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You're Going to Love Toronto

Traveling to Toronto is an intensely curious and urban experience unlike any other. It is a city of diversity and multiculturalism, blending the high and the low, the chic and the accessible into a distinct blend. If there is a food you’ve been dying to try, chances are Toronto has a street vendor, fine dining, artisanal bistro, and a 3-day festival dedicated to that cuisine.

Or maybe you have a hankering for entertainment -- in which case, Toronto does not disappoint. It leaves no stone unturned with the bright lights of Massey Hall, the Toronto Opera House, the Canadian National Ballet, and the end-of-summer carnival and the CNE. Love to go star gazing? This eclectic city takes center stage on an international platform with TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival.

If you’re missing the great outdoors within the city, take a walk along the boardwalk of Ash Bridge’s Bay, stroll along the vast lakefront of Lake Ontario and trek through the rich, wooded areas of High Park. There is so much to see and do! You may come for a few days and end up falling in love serendipitously.

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When to Visit Toronto

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Summertime in Toronto kicks off in May. June spells the beginning of Luminato, two-week art and literary festival held at various venues around the city, such as the beautiful Gladstone Library, outdoor Dundas Square, and historical University of Toronto buildings. Smells of food festivals waft through the air through Summerlicious. You won't want to miss the essential Taste of the Danforth, which is a massive block party geared towards all things Greek and Mediterranean. Travelers can experience the Pride march and the Beaches Jazz Festival or any number of outdoor, weekend-long concerts at the Molson Amphitheatre and Fort Garrison. In the fall, High Park, Riverdale, and the Don Valley trail boast spectacular views of the changing fall leaves, and winter brings great activities like the Much Music Video Awards, the New Year’s Eve bash and skating at Mel Lastman Square and City Hall downtown.

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Where to Stay in Toronto

Based on your tastes, the city has boutique hotels that are chic and upscale, located in Yorkville that usually cost anywhere from C$150-$250 a night. There are also standard luxury accommodations in the financial district such as the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons, all priced similarly, starting at about C$500 and all with stunning views of the CN tower.

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Toronto's Hottest Shopping Streets

Within the city center, the best place to shop is undoubtedly the famous Eaton Center. This iconic mall is an entire block long, spanning from Dundas Street south to Queen Street, and features all the big name fashion and clothing brands such as Sak's and Holt Renfrew, as well as a massive luxury food court known as the Urban Eatery. It costs around C$12 for a filling meal at the Urban Eatery. Big names such as L’Occitane and Chanel also can be found on Bloor Street. Shopping in Toronto can be as cheap or expensive as you’d like it to be. There are plenty of thrift and consignment stores peppered throughout the city for brand name finds at affordable prices, like Burberry trenches for C$400.

Groceries and Other Necessities

Major supermarkets in Toronto include No Frills, Food Basics, Loblaws, Longo’s, and Rabba Fine Foods. A very popular, upscale Italian grocery store is Pusateri’s, which is worth checking out if you’re a fan of fresh Italian food. Of course, there are plenty of neighborhood delis and niche, ethnic groceries available throughout the city.

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Where to Eat in Toronto

Food in Toronto is simply unparalleled. In the city, there is literally every kind of cuisine you could hope for including Persian, Indian, Ethiopian, and Chinese – you simply have to imagine it, and it’s present. If you have a refined palate and a flare for the theatrics, you’ll want to try Bucca, Enoteca Sociale, or Bent, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Susur Lee. For a more farm-to-table ethic coupled with an upscale dining experience, Montecito is the city’s newest hotspot.

Downtown Toronto hosts a ton of great food with little neighborhoods featuring their own ethnic cuisines. Gerrard Street East is a great hub for Indian food while Spadina and Bloor hosts a wide variety of Asian cuisine. For homemade Italian eats, Little Italy on College West is best.

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