Summer is here, and that means warm weather and beautiful patios. Some of us choose to escape the city, while others take the opportunity to enjoy Toronto as a local. Whether you are a Baystreeter in the Financial District five days a week, or a tourist visiting the city, there is plenty to keep you occupied in Toronto’s Financial District.
Photo courtesy above of Canadian Business.
Visit Dineen Coffee Co. (140 Yonge St.), located in one of Toronto’s oldest structures and listed as a Toronto Heritage Property. Grab a coffee, a croissant, and enjoy the summer sun out on their patio. There is also a wide selection of other coffee shops scattered throughout the area.
All fuelled up and ready to take on the day? Start with a self-guided walking tour, and take in some of Canada’s tallest and oldest buildings. Highlights include Commerce Court North (199 Bay Street), which used to be the tallest in the British Empire until 1962, as well as First Canadian Place (100 King Street W.), Canada’s tallest skyscraper at 978 feet.
After taking in the Financial District’s streets, you have probably worked up an appetite. If you are a fan of burgers, try the young professionals’ patio of choice at Earl’s Restaurant (150 King St. W.) Want to try something a little different? Ki Japanese (181 Bay St.) has an impressive sushi and sashimi menu.
Take a break from the sun, and head into the underground PATH walkway – the world’s largest underground shopping complex. If you’re tired from walking, take a break at Polish’d Nail Bar, Blo Blow Dry Bar, (in the Exchange Tower) or visit Tony’s Place (in First Canadian Place)– Bay Street’s barber since 1988.
Refreshed and relaxed, it is time to shop! The PATH is home to over 1,200 shops and services.
Craving some culture? The Financial District is home to Design Exchange (234 Bay St.), Canada’s only design museum,Gallery of Inuit Art (79 Wellington St. W.) in the TD Centre, Brookfield Place (181 Bay St.), hosting a variety of installations throughout the year, and the Hockey Hall of Fame (181 Bay St.) for the sports buff. The Financial District also has numerous pieces of public art on display.
Time for happy hour and dinner – and there are endless patios to mix and mingle with the Bay Street crowd. Try Speakeasy 21 (21 Adelaide St. W.) or Drake One Fifty (150 York St.) for some specialty cocktails and a bite to eat.
The sun is about to set on your perfect day in the Financial District, but why not end it with a view over the city? Get a nightcap at Canoe (66 Wellington St. W) atop the TD Bank Tower, or America Restaurant (325 Bay St.) at Trump International Hotel and Tower.
What a busy day – and that was just a small taste of what there is to do in Toronto’s bustling Financial District.