Hockey Hall of Fame
Avid hockey fans are sure to take pleasure in visiting Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame, conveniently located downtown in the lower level of a shopping mall. Here, you can take photos with the Stanley Cup, play interactive games of hockey, watch a movie about the sport and learn sports history from the fascinating exhibits on display.
St. Lawrence Market
This spacious indoor market is composed of three buildings: North Market, South Market and St. Lawrence Hall. The enticing selection of fresh produce is rivaled only by the prepared food available — your head is sure to spin with delight at all the cheese, pastries, meat, fruit, flowers and more as you eat your way around the market.
Open year-round, Edwards Gardens offers gorgeous respite from the rest of the city. When its perennials are in bloom during warm seasons, this former estate is awash in floral colors and makes for a popular wedding photo destination. During the winter months, visitors can catch bright holiday decorations and warm up in the greenhouses.
An iconic Toronto food, the veal sandwich is a hefty handful of pounded, breaded cutlets with tomato sauce and fried vegetables. The flavors are simple yet indulgent This Italian-style sandwich is available at a whole host of restaurants, from the chain California Sandwiches to even pizza joints like Bitondo’s.
Portuguese Egg Tart
This creamy confection — also known as a pastel de nata — is available in nearly every bakery in Toronto’s Little Portugal. The egg tarts are delicately sweet and incredibly indulgent, with an irresistibly flaky crust and caramelized top; our suggestion is to eat one while it’s warm and take two to go.
Peameal Bacon Sandwich
Just as renowned as the veal sandwich is the peameal bacon sandwich, a simple construction of peameal bacon (meat from the pig’s loin) on a Kaiser roll, frequently topped with mustard and sometimes banana peppers. Many agree that Carousel Bakery at St. Lawrence Market is the best place to get it.
If you’ve never considered the combination of drinking while playing ping pong, SPiN is here to answer your questions: Yes, it does work, and yes, it can be fun. SPiN describes itself as a “ping pong night club” — just bring a date or group of friends and strike up some friendly competition!
Ripley’s Aquarium Friday Night Jazz
Opened in 2013, Ripley’s Aquarium offers plenty of delights for those who love watching exotic fish swim in enormous, serene tanks. The aquarium is always open until 11 p.m., but on the second Friday of each month, it hosts Friday Night Jazz, an event that features live jazz music, a cash bar and appetizers.
Royal Conservatory of Music
The venerable Royal Conservatory of Music was founded more than a century ago and continues to be a premier destination for lovers of the classical arts — catch symphonies, vocal groups and more. The acoustics are especially excellent in Koerner Hall, opened in 2009 as part of the Conservatory’s expansion and redevelopment.