Toronto, Canada is one of the largest and most multicultural cities in North America which makes it a tourist destination for many around the globe. If you find yourself hitting the big city for a weekend of fun, but don’t know where to begin, this guide has got you covered on where to party, where to eat and finally where to sleep!
King Street West: A swanky little area located in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core, King West has long been the club-goers destination for a night on the town. Nightclubs and bars literally line the streets, nested between quaint restaurants and bistros. An evening out here will end up costing you though, so be careful to look at the menus and drink prices before you dive into the chic world of King West.
Where to Party: Clubs are constantly changing names and owners! Just walk down the street and look for something with a huge crowd of the people you want to spend your night with.
Where to Eat: The Bier Markt and other chain like restaurants are always a safe bet. For the more adventurous, King West prides itself on its fare. Restaurants like Blowfish and Brassaii are always serving up something absolutely essential and of course you can expect them to open late.
Where to Sleep: One King West, or the Thompson Hotel both offer all the luxury you can expect from this modern-chic neighbourhood.
The Ossington and Queen West: This ultra-grungy, low key, hipster area of Toronto offers a rather strange assortment of bars and restaurants. If you’re looking to hang with stylish individuals, drink local beer on tap and enjoy the odd discussion about the Matrix and its real life connotations (true story) than this is the neighbourhood for you!
Where to Party: The Drake Hotel pretty much has you covered on where to sleep, eat and party! The Ossington is always a drunken good time, but other bars such as Levack Block and the Painted Lady, even the Dakota Tavern guarantee a memorable night out.
Where to Eat: Odd Seoul is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Toronto, other favourites are Grand Electric and Boemer.
Where to Sleep: The Drake Hotel is so wonderful it’s worth repeating, but the Gladstone Hotel is also one to be rivalled with.
Aside from King West, Ossington and Queen West, Toronto is littered with small district areas that offer the odd bar or nightclub, and from experience those are usually the places where the most unexpected nights begin. So if you find yourself in Toronto, never fear because chances are fun is just around the corner!
About the Contributor: Amrita Singh is a long time Toronto resident and enthusiast. Multi-talented with an interest for just about everything, she is currently studying Theatre and has a background in psychology. She attends York University and hopes to one day make it as a professional… something!