Looming skyscrapers and a reputation for being Canada’s financial hub can make you overlook Toronto as a holiday destination, but recent years have seen the city evolve into a cultural centre of its own. With a leading music industry, forward-thinking fashion district and top restaurants, the city is a cosmopolitan metropolis with something for everyone. Our Toronto travel guide takes you to the best places to visit in this colourful mosaic of diverse people and cultures (Toronto is home to over 200 nationalities and over 140 mother-tongues). Toronto’s open heart can be felt wherever you go in the city - you will always be greeted with a smile.
A self-proclaimed ‘home to creative souls’ Bisha Hotel sits in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. A product of expert collaboration, this boutique hotel fuses art, fashion, cuisine and design to give you an unparalleled experience of luxury. The bedrooms are all impeccably designed; expect rich but restrained colours in textiles like lacquered wood and crushed velvet, with geometric accents that evoke a 1970s nostalgia. With all amenities by niche luxury brand, Byredo, even a simple shower will feel like a spa treatment. When it comes to food, you’d be forgiven for never leaving the hotel. Enjoy a morning acai bowl at KOST, the hotel’s Baja-Mexican rooftop restaurant, pick up a pastry at French-Made cafe on your way out to explore Toronto, or dine-in at the acclaimed Japanese fusion restaurant, Akira Back. Merging creativity, luxury and service Bisha Hotel is one of the best hotels in Toronto, offering a unique perspective from which to explore the city.
Whether you’re looking for a scrumptious breakfast, hearty lunch, delectable dinner or a pastry pick-me-up in between, La Palma has you covered. A mix of Canada cool and California chill, the restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Toronto and serves up-scale, delicious dishes like Chicken Liver & Vin Cotto against a relaxed atmosphere - all of the flavour, none of the pretension. With a winding blush leather sofa and a minimalist artistic backdrop that perfectly complements the restaurant’s soft colour palette, La Palma’s decor is any Instagrammer’s dream. If you happen to be in a group of six or more, we suggest the Chef’s Table Experience; a delightful family-style four course feast that allows you to sample the menu, alternatively if you’re looking for something light, pick up a Honey & Candied Ginger Scone with a coffee, and head to the nearby Trinity Bellwoods Park for lunch with a view.
Gusto 101: Casual atmospheric restaurant delivering soulful Southern Italian classics with a contemporary twist.
Alo: Stylish French restaurant located in a heritage building in Downtown Toronto. We recommend the tasting menus paired with carefully chosen wines.
Grey Gardens: A beautifully simple restaurant boasting an extensive wine list and serving a seafood focused menu of sharing plates and mains.
Brothers Food and Wine: A cosy and intimate restaurant serving a delectable small menu and boasting an expertly-curated wine list.
While you may have heard of Kensington Market, we suggest you bypass the tourists and head to St Lawrence Market instead. Housed in St. Lawrence Hall, before entering be sure to pause a moment to appreciate the architectural grandeur of this stunning 1850s building. Head to the Farmer’s Market where merchants and artisans are on-hand with expert knowledge and recommendations on their local produce - here you’ll experience how Toronto’s ethnic diversity has resulted in a delicious melange of flavours from around the world. If you’re looking to do a bit of shopping, be sure to go on a Sunday for their Antique Market - frequented by young hipsters and savvy collectors alike, everyone is looking for that special find. From antique books to vintage jewellry and furniture, you’re bound to leave here with something valuable (if only in sentiment).
Tiny Record Shop: A must visit for all vinyl lovers, this shop within a shop featured on the World’s Best Record Shops list.
The Distillery District: Once a derelict collection of Victorian Industrial buildings, The Distillery District is now a buzzing creative hub in the city blending the old with the new and housing unique boutiques, galleries, restaurants, theatres and more.
Toronto Island: A day trip to Toronto Island where you can swim on the beach, take a leisurely canoe, visit the 200 year old light house and so much more.