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

Best of the best


Yorkville Avenue

Yorkville Ave·Map·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

"Yorkville" and Hazleton Lanes is what we call this area just north of Bloor and Bay... It is a lovely strolling area with couture stores, wonderful restaurants and galleries....

Looking for something more high-end? Yorkville offers very high-end stores such as Chanel, Tiffany, Hugo Boss and much more. It's located north of University of Toronto and spans a few blocks.

34 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Awesome community facility. Has indoor track, pool, steam room, sauna, exercise equipment and weight room, plus tons of great classes

The West End Y is a great facility if you want to swim, dance, yoga, spin, or just plain exercise. The Y has terrific children's programs as well.

Renovated, pool, sauna, hot tubs, great yoga classes, spinning classes, just about any class you want to take. Free week trials.


Sud Forno

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 716 Queen St W·Map·Hours·Website·

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Apparently this place has good food, I've only ever had their nutella filled sugar donuts, but I will happily write a five star review on that alone!

Terroni owned, this place is perfect if you need some solid espresso and sweet indulgence. Their stuff is baked in-house; enjoy a pizza or perhaps a small pastry. Or 5.

One word bombolone. Get yourself a custard or Nutella filled Italian doughnut you'll have no regrets. Gelato is really awesome too. There is extra space upstairs to sit and yummy up the pasteries.

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge Restaurant, Bar and Live Music venue. Good food, board games and pinball machines to play.

A very hip bar - play board games and team trivia games.Sometimes have music as well.

Live music. Great food. Cheap sharing plates. Lots of beers on tap. Huge space which is good for nights out, or family brunches.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I've never been here; however, if you're looking for a busy, young scene with all dishes $4.95, this Whistler, BC-based chain delivers.

El Furniture Warehouse is known for its cheap eats and cool ambiance. Every item on the menu is priced at just $4.95!

Good place for drinks, cheap eats and music. Lively atmosphere. There is sometimes a line up.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very good espresso drinks, interesting music selection, but sometimes the scenester baristas get on my nerves for trying too hard to appear cool. Not everyone will like this place.

Serious about their coffee. A few comfy chairs inside and a few tables on the simple street side patio outside.

Another Leslieville fair trade coffee house, with a devoted following. Wifi, small patio.

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Always an amazing time and just down the street! Last Sunday of every month is black comedy night. Quite the romp.

"What started as a weekly fix of edgy jokes mixed with high and low performance art soon became a full-time force in the then trendy Yorkville area in Toronto. We quickly grew into an overnight sen... read more

Good times, delicious food, and laugh out loud laughter go hand in hand to a great time in the city!


Lola's Kitchen

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 634 Church St·Map·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great healthy food within walking distance, veg and vegan options.

Great brunch place with a really nice patio. On weekends, a 20-minute wait is to be expected before being seated.

By far my favourite brunch spot in Toronto. They serve all meals, but are well-known for brunch. Lola's prides themselves on a fresh from scratch menu, using naturally raised local meats, fresh org... read more

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto. Allan Gardens Conservatory is a major landmark and tourist attraction in downtown Toronto. A botanical gem in the heart of the city, Allan Garde... read more

Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto. Allan Gardens Conservatory is a major landmark and tourist attraction in downtown Toronto. A botanical gem in the heart of the city, Allan Garde... read more

Allan Gardens is one of Toronto's oldest public parks and has a 16,000 sf conservatory home to many rare tropical plants sourced from all over the word. Open 10am - 5pm it's a great place to visit.

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A funky old coffee house that is open from 7 am to 11 pm. Was a fair trade coffee place 15 years before coffee was cool. Wifi.

This is a very cozy coffee shop. Perfect for curling up with a good book or bringing a laptop to get some work done. You may even rub shoulders with people working in the film industry.

Eclectic coffee shop with lots of cozy seats open until 11pm if you're looking for a low key non-bar evening vibe.


Big Crow

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 176 Dupont St·Map·Hours·Website·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Backyard BBQ extension of popular Annex greasy spoon Rose and Sons, serves up a daily cookout of grilled lobsters, porchetta sausages and baby back ribs so juicy you'll need to be Scotchguarded.

BBQ spot behind Rose & Sons - casual atmosphere and great food

Great BBQ. Like summer camp for adults. Make a reservation!

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I love Vietnamese food! I love the BBQ pork on rice noodles. They have vegetarian options too. This place is fresh, big and fast. And in a great spot, near Kensington Market.

If you're looking for inexpensive simple and good Vietnamese food, check out Pho Hu'ng!

Great pho for a great price right in the middle of China Town! Cash only ATM located in the basement.

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Ultimate Hole-In-the-Wall! Serving great Local, Craft beers on tap and a good selection of Whisky's! Wearing a suit will probably get you kicked out;)

Unapologetic Dive Bar. Great Kensington Market Scene. Awesome Summer Patio. Everyone is Welcome - as long as you're not a D*ck.

If a tiny hole in the wall type bar is your style, Ronnie's is it!! It's dark, its kinda dingy and smells like incense... and it's super cool! It's got an insanely busy patio in the summer months. ... read more


Beaver Cafe

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 1192 Queen St W·Map·Hours·Website·

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brunch in the morning, Coffee by day, gay bar by night. This is my local and I want to share it with you.

Queer friendly brunch spot that's popular with the drag scene later at night, yes.

Former gallery that mixes art with comfort food, brunch & nightly dance parties, plus a patio.



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 11 Duncan St·Map·Hours·Website·

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Restaurant! (8 min walk)

Luxe, 2-story restaurant putting a contemporary spin on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine & cocktails.

Contemporary spin on Eastern Mediterranean cuisine & cocktails!

