72 Hours In Toronto: Food, Drink And Serious Adrenaline
Think Sim City, not Sin City.
Shining skyscrapers, lush green parks, clear blue skies. Throw in a couple of floating diamonds over the heads of the heartwarmingly cheerful residents and you’d think we were talking about The Sims.
Alas, we are not, but if you wanted to visit the closest real life version of Sim City, then you’d be hard pushed to find somewhere better than Toronto.
Much like our Sim counterparts, being fed, watered and entertained is a key to maintaining optimum happiness levels when on your travels, so here’s our guide to making the most of your time in Toronto.
With Toronto being a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, there is so much to choose from when it comes to dining out. Here’s our handy rundown of the best places to go to suit every person.
Planta: The Vegan Option
Maple Leaf Tavern: The Family Style Option
La Banane: The Insta Option
Lena: The Ladies (and Lads) Who Lunch Option
Frings: The One That Drake Owns Option
STK: The Meat Lover Option
If you think that themed bars are tacky as hell, you’d be hard pushed not to eat (or drink) your words after swinging by The Lockhart; Toronto’s premier Harry Potter themed drinking hole. Tack be gone, this is a serious cocktail bar with some incredible drinks on the menu. We recommend the Gin Weasley, a cocktail as strong as it’s puntastic name.
The Canadian twist on a Bloody Mary, tomato juice is switched for Clamato and best enjoyed as part of a boozy brunch. We had ours at School, which came garnished with a rasher of bacon and a jalapeno. After trying it, why most drinks aren’t served this way, we’ll never know.
The latest trend to take Toronto by storm is quite frankly so gloriously basic, we’re perplexed as to why it’s only just caught on. Introducing the Frose – aka a Rosé wine slush puppy #totesamaze. For a fancy twist on this delightful summer evening drink we recommend The Ritz Carlton who use citron vodka in their concoction.
For those looking for a rush/to be completely freaked out, look no further than the CN Tower Edgewalk. At 1,168ft above the ground, this is the world’s highest free walk. With phenomenal views of the city, the half an hour experience will test even the most steady of people’s nerves as they lean out off the edge. Top tip: you’re only up there once so take advantage of this totally Instagramable moment – compete with fetching red jumpsuit.
If heights aren’t your thing but pelting axes at a wooden target is, then you’re in luck. Open since 2006, BATL is the best place to go for you and your mates to let off some steam and channel your inner competitive lumberjack. After a few practice goes, you’ll be thrown into a knock out rounds with your group until the ultimate champion is left standing, all the while classic rock anthems soundtrack your afternoon.
MTV Travelled With... Tourism Toronto. For more information visit Tourism Toronto's website. Direct return flights from London Airports to Toronto Pearson International start from £578 during the summer months. MTV Stayed At... the Delta Downtown Toronto; rates start at £297 per night (room only).