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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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412 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favourite get-away in the city. An enormous green space, full of trees, many squirrels , a big pond, a tiny zoo featuring beautiful llamas, lots of walking trails and fresh air. Go on a hike! Ve... read more

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

562 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

You can easily spend two days at the ROM, a true Canadian institution - there is something for everyone! For families, the beloved dinosaur exhibit, the bat cave and eco-gallleries. For history buf... read more

592 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

I think I seriously underestimated the AGO for a number of years. Only when I recently attended with kids to see a special event of Monet paintings, did I come to appreciate this place a bit more.... 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

501 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

The aquarium including the diver show took about 2 hours to go through, and was nicely laid out. My favorites are the shark tube, cleaning shrimp, fluorescing jelly fish, and shark embryo. I've d... read more

489 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

553 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).

889 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

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

Distance: 90 minute drive (92 km) Trip Advisor: 4.5/5 (14,286 reviews) The CN Tower is Toronto’s tallest and most defining landmark. It stretches more than 550 metres into the sky. Serving as a ... read more

552 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

We have a fond spot in our hearts for Kensington Market. It has a lot all wrapped up in it as it spreads across storefronts throughout this neighbourhood that is roughly bounded by College St to t... 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

255 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!)

469 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

The Distillery District is a great area to walk around the brick-paved streets and check out a little bit of history. A great mix of dining, shopping and culture, the old Gooderham Worts Distiller... read more

From Wikipedia: The Distillery District is a commercial and residential district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located east of downtown, it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed w... read more

#11

The Drake Hotel

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

233 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sometimes I'm not sure how I feel about the Drake (it can be a bit 'scenesterish', but the last time I went, there was a hilarious trivia night and it was full of wonderful people. The drinks are g... 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

The Drake Hotel is single-handedly to blame for the resurrection of the Queen West area and still a favourite with locals for food, drinks, anytime of the day. A great spot for brunch on weekends a... read more

326 local Airbnb hosts recommend

We lived on a street bordering this park for a few years and fell in love with the parks' vibrancy and multi-purposes. The area is pretty darn cool too! Start by walking around the park, kick a b... read more

Need some green? Trinity bellwoods is a large city park full of life. On a sunny day you'll have hipsters lying on blankets hiding the beer they're drinking, families enjoying picnics and playing w... read more

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

229 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

Go to the lake!! We have an enormous lake here, go suntanning in summer and go skating in winter (not on the actual lake, there's a rink) You can rent skates. Or take boat tour around the islands. ... read more

738 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

Toronto Eaton Centre is Canada's premier shopping destination and it is exactly the place you are looking for. It offers huge selection of more than 190 retailers, restaurants and services. Toronto... 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

254 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

154 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

Parkdale’s popular wallet-friendly taco joint is almost always rammed, and not just because of the bourbon-packed back bar and Mexican-ish street food. Only a handful of the house cocktails wiwll r... read more

154 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?!

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This brewpub is an inviting spot that highlights a patio in warmer weather, and casual indoor seating complete with a second floor mezzanine with great views of the brewhouse. They feature a rotati... read more

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

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!

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!

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

#20

Pizzeria Libretto

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

141 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

127 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Where to go to get wine, beer and spirits. Short walk down the street from the condo at King and Spadina. Canada has some pretty socialist laws regarding the sale of alcohol. Hours listed below. ... read more

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.

This is the grocery store for beer, wine and spirits. Unlike most other countries, you cannot buy alcohol anywhere else.

134 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.

Take a tour of Steam Whistle Breweries, steps from the condo. This is the "roundhouse" - a train museum, now home to one of Toronto's local breweries.

If you like beer, you must go! Brewery tour includes beer tasting, guided tour for 30 minutes + 6 bottle of beer as a souvenier for $15! This place is super busy so we recommend to book a spot online.

257 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

222 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.

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

Hailed as the “Mink Mile,” Bloor-Yorkville is home to high-end designers like Tiffany, Chanel, D&G and Hermès. Strictly for the upper crust. Celebrities hang here during TIFF

#25

Terroni

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

120 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.

164 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.

Conventions, trade shows, comic cons, car shows and lots of other things take place here. This might even be the reason you are coming to town. Super close within walking distance.

#28

Lee

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 603 King Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lee Restaurant is one of Toronto's most venerable dining institutions, headed by star chef Susur Lee. The food here is meant for sharing so prepare to order a lot and try a range of items from the ... read more

Lee is a culinary destination, an urban watering hole, a Bento box of sensory pleasures. The low-lit room with rose-velvet banquettes radiates a hipster cool; the crowd is stylish, the conversation... read more

Great Asian fusion. You might even get to see our own Celebrity Chef, Susur Lee. One of my favourite restaurants in the city. Try the Singapore Slaw and the Burnt Orange Manhattan

99 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

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

German traditional food hall dining. Wide variety of sausages (duck, rabbit, venison and etc) and extensive selection of craft beer. Very reasonably priced too

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