The Best 73 Things To Do In Toronto

Our curated list of 73 unique and surprising things to do in Toronto, Canada's largest city.

Whether you're a tourist looking for tourist attractions or a Torontonian looking to discover hidden gems, you're sure to find something you'll like on this list.

Steve Benjamins Jul 12 2021

Top Attractions

The classic tourist attractions.

  • CN Tower

    At over 500 metres tall the CN Tower is Toronto’s most recognizable landmark and was the tallest free-standing structure from 1975 - 2007. Take the glass elevator up to a lookout level with a glass floor and window walls. If you’re feeling adventurous you can sign up for Edge Walk— a chance to walk around the top of the tower with a harness.

    290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
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  • Edgewalk

    Noted previously, EdgeWalk is located within the CN Tower in Toronto. This attraction is clearly not for the faint of heart. Adrenaline junkies can take an intense, hands-free walk on the ledge of the building that stands at 356m or 1168ft tall. Edgewalk gives breathtaking views a whole new meaning.

    290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
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  • Toronto Islands

    The Toronto Islands are located on Lake Ontario. They are made up of 15 smaller islands that are connected by bridges and walkways. Visitors can take a quick ferry ride from Toronto to the islands and find a ton of things to do for both kids and adults. Beaches, biking, a theatre and much more.

    9 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H3
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  • Chinatown

    Chinatown is located in downtown on Spadina Ave in Toronto. It’s the largest Chinatown in North America. Within the neighborhood, you’ll find many bargain shops and restaurants featuring Asian cuisine. Walk Chinatown after dark for some extra fun.

    Spadina and Dundas, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E9
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  • Canadas Wonderland

    Canada’s Wonderland is a 134 acre theme park located just North of Toronto. You can grab tickets for a wild ride on their attractions, spend a day at the water park, and even find younger kid-friendly options.

    1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6
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  • Distillery District

    The Distillery District boasts a fun and youthful vibe with a ton to see and do. During the day, visitors can check out the many shops, restaurants, and vintage cinemas. At night, clubs and bars make up its energetic nightlife.

    55 Mill St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
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  • Hockey Hall of Fame

    For those who love the sport of Hockey, and even for those who don’t, The Hockey Hall of Fame is something to be seen. The museum is 65,000 square feet and celebrates all things hockey. Interactive games, features of the best players and even an NHL Locker Room for fans to step into. It’s also home to the Stanley Cup.

    30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
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  • Kensington Market

    The Kensington Market is full of art, unique shopping, restaurants, bars and bakeries. Visitors can enjoy the outdoors while getting a feel for it’s artistic culture through vibrant murals and special events.

    Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L6
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  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

    Ripley’s Aquarium is perfect for families looking for a day of fun, that’s educational as well. Beyond Day Passes, they also offer programs such a day camps, party hosting and even yoga classes within the therapeutic aquarium.

    288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
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  • Blue Jays Game at Rogers Centre

    Rogers Park, also know as “SkyDome”, opened in 1989 and was once known for its retractable roof and hotels. At the time, the Toronto Blue Jays held impressive records and back to back championships. Baseball fans will enjoy the history along with entertainment and dining options surrounding the park.

    1 Blue Jays Way, Suite 3200. Toronto, ON M5V 1J1
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  • The Toronto Zoo

    Who doesn’t love a trip to the Zoo? The Toronto Zoo is the largest Zoo in Canada. Beautiful animals from around the world are featured from Africa, America, Australia and more. There’s even hands-on areas specifically for the kids too.

    2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7
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  • Legoland Discovery Centre

    Both kids and adults will enjoy visiting the Legoland Discovery Center. Perfect for parents to feel like a kid again alongside their own, with endless Lego activities. The ultimate Lego playground has activities for everyone including indoor rides, 3D shows and jungle gyms.

    1 Bass Pro Mills Dr, Vaughan, ON L4K 5W4
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  • Entertainment District

    The Entertainment District of Toronto is located between University Ave and Spadina Ave. It’s the perfect place to visit simply based on the amount of different entertainment options. Shops, performing arts and other family attractions make it easy to spend the entire day there and find something for everyone.

    King Street West Toronto, ON M5T 2G3
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  • Cinesphere Imax

    Cinesphere Imax is the very first permanent Imax theatre. Located inside the government owned Ontario Place, it has an entirely different vibe than your average movie theatre. The theatre has a unique dome-like appearance with stadium seating, complete with buttery popcorn and candy.

