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Things to do in Toronto

Here's your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



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379 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Don't be fooled by the address. It is a 10 minute walk from Triller Grove. Walk west from Triller for four blocks to the west side of Claude Ave. Walk a few steps north and take the walkway west to... read more

High Park is Toronto's largest green space and it is a 25 minute walk or short subway ride away. The park boasts gorgeous gardens, a petting zoo, large playground with a large wooden medieval cast... read more

Same square footage as Central Park in New York, our High Park is awesome year round. It is especially famous (and packed) during our cherry blossom festival in the spring. There is a mini zoo tha... read more

#2

Royal Ontario Museum

Arts & CultureMuseums
100 Queens Park·Map·Hours·

527 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM, French: Musée royal de l'Ontario) is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America, the lar... read more

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. In combining a universal museum of cultures with that of natural history, the ROM offers a... read more

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM, French: Musée royal de l'Ontario) is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the largest museums in North America, the lar... read more

#3

Art Gallery of Ontario

Arts & CultureMuseums
317 Dundas Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

555 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It is an art museum in Toronto. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the first century to the present day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space,... read more

A short Dundas Streetcar East to McCaul drops you right at Toronto's flagship Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry (local boy architect) with an extensive collection of Canadian and International Ar... read more

Designed by renowned Toronto native Frank Gehry (the architectural genius behind the Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao), the layout is open, airy and easy to navigate, with sweep... read more

482 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada features North America's longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal w... read more

Toronto's newest must-see attraction for tourists of all ages. The aquarium features several aquatic exhibits including a walk-through tank. The aquarium has 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons... read more

A great spot for kids and families, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a public aquarium in Toronto just southeast of the CN Tower. Check out their evening events on their website - Friday night Jazz ... read more

#5

St. Lawrence Market

ShoppingEverything Else in Shopping
$$· 95 St Front E·Map·Hours·Website·

472 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best and biggest market in Toronto! Indoor market with many bakers, butchers & artisans. Lots of fresh produce, meat & fish on weekends. North / Farmer's Market: Sat 5am to 3pm. South Market:... read more

Indoor market with many bakers, butchers & artisans. Lots of fresh produce, meat & fish on weekends. North / Farmer's Market: Sat 5am to 3pm. South Market: Tu - Th - 8am to 6pm, Fri - 8am to 7pm, S... read more

Rated #1 by National Geographic! North / Farmer's Market: Sat 5am to 3pm. South Market: Tu - Th - 8am to 6pm, Fri - 8am to 7pm, Sat - 5am to 5pm. Antiques Market: Sun - dawn - 5pm. 20-30 min walk

#6

CN Tower Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SightseeingPoints of Interest
301 Front St W·Map·Hours·Website·

854 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976, becomin... read more

The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.4 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976, becomin... read more

What was once the tallest freestanding structure in the world, is now 3rd tallest in the world! You can either see it from afar, or walk right up to the base of it. There are some observatory floo... read more

536 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Being right next to the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre (previously called the SkyDome) is home to the Toronto Blue Jays, and also along with the CN Tower, being one of the keystone features of the Tor... read more

Rogers Centre (originally known as SkyDome) is a multi-purpose stadium in downtown Toronto.It is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball and the Canadian Football League.

Rogers Centre is a multi-purpose stadium dome in downtown Toronto. In the summer time, catch a baseball game, as this is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball).

#8

Kensington Market

SightseeingNeighborhoods
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512 local Airbnb hosts recommend

You can see the eclectric, earthy side of Toronto here with fresh fruit and veggie markets, funky shops, no shortage of clothing, trinkets and incense from India, Africa, Nepal and more. Music reco... read more

One of the most famous and cosmopolitan neighbourhood in Toronto, is definitely worth a visit. Go there to enjoy one of the many cafes, restaurants, brunch spots or just to take a stroll and observ... read more

Home of some of the yummiest food in Toronto as well as some of the best ethnic grocery stores. Dont buy into the churros hype (unless you are 100% only there for churros, then do you) Wanda',Swee... read more

246 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yonge Street is the longest Street in the world! Many of the Toronto's most famous shopping and entertainment spots are located along it. The Hudson's Bay and Eaton Centre at Yonge and Queen (take ... read more

Toronto's answer to Times Square, Dundas Square hosts hundreds of concerts, fairs, promotions and a variety of other events annually and usually all free. The Square is well situated at the city's ... read more

A public square on the South-East corner of Yonge St. and Dundas St. in Toronto, Canada that hosts music, film, and community events (almost all FREE!)

