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PART II: WHAT TO DO IN TORONTO THIS WEEKEND

From Brunch & Dinner to Nightlife, Events & Festivals!

We don’t have to tell you just how fun and exciting the city of Toronto is. That’s not why you’re reading this article. You’re here because you’ve probably asked yourself, “what’s happening in Toronto this weekend?” You’re looking for the hot spots – the places to be, the things to do, the best bites in town, and the best events and bucket-list festivals you just can’t miss. Well, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ve put together a list of the best places and events to experience during your next trip to Toronto!

Read Part I: WHAT TO DO IN TORONTO THIS WEEKEND – MUSEUMS, ATTRACTIONS, LANDMARKS, & MORE!

The Food Scene

Undeniably, some of the best restaurants in the country are located here in the 416. When it comes to food and drinks, there’s no doubt that Toronto is home to some of the most eclectic, culturally diverse eateries unparalleled in any other Canadian city.

Here’s who made the not-so-shortlist:

Brunch, Lunch & Dinner:

Brunch & Dinner:

  • Wynona | 819 Gerrard StE
    Contemporary Italian – $$
  • Byblos Uptown | 2537 Yonge St
    Eastern Mediterranean – $$$$

Lunch & Dinner

  • Loga’s Corner | 216 Close Ave
    Tibetan – $
  • Chop Chop | 771 Dundas StW
    Taiwanese – $
  • Moretti Caffé | 328 Wellington StW
    Italian – $$
  • Famiglia Baldassarre | 122 Geary Ave
    Italian – $$
  • Omai | 3 Baldwin St
    Japanese – $$
  • Donna’s | 827 Lansdowne Ave
    Home cooking – $$
  • Seoul Shakers | 1241 Bloor StW
    Contemporary Korean – $$
  • Leela Indian Food Bar | 3108 Dundas StW
    Indian – $$

Dinner:

  • Giulietta | 927 College St
    Italian – $$
  • Dasha | 620 King StW
    Chinese – $$
  • Gusto 101 | 101 Portland St
    Southern Italian – $$
  • Yukashi | 643a Mt Pleasant Rd
    Japanese – $$
  • Après Wine Bar | 1166 Queen StW
    French – $$
  • Figo | 295 Adelaide StW
    Contemporary Italian – $$
  • Patois | 794 Dundas StW
    Asian & Caribbean – $$
  • Mira | 420A Wellington StW
    Peruvian – $$$
  • Dandylion | 1198 Queen StW
    Scandinavian-influenced – $$$
  • Patria | 478 King St W
    Classic Spanish – $$$
  • Skippa | 379 Harbord St
    Japanese – $$$
  • Kiin | 326 Adelaide St W
    Thai – $$$
  • DaiLo | 503 College St
    French-inspired Chinese – $$$
  • Bacchanal | 60 Sudbury St
    Modern French – $$$
  • Actinolite | 971 Ossington Ave
    Canadian – $$$$
  • Alo | 163 Spadina Ave
    French – $$$$
  • Edulis | 169 Niagara St
    Spanish – $$$$
  • SARA | 98 Portland St
    Contemporary Japanese – $$$$
  • Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse | 12 Brant St
    Steakhouse – $$$$
Moretti Caffé
Mira
Patois
Bacchanal
foie gras at Alo restaurant in Toronto
Alo

Entertainment in the Six

Toronto is a central hub for all things exciting, festive, diverse, and attention-catching. Have some time to kill? Here are a few pit stops that are yours to experience during your visit to the GTA.

Rogers Centre

Established in 1989, this multi-purpose stadium is home to two local teams we all know and love, the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball and Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

Not into team sports? No problem! You can catch the next professional wrestling match, rock out at a concert, take your kids to see Disney on Ice, or get inspired by public speakers – this stadium has everything you could possibly need and more.

tiff neon sign in Toronto

Local Festivals

Looking for a taste of the local life in the six? Whether you’re into automotive, literature, videogames, beer – you name it, there’s a festival for almost everything. Celebrate with locals and people from all over the world during the summer, winter, fall, or spring!

Film Festivals

If you’re visiting Toronto in the spring or summer, you have to experience one of its incredible film festivals. From LGBTQ representation to the most anticipated film fest in Canada, Toronto is home to some pretty spectacular events you don’t want to miss. There are also a ton of other festivals and events happening throughout the year – check out www.toronto.ca for more details!

Music Festivals

There are hundreds of music festivals throughout the year in Toronto where you can dance all day (and night!) to your favourite genres. Some of the most popular festivals by genre include:

Indie Music Festivals

Electric Dance Music

Alternative, Roots and Hip-Hop

Jazz

Other

people dancing in a club in Toronto

Nightlife

Toronto nightlife is vibrant, dynamic, and full of options. From quaint, niche speakeasies to massive rave-like clubs, there’s something for every mood and occasion. Your only problem will be trying to narrow down which spot to go to.

  • 4.7* Bar Chef – Dimly lit, intimate hangout offering creative cocktails, with over 5,000 house-made bitters
  • 4.7* Hoof Cocktail Bar – Inventive cocktails served in a cozy, dark space with a chic, retro vibe & a seasonal patio.
  • 4.5* Simon Says – DJs spin at this unmarked nightclub with a hot pink & black decor offering bottle service.
  • 4.5* Beaver Cafe – Former gallery that mixes art with comfort food, brunch, & nightly dance parties, plus a patio.
  • 4.5* Paradise Grapevine – A wine and beer bar with affordable small plates and a lush back patio, all of which can be enjoyed until 2 a.m.
  • 4.4* Get Well – Boisterous taproom known for vintage decor & arcade games along with its selection of craft beers.
  • 4.3* The Rooftop – Rooftop bar with a terrace & airy, indoor space, offering panoramic views & an eclectic menu.
  • 4.3* The Piston – Bar with cozy booths & a hopping back room for live acts, plus tapas & gourmet sandwiches.
  • 4.2* El Convento Rico – Latin nightspot welcoming all, offers drag performances & Friday night dance lessons.
  • 4.2* Coda – 2nd-story nightclub hosting dance parties & a wide mix of live acts, from hip-hop to death metal.
  • 4.2* Cold Tea – Tucked in an urban mall, this funky hideaway with a backyard patio serves drinks & dumplings.
  • 4.2* Locals Only – Comfy, vibrant bar offering oysters & other gourmet pub eats, with daily drink & food deals.
  • 4.1* Nest – Internationally known DJs spin at this cavernous night spot featuring premium sound & light shows.
  • 4.1* The One Eighty – Relaunched venue offers city views from the 51st floor, plus a bar cart, cocktails & eclectic fare
  • 4.1* Baby Huey – Compact nightspot drawing a boisterous crowd for regular DJ sets & drink specials.
  • 4.1* The Libertine – Sumptuous booths & tiny tables adorn this vintage bar preparing craft cocktails & seasonal menus.
  • 4.0* Call Her Juliet – DJs spin hip hop & top 40 tracks at this lower level dance club with sensual art & bottle service.
  • 3.9* Petty Cash – Hip set-up offering a mix of gastropub plates, house cocktails & pool amid money-themed decor.
  • 3.7* Rebel – Buzzy, 45,000-sq.-ft. club with cocktails, multi-sensory entertainment, a 65-ft. stage & city views.

There you have it – the most exciting places to be and entertaining things to do in Toronto, all available to you during your next trip to the six. Whether you plan your trip around these events or take the route of spontaneity, you won’t be disappointed in what this city has in store for you!

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