Things to Do


For our out-of-town guests: here's a great guide by the Washington Post on what to check out while in Toronto.
We've also listed below some of our personal favorite things to see and eat in the city. We hope you find it helpful!




The Distillery District

Pedestrian-only cobblestone streets set in quaint 19th century buildings that once housed a large whiskey distillery. Enjoy the many art galleries, outdoor sculptures, restaurants, and boutiques. Or catch a performance at one of the area's several theatres.

Royal Ontario Museum

Huge range of culture and nature exhibits. It is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada. Home to Michael's family's exhibit Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity.

Casa Loma

A 98-room castle overlooking the city of Toronto (one of the best views of the city!). Built in the 1900s, it features beautiful gardens, towers, horse stables, secret passageways and a massive wine cellar. We think history buffs, museum-goers, and kids will find this to be a fun way to spend an afternoon. Lots of films have used this iconic building as a set, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, X-Men, and Beauty and the Beast. The castle also has a pretty good steak-house!


For anyone interested in shopping: Yorkville's a neighborhood with a mix of high end retail including art galleries, antique stores, and designer stores (especially on Bloor Street's "Mink Mile") as well as bars, cafes and eateries along Cumberland Street and Yorkville Avenue. Side streets are lined with picture-postcard Victorian homes with gardens.




Playa Cabana

Our favorite mexican-inspired restaurant! Our go-to's: short rib tacos, tres leches cake, and tequila/mezcal based cocktails. We'd suggest making reservations as wait-times can be a while.

Swatow Restaurant

Toronto has one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, and this is our favorite traditional Cantonese restaurant there. Keep walking south on Spadina Ave to explore more of this Chinatown's shops and food markets. Head north from Swatow for a few blocks and you'll hit the Kensington Market neighborhood, which has an eclectic mix of fresh food markets, restaurants and bars, vintage clothing, spice markets, and music shops. On summer weekends there are often free concerts.

Mangia & Bevi

Fresh pasta and pizza (our favorite in Toronto) from the Veneto region of Italy.
260 King St East (use the side entrance on Ontario Street)

Little Sister Indonesian Food Bar

Spicy Indonesian tapas and unique cocktails in our old neighborood, Yonge-and-Eglinton!

Sash Restaurant and Wine Bar

A fine dining experience brought to you by Schad family friend and celebrated chef Sash Simpson.


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Jennifer Postorino