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Best Toronto Attractions for Tourists 2024

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Greetings, Internet Stranger! c and welcome to a day of the best Toronto attractions for tourists. Toronto is a lovely, safe, and interesting city, but it doesn’t always have the reputation for being an amazing foodie destination.

I’m not sure if you decided to go to Toronto on business, to visit loved ones, to head to Niagara Falls, or another reason, but it probably wasn’t for the food.

Well, we’re going to change all that today by hitting up a fantastic Toronto food tour that will show us all of the delicious Canadian treats there are to find in this world.

Then we’re going to head to one of Canada’s best museums, and finish the whole day off at one more amazing restaurant. I hope you’ll enjoy this one day of the best Toronto attractions for tourists as much as I did.

Stella’s Top 3 Picks: Best Toronto Attractions for Tourists

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
TORONTO FOOD TOUR
✔️ Delicious authentic treats
✔️ Expert local guide

#2 PICK

Best Toronto Attractions for Tourists 2024 3

NIAGARA FALLS DAY TRIP
✔️ Bucket list experience
✔️ Convenient and affordable

#3 PICK

Best Toronto Attractions for Tourists 2024 4

ALL OTHER TORONTO TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

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Morning: Food Tour

Here it is! The food tour that’s going to teach us all about the wonders of Canadian cuisine on our best Toronto attractions for tourists itinerary. Actually, our guide, whom I shall call Anne, showed us a website with a list of classic Canadian foods that everyone should try, and many of those foods were on this tour.

Along the way, I met some extremely nice fellow travelers and left with a full belly. (You won’t need to get breakfast or lunch if you’re going on this tour, believe me.)

You can book this tour for yourself easily by going here.

Then get ready for…

Approximately Top 5: Canadian food edition

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1) Breakfast

For our very first stop at the St. Lawrence Market on our food tour, we were presented with some fresh coffee from an extremely popular coffee stand. (However, if you’re not a coffee drinker, you can get something else like tea.) I AM a big coffee drinker, and this concoction was good enough to drink without any milk or sugar.

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But the real star of breakfast was this peameal bacon sandwich, which is one of our first Canadian treats. It’s actually bacon rolled in cornmeal, and it is a particular delicacy of Ontario, the province where Toronto is located. I suggest getting it with mustard, which is traditional, but you don’t have to if you’re some kind of mustard hater.

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2) Bagel Time

So, here we have another classic Canadian food. However, unlike the peameal bacon, this bagel is associated more with Montreal than it is with Ontario. (Montreal has a large Jewish population, just like my hometown New York City, which is generally a requirement for great bagels. I’m half-Jewish, so I would half-know.)

Everyone on the tour was looking to me to see if I would judge the bagel for not being up to New York’s high standards, but I am not this sort of person. Montreal bagels are smaller than New York bagels, and they have bigger holes. Plus, they are sweeter because you cook them in honey water. So I think they’re just a whole different animal, and I enjoy both.

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3) Butter Tart

OK, we’ve had a couple of savory dishes for the start of the tour, so let’s get a bit sweet with this decadent butter tart. I know that there are some picky eaters out there, but I have a hard time imagining anyone not liking this dish. It’s basically sugar, eggs, and butter! What’s not to like?

I know this seems like it could come from anywhere, but it’s actually an extremely Canadian dish. It was a popular dessert on the Canadian frontier, I suppose because you need so few ingredients to make it. Fortunately, it is so delicious that even in modern, urban Canada, people still want to enjoy it.

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4) Maple Syrup

This next stop was arranged by Anne. There’s no stand where you can stop and randomly slurp on their maple syrup. So the only way to try different “vintages” of the maple stuff is to take the tour. High quality maple syrup is really expensive, so I thought this was a great value.

It obviously doesn’t get any more Canadian than maple syrup, though we do produce some in the good old US of A as well. Maple syrup season is in the late winter-early spring, and Canadians go crazy for maple syrup at this time, pouring it on snow and turning it into candy, things of that nature. Of course, you can enjoy maple syrup any time of year, thanks to the magic of bottles.

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5) Poutine on the Ritz

And now we have the crown jewel of Canadian cuisine, POUTINE! This dish, which is beloved by lumberjacks and heavy drinkers alike, is a whole mess of fried potatoes topped with gravy and cheese curds. (You can add other things if you want to make a fancy or creative poutine, but this is the basic recipe.)

At this point, I had been eating poutine all over Canada, and I grew quite fond of it. Nothing else is as savory and sloppy, unless it’s our own American Sloppy Joes.

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If you get the drink upgrade, you can pair your poutine with Canada’s national cocktail, the Bloody Caesar. It’s just like a Bloody Mary except that you make it with Clamato juice and you have to call someone a “hoser” while you are drinking it. Don’t worry about day drinking because the poutine will soak all that alcohol up.

This Bloody Caesar came with a delightful meat popsicle on top. However, if you are vegetarian, you can get it without the meat popsicle.

24 Hour Tip

Those are all the secrets of the food tour that I can share with you for now.

You’ll have to go ahead and book the tour by going here to find out the rest.

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Afternoon: Art Gallery of Ontario

After all the drinking and eating and walking on that food tour, I imagine we’ll want to relax a little. That’s why I suggest heading over to the Art Gallery of Ontario. You’ll be able to see some art and avoid the weather in Ontario, whatever it happens to be that day.

Gallery implies something small, but the Art Gallery of Ontario is jam-packed with sculptures, paintings, and special exhibits galore. Allow me to introduce you to some of my favorites with…

Three Fascinating Facts: Art Gallery of Ontario

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1) What’s this about special exhibits?

The Art Gallery of Ontario regularly features special exhibits, so I’m sure something interesting will be on when you are there. When I visited, one of the special exhibits was by a Canadian artist named Ken Lum, and it was called Death and Furniture. Yes, the furniture pieces you see above are part of the exhibit.

