Toronto—a multi-cultural city, filled with great food, art and culture. Toronto is my favourite city in the world, and the one that I’m fortunate enough to call home. Toronto can be the perfect place for a weekend getaway, so I put together a weekend itinerary for your next visit to Toronto, but remember, there’s still so many other things you can do—there is seriously something for everyone in this city, so look at this as a rough guide.
If you fly in after work, and want a late night dinner, you’re in luck, because Toronto is a foodies heaven. You can seriously find everything you could possibly be craving in this city, so it really depends on what you feel like. Some of my personal favourites are:
In the mood for something quick and cheap? You can’t come to Canada without trying poutine. Smoke’s Poutinerie is one of the famous poutine chains, and they’re scattered across the city.
After the morning at the market, head over to Steam Whistle Brewery for 11:00am to get yourself signed up to go on a tour of Toronto’s most loved brewery. Roundhouse Park, where the brewery is located, is also one of the most photographed places in the city. In the summer you can ride the train around the park, or enjoy a beer on their patio under the CN Tower.
Note: If you don’t go when the brewery opens to try and get on a tour, you probably won’t be able to get on one. You can still drink at the bar without being on a tour though.
Have lunch at Amsterdam BrewHouse, another Toronto brewery that serves delicious flights of beer you can try and awesome food. In the summer, the patio at this place can’t be beat as it’s right on the water!
In the summer, get some tickets to see a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game, or a Toronto Football Club soccer game. The Jays play at the Rogers Centre across from Steam Whistle Brewery which is known for its retractable roof that will open up for games when the weathers nice. Not in town during the summer? Check out Hockey Hall of Fame, dedicated to the history of ice hockey and home to the Stanley Cup.
Not into sports? Another option of what to do with your afternoon is the CN Tower Edgewalk, the world’s highest external walk on a building. The Edgewalk is open from spring to fall and costs around $200 CDN to do.
Read about my experience doing the Edgewalk here.
For dinner and drinks head to Real Sports Bar & Grill, the go-to spot to watch sports games or have pre-drinks before a Toronto Raptors or Leafs game. But even if you’re not a sports fan, this restaurant serves up great food and is a unique experience.
After dinner, visit the newly famous attraction that was built for the Pan-Am Games in Nathan Phillips Square and remained long after because of its popularity—the Toronto sign. The sign lights up at night, and if you’re in town in the winter, you can skate on the rink in front of it. Skate rentals are available until 9:00pm each day.
Looking for a party to end your night? The Citizen, The Drake and The Porch (in the summer) are all excellent options for a night out. Just looking for somewhere to get drinks? The Wheat Sheaf is one of the oldest bars in Toronto, Loose Moose and C’est What? are all fun pubs/bars to go too.
Wake up early and head to the west end of the city to Liberty Village for breakfast at School—my favourite breakfast spot in all of Toronto. But don’t go to School with expectations of just getting traditional bacon and eggs, School serves up gourmet spins on your breakfast favs and it’s worth the extra little bit of money!
After breakfast, head over to Chinatown and Kensington Market, two cultural hubs that sit right next to each other. Chinatown will make you seriously feel like you’re in Asia. You’ll see the city transform as you start to walk into the cultural neighbourhood and it can be a great spot to explore. Kensington Market is one of the most well known neighbourhoods in the city. The neighbourhood features many Victorian homes and quirky stores, restaurants and food stores/markets.
There are a lot of options for lunch in Kensington Market, but some of the cities favourites are:
- Seven Lives Tacos (Mexican)
- Rasta Pasta (Jamaican)
- Hibiscus (Vegan)
- Sanagan’s Meat Locker (Sandwiches)
Spend the rest of your afternoon at Toronto Island or Distillery District. Toronto Island is great in the summer for a break from the city chaos. In a short ferry ride you’ll be on the island where you can rent kayaks, paddleboards, bikes, or just sit back and relax. This is one of the best places to see the city skyline as well!
The Distillery District is a historical neighbourhood in the city that is filled with well-preserved historical buildings that have now been converted into great restaurants, and shops. Drink some beer at Mill Street Brewery, or margaritas and Mexican food at El Catrin, which has an awesome patio in the summer. If you’re visiting the city in November-December you may be in town for the cities best Christmas market too which happens seven days a week from the end of November, to mid-December.
…and just like that—the weekend is done! I hope you enjoy exploring my city.