As one of North America’s biggest cities, Toronto has plenty to offer Destinations International attendees who take the time to see it. The city is back and abuzz with things to see and do, from food, festivals, galleries and museums!
While it may be your first time here, or your first time back in a while here are some things you can expect to experience while you’re here.
Toronto’s Diverse Culinary Scene
Toronto is a foodie’s dream. The city has every type of cuisine imaginable, offering a wide variety of dining experiences. No wonder it was just chosen to be the first Canadian destination to receive the prestigious MICHELIN Guide!
Let your tastebuds be your guide and get out and explore the bustling markets in Chinatown and neighbouring Kensington Market to sample dishes from around the globe.
Toronto’s multicultural roots are deliciously reflected in over 7,500 restaurants across 158 neighbourhoods. This is a true eater’s city. Bring your appetite so you can sample culinary experiences for every taste and graze on boundless options from sunrise to way past sundown.
Here are some tips on places to eat not far from the convention.
Toronto’s diverse perspectives
You might now know that Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world, an accolade recognized by the United Nations and the BBC. With over 50 percent of the population born outside of Canada, you’ll hear more than 180 languages or dialects as you stroll through areas such as Little Italy, Little Portugal, Little India, Chinatown and Greektown.
Food, music, art, culture — whatever your passion, there’s an event or festival for it in Toronto. While Destinations International is here, the slate of festivals happening in Toronto is as diverse as the city itself from the Festival of Beer, Philippines Toronto Street Festival and the 34th Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival happening in and around the city.
Toronto after dark
Toronto’s nightlife scene is as varied as the crowd it attracts. From Vegas-style lounges to after-hours nightclubs to relaxed sports bars, there are options to suit every mood.
From rooftops to lounges to patio, you’ll have lots of tastes to choose from. Toronto has a robust selection of breweries, wine bars and live music joints ready to provide a fun time and some pours any night of the week.
Toronto is known for many things from shopping to international cuisine, but some of the city’s best assets are its museums. There are a wealth of cultural institutions in Toronto on a range of subjects as diverse as the rest of the city.
From the history of shoes at the Bata Museum to the preservation of Indigenous languages from across Canada, from priceless works of art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to the Hockey Hall of Fame to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), there’s a lot to see, do and learn.
Spending time exploring Toronto’s museums large and small isn’t just a good way to get to know the city — it’s a trip across space and through time and what better way is there to get to know the art more intimately.
Get outdoors and explore
Toronto has been ranked one of the greenest cities in the world, and July is a great time to get outside and explore. From the Toronto Islands, one of the city’s many beloved beaches or unique green spaces there is so much to discover outdoors in the city.
And with so much to explore outdoors it is easy to stay fit and active while you’re on the road. Toronto is a great city to explore by bike or by foot with many running and biking trails to keep you on your routine.
These are just some of the things you can expect to experience in Toronto this July. So make sure you don’t experience FOMO and register today!