exchange / Edwards GardensThe ROM / Trinity Bellwoods ParkToronto Islands (summer) / University of Toronto

Fun

The Ballroom Bowl (bowling) / Comedy BarThe Dakota Tavern (live music) / Dovercourt House (Swing Dance) / The Purple Purl (Knitting) / Riddle Room (Games)Rivoli (Pool Hall) / Rowan (DIY workshops)Roy Thomson Hall (Classical Music) / Sew Be ItSpin (Ping Pong) / Twister Karoke

 

Access and save this organized Google Map on your smartphone.

Anything missing on this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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