5 Great Reasons to Visit Toronto

Five reasons to visit, and ten things you can do in Toronto on a fun long weekend trip.


Nosh on Farm-to-Table Delicacies

And even if there isn’t a food-related festival going on at the time you’re visiting, Toronto is a haven for foodies who enjoy eating farm to table food. Here are a few of my favorites:

5 Great Reasons to Visit Toronto

Farmhouse Tavern in Toronto

Farmhouse Tavern

They describe their place as a little bit country and a lot of rock and roll. As blogTO described in their review, “With a clear attention to detail, the interior is decked out in a farmstead theme. Cow skulls, vintage news clippings, rusted-out license plates, and mismatched tableware tastefully decorate the tavern room. The Farmhouse brings the quiet pace of the countryside to the Junction Triangle, an area otherwise marked by large warehouses, rail lines, and old inner-city industrial relics.”

5 Great Reasons to Visit Toronto

Cafe Belong in Toronto

Café Belong

Lunch at this café is some of the best farm to table food I’ve ever had. Located at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto’s lush Don Valley, Cafe Belong has an industrial-modern rustic interior with lots of windows, and offers quick-serve grab & go, table service dining and weekend brunch. My favorite here is their spring into the woods salad, made of mushrooms, onions, asparagus, cheese, and cider vinaigrette.

5 Great Reasons to Visit Toronto

Globe Bistro in Toronto

Globe Bistro

With a stylist roof deck and a slogan that says, “Think Global. Eat Local,” this place is one of the most posh farm to table restaurants in Toronto. I like that they describe their daily soup, served during dinner, as composed with the bounty of Ontario.

Who would’ve thought Toronto has all these hidden gems? So the next time you’re looking for a vacation destination, look no further, it’s just right next door.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 24 Comments

  1. All I know about Toronto is it’s in Canada, It has an NBA team called raptors. And that’s about it. This is quite refreshing for me and informative. Will try and visit sometime thank you for this.

  2. Nadia Lawrence

    Globe Bistro is suggested by my friend.She says That pub/restaurant/ I don’t know has the most authentic global cuisine with local ingredients.

  3. The Windsor Arms hotel looks simply amazing! I love that there was a guitar in your suite — what a way to make the place a bit more edgy. I love the tea rooms too. I wish I could decorate my townhouse like that!

  4. Jae Medina

    I love Toronto — I’ve been twice. It’s a very livable city… easy to get around. I love Yorkville… the next time I go I’ll definitely stay at the Windsor Arms. Good tips 🙂

  5. Linda Collie

    Yes, another informative Travel Article by the talented Hilary. I stayed at the Windsor Arms over 20 years ago because my parents stayed there in the late ’40’s, nice ambiance. Toronto does have a great deal to offer both vacationer & locals, a very popular major city that is cleaner than most American ones. You touch some nice highlights.

  6. Wendy Hearn

    Toronto looking fabulous place to visit!!!! I will make plan to go there 🙂 Thanks for sharing the article!!!!

  7. Handy Orten

    Great article! Whether you’re an international jetsetter or on a cross-Canada excursion, travelling within Ontario or just looking to be a tourist in your own hometown, there are literally thousands of compelling reasons to visit Toronto.

  8. Hannah Meyers

    Thanks to Hilary’s guide I just convinced my whole family to check it out this coming weekend. Super excited.

  9. Toronto is a great weekend getaway! I’ve been to the CN Tower, Chinatown and Casa Loma Mansion. Definitely will check out more restaurants and festivals when I visit again.

  10. I’ve only passed by Toronto once and only been to the CN tower. Amazing views, btw.

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