Toronto has a great theatre scene for every taste and budget. Check out the big theatres on Yonge Street for the big splashy shows, such as. Small theatres in the Annex and elsewhere offer smaller productions that range from original Canadian works, avant-garde, experimental theatre, small budget musicals to British murder mysteries. A variety of theatre festivals such as the New Ideas, Rhubarb and Fringe festivals are the seed for many commercial success such as The Drowsy Chaperone. Also try to check out the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the new home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. The Toronto Symphony plays in the recently acoustically renovated Roy Thomson Hall. TO Tix, located in Yonge-Dundas Square, is the best place to get both full-price advance and day-of discounts on shows across Toronto. They also offer theatre and dining packages, partnering Toronto’s theatre, dance and opera companies with local downtown restaurants and cultural attractions.
Toronto has a very important film scene. Every September Toronto hosts the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most important film festivals in the world. It is also home to a wide variety of independent and cultural important cinemas. The TIFF Lightbox on King Street hosts most premieres for the festival, but also has year round programming including screenings of independent movies, historically important films, and director and artist talks. Other important venues include the Bloor Hot Docs cinema, which hosts Toronto’s international documentary film festival, Hot Docs, every spring. Like the TIFF Lightbox, the Bloor cinema screens films year round that would not be found in most commercial cinemas. Additionally there are historic repertoire cinemas located around the city that screen second run and independent movies. These include The Revue and The Royal in West Toronto and The Fox in East Toronto.
A highly acclaimed restaurant in Harbord Village. An eclectic Restaurant with varied global dishes & boutique wines in a cozy exposed-brick venue with a bright seasonal patio.
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G4
Café. Lively cafe with a huge collection of board & card games, plus sandwiches, salads & drinks.
600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4
Indian Restaurant. Casual spot serving dishes from India’s Malabar coast, with signature spicy fried chicken.
630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K7
Japanese Restaurant. Popular neighborhood spot serving a wide variety of sushi rolls & other Japanese eats.
515 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y4
The CN Tower may be a top destination for visitors, but the stunning 360 restaurant is not your usual get-em-in-and-get-em-out tourist trap. From your table 351 meters above the city, take in the breathtaking kaleidoscope of Toronto and beyond (on a clear day Niagara is visible) as the restaurant gently rotates a full 360 degrees in 72 minutes. Underpinned by a top notch menu, classy ambience and professionally executed service, this is a quintessential Toronto must-do.
This tiny French restaurant—set in two carefully restored 1860s woodcutter’s cottages—is hard to find. Auberge du Pommier is tucked away amongst the skyscrapers of North York’s business district. Once you find it, though, you’ll understand why so many hunt the place down. The kitchen creates some of Toronto’s most delectable French food in an atmospheric space that smells of woodsmoke and charms completely. Reservations recommended.
Auberge du Pommier, 4150 Yonge St., 416-222-2220, oliverbonacini.com
Immerse yourself in the ambience of the ’20s and ’30s on the waterfront patio of Toronto’s original jazz venue. Every Wednesday evening from July 3 to September 4, the 4,000 square-foot patio is transformed into a glittering, canopied al fresco jazz, dining and dancing space. There are cool lake breezes, an impeccable menu, impressive views (pictured) and the sun setting over the lake to the west.
Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-533-3553, palaisroyale.ca