WHERE TO STAY, WHERE TO EAT, and WHAT TO DO.
WHERE TO STAY
For folks who are looking for a hotel, we have negotiated a special rate of $199 (plus tax) per night at the Hilton Toronto. A night here can easily cost over $300 so it's a good deal and it's very centrally located downtown close to lots of restaurants, shops, transit, etc.
145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON
Check out our custom reservation portal below. No need to pay in advance and you can cancel your reservation up to two days prior to your scheduled arrival, in case your plans need to change.
WHERE TO EAT
Spots we love Closer to the hotel downtown:
Pizzeria Libretto - Authentic Neapolitan pizza. Adam’s favourite food and a favourite haunt for celebrating the big and little things in life.
Burger’s Priest - Best burger. Keep it simple with a double cheeseburger cooked old school on the griddle or get adventurous with their secret menu.
Drake 150 - No relation to the rapper, but we still pretend he’s tied in. Go for the burger and brown butter Old Fashioned cocktail.
Wvrst - Beer and cider hall. Casual vibe. Great homemade sausages with everything from bratwurst to kangaroo. Add some toppings along with your duck fat fries and some tasty dipping sauces.
Momofuku Noodle Bar - Brooklyn born noodle bar. De-lish and not too pricey. Head upstairs for fancier and more expensive eats.
Quantum Coffee - Nerdy coffee spot. Need we say more? A nice walk along Queen West if you're not feeling Starbucks.
Our All-city favourites:
Lady Marmalade - Worth a cross-town trip if you’re breakfast aficionados like we are. The best brunch in Toronto. Expect long lines and come early.
Te Aro - Since Adam discovered this place a few years back, this single coffee shop has grown into a small empire of sourcing, roasting, and distribution across Toronto and beyond.
Rhum Bar and Cocktail Bar - Okay, so we cheated and made two places into one, but they’re across the street and owned by the same people. Haitian street food followed by craft cocktails.
Black Camel - If your adventures take you further uptown, be sure to drop by this Rosedale institution. Go for the pulled pork with BBQ sauce and whatever else you fancy.
Ed’s Real Scoop - Because what would a list of all-city favourites be without Mia’s favourite ice cream and gelato shop?
Summer’s Ice Cream - Martine and Sami’s (Mia’s parents) favourite ice cream place in TO - you can probably sense a Hochar family trend here.
For the digitally inclined, many of the fancier places can be reserved easily in advance on the Open Table app.
WHAT TO DO
Stroll the Beach - It's our favourite neighborhood in the city, especially when the weather heats up. After hitting up Lady Marmalade and Te Aro in Leslieville in the morning, head further east to take a walk on the beachside boardwalk and top it off with an ice cream at Ed’s Real Scoop.
Relax at one of Toronto’s many parks - Trinity Bellwoods Park is lively on weekends. Grab some fish and chips to go from Hooky’s and enjoy it in the park with a blanket and good book, or just people watch like we do.
See the city from a bird's eye view - Head to the top of the CN Tower. Or better yet, avoid the touristy crowds and grab a (pricey) drink at One Eighty in Yorkville for a great rooftop view of the city.
Shop ‘til you drop - Yorkville (near Yonge and Bloor) and Queen West are great outdoor shopping options while the Eaton Centre has you covered when the weather turns grey with The Bay’s flagship store and a new Nordstrom location.
Catch a ballgame - Toronto is home to Canada’s only Major League Baseball team. The Blue Jays play in the heart of the city at the Rogers Center. They're away during the weekend, but if you're coming early or staying late you might grab tickets.
Check out St. Lawrence Market - Declared the world’s best food market by National Geographic in 2012. Grab a peameal and egg breakfast sandwich at Carousel for a quintessential Toronto experience (closed on Sundays and Mondays), .
Take in a musical - The hit Broadway musical Come From Away, playing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, “takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them.” Be sure to get tickets well in advance.
Go under the sea - Toronto’s Aquarium is rated the #1 thing to do on TripAdvisor and is right downtown. Strong recommendation for kids. Can be quite busy.
Cruise the lakeshore - Rent a bike and explore the lake shore on the Waterfront Trail.
Take a trip to Centre Island - Hop on the ferry and head over to the island which has a bunch of rides for kids.
Still looking for more to do? - Among the many other things to check out, consider: The Toronto Zoo, Canada’s Wonderland amusement park, Art Gallery of Ontario, Hockey Hall of Fame, Royal Ontario Museum, Steamwhistle Brewery Tour, and Kensington Market neighbourhood. Some of these are a little way outside the city, so plan ahead.
Muskoka - If you’re keen to spend a day or two outside the city for a very Canadian experience, this is the region to do it in. “Muskoka” is the core of a beautiful lake region, sometimes dubbed the Hamptons of Toronto. Try your hand at canoeing. Sit back and enjoy a cold brew in a Muskoka lawn chair. Rent a cottage for a couple of nights on AirBNB or check out one of the indulgent resorts in Taboo (probably our top pick based on recommendations), The Rosseau or Deerhurst.
Prince Edward County - Rent a car and drive a couple hours east to explore this lakefront, wine producing region. Make a reservation for lunch at the Drake Devonshire Inn before checking out the region’s wineries. Hinterland is our favourite for their casual vibe and delicious bubbly.
Niagara - Drive a couple hours west to check out the falls on the Maid of the Mist boat tour - it’s touristy but worth the stop. Then head up to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a beautiful small town for food before checking out the region’s wineries.