Canada’s largest city is, perhaps unsurprisingly, extremely diverse and culturally rich—more than 140 languages and dialects are spoken here. Start a trip to Toronto by familiarizing yourself with the city’s many neighborhoods: there are more than a few Chinatowns, a Little Italy, a Little Portugal, a Greek Town, and a Koreatown—all of which earned Toronto the nickname “City of Neighbourhoods.”
Many of Toronto’s 8,000-plus restaurants can be found in these ethnic enclaves. Craving Latin American fare (think Peruvian humitas or Oaxacan cheese), a Lebanese kebab, or a Zimbabwean meat pie? You’re in luck. Wash it all down with a pint from any one of the 22 breweries in the Greater Toronto Area.
Feasting on global cuisine is just one of the many fun things to do in Toronto. Live music venues are very common, and host everything from salsa to classic orchestral compositions and indie rock.
Regional bands planning to make it big headline at The Rivoli, which featured burlesque shows in the early 20th-century. Theatrical performances, on the other hand, are best enjoyed at the Royal Alex or Factory Theatre.
Other can’t-miss Toronto attractions include cool Canadiana goods in Old Town, which boasts multiple contemporary furniture stores, shops from local designers, and galleries. Masterpieces from both the Great White North and Europe are on display at the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario.
Toronto isn’t just confined to the main metropolis. Take a short ferry to any one of the city’s completely underrated islands. They’re a part of the largest car-free community in North America and a unique vantage point of Toronto’s skyline.