I often get emails from readers asking for tips on where to find the best Toronto haunts. Whether it’s shopping, eating or simply something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, I’ve put together a quick guide to Toronto from my eyes. Check-out my “where to eat” & “where to shop” guides and stay tuned tomorrow for my “must try” guide to tackling this wonderful city. And if you have any recommendations, feel free to chime in! I’m always on the hunt for a new stomping ground.
Today: what to do!
::Get dressed up for afternoon tea at the King Edward Hotel
::Catch up at Nadege. Try one of their macarons
::Grab lunch on back patio at the Red Tea box.
It feels like a secret garden
::Get your hair done at Solis. It’s inexpensive,
the staff are amazing, and guess what: free wine!
Talk about being pampered.
::Visit the pink umbrellas at Sugar Beach
(grab a drink at Against the Grain when the mood strikes)
::Head over to the Thompson Hotel and enjoy their rooftop pool
::Wine-bar hop along the Harbourfront
::Take a day trip to the Scandinavian Spa
::If you want to stay in the city, try the Hamam Spa
::Head over to Kensington Market to take in the immensely
diverse crowd, find vintage clothing shops,
unique furniture stores and delicious food.
::Learn how to knit at the Knit Café
on a date:
::Spend a night at the delicious tequila bar, Reposado’s
(complete with a perfectly secret back patio)
::Head to Barchef for a great drink experience. Try one of their molecular mixes
and enjoy the jars and bottles of smoking mixtures that line the bar.
::Grab a Bixi bike, take the ferry to the Toronto Islands
and bike around for the day.
See if you can find the nude beach (if that’s your thing)
::Alternatively: rent a boat and sail around the islands. Beautiful!
::Hike around the Leslie Street Spit
::Walk through the shops and art galleries in the historic Distillery District
(on Sundays there’s a market. Find the lady with
the cinnamon buns. Thank me later)
::In the summer, grab your organic fruits and veggies
at the Leslieville Farmers Market
::In the winter, head over to the Brickworks farmers market for the same thing
::Grab breakfast at the St. Lawrence Market as you shop
the food and craft aisles (may I suggest a peameal bacon sandwich?)
::Spend a night at the Gladstone hotel
(where each room has been designed by a different artist)
::Try to get an invite to Charlies Burger: an underground food experience
in which you must pass an interview to get an invite
::This (entertaining at the very least)
good for groups:
::Grab a coffee and a soccer ball and head to Trinity Bellwoods Park
::Take in a drive-in movie at the Docks
::Play the most expensive bowling game of your life at the Ballroom.
Try the nachos, they’re unbelievable
::Head over to Snakes and lattes: a café filled with hundreds
of board games, begging for you to play
::Go apple picking at Chudleighs
::Rent a cottage in Wasaga beach