Visiting all the hot spots will give you a taste of the city’s history, but if you want to live like a local while studying in Toronto, here are some of the things that locals do!
Eat and drink on patios
When the sun is shining bright, locals love to hang out on patios, drinking beer and eating tasty food in the open air. Porch is one of the most popular rooftop patios in the city, located on top of The Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon.
The list of patios is extensive and the best way to find your favourite is to try out as many as possible.
Eat and shop at Kensington Market
While St. Lawrence Market is the main spot for tourists, Kensington Market is highly recommended by locals. The market is the place to be if you want a bohemian vibe, unique shops, and inexpensive food.
Eat from a food truck
Another local tradition in Toronto is to eat from one of the many varieties of food trucks. If you want to find out more about the different cuisines and food trucks available in Toronto, check out http://torontofoodtrucks.ca
Get ready to enjoy anything from spaghetti and meatball sandwiches to hot smoked meat, schnitzels, fish tacos, and gourmet cupcakes.
Attend a festival or event
Toronto is famous for its festivals and events, and there is a reason for that; locals love to join in and participate. When in Toronto, check out what’s going on where, and join the fun. Most festivals are free to attend. Here are a few events recommended by locals, born and raised in Toronto:
- AGO First Thursdays (party at the Art Gallery of Ontario).
- Hot Docs (Canadian International Documentary Festival)
- City Chase – also known as Canada’s Largest Urban Adventure. It’s quite legendary, a chase that you can participate in either by running, walking or using public transportation.
Have brunch at the weekend
In Toronto, locals take brunch pretty seriously. It is a tradition that happens every weekend. In our source’s own words, “brunch is beyond eggs, toast, sausages, and bacon – it’s a pure art form”.
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