#10

Distillery District

SightseeingNeighborhoods
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452 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Distillery District is a commercial and residential district in Toronto. Located east of downtown, it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the for... read more

Once home to the largest distillery in the British Empire, Toronto's restored Distillery District features the continent's best-preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture. It's a stu... read more

If you dig cobblestone streets, 1800's era buildings, unique specialty shops and art galleries, you'll love this neighbourhood. A great place to wander and shop, with some wonderful restaurants and... read more

#11

The Drake Hotel

Everything Else
$$$$· 1150 Queen Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

226 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's unfair to pigeonhole the Drake as a nightclub when they do basically everything - a self-titled Hotbed for Culture. Live music/DJ every weekend, a variety of venues (e.g. Lounge, Underground),... read more

The Drake Hotel - self-proclaimed as the city's "Hot Bed For Culture" - is a modern boutique hotel and one-stop experience that makes both nightlife lovers and design nerds soil their trousers. Am... read more

Looking for Brunch? Lunch? Dinner? Drinks? A band? A DJ? At any time of day The Drake has it all. Saturday nights are busiest and if you're going for brunch with more than 3 people be sure to make ... read more

#12

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Parks & NatureParks

314 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The heart and soul of Toronto's west end, Trinity Bellwoods is filled with everything a warm summer day needs - tennis courts, baseball fields, a dog bowl, slackline posts, and plenty of quiet shad... read more

Awesome vibe in the park with tolerated public responsible drinking in the summer and lots of dogs and dog lovers. Located in trendy queen west and near up and coming Ossington Ave. Lots of cool s... read more

Beautiful park with a sunken stage. North East end of park offers magnificent views of the Toronto skyline. Park has a a community centre with many indoor facilities. Outdoor facilities include, sk... read more

#13

TIFF Bell Lightbox

Arts & CultureMuseums
350 King Street West·Map·Website·

246 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Toronto International Film Festival is rapidly becoming one of the most prestigious of its type in the world. Celebrities and cinema fans flock to the city for this annual event to enjoy the be... read more

This theatre is the home of the annual Toronto International Film Festival. Throughout the year this extravagant theatre shows independent, cultural, and world acclaimed films for arts and film ent... read more

The best cinema in town; ground zero for Toronto International Film Festival hype. Featuring two great restaurants: the casual O and B Canteen with its street side patio - great for people-watching... read more

#14

Harbourfront Centre

Arts & CultureEverything Else in Arts & Culture
235 Queens Quay West·Map·Website·

227 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Harbourfront Centre is a year-round facility, featuring concerts, dance performances, readings, films and kids’ shows every weekend and many weeknights throughout the year. The centre puts a large ... read more

Harbourfront Centre is a key cultural organization on the waterfront of Toronto. Harbourfront Centre has always been a bold and innovative force in Canada’s cultural scene, introducing audiences to... read more

There's so much to do by the lake! From May to October, stroll along the Queens Quay Promenade to Harbourfront Centre and indulge your artistic passions. Become a regular at our free weekly music a... read more

#15

Gusto I-101

Food SceneRestaurants
101 Portland Street·Map·Hours·Website·

148 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cavolo Nero, Gusto 101's famous salad stands up to the reputation. Organic kale, pecorino, pine nuts Want a protein kick? Savour the polipo dish. Grilled octopus, olive tapenade & fried capers. Do ... read more

Tucked away from the "beaten King Street West path". 2 floors, each with their own flair. Awesome covered rooftop patio. Try: the kale salad; mushroom pizza; $1/oz wine; espresso from Italy.

