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Toronto Art Tour

Sprawling and diverse, this fast-paced commercial capital harbors an edgy, artistic soul.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview :  It’s official: Our neighbor to the north has never been more deserving of the world’s attention, with Toronto at the center of Canada’... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Communist's Daughter

Hidden behind a narrow storefront in Little Portugal, this unassuming bar is marked by a large sign that reads Nazare Snack Bar (the building's previous inhabitant) as well as a discreet chalkboard sign revealing the current name. As such, the clientele is largely limited to in-the-know locals. The small, dim interior is furnished with mismatched ... More

The namesake store of the trendy Drake Hotel, this nontraditional gift shop sells a wide array of unusual souvenirs, original antiques, local art, and items imported from across the globe. Inspired by old-fashioned general stores and flea markets, the shop is designed with reclaimed wood, recycled light fixtures, and Midcentury Modern furniture.... More

Situated on Harbord Street’s burgeoning restaurant row, this small eatery serves an eclectic, globally inspired menu that incorporates regional ingredients. The homelike interior is designed with large windows, olive green banquettes, and a salvaged-wood bar, while the seasonal outdoor patio contains small shaded tables. Created by chef Cory... More

This 62-room, 15-suite, boutique hotel opened in the city’s ritziest mixed-use neighborhood, midtown’s Yorkville, in summer 2009. Common areas evoke a luxe aesthetic with dark wood, marble, and granite surfaces, suede-panelled walls, and Art Deco-inspired furniture.æStandard rooms boast nine-foot ceilings, walk-in dressing rooms, and private... More

Situated in the entertainment district, Hôtel Le Germain is housed in a converted red-brick warehouse with a stainless-steel and glass façade. Inside, the lobby features two-story glass walls, a double-sided fireplace, and photographs by Toronto-based artist James Lahey. There's also a library and a complimentary state-of-the-art cappuccino bar.... More

Lai Wah Heen, which translates to “luxurious meeting place,” serves an upscale dim sum menu that’s often lauded as the best in Toronto. Located in the Metropolitan Hotel, the bi-level restaurant is simple but stylish, with 12-foot ceilings, black granite stairs, and beige walls hung with black-and-white Chinese calligraphy paintings. The lunchtime... More

Open Tuesday through Saturday, this centuries-old indoor market hosts an average of 120 merchants selling everything from fresh produce and artisan cheeses to kitchen accessories and hand-tied flower bouquets. The marketplace is busiest on Saturday, when the weekly farmers’ market provides Malpeque oysters, honey garlic chorizo, homemade sweet... More

The first foreign outpost for the Manhattan hotel brand, Thompson Toronto opened in 2010. Its location in King West Village puts it a short walk from the entertainment, art and design, and financial districts, as well as stellar shopping. Common areas in the 102-room property have a sleek, contempo aesthetic: clean lines, richly grained wood,... More

9. Toronto International Film Festival

Since its start in 1975, Toronto International Film Festival has grown to become one of world’s best, considered by many to be second only to Cannes. Roughly 300 films from more than 60 countries are scheduled over approximately 10 days of early morning screenings, black-tie galas, and midnight schlockfests. The September festival has spun out... More