Meanwhile it is afternoon. You had a hearty poutine lunch – and now it’s time to explore more! Now you have time to explore more of the southern end of downtown Toronto. There are some really important places in this area that are great to see and historically relevant.
You won’t be able to see everything, but we wanted to give you some good suggestions. If you want to make sure you see the best sights and learn more about the interesting history, food, beer and more, you might consider a guided tour. Or you just go to the Bitcoin Slots!
Break in the afternoon: Quantum Coffee or Boxcar Social
You’ve seen a little more of Toronto by now – and you may need a short break or a snack before continuing. That’s why we suggest two different cafés where you can relax a little: Quantum or Boxcar Social. Read more about Canada here: https://globalnews.ca/canada/
Both of these cafés have a good location in the centre, from where you can easily get to your next activity in the early evening. Therefore we thought they would be a good choice.
Quantum Coffee is a great place for coffee and light snacks on the busy corner of King and Spadina. It is a modern place where coffee is made from high quality beans. The café is usually quite popular in the morning … and in the afternoon … at any time of day actually.
They have stools in front of the windows, seating in the back (usually people work at these tables) and a small terrace outside where you can sit when it’s warm. We like Quantum and have been there a few times. Here is the website if you want to know more.
Address: 460 King St W, Toronto
For a choice other than the above, you can go to Boxcar Social. This café/bar is closer to the actual “centre” hidden in Temperance Street in the banking district. There you can get coffee, wine, whisky – they have a huge selection! It is usually quite quiet in the afternoon, so we would recommend a visit at this time.
After 16:00 the offices nearby empty and the café suddenly becomes much livelier. It is definitely a cool atmosphere with super friendly staff. They have more locations – but the one on Temperance Street is the most central. Here you can find the website!
Address: 70 Temperance Street, Toronto
Early evening activity: CN Tower or skating at Nathan Phillips Square
Now that you’ve had a break, it’s time to see more of the city. Depending on the season and the weather, we give you two choices: Visit the CN Tower (possibly for the sunset) or go ice skating in Nathan Phillips Square.
The first option takes you to the most famous building in the country – the CN Tower. The 533 meter high CN Tower was the highest building in the world for several decades. Today it is still quite high and offers a breathtaking view of the city and the lake below. There are a number of attractions up there, including the various viewing platforms, a glass floor and the Edge Walk – where you hang from the edge of the outer ring. Seriously.
If you know you want to see the CN Tower, you can check out the ticket information on the official website. Eric has been up there once or twice, Lisa hasn’t made it up there yet – we’ll do that next time we’re in Toronto!
Address: 301 Front St West, Toronto
The other option (in the wintertime) is the Nathan Phillips Square for skating! The public ice rink at the famous square (where Toronto City Hall is located) is free for everyone. If you have skates, you can just strap them on and go. If you don’t have them, there is a skate shop right next to the rink where you can rent skates.
There are food stalls there too, but that’s just a side note. It’s a very classic winter activity in Toronto – and with the “Toronto Sign” colorfully lit, it’s a great photo opportunity! If you haven’t been there yet, it’s a good time to visit.
Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto
If you don’t want to walk or take the tram to the restaurant we recommend for dinner (see below), you can combine your CN Tower visit with dinner by going to the 360 degree restaurant of CN Tower. For this you should definitely make a reservation in advance! The special thing about the restaurant is that it rotates during the meal and has won numerous awards for Canadian dishes with Canadian ingredients! You can find more information here.
Dinner: Gusto 101
Time for dinner in Toronto – and again you are overwhelmed by the options! Toronto is proud to be one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world. This means that you can find food from many different countries in Toronto.
For this day’s schedule, we suggest a location that is again on Portland Street. Only up the street from Portland Variety (where you had brunch) is Gusto 101, and it’s not our fault that the area (King Street West) has so many good restaurants!
Gusto is a very popular place for brunch, lunch, dinner or just to have a drink. They mainly offer Italian cuisine – but there are also a few dishes that might surprise you. The restaurant is located in a former car repair shop, has a nice roof terrace and is actually always a hit. Eric was there once and thought the place was great.