Where to Stay in Toronto – A Guide to the Best Neighborhoods

Toronto is a city of neighborhoods. Choosing where to stay in Toronto depends on what type of experience you want to have in "The 6ix."

We moved to Toronto in the early 90s and have called it our home for two and a half decades.

We've also had the luxury of being tourists in our home city.

While living the life of location independent entrepreneurs, we spent 9 years on the road. Whenever we came home, we stayed in a new hotel in different neighborhoods of Toronto.

Where to Stay in Toronto

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Toronto Neighborhoods

There are 140 neighborhoods in Toronto spanning across 630 square km. In 1998 six municipalities amalgamated to create one mega city giving it the nickname coined by Drake, "The 6ix"

In this guide, we will showcase 7 neighborhoods to help you plan your Toronto itinerary. These are the places where tourists visit and where the top attractions are.

Toronto Itinerary

Focusing on downtown, you'll be able to create the perfect Toronto itinerary to make the most of your stay.

Toronto is a cool city, it's a hip city and it's considered one of the most multicultural cities on the planet.

This travel guide will give you insider tips from our local experiences as well as a tourist's point of view. It's two city guides in one!

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If you want to skip directly to any of the neighborhoods in Toronto, click on the links below.

Toronto Neighbourhoods and City Guide Content

  • Entertainment District – Theatres, nightlife, sporting events, and cinema, this is the heart of action downtown Toronto.
  • Queen West – The coolest neighborhood in Toronto with live music, vintage stores in the heart of the fashion district.
  • Bloor/Yorkville – High-end shopping, fine dining with an uptown feel. This guide also included the Annex.
  • Harbourfront/Distillery – waterfront path, gateway to Toronto Islands and the city's oldest neighborhood.
  • Yonge/Dundas – The centre of the city at Yonge and Dundas Square. Shopping, theatres, cinema and lots of dining options
  • Church and Wellesley - The Village. Toronto is one of the most LGBTQ friendly cities on earth. Home to one rockin' Pride Festival.
  • The Annex –Toronto's funkiest district at the University of Toronto, filled with affordable eateries, bars and cafes.
  • Best time to visit Toronto
  • Toronto Insider Tips

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Toronto Quick Tips

Toronto's amalgamated city is huge, but the tourist areas and where you'll be staying are compact and easy to navigate.
You'll be able to walk to many of the attractions regardless of what neighborhood you're staying in or it's an easy subway ride.

Toronto Transit:

In my opinion, Toronto has a terrible transportation system compared to other national cities.
But that also makes it very easy to navigate. There are only two lines you need to worry about. The Yonge/University line and the Bloor/Danforth line.

Toronto also has a lot of Streetcars. Tickets are good for both subway, streetcars and buses.

You can purchase single-use tickets for $3 or a day pass for $12.50

Getting to and from the Airport

Trains leave Pearson International Airport every 15 minutes. The UP Express goes to Union Station. They also stop at Dundas West, but chances are you won't be staying there.

Uber and Lyft can operate at the airport

There are airport limousine services. - We prefer hassle-free limo services when landing in a new city. A driver is waiting for you from baggage claim holding a placard with your name.

Best Toronto Neighborhoods to Stay In

Toronto's main tourist areas are located downtown.

While there are other neighborhoods like that are great to live in like Etobicoke, Scarborough, High Park, and the Don Valley, we wouldn't suggest staying in these neighborhoods if you want to experience the city to the fullest.

We suggest choosing a more central location.

Map of Downtown Toronto Neighborhoods

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Plan Your Trip to Toronto

Toronto uses the Canadian dollar. Many restaurants and establishments take US cash but will give a low rate. $1 USD = $1.36 CAD as of Jan 1, 2019. For up to date conversions get the XE Currency Converter App.

Best Time to Visit Toronto

Toronto can be visited year-round.

Summer months are hot and humid with temperatures reaching 35+ degrees Celcius (95+ degrees Fahrenheit) but there is a lot going on in the city.

September - is usually very pleasant weather and the Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing. Hotel prices are at a premium and most places are booked out in advance.

December is when all the Christmas Markets, skating rinks, and holiday shopping is in full swing.

April/May aren't as busy in the city but the weather has become unpredictable. We've seen hot and sizzling springtime weather to freezing days in May.

June is when Festival Season begins and kicks off with Pride Toronto celebrating all month.

From June - Sept - Toronto turns into a festival city for the summer with something exciting happening every weekend.