    955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9
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  • Science Centre

    The Ontario Science Centre is a hands-on, fun way of exploring the world of science. Visitors will see daily exhibits, live shows, and a planetarium. Check out their rainforest and the giant dome theatre that makes science fun for young scientists.

    770 Don Mills Rd., North York, ON M3C 1T3
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  • Graffiti Alley

    Graffiti Alley is an outdoor art gallery where visitors will be in awe of color and messages created by local artists. The gallery known as “Rush Lane” goes from Spadina Ave to Portland St. Emotion and energy are at the forefront of the popular gallery that was largely created in the 2000’s.

    Graffiti Alley, Toronto, ON M5V 2W1
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  • Yorkville

    Consider a visit to Yorkville for high-end shopping and dining at chic cafes. It’s lined by elegant Victorian styles homes and beautiful floral gardens. Bloor Street, located within the neighborhood, is known as the “Mink Mile.” It’s been recognized as one of the most expensive streets in the world to stay at and visit.

    Toronto, ON M5S 3L7
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  • Queens Park

    A visit to Queens Park combines history with the outdoors, being the home of the Ontario Legislative Building. After exploring historical plaques and monuments, visitors can walk one of the trails or eat lunch in the park. Events are hosted regularly, ranging from film festivals to yoga classes.

    110 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2
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Food & Drink

With breweries, ethnic food and high-end dining, there is plenty for foodies to be excited about!

  • St. Lawrence Market

    The St. Lawrence Market is a year round farmers market. The large market is made up of many different vendors selling only the freshest goods. If you happen to visit on a Sunday, check out the Sunday Market which features different antiques and collectibles.

    93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
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  • Lamanna's Bakery

    Lamanna’s Bakery isn’t your average donut shop. They are famously known for their massive slices of Pizza, both Italian and Dessert Style. Check out their Birthday Big Slice that’s covered in actual cake pieces and other sugary goodness. They feature a ton of other Italian meals and delicious bakery treats too!

    6758 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1B 1G8
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  • Assembly Chef's Hall

    Foodies rejoice! Assembly Chef’s Hall is a unique market and social venue hosted by Toronto’s Top Chefs. Visitors can browse different eateries with delicious food that comes directly from the chef’s themselves. The large hall offers a full bar, top-notch meals, live games and an outdoor patio.

    111 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2G4
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  • The Broadview Hotel

    The Broadview Hotel is a historical part of Toronto that was built in 1891. It has since been restored into a boutique style hotel and popular dining spot. The outdoor rooftop overlooks the Toronto skyline and the Don River making it a dining hot spot.

    106 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2G1
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  • Left Field Brewery

    If you like baseball or beer, checkout the Left Field Brewery. Husband and wife owners opened the brewery in 2013. Their love of craft beer has created some unique concoctions, all of which are inspired by baseball. Visitors can enjoy a casual atmosphere while doing beer tastings, and discover their favorites.

    36 Wagstaff Dr, Toronto, ON M4L 3W9
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  • Blood Brothers Brewing

    Blood Brothers Brewery has a casual vibe with outdoor picnic table dining and drinks. The rustic brewery features an open garage door that connects the indoor bar to the outdoor customers. Their menu features a Momofuku Noodle Bar that compliments the taste of their brews.

    165 Geary Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 2B8
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  • Snakes & Lattes

    Food, drinks and games combine at Snakes & Lattes. You may have seen one of their other popular locations in Toronto on College St or Eglington Ave. Each location is filled with both vintage and new board games to play, suitable for groups of many different sizes.

    600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4
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  • Contra Coffee Shop

    Contra Coffee Shop changes your idea of a local coffee shop. They combine local bar with coffee shop by serving coffee and tea on tap. Better yet, they create their own “brews” and keep updating options for their customer base.

    1028 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G 3N1
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  • Adonis Grocery Store

    Adonis is a specialty grocery market featuring Middle-Eastern & Mediterranean cuisine. It’s known for taking the grocery experience to a whole new level. Unique, fresh products cover all the major food groups and includes a fresh bakery.

