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

#61

Woodbine Beach

Parks & NatureBeaches
1675 Lake Shore Blvd E·Map·Website·

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing waterfront in the warmer temperatures. Great to just hang out, have a picnic, go for a bike ride or walk. For those more sports inclined, you will find about 100 beach volleyball courts b... read more

Woodbine Beach is the largest of the four beaches in the Beaches in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located along Lake Shore Boulevard at the foot of Woodbine Avenue, it is next to Ashbridge's Bay and Ke... read more

This is a fun place to be in Toronto in the summer. Pack a picnic, rent a paddle board or join a game of beach volleyball. You can bike, rollerblade, scooter or run and along the paved pathways and... read more

147 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Beaches is Toronto's top sandy destination for a bit of sunbathing, some beach volleyball or maybe just a stroll on the boardwalk. There are 4 beaches: Balmy, Scaroboro, Kew and Woodbine.

A beautiful boardwalk lines the sandy beach along lake ontario. If you're an early bird, this is the best spot to catch the sunrise. The tag on the map shows the beach far east but you can head str... read more

You may be surprised to find a real beach in Toronto, but it's here, and it's great. There is a nice boardwalk and park area which is nice for a picnic or bike ride. Queen St East (just north of th... read more

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Flagship of Canada's biggest luxury department store brand - incredibly curated store with both a great take away counter (basement) or a sharp place for a nibbly lunch and bubbles! Warning: $$$$$

High end men's and women's clothing. Walk along the rest of Bloor as well for high end brands such as Tiffany's, Gucci, Louis Vuitton.

Walk up and down Bloor Street to see the top fashion stores in Toronto. Here you'll see everything from Holt Renfrew, to Tiffany's, to Louis Vuitton.

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The smell of Banjara's kitchen can be sensed from blocks away. Upon arrival, you'll then be transported on a culinary adventure down the spice route. For South Indian style, head next door to Madras.

Really wonderful Indian food on the edge of Christie Pits. Can get busy, so call ahead for reservation if you can. They also do takeout and delivery.

The best Indian food I have found in Toronto. There are great Indian restaurants in Little India but they don't deliver this far west. For anyone form the UK this is the place to go.

#65

PAI

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 18 Duncan St·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Extremely busy Northern Thai restaurant, run by Chef Nuit, a local legend for Thai cooking. This place has more than just your average green curry or pad thai - my personal favourite is the Pad Gra... read more

YUM. Everything here is absolutely delicious and tastes so fresh, the most authentic Thai food you'll get in the city. It's the same owners as Sukho Thai as well. Their khao soi with braised beef ... read more

Best Thai food in the city at a great price! Open later on weekends. Get the pad thai and khao soi, and ask for the drink special of the day

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Air Canada Centre is a multi-purpose indoor sporting arena located on Bay Street in the South Core district of Downtown Toronto, it is also the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Toronto ... read more

Air Canada Centre is Canada's premiere sports and entertainment venue and home to the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club, Toronto Raptors basketball club, and the Toronto Rock lacrosse team. The Air C... read more

Air Canada Centre is Canada's premiere sports and entertainment venue and home to the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club, Toronto Raptors basketball club, and the Toronto Rock lacrosse team.

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The historic, 2,200-seat Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly Canon Theatre) began as a vaudeville and movie theatre in the 1920′s, the most elegant theatre of its time.

Watch broadway! This is a beautiful venue that ensures good acoustics and angles to see everything happening on stage. Check to see what shows are on now: www.mirvish.com

A historic film and play theatre, initially known as the Pantages Theatre, then the Imperial Theatre and later the Canon Theatre, before it was renamed in honour of Ed Mirvish.

#68

Union

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 72 Ossington Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

62 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Inspired by the classic Paris bistro and its simple, hearty fare. A contemporary take on traditional dishes, and plenty of bold surprises along the way. Only Ontario farm fresh, locally grown product.

#33 of 6,656 Restaurants in Toronto Certificate of Excellence Union was inspired by the classic Paris bistro and its simple, hearty fare. It’s a neighbourhood local with a contemporary take on trad... read more

Go here for brunch, lunch or dinner. Union plates and amazing array of dishes. Whether your in the mood for a traditional burger or steak tartare, Union has got you covered. Be warned, many other... read more

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Get ready to dive into some goooood BBQ! Small, crowded & kind of reminds you of an indoor backyard in the Southern States. It's a restaurant you visit when even the cocktail drinkers feel like a beer

Awesome BBQ restaurant. Small plates, awesome food, home brews. Open for dinner only. Also, check out their sister restaurant (in this guide) Grand Electric. Taco and Bourbon bar.

Expensive as all get out, but worth every penny. The meat is flavourful, the portions are extremely generous, and the service is attentive. The only downside is the small size of the restaurant, wh... read more

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're looking for some awesome greasy food, this is hands down the best burger in the city. Try the 'Pope' off of their secret menu ;)

One of the best fast-food burgers in Toronto, especially if you order off the secret menu. They also have ice cream sandwiches, which are always a plus.

