Toronto in 4 days

Aug 1st, 2005, 11:39 AM
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Toronto in 4 days

Hello out there! I am going to Toronto in a couple of weeks with a girlfriend. We have never been there, but want to get a non-touristy view of the city. We LOVE to shop, eat, drink (cocktails) and listen to music. Seeing a show would be great as would going to a hot club. Please send ideas re: some interesting places to see/things to do.

Thanks!
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Aug 1st, 2005, 08:48 PM
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Toronto has everything you are looking for and then some.

For shopping, there are two modes - street shopping and mall shopping.

The largest mega malls in the GTA are Square One west of the airport in Mississagua and Vaughn Mills in the Northern suburbs on Highway 400. It has a Bass Pro shop which is interesting. You will need a car or take a very long bus ride to visit.

Downtown, Eaton Centre is the one every tourist will likely visit. Also, Yorkdale Shopping Centre has good shopping and is reachable by the subway.

By far, the most interesting shopping is street shopping. There are numerous village like areas around Toronto with different characteristics.

For ultra lux, Bloor Street West is the place for Prada, Louis Vuitton etc.

Queen Street west is like New York's SOHO region with lots of trendy/funky shops.

King Street East is the centre of furniture and as well antique shops.

Yonge Street from Dundas up to Bloor is a carnival type of place.

Yonge Street north from Eglington is worth a visit as is Bayview Avenue south of Eglington to Millwood.
(Stop at Hollywood Gelato and Rahier patisseries)

The Beaches area on Queen Street east has a nice boardwalk along Lake Ontario and shops/pubs etc on Queen Street East.

The Danforth area is the heart of Greektown.

Bloor Street Village at Runnymede is worth a visit - check out the for real Polish sausage...

For food, there are so many restaurants at so many price points.

For Italian at reasonable prices, try Cafe Diplomatico on College Street at Clinton.

For Greek, Astoria on the Danforth.

For pub fare, check out the Irish Embassy at Yonge and Wellington.

For a fixed price, under $30 per plate, check out the Bloor Street Dinner at Bloor and Bay.

For Asian, try Spring Rolls or Izakaya in the Front Street and Church area.

Hungry at 1:30 AM? Toronto restaurants close early. The Marche in BCE place at Yonge and Front is open 24X7.

Something exotic - try Rain at 24 Mercer.

Something with a view - Canoe at the 54th floor of TD Centre - entrance on Wellington.

The best Chinese restaurants are on Highway 7 in northern suburbs of Richmond Hill and Markham - you will need a car to get there. Try Dim Tai Fun or the Ambassador.

For clubbing, check out the huge entertainment district in the Richmond and John area.

For concert listings, check out www.ticketmaster.ca or http://www.hob.com/venues/concerts/canada/

The Rex and the Horseshoe on Queen West usually has something going on.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 08:43 AM
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Thanks so much for the info! Sounds like we'll have a blast.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 05:48 PM
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Toronto is a great city! It will be hot in August so be prepared.
How long will you be here?
The Bloor West that Hogtown Jim referred to is Bloor from Yonge to Avenue Road. North of Bloor, you can find some great outdoor patios in Yorkville for cocktails. Great people watching!! Lots of stars filming in Toronto so you may see some there. I saw Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeda-Jones last week.
Give Square One and Vaughan Mills a miss. Nothing unique about them and they're way out of the way. Both are irritating to navigate and have the same shops as the Eaton's Centre.
The Eaton's Centre has everything you might want to experience mall-wise.
I totally agree that the most interesting shopping is street shopping.
Bloor West Village is fabulous! It's on the main Subway line - 20 minute ride from downtown to Runnymede Station for $2.50. Great shops!!
Definitely get out to the Beaches while you're here. Lots of great pubs, restaurants with patios, and shops plus you're steps away from the boardwalk overlooking Lake Ontario. You can take the Queen streetcar east to get there. Again, 15-20 minute ride for $2.50.
When you get here, pick up a NOW magazine - free mag found in newspaper boxes on most corners and in many bars and restaurants that has all weekly entertainment listings. Lots of great theatre worth checking out! Google the Royal Alex Theatre to see what's on while you're here, as well as checking out Ticketmaster.
Enjoy your trip!
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Aug 3rd, 2005, 01:46 PM
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Thanks! I'm from Chicago (another city on the lake) so hot in August is something I'm used to. Thanks for all the great tips. I'm sure we'll have a GREAT time! (Aug. 18-21).
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