Most of the visitors that this Canadian city receives do so because of its proximity to the famous Niagara Falls. Even so, Toronto deserves at least a couple of days to discover some of its most beautiful corners, most of which are concentrated in Downtown. Next, we will take a tour of the 5 things you cannot miss in Toronto .
1. CN Tower
The CN Tower is, without a doubt, the symbol of the city. For a long time it was the tallest communications tower in the world and defines the Toronto skyline .
But it is also a viewpoint from which to enjoy impressive views of the city. Many tourists decide to visit it just before sunset, to enjoy the views before, during and after it.
The price to climb to the top of the CN Tower is $25. It can be somewhat elevated to enjoy only the views of the city, but there is no tourist in the city who is left without going up. You can also purchase the Toronto Pass for $60, which allows entry to this and four other tourist attractions.
There is also the option of reserving a table in the tower’s panoramic restaurant. The price is only slightly higher than the normal entry and the quality of the food is very good.
2. St Lawrence Market
This market is one of the most iconic buildings in downtown Toronto. It is a brick warehouse that functions as a traditional market where countless different products are sold.
There are those who equate it with some traditional markets in southern Europe, such as La Boquería in Barcelona. It is a picturesque and beautiful building, and it also has other curious buildings around it, such as the one on the corner of Front and Church streets, one of the most photographed in Toronto. In addition, on Sunday mornings, the surrounding streets host a small antique market.
Besides being a traditional market, it is a very good option to eat in the city center. On the ground floor there is a food court where you can buy food prepared in different stalls, of very good quality and at a fairly affordable price for Toronto.
3. Distillery Street
This area is one of the examples of the recovery of the city since the 20th century. The buildings in this neighborhood housed the city’s old distilleries and liquor stores, which fell into disuse in the last century and were abandoned.
But in recent years they have been rebuilt and revitalized. Within the brick walls are now some of Toronto’s most exclusive bars and restaurants, as well as major designer stores. In this way, Distillery Street has become one of the most striking areas of this Canadian city, about two kilometers from Downtown.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best areas to walk around or have a coffee in one of its modern establishments.
4. Toronto Islands
These are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Toronto. They are located a few kilometers from the city center and are a group of islands near Lake Ontario and connected to each other.
They are a good option for all those who want to escape the noise and hustle and bustle of the city. All of them are parks, and there are only some leisure areas, few houses and a small regional airport. There you can enjoy long walks, an afternoon picnic or even bathe in one of its beaches. In addition, from the area closest to Toronto you can enjoy one of the best views of its urban landscape.
There are three ferries to get there, leaving from the pier at the end of Yonge Street. Each ferry takes a different route and leads to a different area of the islands, but the one that leads to Center Island is the best known and most used. The round-trip price is $7 and the service is provided more frequently in the summer months. Highly recommended for those visiting the city.
5. Kensington Market and Chinatown
Although it is not the only metropolitan neighborhood in Toronto that is home to different foreign communities, it is the best known. Chinatown is especially striking for being so close to the center and being so consolidated within the city.
Its reference point, on a gastronomic and commercial level, is the center between Spadina and College streets. There we can find restaurants, especially Chinese, but also from other parts of Asia. There are also countless bazaars and souvenir shops at very affordable prices.
Behind Chinatown, a few meters away we find Kensington Market, the hippie and alternative area of Toronto. Although it is a somewhat small area, it serves to observe the change of rhythm, atmosphere and life of the city. It is a very quiet, alternative, different and bohemian neighborhood to a certain extent. We can find cafes, restaurants and second-hand shops.