Travel Toronto

In Destinations, North America by LA Travel Magazine

Canada’s largest city is a cultural gem boasting innovative architecture, world-class dining and the hottest new hotels. Spend a weekend in Toronto for a fast-paced trip in a diverse city.

View the city from above at the CN Tower standing 1,815 feet above Toronto. The Tower is a concrete communications and observation tower considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Featured at the top of the tower is a glass floor where visitors can walk across while peering down on city streets below. On the same level is the Outdoor Sky Terrace featuring an outdoor deck for those who enjoy a slight breeze. CN Tower’s most extreme attraction is the EdgeWalk, a full circle hands-free walk encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod.

Toronto is a big city with artistic soul and finding a hotel that understands that status makes for an authentic stay. The Gladstone Hotel has assembled a group of local Canadian artists to transform the 37-room hotel into experimental works of art. The original 19th century Victorian architecture with exposed brick walls and high ceilings was maintained, while each room was created unique to each of the assigned artist’s distinctive vision. Artist and Food Network Canada host, Bob Blumer, designed room 403 named Surreal Gourmet, a playful and nostalgic room blending retro and personal elements. Marshmallow pillows, a Fruit Loops armoire and a retro kitchen are just some of the unique features in this room. Continue your art tour with the Queen West Art Crawl celebrating the local community. Formerly a one-day outdoor art show, the annual event is now a weekend long festival promoting art and culture.

Tourists and locals alike enjoy walking throughout the pedestrian-only village of the Distillery Historic District home to many of Toronto’s most popular designer boutiques, cafes and artisan shops. More than 70 cultural and retail establishments make up the districts in the restored red brick, Victorian-era buildings. Explore the area in late January and early February for Winterlicious when diverse cuisine is presented in local restaurants for a culinary celebration.

Home to world-class dining, Toronto is an international hub for authentic cuisine from around the globe. In the Distillery District, you can find Pure Spirits Oyster House and Grill. The bar is set high at this restaurant with fresh fish and oysters flown in daily from around the world combined with distinct flavors and presented with the utmost creativity. Chef Travis Cropley preserves the restaurants high standing with fresh Malpeques, Kumamotos and Fanny Bays for a profound seafood experience. For diners looking for a more upscale ambiance look no further than La Société, a Parisian bistro in a luxurious setting featuring a street side patio. While delighting in lavish cuisine keep your eye out as this is a premier location for celebrity sightings.

Toronto is home to dozens of shopping districts from boutiques to big name brands. Head to Downtown Yonge (pronounced “young”) for a vibrant atmosphere full of restaurants, bars and of course shopping. Over 600 retail stores line Yonge Street, the longest street in the world, which provide for the ultimate shopping experience. For a more charming shopping day, Bloor-Yorkville offers a historic area filled with designer boutiques and world-class galleries.

In one of the world’s most ethnically diverse cities, you can discover the cosmopolitan city of Toronto filled with historical charm. Among friendly locals you can tour the city through varied neighborhoods or explore it’s greenery by visiting one of the numerous parks. Whatever your reason for visiting Toronto, we know your stay will be an adventure.