Internet/Data

There is a lot of free Wifi in the city with free wifi hotspots and free wifi in coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.

Toronto uses the same electrical outlets as American cities.

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City Tours

Tour Guys - Is a local tour company specializing small group tours. Running everything from Graffiti, food, history and beer tours around Toronto.

For city tours we use Get your Guide. It's easy to book in advance and most tours have easy cancellation up to 24 hours in advance (check cancellation details before booking) and Get Your guide offers last minute booking too.

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Toronto Insider Tips

Where to stay in Toronto Insider Tips

The One Eighty - Located on the 51st floor of Manulife Centre, this bar has one of the best views of the Toronto City Skyline

Tommy Thompson Park - Rent a bicycle and head out to the Leslie Spit for the best skyline view of the city.

Polson Pier - If you don't want to rent a bike, Polson Pier is an entertainment complex that has excellent city views.

Art Gallery of Ontario - The AGO is free to visit on Wednesdays after 6pm. There's also a good dining room and bar in the building.

Royal Ontario Museum - During summer months, the ROM has Friday night events with DJs food vendors and parties.

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#1 Entertainment District

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Entertainment District Toronto

The Centre of it All

When staying in the Entertainment District you are truly in the center of it all!

Spanning from University west to Spadina and from Front Street north to Queen, this is the place where all the action happens.

This is a great location for first-time visitors to Toronto. It's close to many major attractions and a lot of dining and nightlife.

If you want to be in the urban center and nightlife of Toronto this is the place to stay.

Recommended Tour - CN Tower Edgewalk. A thrill of a lifetime to put on a harness and head outside to face the sheer drops of the world's highest skywalk.

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Toronto Hotels - Entertainment District

Ritz Carlton

Gorgeous luxury hotel. All the movie stars stay here. Overlooking the CN Tower

Spa, Fine Dining, city views

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Thompson Hotel

Modern and Chic Hotel, Close to nightlife.

It has one of the best rooftop bars in Toronto with infinity pool

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Strathcona Hotel

Affordable hotel in a high-end district. Great location close to Union Station.

Rooms are small but renovated. Least pricey, good hotel in the area

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Things to see in Toronto: Entertainment District

Where to stay in Toronto near CN Tower

CN Tower – The tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere.

It's a must stop for first-time visitors. Stand on the glass floor, enjoy 360 dining, or dare to take on the Edgewalk

There are also multiple viewing platforms and a cafe.

Hours: Open daily 9am - 10:30 pm. Edgewalk is open in all weather save for extreme conditions and wind/electrical storms. It is closed during the winter. 

CN Tower and Edgewalk are wheelchair accessible

Hockey Hall of Fame - See the legends of hockey and home of the Stanley Cup. There are interactive exhibits, a 3D film and other stats and information on everything hockey.

  • Open: 3 65 days per year with extended holiday hours. Summer: 10 am to 5 pm

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ScotiabankArena - Home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors Catch a game of NHL Hockey or NBA Basketball and this premier venue.

TIFF Lightbox - Home to the Renowned Toronto International Film Festival, the TIFF lightbox theatre has year-round events, screenings and talks.

Rogers Centre - Home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Watch your favorite American League baseball team take on the Toronto Blue Jays. There are also Rogers Centre stadium tours of this massive complex. The Marriott Hotel is inside as well if you want a unique place to stay.

Roy Thompson Hall – Want to see live music at its finest? Toronto's premier venue for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

It also has regular guest performers, opera, and even novelty performances like live symphonies to Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back.

  • Hours: dates and times vary per performance. Check the website for details. 

Candian Walk of Fame– Located along King Street, see the Canadian Stars honored in the Walk of Fame

You'll be surprised to find out what stars are Canadian

  • Jim Carrey, Shania Twain, Neil Young, Michael J. Fox, Alanis Morisette, Ryan Renolds, and James Cameron to name a few.

Royal Alexandra Theatre– Watch the latest and greatest from Broadway at this historic theatre.

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Getting There

Train – Union Station is located in the Entertainment District.

Via Rail trains stop at Union Station from Cities around Canada and the US

Go Transit - Go Trains stop at Union Station from outer suburbs and surrounding cities.

There are direct trains from Toronto Pearson Airport to Union on the Up Express.

Metro – The subway stop is Union Station on the Yonge/University line

Bus – A new bus terminal is being built at Union Station. For now the bus terminal is at Bay and Dundas. From there take the Yonge subway to Union.