    20 Ashtonbee Rd A, Scarborough, ON M1L 3K9
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  • Bar Raval

    Bar Raval is famous for its beautiful wood paneled interior and authentic flavors. Spanish cuisine, cocktail hours and delicious appetizers replicate a Barcelona vibe that has made this a must see.

    505 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A5
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Parks & Walks

Toronto's gentler side.

  • Walk Downtown Toronto

    Downtown Toronto is large and covering it all on foot is a bit unrealistic— so pick a spot and just start exploring. You’ll run into all sorts of interesting spots: Nathan Philips Square (home to city hall), The Distillery District, Queen West (home to Trinity Bellwoods and known as Canada’s “coolest” postal code), Kensington Market, the underground PATH system, Church Street, Cabbagetown and much more.

    Downtown Toronto, Toronto, ON
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  • Walk The Harbourfront Along Lake Ontario

    Taking a walk on the Harbourfront of Lake Ontario shows beautiful views of Lake Ontario. Visitors and locals will not only enjoy the scenery, they can also stop into restaurants and bars along the way. You can find peaceful areas for a relaxing walk, and busier areas depending on the vibe you’re looking for.

    20 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5J 2N8
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  • Trinity Bellwoods

    Trinity Bellwoods Park is a 36 acre park suitable for just about any outdoor hobby you can think of. Baseball fields, volleyball nets, picnic areas, and an ice rink are just a few of the things the park has available. Close by, you can find food from local restaurants and bring it back for an outdoor picnic.

    790 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3
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  • High Park

    The whole family needs to make a visit to High Park in Toronto, and more than once. 399 acres full of gardens, picnic areas, playgrounds, a zoo and sports facilities. The park remains part natural and part recreational with some beautiful sights.

    1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
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  • Centre Island

    Visiting Centre Island is a fun trip from start to finish. Start by taking a quick ferry ride where you’ll discover outdoor dining options and shops. Families can take the kids to the amusement park, spend the day at the beach or visit the petting zoo.

    9 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2H3
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  • Toronto Botanical Garden

    Check out the Toronto Botanical Gardens and you’ll find 17 different, beautifully themed gardens. The four acre venue is educational and inspirational for those who have a green thumb. The Gardens also offer a gorgeous setting for special events.

    777 Lawrence Ave E, North York, ON M3C 1P2
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  • AirBnB Walking Tours

    AirBnB now offers walking tours, one of which explores all of Toronto’s most popular sites. Groups pay a small fee and get the ends and outs of Toronto including the Fashion District, Financial District, Aquariums and Historical Hotels. Perfect for non-planners who want someone else to do it for them.

    Dundas Square Toronto, ON M5B 2R
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  • Abandoned Ontario Place

    The Abandoned Ontario Place was once a popular theme park that included rides, a waterpark and a spot right on the water. In 2012, it sadly shut down and has since been revamped as a beautiful park. But there are still remains of the theme park that can be seen, interesting for those that grew up with memories at the park.

    955 Lake Shore Blvd W Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3B9
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  • Riverdale Farm

    For a taste of country living in the city, check out the Riverdale Farm. A 7.5 acre farm featuring farm animals, gardens and ponds. Visitors can incorporate the fresh air with a little exercise when walking one of the three trails. Free admission for guests!

    201 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B8
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  • Riverdale Park

    Riverdale Park is made up of two locations, The East on Broadview and The West on Gerrard. The East location is 18 acres in size and includes picnic areas, baseball diamonds, tracks, a pool and plenty more. The West location is smaller, but also offers baseball diamonds and walking for guests.

    550 Broadview Ave Toronto, ON M4K 2P1
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  • Scarborough Bluffs

    The Scarborough Bluffs are made up of 9 different parks at the top of the bluffs. The bluffs themselves border Lake Ontario making for breathtaking views. Visit the parks themselves for picnics, hiking and wildlife. Or make it a beach day with swimming, walks on the beach and water sports.

    1 Brimley Rd. S, Bluffers Park, Scarborough, ON
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  • Guild Park Gardens

    Located in the Scarborough District, Guild Park Gardens is a park with historical roots. It was once known as “The Guild of all Arts”. The park is a relaxing mix of nature, art and scenery overlooking Lake Ontario. Read more about the historic site.

    201 Guildwood Pkwy, Scarborough, ON M1E
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Mansions from the 19th century, contemporary art and more.

