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Flights to Toronto (YYZ)

Big sights and great food will pull you in, but Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods and friendly locals will keep you coming back.
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Toronto, Canada

What to do in Toronto

Explore the Toronto Entertainment District

Toronto’s population of young creatives and students means you’re never far from an event. Whether you want live music, jazz bands or big-name DJs, the Entertainment District in downtown Toronto is where you’ll find the crowd on a Saturday night.

King Street West
M5V 3X5
+1 416 599 8433
torontoed.com

Visit Toronto Zoo

Canada’s largest zoo makes for a wonderful family day out. The Toronto Zoo is home to more than 450 species of animals. You’ll see everything from Siberian tigers to ring-tailed lemurs and pygmy hippos, but the main attraction is the pair of giant pandas who are on loan from Beijing until 2018.

2000 Meadowvale Road
M1B 5K7
+1 416 392 5929
torontozoo.com

See a show at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

After New York’s Broadway and London’s West End, Toronto is home to the third largest theatre district in the world – North Broadway. The Royal Alexandra Theatre is the oldest operating theatre in North America, so take in a headline show or head to the smaller Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival in July.

The Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West
M5V 1H9 
+1 416 872 1212
mirvish.com

Marvel at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is just a 90-minute drive from Toronto, and it’s more than worth the trip. The view from the edge of Horseshoe Falls is impressive. But you could take it further and watch 750,000 gallons of water a second hurtle over the cliff’s edge from the unique vantage point of a hovering helicopter with Toronto’s Niagara Helicopters.

Niagara Helicopters
3731 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls
L2E 6V5
+1 905 357 5672
niagarahelicopters.com

Brave the Edgewalk at CN Tower

Watch the blue expanse of Lake Ontario fall away beneath you as you climb between three viewing platforms, one of which has a glass floor. The really brave souls can opt for the stomach-churning Edgewalk experience on a small outside ledge around the main pod, located 356m above ground.

301 Front Street West
M5V 2T6
+1 416 868 6937
cntower.ca/en-ca

Byblos (Middle Eastern/Mediterranean)

This stylish restaurant dishes up Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, with generous portions served sharing-style. After starting your meal with some mint tea, there’s a wide variety of hot and cold mezze to choose from. Think creamy hummus with paprika and olive oil, Turkish dumplings and jewelled rice studded with pomegranate seeds.

11 Duncan Street
M5V 3M2
+1 647 660 0909
byblostoronto.com

Watch ice hockey

Ice hockey is more than a national sport in Canada, it’s an obsession – and occasionally treads the line between sportsmanship and overly competitiveness. And the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans are a passionate bunch.

Air Canada Centre
40 Bay Street
M5J 2X2
+1 416 815 5500
mapleleafs.nhl.com

Where to eat in Toronto

Pai (Thai)

This casual, cavernous Thai restaurant recreates the bustling, vibrant atmosphere of Asia’s street food scene. There’s an open kitchen, takeaways are served from a mock hawker stall and the pad Thai is widely known to be the best in town.

18 Duncan Street
M5H 3G8
+1 416 901 4724
paitoronto.com

Rasa (International)

Rustic Rasa is a hidden gem, with a basement location that makes it slip under the radar of most tourists. The cuisine is influenced by the melting pot culture of the city, with everything from cheddar biscuits to po-boy bites.

196 Robert Street
M5S 2K8
+1 647 350 8221
rasabar.ca

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

With its enviable location in vibrant Yorkville, the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto makes a great base for exploring some of the city’s best restaurants, lounges and cultural attractions. You won’t want to leave the luxurious rooms, but it’s worth stepping out to the on-site restaurants, both of which are overseen by Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud.

60 Yorkville Avenue
M4W 0A4
+1 416 964 0411
fourseasons.com/toronto

Tibet Kitchen (Tibetan / Nepalese)

Toronto has one of world’s largest Tibetan populations outside of Tibet, and few other places in the Western hemisphere get the cuisine so right. Tibet Kitchen is downtown on trendy Queen Street West. The area has quickly become the Little Tibet of Toronto, and this family-owned eatery serves the best momos (dumplings) in the city.

1544 Queen Street West
M6R 1A6
+1 416 913 8726
tibetkitchen.wordpress.com

Smoke’s Poutinerie (Canadian)

You’re never far from poutine in Canada, and Smoke’s likes to get a little creative with its recipe. It takes the traditional dish of fries, cheese curds and gravy and adds fresh toppings of your choice. It’s the perfect comfort food and a Canadian must-try, especially on a wintery afternoon.

203 Dundas Street East
M5A 1Z4
+1 416 588 2873
smokespoutinerie.com

Richmond Station (Canadian)

The menu at Richmond Station is unquestionably chic. It’s Canadian cuisine, but there’s more to it than poutine and smoked meat. Locals come here for the charcuterie and oysters, as well as the legendary Station Burger. TV chef Carl Heinrich runs the place.

1 Richmond Street West
M5H 3W4
+1 647 748 1444
richmondstation.ca

Places to stay in Toronto

The Drake Hotel

The Drake is a sleek, mid-range boutique hotel and lots of people say that it helped revive the now buzzing Queen Street West area. Even if you’re not staying the night, it’s a lovely spot to visit: the restaurant lounge is all ski chalet chic and the rooftop patio lounge Sky Yard is great at sunset.

1150 Queen Street West
M6J 1J3
+1 416 531 5042
thedrakehotel.ca

The Westin Harbour Castle

Located right on the waterfront of Lake Ontario, the views from the rooms and restaurants of this grand hotel are spectacular. Not only is this a great spot for admiring the scenery, the Westin is also close to the theatre and entertainment districts.

1 Harbour Square
M5J 1A6
+1 416 869 1600
westinharbourcastletoronto.com

Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square

There’s no doubt about it – the Hotel Le Germain is for sports fans. This holds particularly true if hockey is your game, with the Air Canada Centre (home of the Toronto Maple Leafs) located close by. The rooms are stylish yet laidback, and the reasonable rates include a continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

75 Bremner Boulevard
M5J 0A1
+1 416 649 7575
germainmapleleafsquare.com

The Gladstone Hotel

This bohemian hotel is as quirky as it is decadent, with each of its 37 rooms individually designed by a local artist. The Teen Queen, for example, is filled with posters of 1970s heartthrobs. Its unique and glamorous history was even immortalised in a film: Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel.

1214 Queen Street West
M6J 1J6
+1 647 792 5957
gladstonehotel.com

Smiley’s B&B on Algonquin Island

This bed and breakfast is accessible only by ferry (15 minutes from downtown) but it’s more than worth the journey. Algonquin Island is a pastoral escape from the city, where cars are banned. There are just two suites, The Belvedere and The Studio, so make sure you book in advance.

4 Dacotah Avenue
M5J 2E5
Algonquin Island
+1 416 203 8599
erelda.ca/bnb

Articles from Open Skies

Last Look, TorontoBrian A Richards, 30, fashion show producer for The Collections, Downtown, Toronto says he has “always loved Toronto. I’m from the suburbs and always dreamed of living here. It’s a little big city. It feels very grand but very conquerable. I’m in downtown Toronto today. This area is unique because there are so many restaurants and theatres. We are right by Roy Thompson Hall, which has fantastic programmes to hear music".
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