City Guide – Toronto

Teplis Bleisure Travel City Guides provide busy corporate travelers with a quick reference to the sights, sounds and tastes that await them when doing business in the city. Free time while travelingon business is at a premium and we’re here to help you make the most of it!

From world-class food, cozy cafes, microbreweries, and top tier sports teams, Toronto is full of those things which make a great city. And while the long winters are glacial at best, the city has groomed itself to sustain anyone around indoors, even building special walkways connecting buildings downtown when the snow is deep.

Canada’s economic powerhouse is in no way all work and no play. The nation’s most populous city is full of vast green spaces, gorgeous waterfronts, and an amazing art scene, also home to world-famous rapper Drake. Known as the “city within a park,” Toronto is a cultural mecca and an amazing place to visit.

A True Cultural Melting Pot

Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, and proudly so. With over 140 languages and dialects spoken on the streets, Toronto boasts a few Chinatowns, a Greek Town, Little Italy, a Koreatown and a Little Portugal, to name a few.

With so much going on its tough to pick and choose the best of the best but without a doubt, the St. Lawrence Market is a must-go. Housing over 120 specialty vendors, known for the variety and freshness of their fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, grains, baked goods and dairy products, the Market also has plenty of unique non-food items for sale.

If you’re interested in the arts Toronto has top-quality options, most notably 401 Richmond and the Royal Ontario Museum. 401 Richmond is an 18,500-sq-meter New York-style artist hub with over 130 diverse contemporary galleries showcasing works from almost any artistic medium you can think of. While walking grab a snack and a coffee at the ground-floor café and enjoy it on the expansive roof garden.

The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s biggest natural history museum and one of the largest museums in North America. Its immaculate design of old architecture and modern creates an immense experience with fossils and art alike.

Food & Drink

Any and every city always boasts about their eats but when it comes to Toronto it’s almost impossible to pick where to go. As a growing cultural epicenter, it was important that we push you in the right direction when it came to food. Starting with Carousel Bakery located in the St. Lawrence Market, and their peameal bacon sandwich. If Anthony Bourdain says you gotta eat it well we think you should too. In this iconic food market, it’s tough to stand out but somehow this glorious mix of salty and smoky goodness on a peameal bun will change your life.

If you feel like skipping breakfast and going straight to brunch then The Dirty Bird is where you’ll be going and you’ll order the fried chicken and waffles….your welcome. Crunchy on the outside, moist boneless chicken on the inside laid on top of a maple buttered waffle, coated with the secret “dirty sauce”, well this writer is getting pretty hungry just thinking about it.

When it comes to grabbing a drink you’re going to want to find your way to Bar Chef. Rated Toronto’s best bar the mix of molecular gastronomy to create engaging and memorable drinks is their pride and joy. The drinks are bound to make you “ooh” and “ahh” as they come to you. Basically, you are drinking art.

Transportation
The Toronto Transportation Commission runs an underground subway system, streetcars and buses to get you from uptown to the waterfront (prices start at $2.25). Licensed taxis and Uber are also common.

Workout/Gym
“Adelaide Club”
“Goodlife Fitness”

Language
English/French

Weather
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 70°F (21°C), and the coldest is January, with an average high of 28°F (-3°C).

Electric
Type A two-prong plug or Type B three-prong plug



Currency
Canadian dollar (C$)

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