The Ultimate Guide to Midtown Toronto
- December 05, 2018
Toronto is truly a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique identity and offering of experiences. Spanning roughly from Bloor Street to the south, Lawrence Avenue to the North, Bayview Avenue to the east and Ossington Avenue to the west, Toronto’s Midtown is a neighborhood which has been steadily on the rise in recent years. It’s also the neighborhood that The Roehampton Hotel calls home! Midtown Toronto offers a number of outstanding attractions, restaurants and activities suitable for visitors of all interests.
For the best of what the area has to offer, take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Midtown Toronto.
Explore the Area: Nearby Midtown Neighborhoods
Toronto’s Midtown offers a number of outstanding areas to explore, each completely unique from one another. From shopping to culture, there’s a neighborhood in Midtown that has something on offer for everyone.
Located in the heart of midtown is the Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood. The area is well known as a cultural hub, boasting shopping, dining and exciting events like the Yorkville Exotic Car Show, Bloor Street Entertains and the Toronto Santa Speedo Run.
The Yonge and Eglinton area of Toronto’s midtown is an up-and-coming hub for young professionals and has been expanding rapidly in recent years. Yonge and Eg, as it’s often know, boasts delicious food, great shopping, fitness studios, galleries, bakeries and more. It’s also conveniently located on the Yonge subway line.
If you’re looking for an outstanding cultural experience in the heart of Toronto, look no further than Koreatown. This small stretch along Bloor Street offers an outstanding mix of affordable and authentic Korean eateries, tattoo shops and retail shopping.
Arts, Culture and Beyond: Midtown’s Must-See Attractions
Midtown Toronto is bustling with world-class attractions offering the best in art, culture, literature and music. If you’ve got a day to wander, you can experience – and learn! – a whole lot while you’re in Midtown.
Located at 1 Austin Terrace, Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival style mansion and garden which is now a historic house museum and landmark. Constructed from 1911 to 1914 as a residence for financier Sir Henry Pellatt, it was designed by architect E.J. Lennox, who also designed a number of other notable landmarks including Toronto’s Old City Hall as well as over 70 other local buildings.
Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
Situated at 285 Spadina Road, the Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens (also known as Spadina House), is a historic mansion which provides visitors an opportunity to go back in time to a very unique period in Toronto’s history by offering a glimpse of the city during the period spanning from 1900 until 1930 through the lens of the Austin family. It highlights the effects of transformative events on the Austins such as the First World War, the Great Depression and societal changes in Canada.
The Royal Conservatory of Music
If you’re passionate about music, then you cannot miss The Royal Conservatory of Music. One of the world’s largest and most respected musical education institutions, The Royal Conservatory has been providing the definitive standard of excellence in music curriculum design, assessment and performance training. The Royal Conservatory is located at 272 Bloor Street West and makes for a breathtaking wander.
The Toronto Reference Library
Located at 780 Yonge Street, The Toronto Reference Library is an unassuming building from the exterior but opens up into a massive, sprawling and beautiful space on the inside. Boasting beautiful architecture and a seemingly endless selection of reading materials, the Toronto Reference Library boasts beautiful architecture and a light, air aesthetic, making it the perfect place to stop by and explore, or sit down, relax and read.
The Royal Ontario Museum
There are few attractions in Toronto more stunningly breathtaking than The Royal Ontario Museum. The biggest in Canada, and one of the biggest in North America, the ROM is a museum of art, world culture and natural history which welcomes more than one million visitors annually. Located at 100 Queens Park, it is an indispensable resource for nurturing discovery and inspiring wonder.
The Aga Khan Museum
Located at 77 Wynford Drive, The Aga Khan Museum, an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is a museum of Islamic, art, Iranian art and Muslim culture. The museum provides visitors with a window into the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage.
Fun and Adventure: Outstanding Midtown Activities
Whether you’re looking for a quick laugh, a fun and active way to pass the day or an educational and fascinating experience, Midtown has an option for any mood.
