We landed into Toronto Pearson airport and got a taxi to our hotel. We stayed on Sherbourne Street up near Bloor Street. The location was convenient as the Metro was located around the corner so the rest of the city was easily accessible.
Whilst this area feels perfectly safe, further down Sherbourne Street towards downtown, the street is less desirable, with dodgy characters on street corners, I wouldn’t have wanted to stay round here.
We headed down Bloor Street, an upmarket shopping street with the likes of Tiffany, Gucci and Burberry. Also on this street is the Park Hyatt Hotel. In this hotel is the Roof Lounge, a modern rooftop bar which serves great cocktails and offers spectacular views of the city skyline.
After we had had a few drinks and watched the sun set we headed to Caplansky’s for food. This Jewish Deli has two locations around town but we visited the one in Yorkville. Open late into the evening, this fab restaurant serves up great BBQ brisket and mac & cheese.
The following morning we headed downtown to see what sights and sounds the city had to offer. We first got lunch at Fran’s Restaurant near Dundas Square, the Times Square of Toronto. Fran’s serves up typical diner specialities and great homefries.
After breakfast we headed down to the CN Tower. Pretty much everywhere you go in Toronto, the CN Tower is visible, dominating the skyline and also helping with navigation.
The neverending views from the top of the tower give you an insight into how large Toronto actually is. The CN Tower also offers a Skywalk experience where you can walk around the outside of the tower whilst harnessed on, not one for the faint hearted!
Back down at the bottom of the tower, just over the road, is the Steam Whistle Brewery. There are tours offered of the brewery and samples of the beer are free.
We then headed to the bay front and got one of the island tours that run hourly each day. The tour guide was funny as well as informative and from the boat you get to see the wildlife of the islands. The boat stops at one of the islands so you can get off and explore by foot if you like. As you return towards the city the views from the bay are incredible.
If you get off the Metro at Osgoode, within a short walk there are great boutique shops, a good collection of pubs and bars and unique street art such as a CP24 truck smashing through a wall and Graffiti Alley.
For dinner, we went to Kegs Steakhouse, serving delicious meat and wine. Set within an old mansion the decadent setting makes a meal here feel super special.
The next day we took a trip with Niagara and Toronto Tours to Niagara Falls. The tour guide was brilliant!!
The first stop was at the Pillitteri Vineyard for wine tasting and education on how ice wine is made. There is also an opportunity to purchase some of the gorgeous sweet wine to enjoy at home.
A short drive later, the tour stops off at the historic town of Niagara on the Lake, a beautiful quaint town with oldy worldy shops.
The next stop is the world famous Niagara Falls on the US and Canadian border. The first thing we did was headed straight to Maid of the Mist and rode into the falls. Afterwards, we had free time to explore Niagara and dry off.
The excursion is a brilliant day trip from Toronto that I’d definitely recommend.
When we got back to Toronto we had dinner at Barque, a restaurant that serves great BBQ food and the ribs are some of the best I’ve ever had!
We had a blast in Toronto and would definitely go back and try to catch an ice hockey game at The Air Canada Centre.