This network of pedestrian tunnels and walkways stretches more than 30 kilometres long and connects more than 1,000 restaurants, retailers, services, and attractions, with links to public transit including GO Transit and subway stations.
Canada’s busiest transportation hub, Union Station—it’s even busier than Toronto Pearson International Airport—sees approximately 300,000 commuters daily, with travellers arriving and departing from GO Transit, Via Rail, Amtrak, and the TTC. Though it’s currently under renovation, many parts are open including the main hub, the GO York Concourse, and the York Street and Front Street promenades. Visitors can find food vendors such as Union Chicken, Pilot Coffee Roasters, Danish Pastry House, and Wvrst, as well as retailers like Naked Beauty Bar, Peace Collective, and The Detox Market. 65 Front St. W., torontounion.ca
Busy office workers flock to Fabbrica, a grab-and-go outpost of chef Mark McEwan’s rustic Italian restaurant for handmade pasta, seasonal salads, sandwiches, antipasti, and an Italian hot table. The main draw is the Roman-style pizza, a thicker and heartier version of a traditional pie topped with stronger cheeses, and heaped with sausage, salumi, and veggies. Try the eggplant grilled cheese, or the funghi pizza with roasted mushrooms, truffle crema, mozzarella, and pecorino.
TD Centre, 66 Wellington St. W., fabbrica.mcewangroup.ca
SPORTS AND SONGS
Formerly the Air Canada Centre, now known as the Scotiabank Arena is a multipurpose venue that hosts events, concerts, and is also home to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, and the NLL’s Toronto Rock. With seating for nearly 20,000 spectators, the centre has seen performances by Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, U2, and the Tragically Hip, and was also host to the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend. Grab a bite at several concessions including Hogtown Gourmet Hot Dogs and Real Sports BBQ Pit, while Rickards Brewhouse, the Molson Canadian Brewhouse, and Draught Deck are the place to grab a pre- or post-game pint. 40 Bay St., scotiabankarena.com
WEST COAST EXPORT
Rocky Mountain Soap Company, which is known for its all-natural body and hair products that are environmentally and consciously produced, has expanded westward from its headquarters in the Canadian Rockies. The calming Toronto outpost—awash in greytinted clay, oak and walnut fixtures—stocks a range of products including best sellers like the pomegranate day cream, foot butter, tea tree deodorant, and hydrating face serum. Richmond-Adelaide Centre, 120 Adelaide St. W., rockymountainsoap.com
HIGH STICK ACTION
Immerse yourself in Canada’s favourite pastime at the Hockey Hall of Fame, which features the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world. Go one-on-one against a life-sized, animated version of the NHL’s top goalies and shooters like Sidney Crosby and Carey Price, call the action on a classic game in the TSN/RDS Broadcast Zone, and see a to-scale replica of the Montreal Canadiens dressing room. And of course, don’t miss a photo op with the game’s most coveted prize, the Stanley Cup. Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge St., hhof.com
GRAB A BITE
If you’re looking for a quick breakfast or lunch, stop by Maman, a beloved New York City bakery-café that’s made its way north of the border. This charming spot serves coffee in pretty-patterned paper cups, along with a selection of pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. If you have time, linger at the wooden communal table, while nibbling on the likes of a white chocolate, blueberry, and lavender cake. First Canadian Place, 100 King St. W., mamantoronto.com
Pilot Coffee Roasters is well-loved in the city by caffeine aficionados, known for their expertly roasted beans, knowledgeable baristas, and pour-over coffee. There’s a selection of espresso and other caffeinated drinks on the menu, plus cold brew and Nitro-infused cold brew, Kombucha tea, Greenhouse organic juices, pastries, and grab-and-go fare like breakfast bowls and sandwiches. First Canadian Place, 100 King St. W., pilotcoffeeroasters.com
Hockey Hall of Fame