  • Casa Loma

    History buffs will enjoy a self-guided tour of Casa Loma. Often referred to as the “Castle of Canada”, it was built in 1911 as a dream home of Sir Henry Pellatt. It overlooks Toronto at the top of the hill, thus earning the name “Casa Loma” which is Spanish for hill house.

    1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
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  • Royal Ontario Museum

    The Royal Ontario Museum (or ROM) displays natural history, art and world culture. The museum has 40 different collections for guests that include dinosaurs, meteorites, fine art and more. With such a wide variety of collections, you could spend plenty of time there exploring.

    100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
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  • Art Gallery of Ontario

    From it’s architecture to the contemporary art collections, the Art Gallery of Ontario provides the perfect day for art fanatics. It’s the largest art museum in North America with over 90,000 pieces of art on display. Visitors can take tours, grab food from one of their cafes, and learn about artists along the way.

    317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
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  • Bata Shoe Museum

    A museum all about shoes, from the history all the way to design. The Bata Shoe Museum hosts a unique collection of permanent exhibitions combined with continuously changing galleries. Learn about the 4,500 year history of shoes, and visit more than once to see what’s new.

    327 Bloor Street West; Toronto, Ontario
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Food festivals, parades and more.

  • Toronto International Film Festival

    The Toronto International Film Festival is an annual event celebrating all things film with screenings, special events, and cultural exploration. An estimated 480,000 people attend the special event, and leave with appreciation for film on a global level.

    55 King St W #285, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
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  • Christmas Market At The Distillery District

    The Christmas Market at The Distillery District is a tradition that adds magic back into the holiday. Twinkle lights, seasonal treats and shops line the streets. Find unique, specialty gifts that are handmade from one of many vendors.

    55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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  • Pride Parade

    The Toronto Pride Parade celebrates 2SLGBTQ+ communities. The annual event takes a political stand, one that continues to work toward the goal of equal rights. The parade itself accompanies special events that continue to evolve and change each year.

    Church and Wellesley Village, Toronto
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  • Caribana

    Previously know as The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana is a colorful festival celebrating the Caribbean culture. The festival began in 1967, and has since flourished into a popular event that includes pool parties, live concerts, day events and wild nightlife.

    19 Waterman Avenue Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario
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  • Canada Day

    July 1st marks the celebration and holiday of the Canadian Confederation, known as Canada Day. Canada Day consists of exciting parades, fireworks, concerts and picnics. It is meant for a time of reflection and community within Canada.

    Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A9
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  • Taste of The Danforth

    Taste of the Danforth is Canadas largest street festival, featuring Greek Food and Culture. It’s held annually as a three day long celebration of food, music and dancing. Visitors can expect authentic tastes of Middle-Eastern cuisine.

    Danforth Ave & Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1R3
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  • Taste of Little Italy

    The Taste of Little Italy festival brings Italy right to busy College St. For one weekend, you can enjoy all you can eat Italian food, drink specialty wines, and relax with live musical entertainment.

    622 College St Suite #205B, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4
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  • JerkFest

    Jerkfest is a food and music event celebrating the Islands and the Caribbean. Think concerts with reggae tones, and jerk cuisine that explores tropical flavors in chicken, fish, and pineapple with a punch of spice.

    Centennial Park , 256 Centennial Park Rd, Toronto
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  • Mother's Day Flower Market

    Pay a visit to the Toronto Flower Market which begins in May and runs all the way to October. Fresh flowers from different vendors come together on Queen St. The market gives buyers access to locally grown florals and provides business to vendors simultaneously.

    1001 Queen St W Toronto, ON M6J 1H1
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  • Nuit Blanche

    Those interested in art, and specifically modern art, will love Nuit Blanche. The event is an all night celebration of art in its’ many forms. Performances, group discussions and special programs encourage creativity. Its an interesting and colorful evening for attendees.

    Downtown Toronto and Scarborough Civic Centre
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  • Just For Laughs

    Just for Laughs, (JFL) is a comedy festival lasting 10 days in Toronto. All of your favorite festival perks like food, drinks and entertainment are here. Right alongside appearances from top comedians and new hilarious shows every day.

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  • Ribfest

    Explore the many unique flavors of BBQ’s finest at Ribfest Toronto. Award winning vendors, live concerts, and continuous music make for a huge party in Centennial Park. Carnival rides and other games are featured at the event as well.