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#2 Queen West and Chinatown

Hippest neighborhood in Toronto

Whereto stay in Toronto Queen West

Just a little farther west of the Entertainment District is Queen West. Known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world.

Here you'll see all the fashion-forward people and trendsetter sipping coffee and looking cool in this fashionable district.

It's also one of the most multicultural neighborhoods with Chinatown and Kensington Market.

It officially runs from Bathurst to Gladstone, but we feel the true Queen Street Vibe starts at Spadina.

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Suggested Hotels Queen Street West

Drake Hotel

Known as the cultural heart of Queen West for locals and travelers. A Toronto landmark

Funky rooms, restaurant, bar and rooftop patio

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Thompson Hotel

Modern and Chic Hotel

It has one of the best rooftop bars in Toronto with infinity pool and city views. Boutique rooms.

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Super 8 Wyndham

Budget Chain Hotel giving consistent service. Great Chinatown location

Continental breakfast/Free WIFI

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Things to See in Toronto - Queen West

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Art Gallery of Ontario  – Affectionately called the AGO, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the most distinguished galleries in North America.

Known for its extensive collection from the Group of Seven, it also houses 90,ooo works of art. There are many temporary exhibits rotating through regularly. The AGO restaurant is a great meeting place.

  • Art Gallery Hours: 10:30 am to 9 pm (Free on Wednesdays after 6pm)

Graffiti Alley - Rick Mercer made Graffiti Alley filming his rants here for the Rick Mercer Show and now everyone has to make a stop for a selfie when they visit Toronto.

  • Location: Grafitti Alley is located one block south of Queen at Agusta.

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Kensington Market - Kensington Market feels like something straight of the 60s with second-hand stores, hippy inspired eateries and family run markets.

Spend an afternoon shopping and browsing the stores and keep an eye out for graffiti alleyways.

Chinatown - There are six Chinatowns in Toronto, but the downtown Chinatown is one of the largest in the world. Running along Dundas and Spadina, its a vibrant area for shopping and dining. Be sure to go inside the markets for an authentic Asian experience.

Fun Excursion to Try - Queen and King West End Sunday Brunch Tour. 

Ossington Strip - Go bar hopping along one of Toronto's coolest bar scenes. Just start walking north from Queen Street and pop into some very trendy bars and hip eateries.

Horseshoe Tavern - Catch some live music at Canada's legendary bar and eatery.

Trinity Bellwoods - Chill out like a local at Trinity Bellwoods park. Read a book, play some frisbee or go skating in the winter.

Recommended Tour - Free Queen West Graffiti Tour

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Suggested Toronto Tours - Queen West

Kensington Market Afternoon Food Tour - Kensington Market is a melting pot of cultures and one of the best places to sample food in the city. This tour lets you taste food from Jamaica to Mexico as you sample meals at six different eateries while sipping a Margarita.

Kensington Market and Chinatown Walking Tour - Discover Toronto's most multicultural district on this 2-hour walking tour. Kensington is filled with graffiti alleyways, second-hand stores and the markets of Chinatown.

Getting There

Streetcar:

  • Take the King 504 Streetcar to Spadina or Bathurst
    Take the Queen 501 Streetcar to Spadina or Bathurst.

From Bloor Subway - Get off at Spadina and take the Spadina Streetcar south to Queen.

From Union Station - Take the University Subway to Queen Street and either walk West to Spadina or hop on the Queen Streetcar.

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#3 Yorkville/Bloor

Toronto's Most Glamorous Neighborhood

Where to stay in Toronto Yorkville

Home to the Mink Mile, high-end shopping, luxury dining and accommodation, Bloor and Yorkville is located right in the center of the city.

Here you'll find everything from Rolex to Chanel and can sit on a patio to star watch when the celebrities are in town.

This former hippy village has transformed into a block of modern boutiques, ultra chic restaurants and walking streets.

The Bloor Yorkville area residents are not afraid to show off their wealth with exotic cars and designer clothes gracing the street.

When visiting Toronto, you must spend some time in this district.

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Toronto Hotels Near Bloor Yorkville

Four Seasons

The top choice for celebrities and businesses, this 5-star luxury hotel has an incredible spa, popular bar and one of the best dining establishments in Toronto.

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Intercontinental Hotel

What was once the hot hotel for celebrities at TIFF, now an affordable option in Yorkville.

