08:00 – Fall for Niagara
It may seem strange to get to Toronto and then head out of town but with Niagara Falls and the Niagara region’s excellent wineries so close, you may want to include the experience by taking a day tour, coming back for dinner.
If staying in the city is your preference, take the 506 Carlton streetcar along College St. west to Boom Breakfast & Co for Smokey & the Bandit eggs and a Pino Colado smoothie. Bonus: the streetcar ride passes through the Little Italy neighbourhood ¬– grab a TTC day pass to save money on fares.
09:30 – Up, up and away
It takes 58 seconds in a glass-fronted elevator to get 1,136 feet above Toronto at the CN Tower and the SkyPod observation platform is 33 storeys above that. The really adventurous can strap in for an EdgeWalk around the outside of the Tower’s main pod at 1,168 feet. Nothing but lake and city views – and plenty of fresh air.
11:30 – Fish eye
Go from air to sea at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, near the base of the CN Tower. Lunch nearby at Real Sports Bar and Grill at the Air Canada Centre’s Maple Leaf Square, where fans of Toronto Maple Leafs’ hockey and Toronto Raptors’ basketball converge. Pick up team gear at Real Sports Apparel at Gate 1, Air Canada Centre.
15:00 – To market, to market
Take a three-hour guided walking tour of Kensington Market, a multicultural neighbourhood and home to successive waves of immigrants, all of whom have left their mark here. Eat your way around this foodie paradise – tip: get there ahead of your tour to score vintage finds. Bungalow and Exile are top stops for unique clothing and accessories.
18:30 – Spanish sip
Inspired by Barcelona, tiny and gorgeous Bar Raval in Little Italy is a must-visit with excellent cocktails and tapas. Neighbourhood stalwart Café Diplomatico, known as “the Dip” is a great place to people watch.
20:00 – Disco dining
Excellent French dining room La Banane has an impressive raw bar and a cheeky chocolate truffle-stuffed Ziggy Stardust Disco Egg for dessert. Nearby Doma draws rave reviews for its modern Korean fare.
22:00 – Rock on
Hear up-and-coming bands or established names at The Horsehoe Tavern. This historic Queen West bar and temple of Canadian music history opened in 1947.