Thursday, October 22, 2015

DIY Travel: Downtown Toronto in 2 Days

Downtown Toronto
Brunch at Old School


St. Lawrence Market


Kengsington Market (Hipster Street)

I surprisingly fell in love with the city of Toronto. I only spent a few days here and I want to share with you my experience here. Toronto is one of the most beautiful cities, I have ever seen. It’s like a mini version of New York, which is cleaner and cheaper, and also the people are friendlier. There are a lot of things to do and places to see and restaurants to eat here. I will give you some of the best and affordable restaurants from a local’s perspective.  

How to get there?

By Airplane: There are two airports in Toronto, which are Toronto Pearson International (YYZ); and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)
BY Intercity bus: You can try the Greyhand, Ontario Northland, or Coach Canada
By Train; By Ferry; By Car

How to get around Toronto ?                                                                                                                                         
Toronto has a very effective mass transit system. They have trams, subways, buses that are very tourist friendly. If you don’t want to spend a buck on transportation, you can just do a walking tour of the whole city.  You can also rent a bikefor $7 for 1 day. Bike sharing is quite a big thing in Toronto, it’s also a safe place because there are a lot of bicycle lanes around the city.  You can also hire an UBER car which is cheaper and safer compared to taking taxis.      
 If you are in Toronto for just a few days, I advise you to get a DAY PASS for only $11.50.  This allows you to have unlimited travel to all modes of transportation in Downtown Toronto.
Weekly Pass is $40.75; Monthly Pass is $141.50

Where to Eat?
Poutini’s- Try the best poutine here after a wild night out with your friends.
The Burger’s Priest- Best burgers in Toronto Try the burger with portabella mushroom
Old School- Eating brunch is a must here. Try their Pancakes with Peanut Butter, and Spicy fried chicken and waffles
Pea meal Bacon- Try the famous sandwich at the St. Lawrence Market
Chinatown- There are also a lot of good restaurants in this area. You can also try the Vietnamese and Thai Restaurants here
Where to Stay?
There are many affordable hotels in Downtown Toronto Ranging from $100 to $200. Look for hotel brands like Courtyard Marriot, or Fourpoints by Sheraton.
The most expensive hotels are theTrump International Hotel, and theFairmont York Hotel which can cost you up to $500 a day.  The Fairmont York Hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen. The queen usually stays at this hotel, whenever she’s in Toronto.
There are also many youth hostels for backing tourists in Downtown Toronto, that can range from $30 to $50 a day.
If you want to try the local experience,  you can also rent apartment through AIRBNB.
Look for hotels, hostels and apartments in Downtown Toronto, to save money on transportation.
Where to go?
Distillery District; Kensington Market; CN Tower; Dundas Square; Bulls at the Financial District; Flat Iron Building; Hudson’s Bay; Chinatown; Lakefront and Harbourfront; Little Italy; and Korea Town

Where to Shop?
Toronto Eaton Center; Kengsington Market

Where to Party?
Wrong Bar- for the lesbian, gay community
Adelaide Street and Queen Street West- there are a lot of clubs in this area.

2 Days Toronto Itinerary
Day 1

Check in at Hotel
Chill, Shop and Hangout at Kengsington Market

China Town

Hudson’s Bay

Bull’s at the Financial District

Dundas Square

Shopping at Toronto Eaton Center

Toronto City Hall
Dinner at Burger’s Priest
Drinks  and go clubbin’ at Adelaide Street
Day 2

Try the Poutine at Poutini’s
 Check out at the Hotel ( Leave your things first the concierge so that you can still tour around the city)
Brunch at Old School
St. Patricks Cathedral
Flatiron Building
St. Lawrence Market ( Try the Pemeal Bacon Sandwich)
Distillery District
Leave Toronto

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