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The lights and billboards of Yonge-Dundas Square at night

Downtown Yonge

For decades, the bright lights and bustle of Yonge Street have enticed visitors to shop, dine and catch some live entertainment. The focal point of the neighbourhood is undoubtedly the intersection of Yonge and Dundas, where a major public square and the Eaton Centre shopping mall pull in the crowds. Keep exploring to discover quirky independent shops and hidden gems among the casual restaurants and food court options favoured by Ryerson University students. Or enjoy lunch at the Queen and Beaver Public House, one of the poshest pubs in town.

Don’t miss:

  • A concert at the storied (and recently renovated) Massey Hall
  • Yonge-Dundas Square, an open space and occasional event venue where shoppers, students and visitors cross paths under the glow of eye-catching billboards
  • The Eaton Centre, a busy shopping centre boasting more than 230 retailers and dining options that reflect the diversity of Toronto cuisine
  • A performance at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, the world’s last operational “double-decker” live venue
  • A bacon cheeseburger—or as you may hear Torontonians call it, a “banquet burger”—at Fran’s Restaurant and Bar, which stakes a claim to inventing both the burger and the term

BOUNDARIES: Yonge Street, bounded by Grosvenor Street to the north and Richmond Street West to the south.

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Any subway station between College and Queen.

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