Busy downtown core featuring exciting nightlife, amazing restaurants, and no shortage of things to do and see
As Toronto has continued to expand, some of the biggest changes in the city have occurred in the downtown core. In 1849, what is known as the “Great Fire of Toronto” wiped out much of St.Lawrence area as well as what is known today as the Financial District. This fire wiped out a large portion of the original Toronto architecture. However, there are numerous heritage buildings dating back to the 19th century in the area. Downtown Toronto is home to a mix of old original homes and new condominiums.
Downtown Toronto is home to some amazing attractions, restaurants, performance venues, bars and clubs. The Toronto Eaton Centre has over 200 stores to choose from and is located in Dundas Square, a popular tourist destination resembling a smaller version of Times Square. Nathan Phillips Square is another popular destination, particularly in the winter where the water feature becomes a skating rink that visitors can skate on for free. You will never run out of things to do or see in Downtown Toronto.
Downtown Toronto is a perfect location for young people who want to enjoy in all the city has to offer. There are dog friendly parks and playgrounds scattered all over the downtown core. Young professionals make up the majority of the downtown core but you will also find families who don’t want to give up being part of the hustle and bustle of downtown. You will frequently see residents of the area riding bikes, jogging (even in the winter), walking dogs or strollers, or heading to work or study in a local coffee shop.
Downtown Toronto is densely packed with condos and most of the people living down here have gotten used to smaller living spaces. Living in a smaller space is made much more manageable when you’re located in such a busy and exciting area. Most of the people living in downtown would probably tell you that they hardly spend any time in their home as they are always out and about. With so many options for activities, entertainment, socializing, restaurants, etc. the downtown core is always bustling.
Downtown Toronto is home to some amazing options for dining. With so much diversity in the city, residents have access to every type of cuisine. For Thai food, Salad King is a local favourite for its great food and beer towers, fun environment, and reasonable prices. For a more upscale experience, check out The Chase for some incredible seafood and make sure to ask the knowledgeable servers about the best wine pairings. If you’re with a group and you’re looking for lots of options, head over to Chef’s Hall which is home to multiple chefs operating within the same space. With various different cuisines, there is something for everyone at this unique spot.
For entertainment check out upcoming events at the various performance venues located in downtown Toronto. This includes Horseshoe Tavern and The Rex where you can often catch local and international performers on stage. Meridian Hall features a range of performers from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to Comedians like Chelsea Handler. For larger scale performances, You can check out the Rogers Centre which has hosted some of the worlds biggest performers such as Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé. If you’re into sports, watch various teams play at Scotiabank Arena.
Your best bet for shopping downtown is the Eaton Centre located in Dundas Square. With over 200 stores, you are sure to find whatever you are looking for. This area has has several boutiques, shoe repair shops, beauty supply shops, and more. Being so close to Ryerson University’s campus, this area is always full of students grabbing food or coffee in between classes.
Ripley’s Aquarium is a great activity for kids and adults. With interactive exhibits where you can pet the sting rays, a cafeteria and a play structure, this is a great option for people of all ages. In the winter, swing by Nathan Phillips Square for a free skate or check out the food trucks that are often parked around there in the warmer months. In Dundas Square there is a Cineplex that has both a standard theatre as well as a VIP theatre where you can enjoy food and drinks while you watch your movie. They also have an immersive experience theatre that features environmental effects like water, wind, lighting, scent and more. If you want an outdoor experience, walk or ride your bike down to the ferry and spend the day on Toronto Island where you can skate on the lake in the winter, or have a picnic or ride bikes in the summer.
Since the demographic of Downtown Toronto is largely young professionals, its not know for its schools. However, there are a few public and catholic schools to choose from.
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