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar and restaurant. Great music and cocktails. Amazing friend chicken sandwich !

Creative interpretations of American-inspired dishes.

Really great all around spot... dont forget to check out Locals Only under it


Mamakas Taverna

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 80 Ossington Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Authentic, elegant taverna on Ossington just steps away. Open market themed restaurant makes it feel like your eating in Greece. BOOMtastic.

This place is like you've entered Greece (even the wines are Greek!). Great atmosphere. One of our favourite spots to have dinner with friends. The dishes are traditional and we love them - the ... read more

Fingerlickingly good traditional Greek food in modern surroundings. A must stop on the Ossington strip and reservation are absolutely necessarily.

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One on King West's newest hotspots located at the trendy Thompson Hotel. It is a rooftop bar with a pool. A great day party with a pool, and it heats up with even more action at night.

A sophisticated rooftop patio that has one of the best views in the city. Have a cocktail or a glass of wine while enjoying the view of the Toronto skyline.

Great rooftop pool, they have an indoor and outdoor area. 360 view of downtown Toronto while mingling with young professionals.

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Incredible brunch, more on the high-class and pricey side, but the West Coast Toast eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and a dollop of caviar is *incredible*.

A Tex-Mex diner, this is my favourite brunch spot in the city! I always order the Huevos Divorciados, a masterpiece of eggs, tortillas, and red and green salsas. Order half salad/half fries.

A fantastic brunch spot with plenty of brunchy goodness and tasty lunch options. They even have plenty of options to make different meals vegan or gluten-free, if needed. The smoothies are delici... read more


Rhum Corner

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 926 Dundas St W·Map·Hours·Website·

24 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A great little cocktail bar and restaurant on the hip Dundas West strip, serving delicious Haitian food and strong rum cocktails. Take home a jar of their pikliz (incredibly moreish spicy pickled c... read more

Laid-back watering hole serving Haitian grub & rum cocktails in a narrow, muraled setting.

Cheap and tasty food, fun drinks, like frescos and slushies and buckets of rhum. So much rhum. The spiced rhum and ginger is to die for.

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

People watching outdoor patio right a the TIFF building. Serving local fresh food with Grab and Go counter for breakfast. You can definely feel the Toronto Vibe at this downtown corner.

Casual eatery on the main floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox with a varied menu, plus grab-&-go bites.

Healthy, quick and affordable meals right near all the action at the Bell TIFF Lightbox.

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great concerts and shows, and a ten minute walk from the house.

Old music hall playing live interactive shows

Eat gyros and listen to amazing concerts.

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This state-of-the-art Indoor community pool. Is a great place to check out if you've got kids, use the lap pool or wanna soak up in their hot tub "jacuzzi". Open all year round and Free for all. P... read more

Features a 25 meter lap pool, leisure pool, spa pool, tarzan rope, diving board and water slide. Universal change rooms allow for full accessibility for all patrons.

This stand alone aquatic facility features a Lap Pool, Leisure Pool, Warm Water Pool, Tarzan Rope, Diving Board and Water Slide.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is THE spot for summer patio pool parties. Probably why this is also one of the best places to spot celebrities in Toronto.

A Vegas and Miami-inspired pool bar open during the days on the weekend. You're enchanted by the gorgeous Toronto skyline.

Cabana Pool Bar at Polson Pier transforms Toronto’s east end waterfront into a day / night party spot with private cabanas, daybeds & room for 2500 sun lovers.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best coffee you will ever have made by the friendliest staff that will ever serve you.

Nice little cafe shop, with wonderful espressos and caffe macchiato. Pastries are delicious.

Specialty coffee drinks made with house-roasted beans are poured, plus light fare & baked goods.

253 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Toronto's main rail and subway transportation points. Travelers coming from Pearson Airport via the Union-Pearson Express (UP express) will arrive here. Also travelers using the free shuttle from B... read more

Union Station is the primary railway station and intercity transportation facility in Toronto. The Union Pearson Express travels between Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2... read more

You can arrive from the airport shuttle into Union, walk to Tourism Ontario, and then have a snack at McDonald's or Tim Horton's coffee shop before you either catch an Uber or Taxi on the street, o... read more

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the newest craft beer bars in Toronto just a 15 minute walk. Sample craft beer and take home a bottle or two.

Arguably some of the best craft beer in the city served fresh in a quaint and beautiful working brewery. Hang out with locals at the tasting bar or buy your beer to go. 10 min walk.

This is a relatively new craft brewery by entrepreneurs combining a love of baseball and beer. Go for a tour.

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Delicious home baked goods and ice cream. They have ice cream sandwiches. The cakes and cookies here are so flavourful and delicious and the staff really friendly.

Try the home made ice cream sandwiches - YUM! Everything they make is delicious. My celiac sister swears that their gluten free cookies are amazing.

Great place to rest, have a coffee, or do some laptop work. They make amazing pastries and ice cream sandwiches. I love it because they are open late as well. (10pm)

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Open from 7am until 11pm this modern upbeat grocery store has a great selection of fresh produce, packaged foods and an extensive deli section with a variety of prepared and ready to eat dishes. Cl... read more

A grocery store that have everything you need, Its in our building. You need to go to ground floor and use the escalator. You don't need to leave the building. Opens daily from 7:00AM till 11:00PM.

Toronto's version of Gelsons. Specialty cheeses, food, built in drug store. You could go forth and find better prices but it's very convenient coming here.

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A local pub with a great beer selection and good pub fare. This place has a laid back feel; great for a low key evening after a long day of sightseeing.

Great brunch, and just right around the corner. They have a great patio for the summer months. It could be busy, depending on the time of day.

Awesome brunch spot in the middle of Toronto's popular gay district.