This is the rooftop patio + view + awesome food + lively atmosphere + great wine by the ounce you've been waiting for! Okay, you haven't been waiting. But now that you know, don't you want to try it?!

307 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Air Canada Centre is a multi-purpose indoor sporting arena. Catch a concert, Maple Leafs, or Toronto Raptors game, there's always something to check out!

The Air Canada Centre is a multi-purpose indoor sporting arena. Teams: Toronto Marlies, Toronto Rock, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs

Catch a concert, Maple Leafs, or Toronto Raptors game at the Air Canada Stadium - it is literally a few steps from the condo. Maybe you will be the lucky charm the home-town Leafs need!

#17

Toronto Eaton Centre

ShoppingShopping Malls
220 Yonge Street·Map·Hours·Website·

695 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Eaton Centre is a name associated with shopping malls in Canada, originating with Eaton's, one of Canada's largest department store chains at the time that these malls were developed. Eaton's partn... read more

With a striking glass galleria and iconic "Flight Stop" geese, CF Toronto Eaton Centre is a celebrated Canadian landmark. Home to over 250+ best-in-class retailers, restaurants and services in the... read more

It is a bit of a walk but you could also just walk north on Bathurst upto Queen Street and take the street car east bound past Bay and get off. With many selections of stores and floors of shopping... read more

#18

Grand Electric

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1330 Queen Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best tacos in Toronto - perhaps the world. Try the guac and chips, followed by fish tacos and whatever sounds good to you; it's all excellent. This place is small, attracts a young & hip crowd, has... read more

Casual and very hipster Taco and Bourbon Bar. One of my favourite spots in the city. Fantastic food. Open for lunch and dinner. My favourite dish is only available for dinner. The octopus El Di... read more

Wicked Tacos. Try the crispy cauliflower. Everything is awesome. Great patio out back in the season. Can't get in? Try their sister restaurant Electric Mud around the corner, or put your name on th... read more

#19

Bellwoods Brewery

Drinks & NightlifeEverything Else in Nightlife
124 Ossington Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This brewery/bar makes the best beer in the city. Try their Jelly King if you love a good hopped sour or Bring Out Your Dead imperial for a bold stout aged in cognac barrels. *Bonus: they have a he... read more

The best craft beer spot in the city. Always something new, tasty, and inventive. Awesome salumi and cheese boards. If the smell of the french fries sprinkled with rosemary wafts by your table and ... read more

Amazing patio, the best beer in the city, and great food too! This place is always packed, and rightfully so. If you're not feeling like waiting, grab a few bottles from the bottle shop and walk th... read more

#20

Steam Whistle Brewing

Drinks & NightlifeEverything Else in Nightlife
255 Bremner Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

130 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Steam whistle brewery is set in an old school CN Rail roundhouse and offers tours of the brewing facility and a history of the company. A great thing to add onto a list of things to do in the area.

If you visit the CN Tower, be sure to check out Steam Whistle Brewing Co. right across the street. A great Canadian Craft beer and some cool souvenirs too. Tours of the brewing station are available.

Local brewery located at Roundhouse Park across from the Rogers Centre and a popular spot before/after baseball games. Their afternoon tours run daily and include free samples. M-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5.

#21

Pizzeria Libretto

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 221 Ossington Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

137 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very noisy restaurant that is almost always full for dinner. You can wait for a table, or they will call you when your table is ready after you've checked in. Despite this setback, their wood-burni... read more

The pizzas here are thin crust, and full of fresh, high quality toppings! Service is great and ambiance is the hip, cozy type you would expect for a dinner spot in the Ozzy. This place gets busy ... read more

Famous Neopolitan pizza joint right down the street. Great food and wine at affordable prices. Gets pretty packed but will not take reservations. You can leave your phone number and go for a drink ... read more

122 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Where to buy Beer, Wine and Spirits. Only open until until 9pm M-F, 6PM Sunday. Right on the corner of King and Spadina.

Liquor store with a very respectable selection of wines, spirits and beer. Can get very crowded in the evenings on weekends - I would recommend going during the day.

