48 hours in Toronto Part 1

The Queen City of Canada is always vibrant, dynamic, fast-paced, energetic and entertaining.

So what is there to see and to do in 48 hours? More than you can imagine!

There are many other great places to visit besides the top 5 attractions.

From art galleries to malls, to the best market in the world to the beach, it will surely satisfy any traveler’s needs.

Day 1:

Get your cultural dose at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Start your day at this stunning gallery located on Dundas Street (between McCaul and Beverly streets near Chinatown).

Stand in awe before modern and contemporary art as well as some favorites like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Rodin and company.

To view the current exhibitions check http://www.ago.net

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Glass and wood façade – The Galleria Italia

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Frida Kahlo’s Exhibition Banner November 2012

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Frida Kahlo’s amazing paintings

Feel the city’s pulse at Yonge-Dundas Square

The world meets and greets at Yonge-Dundas Square.  It is a commercial and entertainment center that truly makes the city come alive.

All the signs, neon lights and giant ads remind you of New York City, which is why it is often referred to as “Times Square North”.

For the latest concerts or events, visit www.ydsquare.ca

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The 10 Dundas East Building is home to movie theater, restaurants, electronics store and more

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Yonge-Dundas Square

Need some retail therapy?

Then head over to the Eaton Centre, a mall with over 230 stores, where you can shop till you drop! http://www.torontoeatoncentre.com

Eat your way through St-Lawrence Market

This historic market and beloved landmark on Front Street, in Old Town Toronto, is a must in any itinerary.

Merchants and farmers bring their fresh produce while shop owners offer their culinary delicacies. It is heaven for food lovers!

As a word of advice, remember to go there with an empty stomach as you will leave with a full belly 🙂

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Exterior view of the market

Even National Geographic gave its approval and selected it as the best in the world.

Don’t believe me?

Check out the top 10 food markets in the world  😉

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The best food market in the world

Get lost in the alleys and get some free & delicious samples

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fresh fruit & vegetables

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Olives, tomatoes, mushrooms and more

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Fresh pizza & pasta

http://www.stlawrencemarket.com

Go back in time at the Distillery District

Originally a distillery, which belonged to the Gooderham & Worts Company in the 19th century, it is now one of the most beautiful national historic sites in the country.

It has been transformed into a lively district which boasts many bars, restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, boutiques, artist studios among many.

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Old whiskey barrels and brick-lined buildings

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A reminder of the past

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Lovely café and open space

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Historic building

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Celebrating the season

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The Cabinet furniture store

http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com

Relax and unwind at the Beaches

One of the best places in the entire city is definitely the Beaches, located in the East End, not far from downtown Toronto.

They say that life is better at the beach right?

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Everyday should be a beach day

Many Torontonians found their happiness in this lovely neighborhood facing the lake.

Take time to savor a cup of java at one of the great coffee shops, have a pint or two at a local pub , grab a bite at a restaurant or simply go window shopping on Queen Street East.

Then go for a stroll on

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the boardwalk

or walk along the shore.

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Lake Ontario

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peaceful sound of waves reaching the shore

It’s the perfect way to recharge your batteries after a busy day!

http://beachestoronto.com/

 

That was quite a tour of the city wasn’t it?

Did you like 1 place in particular? Let me know.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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26 thoughts on “48 hours in Toronto Part 1

  1. Shantaya says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Toronto and am working a bucket list including it,this gave me a lot of ideas. I didn’t even know about the beaches, look like fun.

    • travellersoul76 says:

      I’m happy you liked it! You have to visit T.O, tons of fun and there you can walk all over the place.

      I love being near any body of water: lake, ocean, river, fall…the Beaches are just beautiful..quite lively in the summer but I did enjoy my long walk on the sand ha ha yes even in the fall 😉

      Are you still in N. America?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. fortheintolerants says:

    The Beaches! The Distillery! St. Lawrence Market! Such good reminders of a fabulous city. Great post! 🙂 Did you get the chance to check out Queen West and Ossington areas? A lot of great food/shopping finds are nestled in these districts; same with Danforth.

    • travellersoul76 says:

      Oh I sure did!

      Walked as far as Dufferin street! Loved Little Italy, Little Portugal, King Street West.

      Wait for part 2, I’ll show some more great places.

      BTW I lived in Toronto for a couple of years, so I know it very well.

      Though last time I was there was in 2012 so it felt great rediscovering the city after a 2 yr absence 😉

      Thank you for your visit!

  3. harveylisam says:

    I love both the Eaton Centre & the Beaches.

    I haven’t spent much time in Toronto over the past several years, but I’ll be living there for 5 weeks and I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know the city better.

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