For a great way to get active, check out Sky Zone Trampoline Park at 45 Esandar Drive. A massive indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone provides focusing on fitness and fun and offers a number of different options including Open Jump, Glow Jump, SkySlam courts, SkyFit fitness classes, Ultimate Dodgeball (yes, dodgeball!) and the Foam Zone. Sky Zone is great fun for the young and the young at heart.
If you like a good laugh, then you need to check out Absolute Comedy. Offering a true comedy club atmosphere and spotlighting a wide array of local talent, Absolute Comedy is a unique and hilarious way to spend a night out.
The Ontario Science Centre
If you’ve got a curious streak and have ever wondered about how things work, then the Ontario Science Centre is a must-see destination for you. Located at 770 Don Mills Road, the Ontario Science Centre seeks to inform and inspire its visitors through hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Since it opened its doors in 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 52 million visitors and has become a renowned hub for dialogue about science, technology and society.
Mysteriously Yours Mystery Dinner Theater
There are few experiences more unique than this! Mysteriously Yours presents comedic, interactive murder mysteries that encourage audience participation and are staged during a 3-course dinner. Mysteriously Yours is a commercial theater company which has been in operation for over 30 years, offering detailed, solvable mysteries based on familiar themes. Put on your detective’s hat at this fun and interactive night out.
SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas
What’s better than a bag of popcorn and a good movie? If you’re looking for a great place to catch the latest blockbuster, head to SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas. Located at 2300 Yonge Street, this modern theater plays everything from the latest Hollywood films to independent releases. For showtimes, check out the theaters website here.
The Regent Theater
If you like cinema, you will love the Regent Theater! Located at 551 Mt. Pleasant Road, the Regent Theater is an original movie theater from the 1920s which features renovated seating and an updated interior, screening independent and foreign films. To see what’s playing, visit http://regenttoronto.com/
Cuisine, Caffeine and Cocktails: Midtown’s Best Cafes, Restaurants and Lounges
Toronto is well known for its food and beverage scene, and Midtown exemplifies this perfectly. Whether you’re looking for a great cup of coffee, a delicious bite to eat or an awesome spot to relax and enjoy a cocktail, you’ll find it here.
Great Cafes in Midtown
When it’s time to start your day, there’s nothing better than a great cup of coffee and Midtown Toronto offers no shortage of options to satisfy that craving.
At de Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters, located at 2489 Yonge Street, coffee is a science. Named after Francisco de Melo Palheta, a Portuguese coffee purveyor who was sent by the King of Portugal to French New Guinea in 1893 to obtain coffee seeds, sparking the beginning of the coffee trade in Brazil, de Mello Palheta is a cozy, rustic shop that boats beautiful brewing equipment and beakers.
For a change of pace, check out 9 Bars Coffee, located at 46 St Clair Avenue East. This intimate coffee shop lives in a low and cozy room with wine colored walls and faux wood and industrial details and offers top notch coffee and baked goods.
Midtown’s Best Breakfast and Brunch
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and at The Roehampton Hotel, we agree.
La Société, in the city’s Yorkville neighborhood, offers an outstanding atmosphere and an impressive menu, offering up everything from Parisian Eggs Benedict to Lobster B.L.T. With its stained-glass windows and ceilings, La Société, located at 131 Bloor Street West, is a unique and delicious brunch option.
For something completely different, we recommend Union Social Eatery at 21 St Clair Avenue West. This premium casual restaurant is a great place to relax, laugh and enjoy a delicious variety of breakfast and brunch options in an understated environment.
Lovely Lunch and Dinner Locations
Midtown Toronto has no shortage of outstanding lunch and dinner restaurants on offer so there’s something for any preference, mood or occasion.
For a great lunch offering, try The Oxley Public House at 121 Yorkville Avenue. This traditional watering hole occupies an old-style house and offers classic and delicious British pub fare and décor, as well as two outdoor patios.
