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

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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.

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

163 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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.

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

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Lee

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 601 King St W·Map·Hours·Website·

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

#34

Nadege

Food SceneBakeries
780 Queen St W·Map·Hours·Website·

99 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.

A little bit of France in Toronto. The croissants are divine and the macaroons unparalleled. A coffee and macaroon on the patio facing the park is pure decadence.

Chef-owned, bright & modern French patisserie for pastries, croissants, macarons & chocolate - has great sandwiches too (IG: @nadegetoronto)

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Canada's Premier Amusement Park Canada's Wonderland is Canada's Premier Amusement Park featuring over 200 attractions, 69 thrilling rides, North America's greatest variety of roller coasters, and ... read more

Canada's Wonderland is a 330-acre (130 ha) theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario, a suburb approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Downtown Toronto. Opened in 1981 by the Taft Broadcasting Co... read more

Canada's Wonderland or as the locals call it "Wonderland" is a amusement park with a ton of rides, roller coasters, huge water park and entertainment. If you plan on going, go early to get on the r... read more

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you have the choice between seeing a movie here or at Dundas Square please choose this theatre. Its much better run and for some reason guests at this theatre behave much better. Try the gourmet... read more

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).

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

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Want to catch a Raptors, Jays or Leafs game and can't get tickets? Well Real Sports is the place. It is adjacent to the Air Canada Center (about a 10 minute walk). It's features the biggest scre... read more

Experience the most exciting match-ups played out in supersize at Real Sports Bar & Grill. Derived from the dreams of sports fans like you who dared to want a brilliant place to cheer for the team!

Giant TV screen in the main area, lots of other TVs all around, the crowd gets loud when the game is on. Best place for a game night (besides being live at the game, of course)!

107 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of Canada's most renowned concert halls, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and premier venue for the gala screenings of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Roy Thomson Hall is a concert hall located at 60 Simcoe Street in Toronto, Ontario. It is the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

A concert hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located downtown in the city's entertainment district, it is home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

179 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Toronto's hippest park - come for the scene, stay for the great coffee and ice cream from White Squirrel (at the southern end of the park, on Queen Street), or pick up fish and chips from Chippy's ... read more

I'm all for a late morning weekend walk to Bellwoods in the summer. It's not too far away but it can take hours to get to if you are passing through the crowds and shops along Queen West. But on th... read more

Trinity Bellwoods is a large city park full of life. On a sunny day you'll have hipsters lying on blankets, families enjoying picnics and playing with frisbees, couples walking their dogs, musician... read more

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great burgers including vegetarian versions. Open 24/7. One of two favourite late night haunts in downtown Toronto (the other is Betty's on King Street West - worth the travel across town).

This is a 24-hour diner that often makes cameos in films and commercials with its vintage, lived-in look. Good selection of local beer for less $ per pint than anywhere else, daily drink specials, ... read more

A gorgeously restored 1940s diner with great diner food (burgers, poutines, boozy milkshakes, and even some great salads) and super cheap drink specials ($2 beers!!!). Free wifi and open 24 hours.

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Roomy sports bar with patio and mezzanine seating serving a menu of hearty Canadian fare and drinks.

Wonderful trendy place, where you can enjoy excellent bar food in a casual upscale atmosphere. This bar is also known for it's large patio with live band.

A good spot if you want to stay close to home. Trendy atmosphere, decent food and nice bar. TV's behind the bar if you want to watch sports.

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Any night of the week, the place that brought the Snack Bar concept to Toronto has got delicious tasters, cocktails, and a great beer list, all while blasting hip-hop or showcasing a jazz band.

Love, love, love this place! Little hidden gem full of locals. Good drinks (made to order - no cocktail menu!), good beer selection, and tasty snacks way past other kitchens closing time

416 snack bar is a great place to grab a drink and some fantastic appetizers. My favourite is their spicy tuna handroll... I know, so much Japanese food I'm recommending but it's sooo good! So far ... read more

#44

Gladstone Hotel

Everything Else
$$· 1214 Queen Street West·Map·Website·

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is an eclectic spot that you will want to come back to time and again : they say it best "Housed in a 19th-century Victorian building, this trendy hotel on the streetcar line is 1.1 km from Tr... read more

The Gladstone is another hip venue in the city, attracting local artisans and various characters. Paint night, live music, karaoke, trivia nights, open cellar mondays, 90s kid tuesdays. Check out t... read more

Live Music and Karaoke on Friday and Saturday Nights. The Melody Bar at the Gladstone offers events almost every night of the week, including Music Bingo on Wednesdays!