    256 Centennial Park Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N3
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  • NXNE

    North by Northeast is a music festival with endless live musical concerts. Visitors can also play in their e-gaming section and check out comedy shows nearby. You can also shop at their flea market for unique finds.

    115 Danforth Ave #302, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2
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  • VELD

    The music festival VELD is held in Downsview Park every summer, and features continuous live acts. Electronic sounds like techno, hip hop and urban dance music are at the forefront of the two day event.

    70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON M3K 2C5
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  • Shakespeare In The Park

    The High Park Amphitheatre hosts Shakespeare in the Park, an outdoor act that runs throughout the summer. Guests that enjoy performing arts, improv and comedic performances will appreciate the experience overall.

    1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
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  • Doors Open Toronto

    Doors Open Toronto is an event that explores all of the amazing architecture and history of Toronto. 150 buildings participate and offer a free walk through during the public and annual event.

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Shop Toronto's hip and quirky retailers.

  • Eaton Centre

    The Toronto Eaton Centre is a shopping mall featuring many big name retailers such as Apple, Nordstrom and Under Armour. They also have some smaller, unique boutique style options as well. Visitors can easily spend a whole day in their favorite shops and dining at the restaurants.

    220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1
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  • Monkey's Paw

    In a world of all things digital, Monkey’s Paw sells unique books and artifacts. All of which are available on good ole’ fashion paper. The unique library combines literature with history. They even have the worlds first book vending machine, which randomly selects books for readers.

    1067 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M5
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  • Stackt Market

    Shop the trendy market, dine at fabulous restaurants or attend special events such as a concert. Stackt Market creates an entire day of entertainment perfect for all ages and interests. The outdoor market is entirely designed from shipping containers.

    28 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5V 0C6
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  • Spacing Store

    The Spacing Store is the perfect place to find pieces that show off your love for the city of Toronto. If you’re not a local and are in need of a souvenir, this is also the place to be. There’s something here for everyone that’s modern, cool and hand-made.

    401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
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  • Sonic Boom

    Sonic Boom is a vinyl record store with endless rows of records, CD’s, Books and more. The shop is vintage in product, yet has a cool and modern ambiance. Music lovers will enjoy its variety and unique gift shop.

    215 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
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  • Brickworks

    Brickworks market is located in Don Valley and is the largest farmer’s market in Toronto. Shopping all it has to offer is a must, but you can also experience nature in their park or grab a bite to eat at one of the markets dining options.

    550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
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  • Black Market

    Black Market is popular for its vintage, eclectic style. The retro clothing includes old school t-shirts and accessories such as metallic belt buckles. It’s been recognized as Toronto’s best vintage shop more than once, making it a must-see.

    Upstairs, 347 Queen St W 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M5V 2A4
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  • Curiosa

    Curiosa is a shop known for its magical vibe. Within it, you’ll find Harry Potter options, jewelry items, tarot card collections and more. You can also purchase vintage gifts such as compasses and instruments. Perfect for someone who appreciates rare pieces.

    320 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M6G 1H1
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Want to shake it up? Check out these activities.

  • Par-tee putt

    Par-tee Putt mixes bar vibes, friends, and indoor mini golf into one. There are 27 different themed golf holes for players to explore, and a casual food and drink menu to follow.

    26 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5V 2B8
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  • Choir! Choir! Choir!

    Every Tuesday in Toronto you can check out Choir! Choir! Choir! The brands weekly event is a unique evening of singing, comedy, and group fun. Guests receive lyrics sheets and lessons with a fun, no pressure approach.

    693 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L5
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  • Rebel Nightclub

    If you’re looking for some exciting night life, Rebel Nightclub is a popular bar and club. It’s massive in size at 65,000 square feet, making it suitable for a ton of entertainment events such as live concerts and light shows.

    First Floor, 11 Polson St, Toronto, ON M5A 1A4
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  • Revue Cinema

    The Revue Cinema was built around 1911 and has remained a beloved piece of history and entertainment in Toronto. The cinema has (of course) been revamped since it it’s original opening, but still maintains its historical charm.

    400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M9
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  • Second City

    The Second City is a comedy club with live shows happening every night. The club is actually home to some famous comedians that originally got their start there. Good laughs and some entertaining improv makes the theatre a Toronto go-to.

    51 Mercer St, Toronto, ON M5V 9G9
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