Toronto's Top Eleven Urban Settings

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    1. Graffiti Alley

    Wander beyond the gallery walls to find the heart of Toronto’s art scene. Witness wall-to-wall street art along Rush Lane, also known as Graffiti Alley.  Extending from Spadina to Portland Street, it's considered Canada's largest outdoor art gallery.

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    2. The Junction

    Enjoy a beverage at one of the many breweries in this former industrial area turned Toronto's hippest neighborhood.  After over a century of boom and bust, the area stretching from Keele Street to Dundas Street West is now home to over 200 local businesses catering to the city's bright young things.

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    3. Kensington Market

    The 'Market,' is not really a market at all, but a maze of narrow streets and alleys brimming with quirky shops, colorful Victorian houses, and every type of international cuisine you could imagine. Come hungry and wear comfy shoes.  

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    4. Allen Lambert Galleria

    Architecture marvel and corporate office park don't often go hand in hand, but this "crystal cathedral of commerce," forces you to stop and stare up.  Located inside the Brookfield Place building, it's also home to shops, restaurants, local art exhibits and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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    5. Toronto Islands

    Take a break from urban exploration and hop on a 10‐minute ferry ride to seek solace and some sunbathing at the Toronto Islands. Whether by bike, kayak or strolling around by foot, the islands have much to offer. Catch a concert, get lost in the Centre Island Maze or simply lounge by the beach in these car‐free commons.

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    6. Distillery District

    This former factory enclave was once home to the largest distillery in the British Empire and has been transformed into a pedestrian-only district teeming with Toronto's coolest boutiques, cafes, restaurants and art galleries. 

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    7. Allan Gardens

    Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the cast‐iron and glass domed Palm House was built back in 1910 and features a permanent collection of exotic plants and seasonal flowers. Locals love to stroll in and smell the flowers.

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    8. Library at Osgoode Hall

    Thankfully you don't need to be an expert on Tort reform to appreciate one of the world's most impressive libraries, located inside Osgoode Hall Law School. It's impossible not to feel overwhelmed by the magnificence of this space upon entering the main reading room and the smell of history within the leather‐bound books. 

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    9. The Gooderham Building

    Standing defiantly against Toronto traffic stands one of the city's most famous and photographed landmarks. Predating New York's Flatiron building, this triangular tower was built by George Gooderham in in 1891 and its ruby red brick exterior still stands proudly. Don't miss the trompe l’oeil mural that looks like the building is slowly peeling away with time.

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    10. Toronto Waterfront Wavedecks

    Bike, skate, walk or run along one of the city's finest streetscapes on the newly revitalized downtown boulevard — with its gracefully curved boardwalks, called wave decks, that line the bustling waterfront. Enjoy skating in the winter and sunbathing during the summer in HtO Park.

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    11. Chinatown

    No trip to the city would be complete without a culinary trek through Toronto's rich Asian heritage, where surprises await around every corner in one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. From classic late night dumplings to new neighbors slinging cocktails spiced with Sriracha, Spadina Avenue is where to start.

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Toronto is having a moment. Our neighbor to the north is embracing its edge. Thanks to a population boom, growing skylines and a cultural renaissance, Toronto is poised to become North America's next great urban playground. With over 140 neighborhoods to explore, you just need the right guide to get you around.


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