Toronto is much more than just Canada’s largest city. As one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, Toronto has something for everyone. Check out Toronto’s coolest neighborhoods, tastiest markets, and hippest places to stay.

Kick Things Off With a Cup of Coffee

Toronto has long been known for relatively run-of-the-mill coffee preferences, but several new coffee shops are quickly making the city’s caffeine options more hip. Get Nordic at Corktown’s Odin, which features Scandinavian design and the neighborhood’s best coffee. In the Fashion District, try Quantum Coffee, which is housed in a historic space but offers some of the freshest pour-overs.

St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.

Shop Toronto’s Food Markets

Since the 17th century, St. Lawrence Market has fed Toronto locals while dazzling their senses. Wander through the stalls to pick out cured meats, aged cheese, fresh produce, and baked goods as you let the delicious smells surround you. When you’re ready to sample your finds, just grab a table and dig in.

If you visit the city in the summer, you’ll also find farmers markets stocked with local favorites every day of the week. Head to the market at Artscape Wychwood Barns on Saturdays to try great food in an artsy location.

Tour Toronto’s Can’t-Miss Museums

The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto’s largest history museum, is a great place to spend a few hours or the entire day. For a mix of ancient, Renaissance, modern, and cutting-edge contemporary art, spend the afternoon at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Step off the beaten path and tour Casa Loma, a 20th-century castle that’s packed with secret passageways and surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Distillery District
The Distillery District, east of downtown.

Wander Through Toronto’s Coolest Neighborhoods

Take a stroll through Kensington Market, a sprawling, historic neighborhood lined with funky shops, cool cafes, and vintage stores. Then head to the Distillery District, a waterfront area that was home to a major distilling company in the 19th century. Today, many of the original buildings stand, and you’ll find a welcome mix of galleries, restaurants, and festivals here.

Dine at One of Toronto’s Hotspots

Toronto’s mix of international cultures is unparalleled, and no matter what type of cuisine you want, you’ll find it in the city. Warm up with a bowl of noodles and fatty pork broth at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, spice things up dan dan noodles at Anne’s Magic Kitchen in Chinatown, or let the Big Mac Bao blow your mind at DaiLo. If you have room for dessert, try the custom ice cream sandwiches at Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery or the sweets at SOMA chocolatemaker.

Treat Yourself to a Cocktail or a Glass of Wine

Toronto is home to numerous cocktail bars, but you’ll find the best view at 360 Restaurant, located at the top of the iconic CN Tower. This revolving restaurant boasts the world’s highest wine cellar and is a divine place to end your day in Toronto.

If you’d rather stay closer to ground level, head to The Lockhart in cool Little Portugal or The Black Hoof Cocktail Bar in Trinity Bellwoods. At both spots, you’ll find beautiful cocktails made by mixology experts.

Kensington Market
Kensington Market, a well-known unique neighborhood in Toronto.

Where to Stay in Toronto

From budget-friendly hostels to luxury hotels in Toronto, you’ll find something for every budget and style preference. Browse the city’s top accommodations to find your perfect spot.

Top Hotels

Toronto’s Hotel Ocho has plenty of historic appeal, thanks to its early 20th-century warehouse setting, and it’s just steps from both buzzing Chinatown and hip Kensington Market. Located on cool Queen Street West, The Drake Hotel boasts contemporary style, funky artwork, and hipster-packed hangout spaces.

Best Hostels

Toronto’s top hostels offer wallet-friendly prices along with plenty of opportunities to get social with fellow travelers. Book a room at The Only Backpacker’s Inn for a friendly stay and complimentary breakfast. If you’re looking for one of the most sustainable stays in town, try Planet Travelers, a green hostel that’s also home to a popular rooftop bar.

Coolest Private Rentals

Accommodations in Toronto are top-notch, but sometimes you just want to feel like you’re at home while you’re away. If you’re looking for a little more space to stretch out, consider booking a private rental in one of Toronto’s coolest neighborhoods. Look for flats in trendy Queen Street West, near bohemian Kensington Market, or in the historic Distillery District.

No matter where you stay in this dynamic city, you’re sure to fall for Toronto. Plan and book your getaway here on GoDoTrip and get ready for a vacation you won’t soon forget.