Toronto City Guide

Toronto City Guide
Toronto is one of my favourite cities to visit. If I could live there I would. A few weeks ago, I was there for a concert, which was amazing by the way.
Anyways, I’ve been wanting to do a Toronto city guide for awhile now but wanted to wait until I went back and was able to take pictures.
Now, I have been to all of these places listed unless otherwise stated.

Where to stay:

Downtown:

Ramada– literally 3 blocks from Downtown. You can practically see Dundas Square from here. You are close by to bus stops but the closest subway station is Dundas Square. A parking garage is located underneath the hotel.
Delta Chelsea located at the heart of downtown. Everything is you could need is walking distance. It’s also  family friendly hotel with a family friendly pool plus an adult only pool.
Novotel- I consider this hotel part of the business district. It’s steps away from The Hockey Hall Of Fame, The CN Tower, Rogers Centre, etc. It’s also about 3-4 blocks south of the Eaton Centre.

By the airport:

Staying by the airport is perfect if there are a ton of events going on in the city and downtown hotels prices are skyrocketed! It’s so easy to drive to either the Kipling or Isslington subway station to park and take the subway into town.
Woodbine Hotel & Suits- About a 10 minute drive from the Kipling Station. Free parking! That’s a good one! All hotels downtown charge for parking and a lot of ones by the airport do too! It’s a very nice hotel for a reasonable price. It also includes breakfast.
Courtyard by Marriott- All rooms come with kitchen and there is a pool and hot tub! Also close to both the Kipling and Isslington stations.

Where to Eat:

The Lockhart- located on Dundas Street West, this Harry Potter themed bar/restaurant will make your Hogwarts dreams come true. Must try the Better Beer. The grilled cheese is also amazing.
The Pickle Barrel- located in the heart of downtown, they serve fresh, real food. Breakfast is served all day. Everything is delicious plus they have some very yummy cocktails.
Eggspectation- my friends and I discovered this restaurant while we were staying at Novotel. We had walked past it on our way to the Eaton Centre. The next day we decided to go there for breakfast. They have breakfast poutine and it’s so savoury and delicious! The location has now moved to Bay Street.
Brothers- now I have not eaten here but it’s on my places to try. I follow them on Instagram. The entire cast of Suits loves it, along with Tatiana Maslany. I’m pretty sure they catered Patrick J Adams and Troian Bellsario’s wedding. Apparently their coffee is amazing.
Woods Restaurant & Bar another place I haven’t eaten at. They actually started following me on Twitter, and I ended up staking their page and website. It’s a rustic chic restaurant that serves Canadian style dishes with local ingredients.
Bahn Mi Boys- I have not eaten here but I have wanted to since I saw this one interview with Tatiana Maslany. It’s a Asian Fusion restaurant. There are now 3 locations in downtown. It also has 4.9 stars online!
Honestly, with all these restaurants, I haven’t been to, I should go on a food tasting trip there!

Things to do:

The Eaton Centre- it’s a 4 story mall. What else is there to say. There are so many amazing stores. Nordstrom recently opened and it’s so different than the ones here in Michigan. The subway actually stops here. Down by the subway stop is the underground mall. It’s not really considered part of the Eaton Centre but it is connected.

Queen Street West- This is another amazing shopping location. So many independent stores and boutiques line the street. It is also home to the Garment District.

