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Artsy Escape to Toronto

View of a downtown marina.

Photo: Joao Canziani

Sprawling and diverse, this fast-paced commercial capital harbors an edgy, artistic soul. Read the article

Destinations: Toronto · Yorkville

Inspired by: Guide to Canada's Top Cities — by Alysha Brown, Published Apr. 2010

Hotels (3)

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    Thompson, Toronto

    The first foreign outpost for the Manhattan hotel brand, Thompson Toronto opened in 2010. Its location in King West Village puts it a short walk fr

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    Hazelton Hotel

    This 62-room, 15-suite, boutique hotel opened in the city's ritziest mixed-use neighborhood, midtown's Yorkville, in summer 2009. Common areas evok

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    Hôtel Le Germain, Toronto

    Situated in the entertainment district, Hôtel Le Germain is housed in a converted red-brick warehouse with a stainless-steel and glass façade. Insi

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Restaurants (3)

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    Harbord Room

    Situated on Harbord Street’s burgeoning restaurant row, this small eatery serves an eclectic, globally inspired menu that incorporates regional ing

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    Lai Wah Heen

    Lai Wah Heen, which translates to “luxurious meeting place,” serves an upscale dim sum menu that's often lauded as the best in Toronto. Located in

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Activities (8)

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    CN Tower

    At 1,815-feet and 5-inches, the CN Tower is the world's tallest free-standing tower (defined as a building where less than 50% of the construction

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    Kensington Market

    Over the course of its 125-year history, Kensington Market’s composition has closely reflected immigration trends in this multicultural city. Circa

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    Queen’s Park

    A stones throw from University of Toronto's main campus, Queen's Park is the home of the Ontario Legislature. The oval-shaped landmark includes a n

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    Communist’s Daughter

    Hidden behind a narrow storefront in Little Portugal, this unassuming bar is marked by a large sign that reads Nazare Snack Bar (the building’s pre

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    Drake Hotel General Store

    The namesake store of the trendy Drake Hotel, this nontraditional gift shop sells a wide array of unusual souvenirs, original antiques, local art,

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    St. Lawrence Market

    Open Tuesday through Saturday, this centuries-old indoor market hosts an average of 120 merchants selling everything from fresh produce and artisan

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    Toronto International Film Festival

    Since its start in 1975, Toronto International Film Festival has grown to become one of world’s best, considered by many to be second only to Canne

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    Royal Ontario Museum

    The Royal Ontario Museum, located near Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto, attracts over a million people each year. Opened to the public i

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