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3 Days in Toronto

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With its many districts and ethnic diversity, Toronto is a city of many things to many people. It can be the perfect place for the art lover, the luxury traveler, or even the adrenaline junkie. This guide will cater for them all. There is plenty to do in Toronto, but these are my top recommendations, just to give you sampling of this eclectic city in 3 short days.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

15 Places

4 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

St. Lawrence Market

Architectural Buildings, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Paddington's Pump Restaurant

Restaurants

Centre Island

Islands

Distillery Historic District

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

El Catrin

Restaurants

Day 2

Our spot

Restaurants

Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue

Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets

Edge Walk at the CN Tower

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Rogers Centre

Arenas & Stadiums, Sports Complexes

Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada

Educational sites, Aquariums

Day 3

Cluny Bistro

Restaurants

Yorkville

Neighbourhoods

Kit Kat

Restaurants

Princess of Wales Theatre

Theatres

Roof Lounge - Park Hyatt

Restaurants

Kait L's City Tips

  • The city's numerous neighborhoods each have their own unique flare. Try to get a taste of as many as you can.
  • All of Toronto's major league stadiums are in the downtown core. Be sure to catch a game and cheer along with the loyal Toronto fans.
  • Toronto's street cars are a great way to get around downtown, but avoid using them in rush hour traffic (take the subway instead).
  • Check for local festivals, concerts, or events. There is always something exciting going on.
    Day 1
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    St. Lawrence Market
    Architectural Buildings, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kait L Says:

    Start your day off early by heading to St. Lawrence Market for a taste of some of Toronto's best flavors. The historic marketplace, which dates back to 1803, is full of local vendors selling everything from cheese, cured meats, and fresh fish to produce, mustard, and baked goods. Get there early for the best samplings!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Most vendors will give you a sample of their offers. Try them. They are delicious.
    • Don't miss the lower level. It's filled with just as many great spots.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 08/12/2016
    • a great weekend event if you are ok with crowds 07/12/2016
    • St. Lawrence Market
    Address:
    92-95 Front St. E.
    Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-7219
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    08:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    05:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Paddington's Pump Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Canadian)
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    Kait L Says:

    Grab a quick breakfast at this classic spot. The food is good, the service is usually fast, and the prices are great. Located right inside the St. Lawrence Market, it is the perfect spot to eat if all the sampling and shopping at the local stalls hasn't already filled you up!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • It's a busy spot, but the lines usually move quickly.
    • Paddinton buys all its ingredients from the market. Eating here is a great way to support the local vendors.
    • If you're not already inside the market, there is an entrance at the inner corner, off Front Street.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #269 of 5,749 restaurants in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • "Our hollandaise gets great reviews" 20/11/2016
    • Great food. Good value. Excellent service. 19/11/2016
    • Paddington's Pump Restaurant
    Address:
    92 Front St E
    St. Lawrence Market, Upper Level 45
    Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-368-6955
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 17:00
    Mon
    07:00 - 17:00
    Tue - Fri
    06:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    06:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Centre Island
    Islands
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    Kait L Says:

    Centre Island is Toronto's playground. No matter what your age, the island offers something for everyone, from a small amusement park for kids to bicycle rentals to row boats. Plus, there's the iconic Alice in Wonderland-style Shubbery Maze to get lost in, which was recently restored to its former glory by a Toronto businessman who remembered it fondly from his childhood. Its 50 square meters of nature offers a truly refreshing break from the bustling city!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To get there, take the island ferry from the harbor (situated down the hill from St. Lawrence Market, next to the Westin Harbour Castle hotel).
    • If you don't have time to explore the island, the ferry ride alone offers a great view of the Toronto skyline.
    • There are tons of great spots to have a picnic here, so bring lots of goodies with you from the St. Lawrence Market.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • as a torontonian and visitor a must see 03/12/2016
    • Provides a good streatch for walking/biking in a nature setting. 01/12/2016
    • Centre Island
    Phone:
    +1 416-203-0405
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Distillery Historic District
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Kait L Says:

    One of Toronto's trendiest neighborhoods, the Distillery District is the perfect place for any foodie to visit. With numerous breweries and mouth-watering restaurants to pick from, you'll be torn when deciding where to eat here. This area of old brick factories that have been converted into numerous restaurants, storefronts, and art galleries, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city to walk around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you have time, stop into one of the breweries for a tour and a tasting.
    • Bring your own lock and add it to the Love Lock mural. (If you forget one, the nearby store Biltmore Domicile sells them cheaply as well as decorations to make your love lock unique.)
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great history and quirky shops 08/12/2016
    • Christmas Marktt 08/12/2016
    • Distillery Historic District
    Address:
    55 Mill St
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-364-1177
    Other:
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    El Catrin
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Central American)
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    Kait L Says:

