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Below is information on Toronto that we hope you will find useful during your stay ...
Telephones: Toronto uses a 10 digit-dialling system. The city of Toronto’s area code is 416; 905 and 289 are for outlying suburbs such as Mississauga, Brampton, and parts of Scarborough. Some places within the city and some cell phones have started using the new code of 647 for the city of Toronto. When you dial outside the area code you are in, dial 1 + area code + number
Transportation: The local public transit system in Toronto is called the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It includes subways, buses and streetcars (trolleys). Toronto is one of the only remaining North American cities with a functioning streetcar system (on College Street and Queen Street). The cost per trip on the TTC is $2.25. Transfers can be obtained when you board; you need a transfer in order to transfer to and from different routes (bus to subway to streetcar). If you are making multiple trips on public transit, it is cost effective to purchase a day pass ($7.75/day - unlimited travel). Some (but not all) bus routes are open all night (Blue Lines). The subway stops at 2:00am and starts at 5:30am (later start on Sunday).
Restaurants: Toronto is a multi-cultural city. Various neighbourhoods offer a diverse selection of restaurants which offer wonderful food and interesting atmospheres.
- Greek Cuisine - On “The Danforth” (Bloor Avenue turns into Danforth Road going East) to Greenwood. *Many open late on Friday’s and Saturdays.
- Chinatown - Spadina Road (between College St. and Queen St.)
- Korean Food - “Little Korea” (Bloor St. at Christie St.)
- Indian Food - “Little India” on Gerrard St. East (between Carlaw Ave. and Coxwell Ave.)
- Dominion (Lower level - College Park (College St. at Yonge St.; open 7:00am - 10:00pm)
- Whole Foods (Lower level of Hazelton Lanes – Avenue Road north of Yorkville Rd.)
- Shopper Drug Mart (corner of College St. and Yonge St.)
- Pharma Plus (Main floor of College Park at Bay St. and College St.)
Banks/ATM: Most automatic teller machines (ATM), otherwise known as bank machines, work on the Plus and Cirrus systems. Recommend using an ATM attached to a Bank.
- Eaton Centre Mall (Yonge St at Queen St.)
- Queen Street West (between University Ave. and Bathurst St. (trendy, artsy SOHO/Greenwich Village style)
- Bloor Street (upscale; Yonge St. to Spadina Ave.)
- Yorkville (upscale)
Liquor: In Toronto wine, spirits and beer are sold in separate stores. Wine and spirits are only sold at LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) stores. Beer is sold at “The Beer Store” and at LCBO stores. The drinking age in Ontario is 19.
- LCBO - 545 Yonge St. (Yonge & Wellesley)
- LCBO - 55 Bloor St. West (Bay & Bloor - MANULIFE CENTRE)
- Beer Store: 452 Bathurst St. (Bathurst south of College) and 720 Spadina Ave. (Spadina Avenue south of Bloor Street)
Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in Toronto restaurants and bars.
Free Local Arts/Events Newspapers
Restaurants, Food and Beverage around the Marriott Hotel
- Pasta Perfection (fast food pasta that is very good and inexpensive) (Yonge Street north of College Street) ($ -$$)
- Honero’s (Pizza and pasta) (Yonge Street north of Grosvenor Street) ($$)
- Sushi Sky (Yonge Street north of Grenville Street) ($$)
- What a Bagel (Yonge Street South of Wellesley) ($)
- Spring Roll (Asian/Fusion – Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Yonge Street north of Charles Street) ($$)
- Tim Horton’s (coffee, sandwiches, soup, donuts and cookies, College Park) ($)
- Wendy’s Hamburger (below the Hotel) ($)
- McDonalds Hamburger (Yonge Street & Grenville Street) ($)
- Pizza Pizza (Yonge Street & Wood Street - fast cheap pizza that delivers; 416-967-1111) ($)
- The Elephant and Castle (pub - Gerrard & Yonge) ($$)
- The Second Cup (coffee - Yonge Street & Wood Street) ($)
- Starbucks (coffee - Yonge Street & College Street) ($)
Restaurants, Food and Beverage near Bata Shoe Museum & Isabel Bader Theatre, etc)
- Ned’s Cafe (Just across the street from the Bader) ($)
- Pho Hung (Vietnamese) (Bloor Street west of Avenue Road) ($)
- Greg’s Ice Cream (home made ice cream and unique flavours - Bloor Street west of Avenue Road) ($)
- By the Way Café (Mediterranean, vegetarian – good weekend brunches) ($$)
- Fresh by Juice For Life (vegetarian, health food – Bloor Street east of Bathurst Street) ($$)
- Hemingway’s Restaurant (Burgers, Canadian, Pub – Cumberland east of Avenue Road) ($$)
- Colonnade Deli (Deli - Bloor Street east of Avenue Road) ($$)
- Mega Wraps (Bloor Street – between Avenue Road and Bay Street) ($)
- The Second Cup (coffee – Bloor Street east of Bay Street) ($)
- Pink Pearl Restaurant (Chinese – Avenue Road south of Davenport Road) ($$)
- Crepes a Go-go (Bloor Street west of Avenue Road)
- Mr. Sub (submarine sandwiches – Bloor Street and Bedford Road) ($)
Toronto is known for its restaurants. Below is a small sampling of other restaurants that may be of interest.
