Toronto Travel Guide

Welcome to my Toronto Travel Guide! In case you didn’t know, Toronto is my hometown and I moved to sunny Los Angeles when I was 19. With that being said, I’ve been around the block quite a few times and thought I’d come up with a list of places to check out if you’re ever in the city!

I definitely recommend going in the spring – fall months, I pretty much avoid Toronto at all costs in the winter… it’s absolutely freezing. I’ve gotten way too spoiled with my beautiful California weather!

Anyway, LET’S BEGIN!

Of course, the CN Tower.

If you’re coming to Toronto, there’s no way of avoiding this thing. Nor should you WANT to avoid it. I haven’t gone to the top and stepped on the glass floor since I was a kid, but as a tourist I highly recommend going up!

There is also the ‘Edge Walk’ which wasn’t a thing while I was living there. You’re attached to a harness and are able to walk around the top of the tower! If you’re an adrenaline junkie it’s a must!

Kensington Market

Kensington market is a multicultural neighborhood in downtown Toronto and perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to explore within a couple of hours. There is definitely a lot to do with all the different cafes and stores to shop at!

I used to come quite often with my friends to shop at the boutiques! If you have an interest in people watching like I do, there’s definitely plenty! While we were there, my mom spotted a Belgian waffle spot that we had to stop at! Our waffle was made right in front of us with all the topic options we could imagine!

The Toronto Sign

Another classic tourist spot, the Toronto sign.

Not all that much to do here in the summer, just a quick photo op! Although in the winter, the fountain becomes a big skating rink!

Graffiti Alley

While thinking of spots to share for this travel guide, I came to realize that after all my years of living there I hadn’t visited the graffiti alley yet. Graffiti alley is basically a spot in between a great amount of buildings where spray painting is legal. People come to showcase their work and share their messages with everyone that visits.

I was pretty surprised to see how many people were there when I arrived. I felt like I was back in Los Angeles where it was completely casual to be posing in front of every single wall!

Super fun spot to check out if you’re into photography, graffiti, or are bored and just have nothing else to do! I’d love to go back with some friends and create our own little bit of art here. It’s located in Chinatown so afterwards you could spend some time in that neighborhood, there’s a lot of shopping and fresh markets!

Distillery District

The Distillery District is actually a super cute area! Tons of little shops and restaurants (a great mexican place called El Catrin that my parents constantly rave about). In the winter they have it set up super festive with lights and art installations! Highly recommend checking it out!

Shopaholic?

If you’re a fellow shopaholic, you’re probably gonna be on the hunt for good shopping in Toronto! Lucky for you, there is a TON of great shopping spots in the city. The Eaton Center is a historic mall that has pretty much every store you can think of or will ever need to visit. If it’s not inside the mall, it’ll be right across the street! The Eaton Center is located in downtown TO which is a great spot to hit up anyways.

There’s also Yorkdale, one of my all time favorite malls! Over the years there’s been a ton of construction on the mall and it’s seriously stunning. Everything is bright and open and it provides a great place to spend an afternoon! Besides the great stores, there are tons of amazing restaurants inside (Joeys, an INSANE foodcourt, and soon to be Cheesecake Factory..!!). If you’re Canadian, you understand the struggle of not having a Cheesecake Factory so it’s obviously very exciting to finally be getting one!

If you’re looking for higher end shopping, Yorkville has it all! Such a beautiful area, even if you’re not doing shopping it’s a great spot to visit on a nice sunny day!

AND THERE WE HAVE IT! My top spots to check out if you’re visiting Toronto!

Obviously there’s much more to Toronto than just this list of my top spots but it’s all I have for today!! I was in the city for just a few days and this was all I was able to squish in!

I will always love Toronto as it was the place I grew up, but now it’s just such a great place for me to visit! There’s so much great shopping and sight seeing to do while you’re there! If you ever go and happen to run into my parents, give them a big hug for me! 😛

51 Comments

  1. Inês
    September 9, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Hi Tara!!! Loved to read this post!! Just wanted to tell you that I love your work (my fave are the vlogs ahah)! Keep going girl!! Lots of love from Portugal!! ❤️

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      thank you so so much! 🙂

  2. Sarah
    September 9, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Have you ever been to Ottawa? That’s where I live! I’ve been to Toronto a few times and it’s such a great place to explore. Great post Tara, I’m one of your biggest (and probably oldest but maybe not) fans!

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      how old are ya?! 🙂 and yes, i have been to Ottawa!! I have some family there!

  3. Ava
    September 9, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Would love for you to meet up with fans next time your in Toronto!!! Great post!! Xoxo love you lots❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      i would love to!!! i just usually don’t have much time while I’m there!

  4. Dimitra
    September 9, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Your blogs is goals you should be really proud of it ❤. I wish I could have met you in Greece you seem so nice . anyways ily girl
    Greetings from Thessaloniki ❤❤

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      I’m really happy with my blog so I’m happy you like it! 🙂 Wish I could’ve met you too!!