    If you still have room to taste more, head to El Catrin for Baja fish tacos, fresh guacamole, and flavored margaritas. They serve up amazing Mexican food and have a youthful and eclectic atmosphere you won't want to miss.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • I advise making reservations well in advance for a table here at dinner time.
    • The outdoor patio is first come first serve.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 5,749 restaurants in Toronto
    • One of our Favorite Restaurants was just Feeling Average Last Night 08/12/2016
    • The best! 07/12/2016
    • El Catrin
    Address:
    18 Tank House Lane
    Distillery District
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-203-2121
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 23:00
    Fri
    11:30 - 01:00
    Sat
    10:30 - 13:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Our spot
    Restaurants (Cafe, Canadian)
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    Kait L Says:

    Start your morning off with a great cup of coffee and savory breakfast at Our Spot in Kensington. This is always my favorite spot for breakfast when I'm in the city. It's a cozy place to ease into an exciting day of activity.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • If you can, grab a spot by the window ledge and watch the pedestrian traffic through the market.
    • Try the lima beans as an alternative to breakfast potatoes. They are delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #601 of 5,749 restaurants in Toronto
    • Friendly, Fast and Affordable 04/12/2016
    • A perfect Breakfast 04/12/2016
    • Our spot
    Address:
    180 Baldwin St
    Toronto, Ontario M5T 1L8
    Canada
    Phone:
    6473497767
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 15:00
    Mon - Tue
    08:00 - 15:00
    Thu - Sat
    08:00 - 15:00
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    Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue
    Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets
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    Kait L Says:

    Spend the morning touring Kensington Market, a cool and eclectic area full of youthful energy thanks to the hipsters and hippies that hang out here. Pop into the numerous vintage shops or Caribbean markets and see what you can find: I always walk away with a new trinket when I'm here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you like ethnic food, this spot is full of great, inexpensive places that serve up tons of flavor.
    • I like visiting the Caribbean fruit markets to see what types of interesting fruit they're selling, that I've never tried before.
    • Be sure to check out the colorful street art on the main blocks of the district.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Date dec 4 2016 08/12/2016
    • Feels like international travel without leaving the city(Toronto) 07/12/2016
    • Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue
    Address:
    Bounded by Dundas St., Spadina Ave., Baldwin St., and Augusta Ave.
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    Other:
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    Edge Walk at the CN Tower
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    Kait L Says:

    This one is for the thrill seekers! If you've never been to the observation deck on the CN Tower and stood on the glass floor, then that alone may be exhilarating enough, but if you're an adrenaline junkie like me, this is a must. With nothing but a harness and a wind suit, you'll walk the ledge of the CN Tower's upper edge, and get to enjoy the best view this city has to offer!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The entire experience takes about 1.5 hours, but be sure to arrive early and plan some time to relax afterwards.
    • The Edge Walk is seasonal and weather permitting, so it may be canceled if there is bad weather or fog.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 102 Outdoor Activities in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best thing I've ever done!! 28/11/2016
    • Just stick your toes over the edge.... 27/11/2016
    • Edge Walk at the CN Tower
    Address:
    301 Front St W
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-601-3833
    Other:
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    Rogers Centre
    Arenas & Stadiums, Sports Complexes
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    Kait L Says:

    On a Toronto afternoon, I highly recommend heading to the Roger's Centre stadium to cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. If it's a game day, you'll see the crowds pouring in, sporting all their blue and white jerseys and lining up for hot dogs and crackerjacks outside the stadium.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you're not picky about where you sit, tickets can be very inexpensive. Upper levels offer excellent deals on last minute seats.
    • If you're visiting in the winter, go to the Air Canada Centre and see the Toronto Raptors basketball game or watch the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team.
    • Rogers Centre is just across the park from the CN Tower.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • At 27 shes looked a lot better 08/12/2016
    • just ok building 07/12/2016
    • Rogers Centre
    Address:
    3200-1 Blue Jays Way
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J1
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-341-3663
    Other:
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    Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada
    Educational sites, Aquariums
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    Kait L Says:

