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Flights to Toronto’s eclectic neighbourhoods might just make you book a return trip to see more of this cosmopolitan city.
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Toronto, Canada

What to do in Toronto

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
ON
M5H 3G6
+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 straight-up fighting. But that’s part of what makes it interesting. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans are a passionate bunch.

Air Canada Centre
40 Bay Street
ON
M5J 2X2
+1 416 815 5500
mapleleafs.nhl.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
ON
M1B 5K7
+1 416 392 5929
torontozoo.com

See a show at 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.

260 King Street West
ON
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.

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

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.

TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West
ON
M5V 3X5
+1 416 599 8433
torontoed.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, 356 metres above ground.

301 Front Street West
ON
M5V 2T6
+1 416 868 6937
cntower.ca

Where to eat in Toronto

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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 and 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
ON
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, taking the traditional dish of fries, cheese curds and gravy and adding 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
ON
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
ON
M5H 3W4
+1 647 748 1444
richmondstation.ca

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
ON
M5S 2K8
+1 647 350 8221
rasabar.ca

Pai (Thai)

This casual, cavernous Thai restaurant recreates the bustling, vibrant atmosphere of Southeast 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
ON
M5H 3G8
+1 416 901 4724
paitoronto.com

Places to stay in Toronto

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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 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
ON
M5J 1A6
+1 416 869 1600
westinharbourcastletoronto.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
ON
M6J 1J6
+1 416 531 4635
gladstonehotel.com

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
ON
M6J 1J3
+1 416 531 5042
thedrakehotel.ca

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
ON
M5J 2E5
+1 416 203 8599
erelda.ca

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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