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48 Hours in Toronto

Toronto is a bustling metropolis with lots of amazing things to see, do and eat. On a short trip to the city, it may be overwhelming to figure out your itinerary, but lucky for you, we are here to guide you on how best to spend two days in Toronto! Are you ready to get started? OK, cool. Let's do this!

Join us today as we look at the very best Toronto has to offer on a two-day visit to the city! From shopping to food to the performing arts, our guide covers the best in the city has to offer.

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After freshening up at your hotel, put on some comfortable shoes, because there will be lots of walking around on your first day in the city.

Head over to St. Lawrence Market, Toronto’s fun and diverse outdoor answer to the Grand Bazaar in Turkey, the Queen Victoria Market in Austalia, or the Rialto Market in Italy. In fact, National Geographic has named the St. Lawrence Market the world’s best market, and the wide variety of foods and goods being offered will have you happily shopping the start of your day away.

After early-morning shopping, it’s time to get a jolt of energy as there’s still a lot left on your itinerary for the day. With that in mind, head on over to Toronto Island Park with some of your foods from the market for a midday picnic brunch! Take the ferry to the island and spend some time exploring its many beaches and walkways. With good weather in Toronto hard to come by between late fall and spring, a sunny day on the island is one to cherish.

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After spending a few hours at the Island, your next stop should be the incredible Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Featuring one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world, the aquarium is home to a wide variety of ocean wildlife; animals that include everything from sharks and stingrays to jellyfish and more! Fun for all ages, you’ll love every minute spent with your new found fish friends.

After the aquarium, head back to your hotel to drop off any souvenirs you’ve purchased during the day, and to take a little break to freshen up (and maybe catch a quick nap). You’ve had quite the start to your trip, and you still have a lot to do! When you’re ready to head out again, be sure to dress to the nines, because one of the world’s best dinners and top notch performing arts centers await!

There are dinners, there are fancy dinners, and then there is dinner at Alo. Toronto’s best restaurant has only been open since 2015, but it has wowed diners since day one. Featuring a five course tasting menu that includes everything from rack of pork to Nova Scotia lobster, your taste buds will be happy you made reservations well in advance.

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There’s nothing that goes with dinner better than a show, and the beautiful Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto hosts some of the best shows currently touring. Watching a performance at the theatre is one that you won’t soon forget as it holds decades of history as Toronto’s premiere performing arts center. Don’t forget to book your tickets well in advance, because shows routinely sell out and you don’t want to be left looking for tickets as the curtain is rising.

A night cap after the show is a great idea, and Toronto has some of the best late night bars in the world. Bar Isabel is where we would recommend you stop after the show as their extensive beer, wine, and cocktail options will quench any thirst. Their late night food menu is also extensive, and its the perfect way to end your night.

As you head back to your hotel after your first night in the city, you’ll be turning in with a smile on your face, knowing that your first day in Toronto was full of some of the best the city has to offer. Rest well, because tomorrow starts your last day in Toronto, and it’s going to be even busier than today was.

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Ready to start day two? If so, head on over to Maha’s Restaurant on Greenwood Avenue for a taste of Egypt in the heart of Toronto. Featuring an exotic menu that offers the best of both Egyptian as well as Western cuisine, Maha’s brunch will absolutely rock your world!

Burn off those brunch calories with a walk over to one of Toronto’s most iconic structures, the CN Tower. Featuring amazing views of the city, the tower is an absolute must-see on any trip to Toronto. Don’t be afraid to head onto the balcony, but be prepared because it’s going to be windy.

From the tower, head to the Royal Ontario Museum, the best museum in all of Canada. With masters exhibits paired alongside incredible displays from all over the world, the Royal Ontario Museum will keep any visitor happily immersed in art for hours.

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Ready for a quick afternoon drink? Head to Mascot Brewery, one of the best beer gardens in the city. With a variety of food, beer, and cocktails for you to choose from, it’s the perfect place for a quick afternoon break.

After a pint or two, head to High Park, which is a beautiful green space in the city that is sure to give you respite from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. With hiking trails, a zoo, a dog park, and more, you’ll be sure to find fun things to do in the park that won’t break the bank.

Pop back into your hotel as the sun sets because you’ll need to freshen up for your last night in the city. Put on your dancing shoes and some comfortable clothes because you have a fun night ahead.

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First stop on your last night in the city is Canoe Restaurant, a quintessentially Canadian fine dining restaurant offering some of the best food in the city. Be sure to choose the tasting menu, and pair it with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

From dinner it’s time to cut loose, and that means getting down on the dance floor. Toronto routinely plays host to some of the best musicians on the planet. From EDM to rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop and more, live music options are aplenty just about every night of the year. Orchid nightclub on Peter Street is Toronto’s answer to Vegas’ best nightclubs, a beautiful upscale club that offers high-end bottle service to those who are willing to shell out some cash. When there, dance the night away with revelers from Toronto and all over the world as Orchid hosts a diverse crowd all looking to have a good time.

There’s no better way to wrap up your trip to Toronto than with a late night poutine! Canada’s unofficial favorite food, poutine is a rich French fry based dish served with gravy and other goodies. Smoke’s Poutinerie is open late, and also serves some of the best poutine in all of Canada. Indulge!

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As you head back to your hotel to end your trip to Toronto, you’ll be happy to know you experienced not just the best of the city, but some of the best of the entire country. There’s always more to do and see though, so be sure to book your return trip soon!