I visited Toronto last year on a trip to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and it was so fun! Toronto is a very interesting place - we kept telling each other, "Drake's personality makes so much more sense now." It's tough to describe but there is a very unique meld of personalities, cultures and trends. The art scene is prominent and there is so much beautiful work to be seen. There's a great night club scene and a host of awesome restaurants to try. I definitely recommend this as a great place to take a couples trip!
One of my favorite parts of the trip was the food! Yum, yum, yum. We had the treat of tasting some very delicious dishes and super fresh seafood. There's also a cool, and very popular market food market that is a cook's (or foodie's) dream. Another example of somewhere I wish I had time to shop and cook an amazing meal. I'll include the market in my list below.
The night scene was fun, but definitely different than the American night scene. After 10pm or so the lines are insane...everywhere...even regular bars! Small, simple bars, had club-like lines...and the clubs had club lines. There simply was no way around waiting in line somewhere to get one drink, unless you're my boyfriend, then you try your hand at talking to the bouncer. I was prepared to be embarrassed and sent to the back of the line around the corner with everyone else and they actually let us in - for free! We were both a little surprised it was that easy but happy we didn't have to wait. Thanks, boyfriend! So, word to the wise, get out early or be ready to put on your big girl (or boy) panties and chat your way inside.
You can't go all the way to Canada and not see Niagara Falls! As a birthday gift, I booked us a tour that took us from Toronto to the falls on a day trip. The tour included a couple of stops including a winery tour and tasting and free time to explore the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The falls were gorgeous - I highly recommend taking the boat into the falls and wearing the cheesy poncho. It was quite exhilarating!
For accommodations we rented an Airbnb condo near the Entertainment District. I think this is the best neighborhood to stay in if you're looking to see the sights and be within walking distance or a very short Uber ride.
Here are my recommendations on what to do and see on your trip to Toronto.
DO + SEE + EAT
DOWNTOWN / ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
Downtown is a cool place to just walk around and see the sights. There's lots of shopping and little eateries along the way. Wear your comfy shoes because there's a lot of walking.
Beautiful views of the city with glass floor views. With any tourist attraction, get there early and purchase your ticket in advance if you can. This will save you time and hopefully help you to avoid long lines. The views at the top are absolutely beautiful. Make sure you read the history on your wait in line and on the way up to the top. Lots of cool facts on the surrounding walls. I usually pay extra to view the very top floor of any building I'm visiting because why not? You're all the way there already, might as well see what there is to see. The highest level of the tower had its own unique feel and better, unobstructed views so I felt it was worth it. It was super tiny in there so also a little intimidating if you're afraid of heights.
This is the bar where we chit chatted or way inside. Overall good music (mostly current hip-hop + r&b), wide range of genres and affordable drinks. Mid-key sit and chat bar with walkway that doubles as a dance space if you wish. Country bar look - Drake music vibes. There's that Toronto style twist for you.
Within walking distance from Queen Street Warehouse, we stumbled upon this fun little place on our walk. It was late but we had about an hour before everything closed and there was no line so we said, why not?! We did not regret it. Great, great time, highly attributed to the fact that one of the kids from Rae Sremmurd was partying there and did a random live performance. It was a pretty small place so we got a great free show for a small club entry fee.
Gorgeous and delicious Spanish tapas restaurant with excellent cocktails and wine selections. Very romantic atmosphere. Popular place so make sure to book a reservation.
If you like eating straight on the table with your hands, this place is for you! Hands-down the best seafood I've ever had in my life. Casual atmosphere, just delicious.
A beautiful food and goods market full of produce, seafood + meats, coffees, teas, souvenirs, you name it! Fun place to walk around and taste things. Great place to pick up some Canadian maple syrup and other goodies for yourself, friends and family.
I booked our tour through King Tours. They do pickup and dropoff from your hotel or Airbnb and have lots of package customizations (included lunches, etc.). I picked the package with the Hornblower for the reasons listed above and it did not disappoint.
Have you been to Toronto or Niagara Falls? What were your favorite parts?