Experience Toronto Like a Local

July 3, 2019

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is known for its stunning skyline, with endless tourist attractions and greens paces to explore. If you’re lucky enough to visit this enchanting metropolis, here are the foods you have to eat, the places you have to see, and the activities you have to try. 

You don’t want to miss these Toronto restaurants where the city’s top chefs put their skills to work in kitchens across the city, testing the boundaries and pushing the limits of cuisine.  

Toronto Restaurants

Pizzeria Libretto: Staying true to Neapolitan  tradition, this pizzeria ordered its wood oven from a thirdgeneration pizza oven maker in Naples, Italy. Pizzas rely on authentic ingredients baked in a 900-degree oven

Acadia: This East Coast-inspired restaurant serves up dishes with fresh, sustainable ingredients that travelers love. The menu is rooted in the Atlantic provinces, with specialties like Lois Lake Steelhead and skillet cornbread. The drink menu lives up to the food.

La CarnitaWhat started as a pop-up taco food truck soon became a Toronto sensation. Now permanently located in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood, dine in this avant-garde space and enjoy authentic Mexican dishes with a hint of North American flair. 

Wine BarSet near the city’s unique Distillery District, Wine Bar offers an extensive wine list and locally sourced, artisanal foods served tapas style. With exposed brick, an open kitchen and a giant wall of pickled ingredients, this restaurant and lounge is a must-see. 

Bier Markt: With more than 100 beers from 24 countries, this is one place every beer lover should visit in the city. But the food holds its own with a bountiful mix of European favorites like Vienna schnitzel and a wurst board, along with lighter fare like Arctic char.  

If shopping is more of your forte, Toronto offers a wide range of shopping districts that offer everything from fashion to hard goods. 

Toronto Shopping

Yorkville: This snazzy district is the epicenter of high-end shopping in Toronto. Yorkville Avenue itself consists of elegant cafes, boutiques and galleries. South to Bloor Street and north to Davenport Road hosts everything ritzy from Holt Renfrew and Louis Vuitton to the Hazelton Lane shops and any designer store you can dream of.  

Kensington Market: For a completely different experience, visit the eclectic neighborhood of Kensington Market. Running along three streets in the downtown core, the area offers everything from distinctive art galleries to incredible independent cafes, stores and restaurants. 

The Distillery District: The historic Distillery District is unique in look and feel. Restored brick-lined streets of old breweries and Victorian warehouses create an inviting Old World charm highlighted by restaurants, theaters, shops and galleries. The Boiler House restaurant epitomizes this lively part of town with exposed brick-and-beam architecture and an innovative menu. 

The Toronto skyline at sunset on a calm summer night.
Toronto Skyline Sunset
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Toronto is an eclectic blend of bustling markets, old world charm, and a worldly cosmo flair. For travelers looking to get the most out of the city, the activities are endless.

Toronto Activities

Farmers’ Markets: Pick up farm-fresh ingredients for dinner or stop for a local, artisanal snack while walking through a park. Check out the seasonal markets at Trinity Bellwoods, Dufferin Grove, Evergreen Brickworks (to name a few) and the yearround St. Lawrence Market. 

HikingExtensive trails meander through the city and surrounds. Set out on the paths from High Park and enjoy more than 400 acres of rolling hills, ornamental gardens, rare oaks and even a zoo. If you left your gear at home, stop in to Mountain Equipment Coop to satiate your outdoor apparel needs. Discovery Walks is a system joining the city’s hundreds of acres of ravines, beaches and parks. Follow the signs for a self-guided adventure as long or short as you want. The Belt Line and Beaches are great choices. 

Gardens: Previously a garden estate, Edwards Gardens boasts wild flowers and mature trees along winding trails that span 35 acres. The Toronto Botanical Garden sits on the property, showcasing award-winning themed gardens.  

Get the Goods: The St. Lawrence Market offers an enormous array of fresh foods and personalities. A longstanding locals’ favorite, the market is a must-see for any visitor to get the true flavor of Toronto.