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Nathan Phillips Square

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Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N1, Canada
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Normally just ok, but festival changed that

Getting the pic with the large Toronto letters probably a must while in town. Was there during Nuit Blanche, which transformed it at night!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I arrived the night of nuit Blanche was Awsome the Toronto sign was a hit in addition they had an art piece death of the sun...they had a big screen tv showing the blue jays game...food trucks...farmers market..

Thank Jaywanne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Getting the pic with the large Toronto letters probably a must while in town. Was there during Nuit Blanche, which transformed it at night!

Thank Erik H
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I walked though the Square on my way around town to visit friends and to meetings during the day. It always felt safe and I found it to be so interesting as I come form a new town in the UK Stevenage and I am used to concrete. This is the centre for government for Toronto and is a large... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This Square is absolutely beautiful at night! The 3DTO sign lit up, the fountain and arch structure, the lights of the buildings and city, the atmosphere of not only all the tourists, but the locals sitting, taking it all in. I read how expensive the 3DTO sign is to maintain and that they are going to remove it (since it... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

For a first time visitor to Toronto is a must-see! So glad my hotel was within walking distance and I could just walk

Thank cedarshell
Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Our hotel room looked out over this square. It never stops, some times busier are than others. The Toronto sign changes colour and is a great photo opportunity. The new City Hall is quite a contrast to the neighbouring old City Hall. Look out for special events in the square.

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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

One of our walking tours of Toronto involved a visit to this large square in front of the new and at the side of the original City Hall buildings. It has a quirky "TORONTO" sign in large coloured letters next to a large water feature. There are many seats around the square and it is a pleasant area to sit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Nathan Phillips Square works as a public space, despite being composed of 80% flat concrete. It gives enough space you can take in the city around it. The city hall is a modernist masterpiece and always fills me with retro-future joy. The new multicolour TORONTO sign is a fanciful and fun addition. Come in the winter for a quick skate... More 

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is a nice place to sit and watch the world go by' near by are food trucks if you get peckish, just mind the seagulls don't take your lunch if you put it down.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I stumbled across this street looking for the Eaton Centre and was pleased to find the Toronto 3D sign here. I stopped to take in the Beautiful Buildings, Town Hall, Clocktower and even stopped for a photo at the sign.

Thank natasha w

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At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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