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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433 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

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

587 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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 ROM is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto. It is one of the largest museums in North America, and attracts more than 1 million visitors every year. With more than 6 ... read more

610 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

516 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

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

Beautiful aquarium featuring a "Great Lakes Exhibit" and a moving sidewalk which takes tourists through an "ocean" tunnel of sharks, saw fish, and turtles. Tanks filled with beautiful jelly fish, s... read more

504 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

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: T... read more

908 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

561 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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).

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.

576 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

260 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 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!)

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

489 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

#11

The Drake Hotel

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

239 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 a long-standing piece of Toronto history, that with a rejuvenation 15 years ago, has become one of the coolest spots in Queen West. There are various rooms, including a restauran... read more

336 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

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 bal... read more

231 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

759 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

160 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

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

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

159 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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?!

Its literally a 5 second walk from the condo. It is one of the top restaurant bar lounges with a lovely retractable rooftop patio. Enjoy great drinks, their the famous Kale Salad & Pasta dishes.

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

159 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

Hands down my favourite beer in Toronto - they have a great patio on trendy Ossington Ave. - all the beer is fantastic, the food is great and they also have a bottle shop to take something you like... read more

260 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 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

307 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!

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Pizzeria Libretto

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

146 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

130 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

266 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

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

One of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Chinese food restaurants, bubble tea houses, Chinese grocery stores, Chinese herbal medicine, even a Chinese shopping mall.

136 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brewed at The Roundhouse, home of the steam locomotives that helped pioneer our nation, Steam Whistle brings you this authentically crafted pilsner.

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.

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Terroni

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

125 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.

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

Delicious Italian restaurant on Queen St. West. They take reservations as well as walk ins. Stop by for lunch or dinner after taking a walk or after some shopping.

226 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Exclusive shopping, luxury hotels, fine dining. Yorkville is also the heart of the Toronto International Film Festival where celebrities and red carpets fill the streets in Sept.

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.

170 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

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

As a city we are trying to be better with our coffee and Jimmy's is a fine example of our efforts. It's iconic yellow lid can be seen on serious coffee drinkers and I feel a sense of respect I just... read more

Quaint little coffee shop with great coffee, in iconic bright yellow cap coffee cups. Great for cosy environment in lively neighborhood of King West!

This is an absolute staple coffee place! You will love the English barista cracking jokes and adding charm to the place as well as the little patio perfect for people watching!

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Bar Isabel

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$$$$· 797 College Street·Map·Hours·Website·

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the best restaurants in the city, They do take reservations but also leave some seating for walk-ins. If no reservation, try going at 6 pm or past 9 pm. Bar and kitchen are open late; if you... read more

If you love Spanish Tapas and seafood - this is the spot for you. Consistently rated one of Canada's top restaurants, you must seek a reservation far ahead of time! They update their menu regular... read more

Spanish-influenced tapas, creative sharing plates & craft beers in a cozy space with an old-world vibe (barisabel.com)

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

#30

Khao San Road

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$· 326 Adelaide Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Currently located on Queen Street West and soon to open directly across the street from the condo!!! Yay!! I absolutely love this place. Fantastic Thai Street style food in a lively and casual at... read more

This place serves the best Thai food in the city, and it's right on your doorstep! Very reasonably priced, and so, so delicious. It's always busy, and they don't take reservations, so expect to wai... read more