    Ripley's Aquarium is another option for an awesome place to spend the afternoon. Here you'll see stingrays, sharks, and tons of tropical fish. There is a tunnel section in the aquarium where you're surrounded by water on all sides, making you feel like you're right there in the water with them. The aquarium is open until 11pm most nights, so you have plenty of time to explore and watch the fish - even after a jam-packed day!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you love to see animals and/or are traveling with kids in the summer, the Toronto Zoo, though a farther drive outside the city, is also a great way to spend the afternoon (or whole day).
    • Pre-book tickets online the day before your visit to avoid any long lines at the entrance.
    • Every second Friday of the month is Jazz Night, when you can sip on cocktails and listen to live jazz while you wind your way through the aquarium.
    • Located right across from the CN Tower.
    • Peak hours are usually between 11am and 4pm. I recommend going around 3pm or 4pm when the crowds are leaving.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing! 07/12/2016
    • Glad we visited, but probably won't be back soon 07/12/2016
    • Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada
    Address:
    288 Bremner Boulevard
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 647-351-3474
    Price range:
    US$26 - US$26
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Cluny Bistro
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Kait L Says:

    Cluny's is one of the trendiest spots in Toronto right now. A modern twist on a French bistro, with decadent decor and a savory French menu, it is a great spot for a luxurious brunch in the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Call ahead for reservations. This spot is busy, even in the mornings.
    • Sample the delicious "Steak Frites" and indulge in the bread bar.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 5,749 restaurants in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fine dining 07/12/2016
    • it had been ages since we had been back to Cluny.. 07/12/2016
    • Cluny Bistro
    Address:
    35 Tank House Lane
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-203-2632
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$34
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 22:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 22:00
    Fri
    11:30 - 23:00
    Sat
    10:30 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Yorkville
    Neighbourhoods
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    Kait L Says:

    Yorkville used to be Toronto's hippie district, where vibrant youth would be seen at underground music bars, and where Canadian music icons like Joni Michelle and Neil Young first got their start. Now it's one of the poshest spots in Toronto. With five star hotels, boutique shopping, and elegant dining, Yorkville is a great spot to carry on a leisurely day of laid back luxury.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • There are tons of small cafes with outdoor patios or window seats where you can sit and watch passersby. You may even see a few familiar celebrity faces strolling down the street!
    • Though many of the restaurants in this area can be expensive, you don't need to break the bank to eat well.
    • Pick up something nice to wear for an evening at the Princess of Wales Theatre!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really Cool, Eclectic Vibe 06/12/2016
    • Nicest neighborhood in Toronto 04/12/2016
    • Yorkville
    Address:
    Bordered by Avenue Rd.
    Yonge and Bloor Sts., and Yorkville Ave.
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-928-3553
    Other:
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    Kit Kat
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Kait L Says:

    Stop into Kit Kat for a tasty Italian dish and a glass of red wine. This is a personal favorite, small and quaint and with lots of character!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Be sure to try something off the specials menu — always delicious.
    • Make reservations in advance. This is a busy spot.
    • If you're planning to go to the Princess of Wales Theatre afterwards, tell the staff and they will make sure you are on time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 5,749 restaurants in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great restaurant 05/12/2016
    • Rushed, Rushed, Rused! Without a reservation don't go! 03/12/2016
    • Kit Kat
    Address:
    297 King St W
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J5
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-977-4461
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun
    16:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Wed
    11:30 - 23:30
    Thu - Fri
    11:30 - 00:30
    Sat
    16:00 - 00:30
    Other:
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    Princess of Wales Theatre
    Theatres
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    Kait L Says:

    Toronto's theater district is world class. It often hosts the same live productions as New York and London, and seeing a play in Toronto is a must. I saw The Lion King at this particular theater when I was young and it was fantastic, a favorite memory from my childhood!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This theater is particularly close to Kit Kat (if you choose to eat supper there), but The Ed Mirvish Theatre and Pantages (a short taxi ride away) also have great productions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 491 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A sure part of Toronto 08/12/2016
    • Acrobatics Cooks 02/12/2016
    • Princess of Wales Theatre
    Address:
    284 King St W
    Suite 300
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 800-461-3333
    Other:
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    Roof Lounge - Park Hyatt
    Restaurants (Bar, Canadian)
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    Kait L Says:

    I recommend the rooftop terrace at the Park Hyatt for an evening drink. The Park Hyatt is in Yorkville, a few blocks out of the downtown core, which means that it offers a great view of the famous Toronto skyline — in fact, it's one of the best in the city.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It seems odd to recommend making reservations for a bar, but there is limited space. Call ahead and try to request a table outside or by the window depending on the weather.
    • You don't need to be in your evening best, but this is not a casual bar. If you're coming from the theater, this is the perfect, elegant place for a night cap.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 5,749 restaurants in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice but extremely expensive 06/12/2016
    • Great cozy bar! 05/12/2016
    • Roof Lounge - Park Hyatt
    Address:
    4 Avenue Rd.
    Toronto, Ontario M5R 2E8
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-925-1234
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$38
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 01:00
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