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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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342 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

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·

494 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

One of Canada's best museums with multiple floors - the exhibits change every few months. Currently there are natural history, world cultures, and dinosaur exhibits. Some Friday nights they will ha... read more

#3

Art Gallery of Ontario

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

511 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The AGO is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day. The gallery has 45,000 sq m. of phys... read more

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

#4

Rogers Centre Tour Experience

Entertainment & ActivitiesEverything Else in Entertainment
1 Blue Jays Way·Map·Website·

522 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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).

Formerly called the SkyDome, this stadium is a proud Canadian landmark which has a retractable roof, in-house hotel and Hard Rock Cafe, and is the home turf of Canada's baseball team, the Blue Jays.

462 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Underwater palace which houses almost six million litres of water and a reported 15,000 different types of sea creatures, the highlight of which for most is surely the various shark species patroll... 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

#6

St. Lawrence Market

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

451 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

St. Lawrence Market is one of the largest food markets in the world located in a historical dome roofed building. Here you can buy specialty meat, cheese, and confectionery products for your own co... read more

#7

CN Tower Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

817 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Defining the Toronto skyline, this tower tower is the world's tallest building and free standing structure at over 553-metres. Offers panoramic views, shopping and dining featuring a glass floor & ... 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

240 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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!)

#9

Kensington Market

SightseeingNeighbourhoods
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481 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you are visiting Toronto for the first time, and it is daytime, do not miss a visit to Kensington Market. Truly unique experience, bring your camera and your appetite. Every type of food is here... 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

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

#10

Distillery District

SightseeingNeighbourhoods
Map·

417 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

#11

The Drake Hotel

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

220 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

The Drake Hotel is a short walk from the condo and it does offer delicious cuisine, brunch, dinner, night life/live entertainment etc. It also has a nice patio on the 2nd floor so you can enjoy ti... 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

301 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If it's summertime, everybody is hanging out in this park, looking good and feeling fine. Bring a picnic. Look for the albino white squirrel that lives there. I'm not kidding! Walk to the south end... 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

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

Harbourfront Centre

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

218 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

#14

TIFF Bell Lightbox

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

239 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

301 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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!

#16

Gusto I-101

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

143 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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?!

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. ... read more

#17

Bellwoods Brewery

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

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Trendy local brewery with big patio (retractable cover so good rain or shine). Great selection of craft beer on tap and in bottles. Limited food selection but a foodie type hipster menu.

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

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

#18

Toronto Eaton Centre

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

663 local Airbnb hosts recommend

With a striking glass galleria and iconic "Flight Stop" geese, CF Toronto Eaton Centre is a celebrated Canadian landmark. Home to over 235 best-in-class retailers, restaurants and services.

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

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

#19

Grand Electric

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

140 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Bourbon and Tacos. Really the best trendy tacos I've had, loud, young, super friendly staff. Hint - go late to avoid a lineup or at 5:30pm and get your name in early for their opening at 6pm.

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

#20

Steam Whistle Brewing

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

125 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.

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.

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.

#21

Pizzeria Libretto

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

133 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another popular chain restaurant. This one serves amazing real Italian Wood burning oven pizzas. Has been thought to offer the best pizza in all of Toronto. Everyone loves pizza!

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

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

119 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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

245 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chinese food restaurants, bubble tea houses, Chinese grocery stores, Chinese herbal medicine, even a Chinese shopping mall.

Need to eat late night? Most Chinatown restaurants are usually open to 4am. Want push cart Dim Sum? Dim Sum King 421 Dundas st. west. 3rd floor.

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

#24

Terroni

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

114 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

Southern Italian food. This is the original location of this insanely successful business. Best to try and go for lunch or get there very early for dinner and/or call ahead. Or sit solo at the b... read more

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

#25

University of Toronto - St. George Campus

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

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosts a number of different events, shows, concerts and more. It's located right by the unit!

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.

201 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!

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.

#28

Lady Marmalade

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

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best breakfast spot in the neighbourhood. Very popular. Long line-ups. Opens at 8am, if you get there before it opens or around 8:30am, you will be ok. Cash only.

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

Rated #1 in Toronto for eggs Benedict (brunch location). Long line ups on weekends so I recommend you go early (before 9am).

#29

Nadege

Food SceneBakeries
780 Queen Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

92 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fabulous and charming French patisserie next to Trinity-Bellwoods park. Legendary macarons, exceptional cakes. Crowded on weekends. I would not recommend the croissants, however.

French pastries and cakes. Arguably the best croissants in the city. Lovely location next to Trinity Bellwoods park.

A lovely French cafe and pastry bar, I come here for a treat after walking through Trinity Bellwoods Park. Don't miss the pear and fig croissant sandwich and the Mini Cannele, they are to die for.

#30

Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

Entertainment & ActivitiesMovie Theatres
259 Richmond Street West·Map·Website·

112 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Movie goers and film addicts can get their flicker fix just blocks away! Class A Theatre Amenities: 1 IMAX Screen(s); 1 DBOX Screen(s); 6 Real D 3D Screen(s); 1 UltraAVX Screen(s); 14 Screen(s).

Our downtown Movie Theatre featuring North American films typically. Search online for what's playing.

Standard movie theatre - if you feel like getting some good ol' Hollywood films in.