I always feel like contemporary art has to try so hard to say something new. There’s a sense that everything has already been said before. But that isn’t a criticism because you have to think hard to figure out what new thing the art is saying. For example, what was up with all the mirrors in the exhibit? Was it inviting the spectator to reflect on her own mortality? Your guess is as good as mine!

I also liked the part of the exhibit that displayed blown-up obituaries of various French Canadians. From what I could gather, they were based on real people, but the artist wrote the obituaries himself. I certainly hope my fictitious obituary ends up in a museum some day!

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2) What about some OLD art?

Looking for some classic stuff? I’ve got some Old Dutch Masters coming right your way. The Art Gallery of Ontario has a surprisingly great collection of Dutch art. I had two favorite paintings, and one of them was the 17th century painting by Frans Snyders and Cornelis de Vos you can see above. It’s called “Evisceration of a Roebuck with a Portrait of a Married Couple”.

I have so many questions here. First off, is it hard for two dudes to paint a giant portrait like this together? I feel like you’d just squabble the whole time. Second, why did they put a giant painting of animal slaughter in the middle of this lovely portrait of marriage. Are they trying to say something unpleasant about marriage or this couple in particular?

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My other favorite painting was this portrait of Isaac Abrahamsz. Massa by Frans Hals and another guy who isn’t as famous as Frans Hals. (I kid, it’s Pieter de Molijn.) What I like about this painting is that Massa looks so casual and friendly. You feel like you could have a drink with him, which is not usually how I feel when I look at the subjects of 17th century portraits.

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3) Is there any Canadian art in this Canadian museum?

But of course! If you know anything about Canada, you know that they’re big on promoting Canadian artists. I think there are even rules about how much Canadian programming Canadian stations have to present per day. That’s why Robin Sparkles was so popular.

Not all Canadian art is cute paintings of people in the snow, but some of it is. At the turn of the 20th century, three Canadian artists, James Wilson Morrice, Clarence Gagnon, and Maurice Cullen went to Paris to study the style of the Impressionists.

Morrice stayed in Europe, but the others returned to Canada. I think it’s easy to see how the Impressionists influenced their work, the use of light and brushstrokes, etc.

Monet didn’t paint this painting above, but I bet it would be pretty easy to trick someone into thinking he did.

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Of course, no discussion of Canadian artists is complete without Emily Carr, who is kind of like Georgia O’Keeffe except she was Canadian and painted big forests instead of flowers and skulls.

We’ll learn a lot more about Carr when we go to Vancouver, but it’s nice that we are able to see at least one of her paintings on Canada’s east coast. I hear the East Coast-West Coast battles between Canadian artists can get vicious, eh?

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Evening: Dinner at Scaramouche

You might think that after that massive food tour, we wouldn’t have room for lunch, but you’d be wrong. Dead wrong. Toronto has so many great restaurants, so I think it would be a shame to skip a meal. That’s why I’m taking you to Scaramouche, which has excellent French food, but apparently cannot do the fandango.

Start with one of their glamorous cocktails, like the Snapdragon, which is made with vodka and ginger. It will awaken the senses which might have been deliciously dulled after a morning of peameal bacon and poutine.

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One thing I liked about Scaramouche is that the bread was served with a side of hummus instead of butter or olive oil. I love hummus, and I love trying new things, so this move gets a big thumbs up from me.

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We did eat a lot on the food tour, so you might want to start with a lighter appetizer, like this gazpacho with jalapeno and sour cream.

The waiter let me know that gazpacho is a cold soup, and I was mildly tickled by this. Do people in Toronto not know what gazpacho is? Or did he think that I was an uncultured American and I specifically wouldn’t know what gazpacho is?

So many questions over one refreshing bowl of soup.

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And now we’re back to decadence with this plate of lobster and seafood risotto. I mean, lobster is clearly seafood, but there are other kinds of seafood in this risotto as well. And look at what a pretty plate this is! I almost couldn’t bear to eat it, but I definitely did eat it all. It was a lot less pretty when I had finished with it.

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We started with a cool soup, so why not cool off even further with this coconut cream pie with a chocolate drizzle. It almost looks like a perfect Canadian pile of snow, but it tasted much better. And it’s the perfect way to end our day of the best Toronto attractions for tourists

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Where to Stay?

Toronto is a large city with many different neighborhoods. However, you’ll still want to pick a central location in a safe and convenient neighborhood within walking distance of the main attractions. I personally preferred staying in downtown Toronto because it was near the main attractions like the CN Tower.

That’s why I recommend the One King West. It has a perfectly convenient location within walking distance of some of the most popular Toronto attractions. My room was clean, cozy, large, and comfortable. The staff was extremely helpful, and it was close to tons of great places to eat.

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That’s the best Toronto attractions for tourists

What do you think are the best Toronto attractions for tourists? Are you ready to start booking your hotel in Toronto? Please email me at stellajane@aroundtheworldin24hours.com and let me know!

Stella’s Top 3 Picks: Best Toronto Attractions for Tourists

#1 TOP PICK

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
TORONTO FOOD TOUR
✔️ Delicious authentic treats
✔️ Expert local guide

#2 PICK

Best Toronto Attractions for Tourists 2024 3

NIAGARA FALLS DAY TRIP
✔️ Bucket list experience
✔️ Convenient and affordable

#3 PICK

Best Toronto Attractions for Tourists 2024 4

ALL OTHER TORONTO TOURS
✔️ Find your favorite!
✔️ Get the best deals

Note: If you want to know how I put my travel itineraries together, just click here. Keep in mind that while each article is about how to spend 24 hours in a place, that doesn’t mean you should only have a One Day in Toronto Itinerary.

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