  5. Defne
    September 9, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Love this! Love my home❤️

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Toronto is great!!!

  6. Jenny Zhang
    September 9, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Your pictures are amazing!!

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      thank you!!!

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      LA is pretty great too soooo 😛

  7. Karissa
    September 9, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    What camera do you use to take photos? Also, you’re so pretty and I love your YouTube channel!

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      I use a canon 80D! 🙂 thank you!!!

  8. Ula
    September 9, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I’ve been in Toronto a week ago! What a coincidence! Loved it so much there but New York was better haha! Love u Tara❤❤
    P.S. canadian boys are very cute there hahah

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      ahahah you’re right, New York is definitely better! :p

  9. Katie
    September 9, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Tara i love you so much you are such an inspiration to me!!💕💕

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      awwww i love you!!!

  10. Ghizlane
    September 9, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    About a month ago I went to Toronto for the first time and I loved it!! It’s such a beautiful city😍❤️ I’m from Montreal and I would love you to come here!! I love youu so much Tara❤️ You’re the best❤️

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      I’ve actually been to Montreal tonnnsss of times! My moms whole family lives there so I used to go quite often!!

  11. Brooke
    September 9, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Heyyy Tara!!!
    Always love your blogs so much!!
    This time i showed it to my parents because we plan on going to toronto for a few days ! And they loved your blig as well 😁 Also HOPE you love Los angeles, that is my hometown 👌🏼 Love you Tara !

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      ahhh enjoy your trip!!!

  12. Victoria
    September 9, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Amazing photo quality! I love your blog it’s so cute! I was born in Toronto but we moved when I was 2 months old so it’s awesome to see what it is like!

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      awwww! you’ll have to go back so you can experience it!!!

  13. September 9, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Been waiting for this blog post for ages!! Good job Tara ❤️

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      Thank youuu!!! finally got around to making it! 🙂

  14. Veronica
    September 9, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    love tour blog & youtube chanel 💓 tour vlogs are my favourite 😍 too bad that you didn’t visit Poland 😓 hope you come there soon! love you ❤️

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      i’d love to visit Poland!!!

  15. Briz
    September 9, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Have you tried your new lens at night??

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      I actually haven’t gotten to yet! But I’m very excited to!

  16. Ajna
    September 9, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Would u like to go Croatia again? Ly❤

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      i would LOVE to!! I’m actually writing my blog post on it right now! 🙂

  17. September 9, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    About a month ago I went to Toronto for the first time and I LOVED IT💞💞 I’m from Montreal and I would love for you to come here❤️ Love you so much and BONJOUR from Montreal😘

  18. Lore
    September 9, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I’m from Belgium and hoping to go to Canada nexy summer. Will definitely look up this post again if I do! Love you xx

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      hope you enjoy it!!! ily!

  19. Arianna
    September 9, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I’m from Toronto and even though I’ve been to all these places, your pics want to make me go again. Next time your in town I definitely recommend checking out the driftwood Toronto sign. It’s not busy at all and it makes the best picture opportunities with the Toronto skyline and water. Love you so much Tara!❤️❤️

    • Tara
      September 9, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      just googled it! WOW i wish i had known earlier! thank you!! 🙂

  20. Jessica
    September 9, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    I can never get enough of your blogs or vlogs, you’re such an inspiration. This makes me want to travel so badly!! I love you so much Tara!! ❤️

  21. Natalija.21
    September 9, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I would love to go there one day 😍😍
    btw I love your europe vlogs!
    if sometimes u want to come in Skopje Macedonia(thats above Greece) that would be so cool I would love to meet you and help you explore the city 😊😋 love you ❤

  22. Paige
    September 9, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Hope you had a great trip! Can’t wait for more vlogs!! ❤️

  23. Angelica
    September 9, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Love all your blogs and this by far was one of my favorites.

  24. Grace M
    September 9, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Yay!! This post couldn’t have been better timing- I just moved to Toronto with two of my best friends exactly a week ago! Super excited (:

  25. pao
    September 10, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    loved the post Tara!! gotta say this is one of my favorites! totally going to visit all these places next time I go to Toronto. love you!!💛 x

    • pao
      September 10, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      oh, and btw you NEED to come visit Dominican Republic! I’d love to meet you.

  26. September 10, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I would love to visit Toronto someday, it looks amazing! Any future trips planned haha?

  27. September 11, 2017 / 1:57 am

    I loved this post! And the pictures turned out amazing! Haven’t been to Toronto in a while and this post makes me miss it a lot!
    xoxo Fey / http://www.cof-fee.blogspot.com

  28. September 12, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Hey Tara! Loved this post <3 i am also from toronto ! I Just wanted to let you know that there is one little typo… "so it’s obviously very excited to finally be getting one!" should be exciting 🙂

    • Tara
      September 12, 2017 / 11:11 am

      ahhhh thank you!! 🙂

  29. Jessica
    September 14, 2017 / 6:40 am

    Definitely want to visit Toronto and this has made me want to go even more!

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