Hey there, fellow Toronto explorers! As a local (and former tour guide) in the city, I’m excited to spill the beans on the hidden gems that the locals are most likely to spend time at. Get ready to uncover the best-kept secrets of Toronto that will make your visit truly unforgettable!
Tucked away in the heart of the city, this little gem feels like a slice of country life. Wander through its charming trails, say hello to the adorable farm animals, and bask in the beauty of its gardens. It’s a perfect escape from the urban hustle!
Evergreen Brick Works
A former industrial site turned community haven, Evergreen Brick Works is a true gem. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of its farmers market, admire captivating art installations, explore nature trails, and don’t miss the breathtaking quarry garden—it’s a feast for the eyes.
We go to look at the turtles and try to escape the craziness of the downtown core.
This neighborhood oozes coolness and is beloved by locals for its unique character. Get lost in its hip boutiques, cozy up in quirky cafes, and let the colorful street art ignite your creativity. Leslieville is where creativity meets community.
The Toronto Islands
Hop on a ferry and escape to the Toronto Islands—a peaceful retreat that will transport you to a different world. Bike along scenic paths, bask on pristine beaches, and soak up the mesmerizing views of our iconic skyline. Trust me, it’s a hidden paradise worth discovering.
Calling all street art enthusiasts! Graffiti Alley in the Queen West neighborhood is an absolute must-see. Let the vibrant colors and captivating murals ignite your imagination as you stroll through this urban art gallery. Every visit offers something fresh – but if you’re in the mood for a guided tour, just know that Tour Guys has that option.
The newest ‘hidden gem’ in the city, Love Park at the Waterfront is positioning itself to be a perfect escape from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. The heart-shaped water feature, lots of seating and statues of Toronto wildlife surrounding the area will bring a lot of eyes to this gem.
Prepare yourself for a bohemian adventure in Kensington Market. Roam through its colorful streets, uncover vintage treasures in quirky shops, and savor the diverse flavors of international cuisine. This vibrant neighbourhood is a haven for free spirits and wanderers.
Nature’s playground awaits you at High Park—the crown jewel of Toronto’s public parks. Lose yourself in its lush trails, pay a visit to the charming zoo, and experience the magical cherry blossoms in full bloom during spring. High Park is where nature and urban life coexist in perfect harmony.
St. Lawrence Market
Foodies, rejoice! St. Lawrence Market is an absolute haven for culinary delights. Join the bustling crowd and indulge in fresh produce, artisanal treats, and mouthwatering international dishes. It’s a feast for your taste buds and a true reflection of Toronto’s diverse food scene.
There you have it, my fellow adventurers! These hidden gems will unlock a whole new side of Toronto, filled with local charm and unforgettable experiences. So, go forth and explore like a true local. Happy discovering!