- Riverside Bar - For those of you who love beer, martinis and mussels, the Bar/Restaurant Riverside. Located at at Broadview Avenue and Queen Street, this gem of a place provides a quiet atmosphere, excellent service, a wide variety of bottled beers from around the world, a large menu of martinis and quite a selection of mussels. For those of you who do not like mussels or seafood, the menu offers a wonderful menu of appetizers, tapas, salads and other mains. ($$$) (TTC, Taxi)
- Superior Restaurant - Directly across from the Eaton Centre on Yonge Street, close to the Elgin and Wintergarden theatre is Superior. With a bit of history to the building and a moderately priced menu, this place offers a nice atmosphere for a dinner meeting. ($$$) (W)
- Sassafras - Often referred to as one of the hot spots to see the stars during the Toronto International Film Festival, this restaurant situated in Yorkville. ($$$$$) (W)
- Sotto Sotto – Another one of the hot spots that is frequented by the stars. Avenue Road south of Davenport Road – Close to the Isabel Bader Theatre. ($$$$$) (W)
- Bloor Street Diner - Far from being the “diner” that it’s name suggests, this eclectic French restaurant offers tasty fare at a fairly reasonable price. Located in the Manulife Centre (Bay and Bloor), this restaurant is often frequented by moviegoers who often needed a tasty bite between flicks during the Toronto International Film Festival (when it was still using the now gone Uptown Theatre). Close to the Isabel Bader theatre. ($$$)(W)
- Morton’s of Chicago Steakhouse – Need anything more be said about this steakhouse chain (Avenue Road just north of Bloor Street). ($$$$) (W)
- Canoe – Located on the 54th floor of the TD Bank tower (Wellington Street near Bay Street), this haute cuisine bar/restaurant is one of the talks of the town – both for the view and the unique twists on Canadian cuisne. If it is within your budget, it is a gem of a place ($$$$$) (TTC, Taxi).
For those of you who have time to explore what the city has to offer………
Distillery District - This area formerly the site of the Gooderham & Worts Distillery has recently been revitalized and contains some restaurants, bars, microbrewery, shops and art galleries. This is a nice place to visit leisurely, if you have the time to spare. This area is quite close to where the ferry terminal for the High Speed Toronto-Rochester ferry, “The Breeze”.
(Parliament Street south of Front Street) (Taxi)
The Beaches - Come and explore one of Toronto’s fine neighbourhoods. At the turn of the century, this area contained beautiful lakefront properties and beaches, an amusement park and a boardwalk. While the boardwalk still exists, it is a thriving family oriented neighbourhood that hosts a Jazz Festival in July. Voted in 2002 as the “Best Street in Ontario” (Queen Street East - in The Beaches), this area is a great place to walk around (Taxi, TTC).
Queen Street West and College Street West - Both of these areas (predominantly west of Bathurst Street) are part of chic Toronto. They contain many unique shops, restaurants and bars (W, Taxi, TTC)
The Annex (Bloor Street from Spadina Avenue to Bathurst Street)- This area offers a number of cheap eats as many students live her due to its close proximity to the University of Toronto. Within walking distance from the Isabel Bader Theatre/Bata Shoe Museum (W).
CN Tower - The world’s tallest freestanding structure is a wonderful tourist stop, as long as you are not afraid of heights. Take an elevator ride up the tower to see a 360-degree view of Toronto (especially beautiful at dusk and sunset), and/or enjoy fine dining in the tower’s revolving restaurant (TTC, Taxi)
Skydome - Home of the Toronto Blue Jays (TTC, Taxi)
Air Canada Centre - Home of both hockey and basketball (Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors) (TTC, Taxi)
Hockey Hall of Fame - Directly across from Toronto’s Union Station and next to the Beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel (part of the former CN chain of hotels), this museum located in BCE Place contains wonderful hockey related exhibits that can be enjoyed by hockey and non-hockey fans alike (TTC).
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) - This world-renowned museum hosts spectacular exhibits - both visiting and permanent. Located directly across the street from the Isabel Bader Theatre, this museum offers free admission to the regular/permanent exhibits (except for specially ticketed events or exhibits) on Friday nights from 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm) (W, TTC)
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) - Also houses the screenings for Cinematheque Ontario (W, TTC).
Healey’s - Jazz
Top of the Senator - Jazz
$ Inexpensive, $$ Moderate, $$$ Reasonable, $$$$ Expensive, $$$$$ Special
W Walkable from the Hotels or Theatre
TTC May want to take the TTC if time or energy are short (a bit further than a short walk)
Taxi Take a Taxi (a bit off the beaten path - but worth it!)
** Most restaurants accept: Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club (limited).