So you’re in Toronto! First off, congratulations on making the right decision. You’re now a part of one of the most diverse cities around the world, embedded with cultures in every corner. Toronto has a long history spanning across neighbourhoods, and it would be a shame if you don’t get to see the richness of this city. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying short term or long term, make the best of your experience here. After a long day of school and work, visit these places for a peace of mind.
1. Beyond the Dundas Square
Dundas Square is probably the busiest area in the city, and for good reason. Eaton Centre is a major attraction for visitors, providing a plethora of shopping options and entertainment. If you’re bored with shopping, there’s the Cineplex across the street. If you’re not in the mood for a movie, there are plenty of restaurants around for you to try. With that being said, we are barely scraping the surface of the surroundings. If you go a little bit further down, there is City Hall, where a massive skating rink is open to all every winter. You can rent out the skates at a reasonable price and show off your skills on the frozen surface to all. As things become warmer in the summer, dip your toes in the water of the Great Lake Ontario as you sunbathe at Woodbine Beach, Cherry Beach, and many more!
2. Out on the Lake
But all the fun isn’t just in the mainland. Take a ferry (for only $8) to Toronto Islands, a perfect spot to spend the day in the summer and fall. You can rent a bike and explore the island, or simply do it on foot. Bring food, drinks, and your friends for a BBQ or picnic on the grass and enjoy the fresh island air. And there’s more! There is a small petting zoo for all to come, where you get to visit adorable farm animals. There is also a small amusement park with rides for the younger visitors. If you are not feeling these activities, then there are beaches for you to visit. Lay in the sand under the sunlight, take a swim in the lake, and let the busy city life washes off you for the moment.
3. Up, Up(town), and Away
If the downtown scene is too hectic, up, uptown and away you go. North York is the quieter part of town, but the cuisine is to die for. For lovers of Korean food, this is the place you want to be. With tens and tens of restaurants, bobba tea shops, and dessert places down Yonge street all the way to Finch, North York is a foodie’s paradise. On top of that, Chinese and Japanese eateries are just as present, giving you the full taste of how diverse Asian cuisine could be in the city of Toronto.
4. Other Corners
The east and west side of Toronto are their own worlds, offering unique spots in the city for those who are in the mood of exploring. There are many small coffee shops if you’re looking for a spot to study and do your work while enjoying some delicious pastries and caffeine. For cinema fans, visit the Revue, The Royal and the Fox Theatre, Toronto’s beloved independent movie theatres that show international and old classics from time to time. For fashionistas, Parkdale offers a variety of clothing stores, from luxury to vintage.
There you have it! Toronto is the place to be, so don’t restrict yourself into one area. Step out of your comfort zone and experience what this beautiful city has to offer.