Great location, modern rooms

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Town Inn Suites

Most hotels are expensive around Yorkville, but this is a more budget-friendly choice.

Kitchens in room / pool, gym / free WIFI

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Things to see in Toronto Near Yorkville

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ROM – The Royal Ontario Museum is a fantastic museum at Bay and Bloor. It is one of the largest museums in all of North America housing countless exhibits.

The addition by Michael Lee-Chin - known as "Crystal," - was a multimillion-dollar expansion that brought the museum into the 21st century.

There are history galleries, world culture galleries, fossil galleries and galleries for each field of archaeology, geology, minerals, and more.

Bata Shoe Museum - This museum is cooler than it sounds. Take a stroll through time looking at shoes from each era dating back to ancient times.

Check out iconic celebrity shoes like Elvis' Blue Suede Shoes and Elton John's platform boots.

  • Hours: 10 am to 5 pm.
    Cost: $14

Galleries – Yorkville is home to many designers and artists. Browse the streets of Cumberland and Yorkville Avenue in search of fashion and art. There are a dozen galleries that put on shows regularly including the Loch Gallery, Mira Godard Gallery and the Canadian Fine Arts Gallery.

Mindset Brain Gym - Pop into a drop in class at Mind Set Brain Gym, the only brain gym in Canada. If you want to learn to meditate, this cool gym has private rooms and group classes led by an instructor using the latest technology.

Sassafrazz - People watch from the patio of Sazzafrazz.

The Pilot - Have a drink at the rooftop patio of The Pilot, one of Toronto's longest running bars.

Tip: Be wary of pickpockets in the station and just outside it – try not to look too lost (even if you are) here and you’ll breeze through.

 

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Suggested Toronto Tours: Yorkville

Skip the Line Entry to ROM - Save time and hassle by booking your skip the line ticket to the Royal Ontario Museum.

You can get access to the most popular Toronto Museums and attractions with your Toronto Pass.

Getting There

Subway – Take Yonge line to Bloor/Yonge subway stop or take the Bloor Line to one of Three Stops for Yorkville - Bloor/Yonge, Bay or University.

 

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#4 Harbourfront/Distillery

Toronto's Waterfront

Where to stay in Toronto Harbourfront

Habourfront has come a long way in recent years with many condos opening up on the South Side of the Gardiner Expressway.

It now spans from Spadina Avenue to Jarvis Street, so we feel that The Distillery District is now close enough to include it in the same neighborhood.

Harbourfront walking distance to many of Toronto's main attractions, Union Station and is an easy ferry ride to the Toronto Islands.

Harbourfront can easily overlap with things to do in the Entertainment district as it is close to the sporting event venues of The Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre and a short walk to the Hocky Hall of Fame and CN Tower.

But we are going to stick with Harbourfront and Distillery for this section.

Recommended Tour - Window Seat Helicopter Tour - Toronto is a beautiful city to see from above. If you ever do a helicopter tour, make sure you have a window seat for best views!

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Suggested Toronto Hotels near Harbourfront

Le Germain

Located in Maple Leaf Square, Le Germain at the foot of Yonge Street, it is close enough to walk to Harbourfront but also connected to the PATH with access to connected to Union Station.

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Westin Harbour Castle

This is The Place to stay in Harbourfront. Located right on the water.

Pool, fitness center, dining with city views. Has a resort feel.

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HI Hostel 

Located more in St. Lawrence Market, but walking distance to waterfront.

A popular basic budget hostel.

Free WIFI, a bar on site. Friendly Staff

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Things to See in Toronto: Harbourfront/Distillery

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Sugarbeach - Sugarbeach has gained popularity as one of Toronto's most instagrammable spots. It's a small beach located along the waterfront trail with pin umbrellas.

Harbourfront Centre - This complex brings together creative minds putting together programs for artists and entertainment. There is always something going on and if you walk through you'll find exhibits, and might even see glass blowers at work.

Ferry to Toronto Island - Take the ferry to Toronto Island where you can enjoy cycling, kayaking, sailing, and beaches. There is a bar and restaurant on the island and an amusement park known as Centreville that is perfect for the kind.

Waterfront Trail - Rent a bike and go for a ride along the waterfront trail to explore the beaches of Toronto. Cherry Street, the Leslie Spit and even The Beaches are all easily accessible by bike along the waterfront trail.

