Not going to the CN Tower is like going to Paris and not going to the Eiffel Tower. This is such a huge landmark of the city and the views are fantastic. The best time of day would be to go about 2 hours before sunset to give you time to buy tickets and get to the top. Definitely splurge for the Skypod which gives you a nice 360 view and is less crowded. Take lots of pictures then go to Horizons which is the more casual restaurant and have some Canadian beers while watching the sunset. Then check out the city once the sun has gone down to get that pretty night view.
Queen Street West
This is the main shopping area in Toronto and I went 2 different days so obviously it was one of my favorite things. Some of my favorite stores were Lavish & Squalor, Rudsak, Aritzia, M, Brandy Melville, Jealousy, Tatyana, and Urban Planet. When you’ve shopped until your feet are dying and you’re starving to death pop into Mi Taco for delicious Chipotle-esque Mexican food and free Wifi. One of my favorite places on Queen St. West was actually Shoppers Drug Mart which is a drug store that also has a ton of high-end department store makeup (Urban Decay, Lancome, Benefit, etc.).
When I read on Thrillist that Drake has a restaurant in Toronto and everyone is loving it, of course I knew I had to check it out. Fring’s was nothing short of a culinary delight. The inside is gorgeous too and filled with flowers. It’s a little pricy, but the cool atmosphere, tasty food, and bragging rights were worth it.
I mean, how could I resist a super popular ice cream place with an adorable name like “Sweet Jesus”? At Sweet Jesus they have mega sized cups and cones of specialty creations and they are really tasty. Prepare to wait in line, but it will go by quickly and it’s absolutely worth it.
When you want to go experience some nightlife and have a really fun time at an upscale (but not crazy expensive) bar/club/lounge definitely check out Pravda. You can get a flight of vodka’s with accompanying caviar, there’s a huge freezer tasting room behind the bar where the bartenders wear fur coats, and they have live musicians stand on the bar and play the Russian national anthem at midnight, what more could you ask for?
Here’s a few more pictures I snapped while wandering around Toronto:
For more Toronto recommendations check out A Tourist in My Own City.