Royal Ontario Museum- I love the ROM. It’s probably one of my favourite museums. There is a Christian Dior exhibit coming in November and I have to go! It is a museum of art, world history and natural culture. It is also one of the largest museums in North America and is the largest in Canada. The first time I went years ago, they had a clothing exhibit on Marie Antoinette. It excited my little fashion student heart. Apparently, at night, it becomes a club!
Casa Loma- You guys have probably seen this house in the background of many shows and movies. Being Erica? Scott Pilgrim Saves The World? Casa Loma is a gothic style house and gardens. It is gorgeous in the spring and summer.
The CN Tower- Now you cannot go to Toronto without going to the CN Tower at least once. I think I’ve been 3 times. The CN Tower is a signature icon of the Toronto skyline. It was the world’s largest observation deck and free standing structure until 2009. It is now the third tallest structure in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. In 1995, it was named one of the 7 wonders of the world. On a clear day, you can see Niagara Falls across Lake Ontario. I have yet to see that!
Toronto Zoo-  It’s the largest zoo in Canada and it is open 364 days a year (Not open on Christmas). It is divided into 7 geographical regions. Expect to spend the entire day here. It is currently home to 5000 animals and over 500 species.
Ontario Science Centre Last time I was here was for a Harry Potter exhibit, which was amazing by the way! It was one of the first museums along with the Detroit Museum of Science and Technology and San Francisco’s Exploratorium to be interactive instead of just viewing.
Bata Shoe Museum- I have not been here but I really want to go. Their website was very helpful while I was working on a project for school. It’s the only museum in North America that is dedicated solely to the history of footwear. The museum collects, researches, preserves and exhibits shoes from all around the world.
The Hockey Hall of Fame– You cannot go to Toronto without visiting the HHOF! Canada basically invented hockey! They live and breathe it! Steve Yzerman, Wayne Greyzky, Gordie Howe, Miles Horton, aka Tim Horton, and Nick Lidstrom are just a few of the amazing hockey players featured there. My Detroit Red Wings defenseman, Nick Lidstrom, was inducted in 2015 and I have yet to go see his display! I will though! If you know me, I love my Wings!
I hope you guys enjoyed my Toronto City guide. I spent a long time working on it to give you guys all the best information I possibly could. Have any of you ever been to Toronto? If so what’s your favourite part about the city?
Also let me know if you would like to see more city guide posts like this?
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  • I’ve always wanted to visit Canada and do a big long trip there, I think I’d save Toronto as the final cherry on top 😛
    Love the suggestions of things to do (especially that exhibit at the ROM!!), what an amazing sounding city!

    Coffee & Avocados

  • Out on Catwalk

    Wow Toronto seems like an amazing place to visit! <3 I hope I get a chance to explore it too! 🙂 Loved reading your post Jennifer! Have a great day!
    xx
    Shivangi
    http://www.outoncatwalk.com

  • Courtney Hardy

    Toronto sounds like an awesome place to visit. There is definitely plenty to do there!
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • There is! I didn’t even put a dent on the things to do!

  • Loved reading this post, I live in Greater Toronto Area and few of the places even I have not been to, you compiled everything so nicely. Love the shots. I love the Multiculturalism and the vibes of the city.

    • Thanks so much! There are still so many places I want to go there! It’s a wonderful city!

  • Toyas Tales

    Great guide to keep handy if I ever get a chance to visit.

    LaToya

    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

  • Bella Skoog (Bella)

    Great guide, have to visit Toronto!

    Hugs, http://nouw.com/bellss

  • I’ve never been to Canada. It sounds amazing!

    Toni | sheergloss

  • Toronto (and Canada in general!) has been on my bucket list for some time now! Saving this post to my pinterest board for my future trip 🙂

    xo, Allie
    http://www.champagne-tuesdays.com

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! I hope you get to go!

  • I have heard amazing things about Toronto, loving these tips!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  • Esraa Bassiouny

    Thanks for sharing.
    This will be so helpful when I decide to visit Toronto.
    http://www.easys-tyle.com/

    • I hope you have a fabulous time!

  • glowyshoes1

    Toronto is one fun city i would love to visit.. this is a very detailed tour guide..

    Glowyshoes’s blog

    • Thanks! I hope you get to go!

  • Canada is definitely on our travel list! Sounds like you had a blast!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    • I love Canada! Toronto is the best city!

  • Ms Tantrum

    I have Toronto in my travel wishlist. Saving your post for future reference. Love your recommendations.
    Ash

    • Thanks Ash! I hope you get to go!

  • Ellese Launer

    Okay, I am saving this for later! I’ve been dying to go to Toronto and I might have the chance in December. Thanks for sharing! Xo, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    • Toronto in December is so pretty! Make sure to go to Dundas Square, right across from the Eaton Centre! It’s all decorated.

  • Thanks Sakuranko!

  • Such a lovely roundup dear. Toronto is one of the first few cities in my travel bucket list. This comes in really handy. Thanks for shairng.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com