Yonge Street, Toronto’s main artery, is the dividing line between the east and west sides of the city. Its full length runs nearly 2,000 kilometres but thankfully the busy stretch through the downtown core is a little shorter.
Yonge-Dundas Square is often referred to as Toronto’s Times Square. The one-acre public space is a popular gathering spot that hosts cultural festivals, concerts, community events, and theatrical performances year-round. It is located just a few steps from the CF Toronto Eaton Centre, and concert venue Massey Hall, which is currently undergoing renovations.
1 Dundas St. E., ydsquare.ca
SEE A SHOW
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is the last operating double-decker theatre in the world. Year-round, take a tour of this National Historic Site, which highlights the history and restoration of the venue, and see samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. Until November 3, Opera Atelier’s presentations of Actéon and Pygmalion are on stage, and from November 30 to January 5, Ross Petty Productions takes over with The Wizard of Oz. 189 Yonge St., heritagetrust.on.ca
Downtown Yonge is home to the city’s biggest shopping centre, the CF Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge St., cfshops.com). One of the busiest malls in North America, it’s home to more than 200 shops, including Nordstrom, Lacoste, Roots, H&M, Pandora, and Harry Rosen. Connected by a pedestrian walkway is the flagship Hudson’s Bay (175 Yonge St., thebay.com), Canada’s iconic department store, which shares space with Saks Fifth Avenue (saksfifthavenue. com) and a Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s (pusateris.com).
HAVE A PINT
Head to 3 Brewers for a pint and some traditional pub fare. The menu, which has recommended beer pairings from their offerings of white, blonde, amber, brown, and IPA brews, includes the likes of beer-battered fish and chips and spicy beer mussels. They also serve flammekueche, a traditional artisanal flat bread
from Northern France with numerous toppings, like sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese or spicy sausage and olives.
275 Yonge St., les3brasseurs.ca
Fans of basketball, and more specifically the great number
23, should head over to Air Jordan. Only the second store of its kind in North America, all things Jordan can be found here, including plenty of athletic and basketball shoes—not to mention limited edition sneakers—as well as Toronto-themed apparel. There’s a customization centre where shoppers can have Toronto logos and images printed onto T-shirts and more. 306 Yonge St., nike.com
FAR EAST FLAVOURS
In business for more than 35 years, Bangkok Garden serves authentic Thai cuisine based on the Thai principles of balancing the five tastes. Housed in an historic building with an airy dining room, the menu features dishes such as toasted cashew chicken, red or emerald chicken curry, pad Thai, and pineapple shrimp fried rice. The popular lunch buffet offered Monday to Friday includes more than a dozen main courses, as well as salads, appetizers, and dessert. 18 Elm St., bangkokgarden.ca
SNAPSHOTS IN TIME
A commanding glass facade at the corner of Gould and Bond streets is the site of the Ryerson Image Centre, an innovative research and teaching facility for photography. The RIC boasts an impressive collection of more than 375,000 objects, including images from the Black Star Agency, which is renowned for its photojournalism. 33 Gould St., ryersonimagecentre.ca
If you’re looking for a quick bite on the go, drop by Banh Mi Boys for a Vietnamese-inspired sub sandwich. There are plenty of meat options like grilled pork or chicken, five spice pork belly, braised beef cheeks, or even squid, which are stuffed into a bun with pickled carrots, cucumbers, and cilantro. There are also tacos and steamed bao, as well as sides of kimchi or tofu fries, and jicama papaya salad. 399 Yonge St., banhmiboys.com
CF Toronto Eaton Centre