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Aaaaaaahhhhhh! Vegans, non-vegans, and everything in between. Delicious doesn't even begin to cover it. 3 locations in Toronto. (www.freshrestaurants.ca)

Looking for a healthy treat? This restaurant, just steps from the unit has great healthy food and drinks. Try one of their signature dishes like the Dragon with soba noodles - very yummy!

For vegetarian options in Toronto, Fresh is by far our favourite place to go. With a creative fusion menu there's something for everyone. Pro-tip: try the quinoa-battered onion rings with mushroo... read more

94 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A 2000 seat playhouse, the first privately owned and financed theatre built in Canada since 1907 "a glittering glass jewelry case, a sparkling glimpse into a spectacle of total design."

One of the Mirvish Theatres, located in the heart of Toronto's vibrant Theater District. Go online for show information and schedules at: www.mirvish.com/ticketinfo

The Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2000-seat theatre located at 300 King Street West in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District in the downtown area.

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The Dakota Tavern

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$$· 249 Ossington Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

80 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Dakota Tavern is a subterranean throwback to the dusty saloons depicted in classic American westerns. Sunday brunch (12-3) is the best time to dine at The Dakota - stellar all-you-can-eat.

Great bluegrass and rockabilly bands and a lively Nashville atmosphere. Check out the Sunday bluegrass brunch at 11am (get in line early!)

Live bluegrass music. Old school Saloon vibe. Guaranteed good time. They do a sunday brunch with live music. Fun to take the kids, let them dance up a storm. Food is not terrific, the kids will lov... read more

#48

Buca

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 604 King Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Delightful Italian with a menu that changes on a daily basis. A great place to start is the salumi di buca with nodini ( warm bread knots)

One of the best Italian restaurants in the city. Located just down the street from the condo. Reservations are recommended. Parent restaurant to bar Buca on Portland St. If you can't get a tabl... read more

Rated one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto. Fresh pastas, house-made salumi and thin crusted pizzas are to be praised. This place also has some adventurous dishes such as crispy pig ears ... read more

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Tasty and well priced! Small cappuccinos made with organic milk, friendly servers and blond and dark roast coffee. Hhm hhm

The Common is my favourite coffee place in our neighbourhood. The coffee is amazing. It's filled with artists who live in the neighbourhood, who come to chat, work, or grab a drink to go. Cash only.

Indie coffee shop. Sparsely decorated with beige wooden furniture, the shop has a homely feel to it. There are a few tables that are normally hogged by students with their laptops, while the long b... read more

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Enjoy local freshly brewed beers from their spacious seasonla patio overlooking lake ontario and the island airport

Enjoy a bite or sample some craft beer at this well-known brew pub, and don't forget to check out their on-site store for a few liquid souvenirs.

14,000-sq.-ft. lakeside brewery, restaurant & retail space that pairs craft beer with local foods

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Le Sélect Bistro

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 432 Wellington Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Classic French food & a wine list of over 1,000 bottles, with vintage posters lining the walls. Perfect for a quiet romantic evening without all the fuss.

Classic French food & a wine list of over 1,000 bottles, with vintage posters lining the walls. They do a great brunch and their patio in the summer is just what you need to relax.

Le Sélect is a Parisian-style​ French Bistro with an authentic atmosphere and comprehensive menu. Classic French food & a wine list of over 1,000 bottles, with vintage posters lining the walls. Res... read more

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you love beer you have to check out the bier market, more choices from around the world than you can count and an excellent night spot - dress nicely!

Upmarket brasserie with over 150 brands of beer, plus live music & a Belgian menu of seasonal fare.

Extensive beer selection of over 150 European beers and craft offerings from 30 different countries. Bier Market is the perfect destination for any occasion.

