Until recently, Toronto was widely known as that city in Canada with the CN tower in its skyline. However, in recent years, the city has vastly gentrified and propelled itself into a global destination for travel, boasting one of the most diverse cultural scenes on the planet.
Below is a list, recommended by our Co-Founder Andrew Coelho, of some of the must-dos on your next visit to Toronto.
WHERE TO BRUNCH:
There's no shortage of brunch spots in Toronto, but only a few provide that needed comfort to recover from a Friday or Saturday night in the city. Enter the Drake Hotels chicken and waffles, accompanied by the typical fixings and the added touch of PEC (Prince Edward County) maple syrup. The only decision you really must make is whether to have the Drake Caesar.
WHERE TO SHOP
With two locations in Toronto's downtown core, Gotstyle is the perfect pit stop for that retail therapy itch you might have. The 7,000 square foot space in Toronto's Distillery District features fashions for him and her, and is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and bars within one of Toronto's most amazing tourist destinations. Pick up one of our locally made weekender bags for the home stretch of your trip, along with many Toronto made brands!
WHERE TO GRAB A SLICE
I'll keep this simple because to me that's how pizza should be. This is not one of those fancy pizza joints everyone seems to love nowadays. No, no, no my friends, this is as old-school a joint as you can find in Toronto. While most people opt for the Panzo, I still love a good slice of pepperoni and cheese. The chicken sandwich is a great option as well, or hell, get all three. It won't cost you more than $20.
WHERE TO GET CLEANED UP
With their second location located in Queens Quay Terminal, this barbershop screams Canadiana. Pop in for a quick clean up or an old-fashioned hot towel shave after a hot summers day at the Wards Island Beach. If you're flying out of Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport, make a pit stop and pick up some locally sourced grooming essentials and one our full grain leather toiletry kits for the road.
WHERE TO GET COCKTAILS
Tucked away in Kensington Mall, this funky hideaway serves great cocktails to accompany its newly renovated space and Asian-South American menu. If you go in the summer, they have the perfect backyard patio. Good luck finding it!
WHERE TO HAVE DINNER:
Still one of the most sought-after dinner spots in the city, Grand Electric serves great Mexican fare and bourbon. It often takes an hour to get a table, so either get there early or get your name on the waitlist and grab a drink at one of the neighboring watering holes while you wait your turn. It's worth it!
While it looks cool, calm and collected upstairs, Parts & Labour's basement is host to one of the rowdiest parties in the city. If you came to Toronto for a relaxing time then this is not for you! Hip Hop is the standard here, and naturally, there is no shortage of Drake tunes. If you decide to indulge, see above for the next day's brunch plans.
Built in 1889, The Gladstone is Toronto's oldest continually operated hotel. It features 37 unique rooms designed by local Toronto artists, each with its own features and installations. The bar is a perfect place to start or end your night, but if you chose the latter, you'll likely be joining a huge Karaoke party in the hotel bar!
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