Distillery - Formerly the Gooderham and Worts alcohol distillery it was overhauled to a chic entertainment district with pedestrian streets lined with art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and microbreweries.

In the summer the streets come alive with outdoor street performers, music and stage performances.

The Christmas Market and Festival of Lights keep it a year-round destination.

City Cruises - Take a dinner cruise or city cruise to view Toronto from Lake Ontario. There's even a tall ship cruise to add a little more excitement to your outing.

Saint Lawrence Market - Located at the foot of Front and Jarvis, St. Lawrence Market was once voted as the #1 Food Market in the World by National Geographic.

 

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Suggested Toronto Tours: Harbourfront

Tour of Toronto Harbour and Surrounding Islands - Take a cruise on Lake Ontario to the Toronto Islands where you enjoy amazing views of the Toronto Skyline.

You can hop off to explore the island at your leisure and simply catch the next cruise when you want to come back!

Ultimate 5-Hour City Tour - This tour includes the wow stops like cruising harbourfront, going up the CN Tower and entrance to Casa Loma.

Getting There

Transit:

  • From Union Station: Take the Subway to Union Station and then walk south to Harbourfront or take the 509 or 510 Streetcar to Harbourfront.
  • From Bloor Subway: Get off at Spadina and then take the Spadina Streetcar direct to Harbourfront

 

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#5 Yonge and Dundas

The Heart of Downtown

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Yonge and Dundas is where you'll find the main square of Toronto. It's not quite Times Square, but it is a large square filled with billboards, a pedestrian scramble and plenty of food and entertainment.

It's attached to a Toronto Staple, the Eaton Centre which is a huge downtown mall.

Here you'll also see Toronto's most popular TV station, City TV and the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Watch street performers from the sidewalk or catch an organized event at Dundas Square. There are cooling fountains in the summer and there is always an event taking place at the square.

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Suggested Toronto Hotels near Yonge and Dundas

The St. Regis

This central location makes it an ideal stay in Toronto. Just a short walk to Yonge Street and Entertainment district.

Beautiful suites, 65 stories, spa, fine dining. Officially in Financial District

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Sheraton Centre

Connected to the PATH at the Eaton Centre, this was our go-to hotel

Views of City Hall, indoor/outdoor pool, and fitness center.

SPG Gold- access to a lounge with city views.

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Chelsea Hotel

Not too many budget spots here but Chelsea is on the affordable side.

Prime location steps from Dundas Square. Ask for a renovated room.

Pool, gym, sauna, free WIFI

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Things to see in Toronto near Yonge and Dundas

Where to stay in Toronto near City Hall

Eaton Centre – Huge shopping centre with all name brand stores, including Apple Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Saks Food Hall by Pusateries.

Food Stalls - Just north of Dundas Square at Ryerson University is a block filled with food truck. Choose some quick eats like pitas, cepes or burritos.

Ed Mirvish Theatre – Catch a live show at the Ed Mirvish or Wintergarden Theatres located directly on Yonge Street just south of Dundas.

City Hall  – Walk over to Bay Street to see Toronto's city hall, home to our provincial parliament and city hall.

Nathan Philipps Square - Home to the famous Toronto Sign and constant events including Toronto's New Year's Eve celebrations.

VIP Cinemas – Catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster at these VIP cinemas complete with seat service selling alcohol and hot meals. There is a restaurant and bar inside too.

 

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Suggested Toronto Tours: Yonge and Dundas

Window Seat Helicopter Tour - Take it from us, if you are ever going to do a helicopter tour, you want a window seat. There is nothing worse than spending all that money to be in the middle.

Toronto Night Tour with CN Tower - A 3-Hour tour of Toronto ending at sunset from the top of the CN Tower. Easy Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.

Getting There

Subway - Take the Yonge Line to Dundas Street from Union Station. From the Bloor line transfer at Yonge/Bloor station.

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#7 The Village

The Village

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Toronto has always been one of the most LGBTQ friendly cities on earth and if you want to be in the heart of the village, this is the place to be!

When turning from Bloor onto Church, there's more color, more people and more fun!

The village is a great location as it is sandwiched between Yonge and Dundas and Bloor Yorkville, so it is as central as it gets.

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Suggested Toronto Hotels near Yonge and Dundas

Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville

Just north of the Village on Bloor, close to Yorkville.

Located at Bay Centre, indoor access to subway.

