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If I were a new visitor to Toronto and wanted a taste of what the city has to offer, this would be my perfect itinerary.
Its location in the middle of the Yonge Street action makes this hotel a prime departure point for exploring all that Toronto has to offer.
Located in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant Gay Village, this restaurant boasts a tasty brunch menu and some of the most colorful service in the business. On sunny mornings the patio is a warm and relaxing place to watch people and enjoy your breakfast.
Home to myriad shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, the Village is renowned for its friendly people and colorful atmosphere. Rainbow flags line the streets and flank a number of the businesses, giving the area a vibrant flair.
Just a block west of the Village, Yonge street offers much in the way of shopping, from discount stores to electronics, fashion boutiques to urban wear. The wide variety of restaurants along the street are sure to satisfy the taste of any traveler.
Both a public space and a venue, this innovation in urban architecture provides a serene space to relax in the midst of Toronto’s bustling downtown. Often there are festivals or events taking place in the square, with markets or live bands playing on the stage.
Whether you want to take in a live drag show or dance your feet off, this three-in-one bar has it all. The Crews main stage hosts numerous live shows, musicians and star searches, while the dance floor upstairs at Tango or The Zone’s back room offer hot DJs, smaller floor shows and karaoke. Every night of the week brings a different schedule of events.
Toronto’s premium vegan fine dining establishment offers brunches on Saturday and Sunday mornings that are a refreshing departure from your regular breakfast fare. With scrambles and homemade guacamole or waffles with fresh seasonal fruits, the presentation and the flavor of these breakfasts cannot be beat.
Queen Street is Toronto’s SoHo, filled with boutiques and shops carrying the latest in design and fashion, bookstores, cafes, restaurants, trendy nightclubs and art galleries. Artists selling their wares along the street add to the eclectic flavor of the area.
Archive Inc Gallery is not only a gallery but a library of art. Mixing technology and art, this gallery archives works in a digital library for corporate or private rental and sale, as well as displaying works from photography and video installation to sculpture and painting.
The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar hosts some of the coolest jazz going. The décor is retro chic and homey, and the music is fabulous. From jazz greats to emerging musicians, The Rex houses the most exciting jazz shows that Toronto has to offer.
There is always something going on at the Harbourfront Centre along Toronto’s waterfront. The Harbourfront Theater and the Premier Dance Theater host exciting shows, and often in and around the center you will see small festivals taking place. Multiple restaurants and shops provide opportunities for shopping and dining as well.
Once a powerhouse building, this gallery has been home to some of Toronto’s best contemporary art since 1987. The many exhibitions range from photography, film and video installations to painting and sculpture.
The Beaches area of Toronto is a peaceful respite from the bustle of downtown. Strolling along the boardwalk alongside the gorgeous Lake Ontario, you can watch sunbathers bask in the sun or head into the commercial area to check out some interesting boutiques and cafes.
Toronto’s India Bazaar along Gerrard Street comes alive at night. You can find wonderful Indian food at the many restaurants, and enjoy the colorful lights that line the streets and shops. Vibrant clothing stores and groceries flank the streets, adding color to the area.