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A ping pong club owned by Susan Sarandon...Whaaaaa?!? Food, drinks and Yes...Ping Pong.

A bar and a Ping Pong Hall all-in-on. Go on a date or challenge a friend to a game while sipping a cocktail and listening to beats at this cool place located a few blocks away on King Street. You... read more

This is Toronto's only ping-pong themed bar. With 12 ping-pong tables and two bars, it's like your coolest friend's basement on steroids. An extensive cocktail menu, an upscale bar food menu, and g... read more

69 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're gonna have some vietnamese food go to Ossington. We are on team Golden Turtle but some people swear by Pho Tien Tan. Honestly they are both good. But we love how fresh everything taste. B... read more

There are two great Vietnamese restaurants on Ossington nearby. I favour Golden Turtle for my pho cravings (vegan pho also available). $

One of the best Pho's in Toronto; check out the long turf war between two family operated Pho restaurants: Tien Thanh (also on Ossington; this one if my personally fav: looks ghetto, but BOOM!)

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Fresh On Crawford

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 894 Queen Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Smoothies & healthy, deliciious dishes. An absolute favourite with vegetarian & non-vegetarian, tourists & Torontonians

Great healthy food--salads, wraps, burgers, and bowls. Almost all items on the menu are vegan. Juices and smoothies also available.

Great for all meals of the day. Vegetarian/vegan/health-conscious meals and smoothies, sit-down or takeaway. My favourite is the All-Star salad with 3-6-9 dressing but you can't go wrong with anyth... read more

252 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Toronto Islands are a chain of small islands located just offshore from the city centre. The islands are home to parkland, the island airport, a small residential community, several boat clubs,... read more

Don't miss this stunning Toronto favourite! The Toronto Islands is one huge park, featuring lovely beaches (hint: Gibraltar Point is the best and most private beach on the island, although the more... read more

The Toronto Islands are such a cool place to go. Just at the base of the city and a short ferry ride across to the island. There are three ferries you can take to the three different islands - Cent... read more

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Second City theatres in Toronto and Chicago are world-famous, and have produced an incredible number of top comics. Take in a show, or try their Monday evening drop-in improv class!

Guaranteed night of laughter. Tickets aren't too expensive and it's full of great sketch comedy and improv. You may even be able to get same-day tickets if lucky

If you are looking for a great night out with lots of laughs, check out The Second City Toronto. They put up some hilarious shows, and you can even have a drink while you watch. If you are in town ... read more

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Banh Mi Boys

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 392 Queen Street West·Map·Hours·Website·

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Talk about multiculti mashup! Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches on flaky house-baked buns get stuffed with five-spiced pork belly and shredded duck confit rather than mystery meat.

Banh Mi Boys has amazing kimchi french fries, it's like a korean poutine! Innncredible, they dont have small sizes so either share with a friend or get it if you're absolutely starving! Their banh ... read more

Another fast food joint you should check out if you're on Queen West. Vietnamese style sandwiches (Banh Mis), tacos and you won't want to miss the kimchi fries.

144 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dont let the commercial shops fool you, go south one on one lane off queen st west from John till barthurst, you will see so many amazing graffitti built up and freshly being sprayed @ the back alley.

Head west beyond Spadina and Bathurst on Queen St West and you'll find the boutiques and shops the strip is known for (maybe not quite as far west as the marker on the map)

Toronto’s Art and Design District boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage, shoe stores and craft and sewing supplies. It’s a goldmine for the fashion-hungry! At night the neighbourhood offer... read more

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Bar Raval

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 505 College St·Map·Hours·Website·

73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A recently opened spin-off of Bar Isabel, Raval is already one of the city's trendiest destinations. Excellent pinchos (small southern Spanish bites), coffee and drinks in a truly unique environment.

This bar/ restaurant is one of Toronto's trendiest for its amazing cocktails, delicious Spanish tapas and wild decor. Go early to get your name on the list, they don't take reservations.

This is one of Toronto's hot spots, the place is tiny but so very stunning. Inspired by Gaudi, it has been called the most beautiful bar in Toronto and I have to agree, it is all that. Food is also... read more