Free Wifi

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Pantages

Close to Ed Mirvish Theatre, Massey Hall, Eaton Centre

Great location between Church and Yonge south of Dundas

Spa, Kitchen

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Holiday Inn Toronto

When in doubt I go with chain hotels.

Great location between Church and Yonge.

Free WIFI, Mini Fridge

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Things to See in Toronto: The Village

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Pride Toronto - Pride is an annual event happening every June culminating with the gigantic Pride Parade at the end of the month. If there is a time to be in the village, this is the month!

Bar Hopping - Church Street is lined with bars that are happening any time of year. Pop into Crews& Tango for a drag show, hang out on the patio of the Churchmouse or slide into Woody's, Toronto's most famous gay bar.

Buddies and Bad Times Theatre - Our friend Shawn manages this theatre and you'll see a lot of great performances at this Toronto LGBTQ Theatre.

Keg Mansion - It's the Keg Steakhouse, but it's in a gorgeous mansion dating back to 1867. And it's known to be haunted. Dare to wander all the nooks and crannies to see if you run into a spirit or two.

Insider Tip - Head upstairs to the bar and ask to see the "Ghost Book"

Mirvish Theatre - Ed Mirvish was a beloved entrepreneur in Toronto and he has a couple of venues bearing his name. This is the more affordable option to the Princess of Wales and Ed Mirvish Theatres.

Riverdale Farm - After all that downtown nightlife, you might want some quiet time. Riverdale farm is just a few blocks east of the Village and is a working farm located right in the heart of Toronto.

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Suggested Toronto Day Tours

Getting There

Transit:

  • From Union Station: Take the Yonge Line to Wellesley walk East to Church
  • From Bloor Subway: Get off Yonge/Bloor and walk South to Wellesley on Church

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#6 The Annex and Little Italy

 Bohemian Vibe/Culturally Diverse Toronto

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Almost overlapping with Bloor/Yorkville, stepping into the Annex feels like another city.

It's the university district filled with a diverse group of people from students, young urban professionals, retirees, and immigrants from around the world.

This Toronto neighborhood bleeds into College Street and Little Italy where you'll find countless eateries, cafes and cool places to hang out.

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Suggested Toronto Hotels near The Annex

Windsor Arms

Connected to the PATH at the Eaton Centre, this was our go-to hotel

Views of City Hall, indoor/outdoor pool, and fitness center.

SPG Gold- access to a lounge with city views.

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Kimpton Hotel

This central location makes it an ideal stay in Toronto. Just a short walk to Yonge Street and Entertainment district.

Beautiful suites, 65 stories, spa, fine dining.

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Super 8 Downtown

It's south of the Annex in Chinatown but the best budget hotel around.

Continental breakfast/Free WIFI

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Things to See in Toronto: The Annex

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Casa Loma - It is a little north of the Annex, but you must visit Toronto's only castle. It's grand and there are regular events.

University of Toronto - The massive downtown university covers 180 acres of prime real estate. Wander through the quiet grounds and get lost in the architecture dating back to 1827,

Spadina Museum - The Austin family estate dates back to 1866 showing what it was like to live in Toronto at the turn of the 20th century.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema - enter a century's old cinema to watch the latest documentaries. Special presentations, showcases and screenings.

Little Italy - What was once a very distinct Italian community is now the hip strip of College Street. It still has a very Italian vibe with fresh markets, the Italian Walk of Fame and Toronto's premier Italian restaurants.

Lee's Palace - Fantastic concert hall on Bloor Street welcoming the hottest upcoming acts.

Madison Pub - A favorite university hang out spanning three huge mansions. The fun part is trying to find your friends when you arrive.

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Suggested Toronto Tours: The Annex

VIP Tours of Little Italy or Ossington - Enjoy the VIP treatment and dinner with a chef enjoying the local culture and food.

Toronto Small Group City Tour - Explore Toronto in a deluxe Mercedes Benz van in this exclusive small group tour.

Getting There

Transit:

  • Subway - Take the Bloor/Danforth Line to either Spadina, Saint George or Bathurst.
  • University line to Saint George - You can get off here or transfer to Spadina
  • From King or Queen West you can take the Spadina Streetcar North to Bloor.

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Toronto has grown into a world city.

There are many things to keep you occupied should you visit for work, holiday or a quick getaway.

With nightlife, museums, award-winning chefs and an abundance of green space, there is something to fit any travelers desire.

So what are you waiting for? It's time to book your trip to Toronto now!

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