You might need to take a street car during the winter to get here, but well worth it. Nice walk in warmer temps. Best burger joint in TO, even Beiber said so, and he's had the best of everything!

106 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Science and nature enthusiasts unite! Spend your rainy and sunny days checking out the latest exhibits focused on science and nature. Hands-on exhibits for all ages!

If you're traveling with kids, the Ontario Science Center has a floor dedicated to kids play. Entertainment for hours. There is a restaurant at the lowest level and a very nice outdoor courtyard i... read more

The Science Centre is incredible, with a lot of interactive activities for kids, and adults, as well as having astonishingly beautiful films available on the IMAX screen. Check ahead for shows and... read more

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A busy and cozy bar with great beer on tap and a yummy fresh menu. I do love their big back patio with wood burning stove(!). Another secret locals spot. Lotsa local musicians go there.

This was the first "hip bar" to appear in Bloordale and has become a staple. They have a big patio with a wood burning fireplace. A popular place to start an evening. Their kitchen is good too.

Really great place! Super cool without trying too hard - amazing back patio in the summer time. Great draft selection, awesome food.

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This area hosts lots of different trade shows such as the Home Show. Our fav event is the actually Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Which runs the 2 weeks prior to labour day weekend (location ... read more

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) also known as "The Ex" is one of North America’s largest annual fairs. The CNE offers up 18 days of amusement park rides, live entertainment, food, shopping, ... read more

"Let's Go To the Ex"! That's the jingle they use to advertise this. There is a fair every summer from Aug 19th - Sept 5th, lots of games to play and win prizes like stuffed animals, and some rides ... read more

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great food 24 hours a day, part of the swanky Thompson hotel.

It's 4am and you are in the mood for some good eats. Thompson Diner is the answer!

Late night? Hungover? Head here for a greasy breakfast. Open from 6AM - 3AM!

267 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival style house and gardens in midtown that is now a museum and landmark. It was built as a residence for financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt. Casa Loma was constructed from ... read more

Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House) is a Gothic Revival style house and gardens in midtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that is now a museum and landmark. It was built as a residence for financier Sir ... read more

Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House) is a Gothic Revival style house and gardens in midtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, that is now a museum and landmark. It was built as a residence for financier Sir ... read more

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great breakfast/brunch place. Has a bit of a Mexican twist. The chef puts together what appear to be strange combinations of food but they work so well. I've never left a crumb on my plate :-)

Sweet & savoury brunch, plus sandwiches & salads for lunch, in a simple, quirky space - weekends bring long lines, so get there early! (IG: @savinggraceto)

Best brunch in the city and down the street from our place. Try to get there as early as possible because they are known for their crazy lines. Wait time is usually around an hour, but the food is ... read more

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Stock up on wine, beer or spirits at this convenient outpost of Ontario's government run liquor store.

Conveniently located liquor store in the same building as the Longo's.

This is where we buy alcohol, beer, and liquor in Ontario.

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This popular Cabbagetown pub is an all-around good bet - a super selection of brews and scotch, plus great food. And the kitchen is flexible about substitutions or accommodating your taste/needs.

Busy pub that pours local & global beers, plus chic bar bites & British fare. Great food, reasonable prices and always consistent. Good place to hang and have a few drinks too (patio)

It's the best upscale pub in Cabbagetown with terrific food and a great selection of beer and wine. Never had anything bad here, I love their spinach salad, and the fish and chips served with the f... read more

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This restaurant caters to a diverse community with a wide range of menu items including vegan and gluten free options. The freshest food is presented to you in a unique format with all menu items m... read more

Stylish bar offering a lengthy wine list, 16 beers on tap & an eclectic menu, plus a spacious patio.

Williams Landing is a stylish bar offering a lengthy wine list, 16 beers on tap & an eclectic menu, plus a spacious patio. We love the food here at any time of the day!

#80

Thompson Toronto

Everything Else
550 Wellington St W·Map·Hours·Website·

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Home of Collette (French Patiserie/ Restaurant) 1812 Night Club, Roof Top Bar/Lounge and Outdoor Infinity Pool, Wabora (Japanese Fusion Restaurant) and The Diner (24 Hour Restaurant).

Cafe Collette in The Thompson Hotel is a lovely room with excellent food for lunch, dinner & weekend brunch. An 8 minute walk from the house.

There's a rooftop bar and pool! There's a nightclub in the lower level! There's a nice bar lounge on the main floor! 24-hour diner to satisfy your munchies! One stop shop for nightlife (but surroun... read more

63 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best homemade gelato and ice cream in Toronto!! Line ups become very long after dinner but you can bypass by buying a pint of ice cream from their freezer instead of a cone!! :)

Amazing and huge selection of handmade ice cream, gelato & sorbet flavours, plus ice cream cakes & jars of artisanal sundae sauce.

