as you might know, i make mini travel guides sometimes when i go for a weekend somewhere (like portland or san diego, for example), and i thought i’d do one on toronto as well. PLEASE NOTE that i’m not an expert on these cities, but i still want to pass on the places i visited and liked to others for inspiration for like a weekend trip. and a mini guide like this is just easier to condense than all the massive guides out there.
so here’s my mini toronto guide for some inspo for a short weekend!
welcome to toronto! let’s start the friday with lunch, shan’t we? banh mi boys (392 queen st w) is in the middle of everything, quick, and yummy with a super soft bun.
then, let’s head out for some shopping. queen street west, (the street you already are on if you’re having a banh mi for lunch), is packed with great stores. some i really liked was the vintage store black market clothing (256 queen st w), lavish & squalor (253 queen st w) where they sell hipstery stuff for your home, and the vintage store tribal rhythm (248 queen st w). at the latter, i saw a ton of really beautiful vintage furs (fox, squirrel, rabbit, etc) for like NO MONEY. i myself don’t wear fur, but IF you’re wearing fur it should be vintage!
king street west runs parallell to queen street west and has some gems as well. check it out!
if you’re getting closer to dinner time by now, you can just jump into pizzeria libretto on 545 king st w, while you’re in the neighborhood. they have good wine too!
let’s start the day with brunch at le petit déjeuner (191 king st e). from there, take a stroll a few blocks to the historic distillery district and check out toronto’s own flatiron building, gooderham building (49 wellington st e), and st lawrence market, which is located right next to it (93 front st e). it’s been named world’s best food market!
after that, why not take a tour through steam whistle brewing (roundhouse park)? it’s a half-hour tour through the beer brewery. it’s interesting (and cheap too! like 10 CAD including a beer??).
i was told i had to get canada’s national dish, poutine, while i was there. so i guess i have to tell you the same thing! it’s french fries with gravy and cheese cubes (basically). poutini’s (617 king st w) for example has one that works great as late lunch.
after that, walk up spadina avenue northwards. stop at dark horse (215 spadina ave) if you want coffee, otherwise just go straight into sonic boom nextdoors (215 spadina ave) and check out their massive music collection of vinyls, cds, and other fun merch.
if you keep walking up the street and then turn left, you will reach kensington market. it’s a neighborhood packed with vintage and food. make sure to check out toronto popcorn company (147 baldwin st), the FANTASTIC craft and cocktail store 1/2 oz. cocktail emporium (20 kensington ave), and all the little vintage stores on augusta avenue. you can easily spend hours here, even though it looks tiny.
sushi for dinner maybe? saku sushi (478 queen st w) had a pretty good deal with a chef’s selection sushi.
start your last toronto day with brekkie at le gourmand café (152 spadina ave). like croissant with cheese and egg for example. then, let’s do a museum visit. it’s walkable from here, but takes a little bit FYI, but a bit further north is the bata shoe museum (327 bloor st). it’s a pretty fun and digestible museum, and you don’t have to spend more than an hour or two here, i’d say.
for lunch, kill two birds with one stone and go over to little italy (walkable from the museum, but pretty far and not that interesting of a walk). check out college street that rund through the neighborhood and have italian late lunch at il gatto nero (720 college st).
spend the rest of the last night doing some touristing and shopping: check out the toronto sign in front of city hall (100 queen st w)—it’s really pretty when it’s dark out. and then if you need to do some shopping, the huge mall cf toronto eaton centre (220 yonge st) is nearby.
if you just need a light dinner, fresh (147 spadina ave) is great for vegetarian and vegan options like salads, wraps and soups.
have an amazing time in the 6! it’s a cute city.
en miniguide till toronto!