Toronto Tips and Suggestions?

  • Timbales

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    Mar 23, 2010 12:04 AM GMT
    My bf is taking me to Toronto for my birthday this weekend. We're going to be staying at the Courtyard on Yonge St. Any suggestions for decent restaurants, cafes, etc in the area? Saturday we are going to see the Tut Exhibit. We are planning on going to Woody's. If anyone has any suggestions?
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    Mar 23, 2010 7:51 AM GMT
    Happy bday Tim! I wish I could help you out, but I have only been to TO a couple times... some of my cousins visited the Tut exhibit and loved it though. I really liked the Hockey Hall of Fame when I went if you're a hockey fan. Definitely go to the CN tower and stand on the glass floor if you haven't before. You might want to check out Little Italy, I hear there are some great restaurants there. I'm sure there are some Toronto natives around that will give you some better tips, hope you guys have a blast!
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    Mar 23, 2010 7:56 AM GMT
    If you want great food choose any of the small chinese restaurants in china town.
    All Great mexican food can be found at El trompo in Kensington Market.
    Yorkville is always fun to stroll around in. high end stores and celebrities, but also some shopping that's affordable.

    woody's is certainly... interesting. Stadtlers is a nice piano lounge that's always fun on church and wellesley, just up from Woodys. And there is a pub on the corner, a bitch south of church and wellesley, down church a bit, that has amazing pub food. Hair of the dog is also a nice pub.
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    Mar 23, 2010 12:16 PM GMT
    thanks guys icon_smile.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 23, 2010 12:22 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidMy bf is taking me to Toronto for my birthday this weekend. We're going to be staying at the Courtyard on Yonge St. Any suggestions for decent restaurants, cafes, etc in the area? Saturday we are going to see the Tut Exhibit. We are planning on going to Woody's. If anyone has any suggestions?


    Sounds like you are in search of some of the fun I did on one of my birthday trips to the big TO. I had dinner at the top of the CN Tower, it was pretty awesome. I did go to Woody's (had to wait in line once when I was there, but I didn't mind) and trips up and down Church St, checking out many of the stores. Being new to the scene at the time, I might have reacted a little differently than you, however, so anything like this was indeed an adventure. A trip to "The Bay" downtown (off of Queen St.) is always a requirement. It should be very close to you if you are staying on Yonge St.

    Happy Birthday, Tim.
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 23, 2010 12:57 PM GMT
    Oh, so many great places to check out.

    I'm assuming the Tut exhibit is at the Royal Ontario Museum, so you'll be right at the Yorkville area. Great shopping and eating. If it's reopened, you might like to check out Sassafraz, which is a great restaurant. West of that is The Annex. I love Bloor Street West.
    Stroll up and down Church Street
    St. Lawerence Market is always good on the weekends, and the neighbourhood is beautiful
    The Distillery District is popular
    Take a walk along the waterfront
    If you want to take a shortish trip on a streetcar, check out The Beaches. Lots of great little restaurants and shops there
    Visit Fort York, if you're into something like that
    Kensington Market in China Town
    Toronto Eaton Centre/Dundas Square
    Take a trip up the CN Tower
    And most importantly, don't miss the Bata Shoe Museum! icon_biggrin.gif


  • Timbales

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    Mar 23, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    I just found out Wizard World Toronto Comic Con is this weekend, too. I wonder if I could convince the bf to go? It would be cool to walk around and maybe meet Gail Simone and Phil Jimenez.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 26, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    any last minute suggestions?
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    Mar 26, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    well maybe take a couple of pix for us to see on your return, otherwise have fun
  • Tiran

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    Mar 26, 2010 2:37 AM GMT
    Timberoo said If anyone has any suggestions?


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    Mar 26, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    ShawnTX saidOh, so many great places to check out.

    I'm assuming the Tut exhibit is at the Royal Ontario Museum,




    The Tut exhibition is actually at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), not at the ROM.

    The OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) building, just behind the AGO, is fun to look at. It's designed by British architect Will Alsop. Of course if you are into contemporary architecture, there is the AGO (Frank Gehry) and the ROM (Daniel Libeskind).

    Head toward Queen Street West between Trinity Bellwoods Park and Dufferin Street and also up Ossington Avenue if you want to visit some art galleries.

    The Gladstone Hotel at Queen West/Gladstone is a funky place to hang out.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 28, 2010 9:21 PM GMT
    I had a great time in Toronto, though it was chillier than I expected.

    I had dinners at Byzantium and Sambuca - great places to eat. The Tut exhibit was awesome.
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    Mar 29, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    Glad you had a good time Tim. You kind of picked a bad weekend weather-wise to come up haha, the weekend before we had the same weather as Florida!
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    Mar 29, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    MikeAP35 saidGlad you had a good time Tim. You kind of picked a bad weekend weather-wise to come up haha, the weekend before we had the same weather as Florida!


    Actually warmer than Florida ...
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    Mar 29, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    How did I miss you, we were in the same hotel!
  • Timbales

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    Mar 29, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    if I'd known I would have kept an eye out for you
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    Mar 29, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    Tiran said
    Timberoo said If anyone has any suggestions?


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    ahahahha, so true