Whether it's an after dinner ice cream cone or a Sunday afternoon treat, Ed's ice cream is among the best in the city, as the usual out-the-door lineup attests.

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sneaky Dee's is the quintessential punk dive bar, a longtime institution of Toronto's downtown core that caters to the young and cash-strapped. Great nachos.

Best nachos in town and cheap beer specials. This dirty, graffitied college bar is cheap and cheerful, but not the cleanest.

Sneaky Dee's is a happening spot. This restaurant/bar is well known to most of students in TO. Don't get discourage by it's outside look. It has most delicious Mexican food ever! I especially like ... read more

59 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cozy, quaint and cool. Nothing fancy, just the way we like it. Small but decent selection of beers on tap. Monday nights you all become one big happy (actually) family and choose which record plays... read more

Great small place. It's where I work. Everybody is welcome regardless of age or social scene. Amazing Jazz Manouche show Saturday afternoons, 4pm - 7pm. Other times there's a great Juke Box.

This place is well known to locals but tourists will have a hard time finding it. It's a hole in the wall at the corner of Dundas and Ossington. What makes it so legendary is the crowd and the staf... read more

#84

Barque Smokehouse

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 299 Roncesvalles Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

BBQ all-year round! For 2 or more try their "Smokers Choice" ($39/person) - a sampling menu of their delicious smoked meats, sides, and dessert.

Meat, meat and more meat! Amazing BBQ ribs, chicken, wings, brisket, sausage and sides (veggies included). Go for the Sunday family meal if you are really hungry and want to try it all.

Awesome upscale BBQ joint. Hot spot for weekend brunches. Get your name on the list early and then grab a coffee at LIT or Extra Butter and wander the Roncy strip until your name pops up.

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Traditional Japanese Restaurant that will honestly take you by surprise. We definitely recommend you visit this establishment as it's one of the best experiences in Toronto.

Pub-like Japanese restaurant with amazing food and saki. They all shout greetings throughout the night with huge smiles.

"The staff is high-energy and the food is spectacular" at these "authentic", "always-bumping" Japanese izakayas delivering "little dishes that'll tickle…

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I lived in Italy, and I find it difficult to recommend an Italian restaurant in Toronto. So far Cibo has a good menu and a good list of wines, besides the atmosphere is great.

'Rustic Italian' - great food & nice atmosphere for a night out. AND they take reservations which is rare in this neighbourhood! Great for parties/Bdays/etc with private rooms & sharing plates. ... read more

Cibo Wine Bar brings authentic rustic Italian flare blended with a vibrant nightlife and has become the new hot spot in the stylish King West neighbourhood of Toronto. This Italian restaurant and ... read more

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I'm so grateful to live close to a theatre dedicated to documentaries! It's particularly fun during the Hot Docs festival annually end of April, but they run other doc festivals throughout the year.

Charming theatre serving up nostalgia, snacks, beer, and excellent films, both documentaries and independant. Home of the annual Hot Docs Film Festival every spring, they also screen 3 films/day al... read more

If you are a lover of documentary films, you will adore this newly renovated theatre. The Bloor offers a list of award winning docs which is refreshed every two weeks. You'll also appreciate the wa... read more

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great vibe. Relaxed. Local hangout. Can watch the game and have truly great pub food. The best Mac n' Cheese!! - made with three different cheeses and truffle oil. Hooch hour from 5-7 everyday.

Sports bar with decent food and a large bar to sit at if you're dining/drinking solo. Great brunch on the weekends and gets rowdy Fri/Sat night.

Prohibition has a diverse menu: my personal favourites are the smoked chicken nachos and the chicken lollipops. Drinks are cheap during "Hooch Hour" daily from 4pm to 7pm. Also, great bar and dan... read more

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lots of animals from all over the world, lovely lay-out with lots of space for the animals. Pavilions galore, so it's even enjoyable during the colder weather - but lots of walking. Bring a strol... read more

The Toronto Zoo is a zoo located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded by Hugh A. Crothers, an industrialist who became the first Chairman of the Metro Toronto Zoological Society in 1966, the zoo op... read more

Definitely one of the top zoos in the world. I would say that it beats San Diego Zoo! It's a massive area and lots of walking. So be prepared to bring a backpack with your lunch, lots of water an... read more

58 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen is a brunch restaurant on the west end of King Street. The place is found on a small plaza where it is almost always packed on weekend brunch. Reservations are highly recom... read more

Everyone goes here for the pancakes. They almost have a biscuit consistency on the outside and fluffy moist texture once you bite in. With a side of rosemary bacon, which comes with 8 slices, it is... read more

The open kitchen of this relaxed, modern spot serves international fare & brunch on weekends. If you like pancakes, you will love the blueberry pancakes on the menu.​