When it comes time for dinner, we recommend looking into Scaramouche Restaurant and Sotto Sotto Ristorante. Located at 1 Benvenuto Place, this delicious restaurant offers French cuisine in an upscale space with outstanding casual views. If you want something a little bit more casual, it also offers a delicious bistro. Sotto Sotto Ristorante, the iconic Midtown staple situated at 120 Avenue Road, offers delicious traditional dishes from South-Central Italy.
And if you’re in the mood for something totally different, look no further than CopaCabana Brazilian Steakhouse located at 150 Eglinton Avenue East. This all-you-can-eat style meal buffet and harvest table is one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city – and for good reason. The food is phenomenal, the atmosphere is outstanding, and the restaurant boasts live entertainment to create an unforgettable dining experience.
If you love Italian food, you’re in the right place at Cibo Wine Bar. A local favourite located conveniently in Toronto’s Midtown neighborhood, Cibo Wine Bar offers an authentic and delicious Italian experience. And best of all, with a location at 2472 Yonge Street, Cibo’s midtown restaurant is less than 5-minutes’ drive from The Roehampton Hotel. For an alternative option for your Italian food fix, try out Grazie Restaurant at 2373 Yonge Street, serving pasta, pizza and other Italian favourites in a welcoming, relaxed and vibrants space.
Cocktail Hour in Midtown
When it’s time to unwind with a cold beer or cocktail, your biggest challenge will be deciding where to go first.
If you fancy an outstanding cocktail bar experience, Bar Reyna is the place to go. Located at 158 Cumberland Street in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood, this iconic Toronto cocktail bar offers Mediterranean snacks and signature cocktails in a sophisticated space boasting an all-season patio.
For a great local craft beer, you’ve got no shortage of options. At 45 Esandar Drive you’ll find Amsterdam Brewing. This large-scale local brewery offers its famed Blonde, Threespeed Lager and Boneshaker IPA – staple brews that many Toronto beer aficionados grew up on – as well as a variety of seasonal offerings. On the other end of the spectrum is Blood Brothers Brewing. Situated at 165 Geary Avenue, this cool, industrial-aesthetic micro-brewery is home to signature ales like Inner IPA and Shumei, while season features are always on rotation throughout the year.
Explore the Outdoors: Midtown Parks and Public Gardens
For a big and bustling metropolis, Toronto has an abundance of beautiful outdoor public spaces including world-class parks and gardens. And many of them reside right here in Midtown. If you’re looking to enjoy a day outdoors, you have no shortage of options.
The Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens
Created in 1933 and named after the famed composure, The Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens are one of Toronto’s most beautiful gardens formal flower gardens with roses, herbs and multi-tiered beds. Boasting stone balconies and steps, crushed brick pathways and sunken gardens enclosed my maple, willow and oak trees, The Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens make for a beautiful outdoor stroll.
Serena Gundy Public Park
Known as one of the top spots for birdwatching in Toronto, Serena Gundy Public Park makes for a wonderful outdoor experience. Featuring a bike trail and a picnic site, the park is a great place to get out and spend a day in nature.
Toronto Botanical Gardens
Known as the little garden with big ideas, Toronto Botanical Gardens spans nearly four acres and features an array of 17 themed “city-sized” gardens designed to educate and inspire with indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages. Situated at 777 Lawrence Avenue East, TBG is a must see, connecting people to plants with a mission of inspiring us to live in harmony with nature.
June Rowlands Park
This sprawling, 2.6-hectare park situated at the corner of Davisville Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road offers something for everyone. This fantastic park offers a baseball diamond, six tennis courts, a volleyball court and a splash pad as well as the Sharon, Lois and Bram Playground which recognizes the children’s music and entertainment trio’s contribution to Canadian culture.
The Roehampton Hotel is Happy to Help
As a proud Toronto establishment, The Roehampton Hotel is pleased to provide its guests with valuable and helpful insight to ensure they get the most out of their stay and are eager to provide the best experience possible. If you have any questions about where to go in Toronto, don’t hesitate to ask – our staff will be more than happy to help!
To learn what else the city has to offer, visit theroehamptonhotel.com/guides for even more of The Roehampton Hotel’s comprehensive Guides to Toronto.
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