Just at the corner, the local liquor store. Very well stocked with craft beers, vintages, and just about everything else. Open til 10 most nights.

252 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Visiting Toronto’s Chinatown can be an exciting experience for anyone. There are a number of shops, restaurants, activities, historic monuments, and even spas to check out when you visit Chinatown.... read more

Cheap prices, huge selection and tons of stores. The quality isn't always the best, but if you're in need of inexpensive clothing, this is a great place to go. The food shops are on the better side... read more

This neighbourhood was where Kiki's family came after WWII... And they liked it so much she stayed! Chinatown is known for its cheap groceries, multitude of colourful restaurants and weird convenie... read more

#24

Terroni

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 720 Queen Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I'll never get sick of it. Comforting indulgent Italian food that will transport you and your tastebuds to the warmest and fuzziest place ever. A favourite among locals. They do reservations but wa... read more

Best Pizza in the City... well one at least in the top three. Everyone in Toronto fights over who has the best pizza... Terroni, Libretto or Queen Margherita. The other two are walking distance.

Excellent authentic Italian food, in a kid-friendly restaurant. If weather permits, they have a great back patio. Can be busy on weekend evenings, so leave some time to get a table.

#25

University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Arts & CultureSchools or Universities
27 King's College Circle·Map·Website·

159 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Not only does the university have incredible historic buildings, it is surrounded by museums - Rom, Gardiner ceramic and Bata shoe, just to name a few as well as parks, trails, Queens Park, the Leg... read more

The University of Toronto campus spans a large property area with nice walking paths, "Hogwarts" style architecture, and open areas to explore. Take a walk to enjoy the buildings and experience the... read more

U of T St. George campus tours give an overview of student life in the heart of downtown Toronto. Walk the hallowed halls of our academic buildings, the modern and historic colleges and a myriad of... read more

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is a convention complex located in downtown Toronto, Ontario along Front Street West in the former Railway Lands

The centre has hosted many large-scale events over the years. The G-20 summit was held at the centre on June 26 and June 27, 2010. It was the same venue for the 14th G7 summit held in 1988.

Just down the street is the Metro Tronto Convention Centre, easy to get to and save on parking by leaving your car here

213 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yorkville has upscale shopping, restaurants, and the first five star hotel in Canada. Upscale boutiques include Burberry, Prada, Gucci, MAC Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton.

Yorkville is a district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, well known for higher end shopping, Holt Renfrew, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Harry Rosen, Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and more.

Do some celebrity spotting as you shop for luxury goods. Stores include Boss, Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany's, Gucci, Burberry, Chanel, and more!

#28

Lady Marmalade

Food SceneRestaurants
898 Queen St E·Map·Hours·Website·

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very popular brunch hang out!!! Line ups can be over 1.5 hour wait on the weekends starting around 1030am - but they open early at 7:30am which is good for the early risers. They are best known f... read more

Soooo delicious. Breakfast/brunch/lunch unlike any other. There is good reason people line up here all week long. If you go outside of peak times you don't wait too long. But it is always well wort... read more

15 mins walk Uses local Ingredients Very Popular Brunch Hang Out Great Vegetarian options Long line ups but worth it Cash only Brunch, Lunch

#29

Hockey Hall of Fame

Arts & CultureMuseums
30 Yonge Street·Map·Hours·Website·

159 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A mecca for hockey fans, the Hockey Hall of Fame features more than 57,000 square feet of interactivity, hands-on games, theatres, the Stanley Cup and the finest collection of hockey artefacts.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame.

If you are a hockey fan, you would like to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame to the Stanley Cup.

#30

Wvrst

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 609 King W·Map·Hours·Website·

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A billion different beers on tap and a dedicated sausage menu. It's basically a german bier haus, with shared seating and a great vibe. Closes a bit early (1am) but good for a snack (try the duck f... read more

Self-service spot with swanky sausages & fries, lots of craft brews & a German beer hall vibe

"We take your favourite animal and turn it into sausage" was their tagline. German beer hall with tons of craft brews & good sausage!

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