Fall in Love with Toronto This Autumn

Fall in Love with Toronto This Autumn

  • colorful stained glass ceiling and Christmas trees with lights

  • Yellow door, grey brick gold sign reading La Banane

  • Red neon sign reading Lee Restaurant

  • Large crowd inside the Raptors Basketball Arena

  • Cloudy sky, people on the shore looking at the cliffs of the Scarborough Bluffs

Toronto has everything you need to see, eat, and experience! Also known as “The Six,” not because the area code is 416 or 647, but because Toronto used to be broken up into 6 ‘areas’: Toronto, York, North York, East York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough. Toronto is a multi-cultural city that is best reflected in our food scene. From authentic Chinese food to the perfect plate of mussels, Toronto will not disappoint with its amazing variety of food offerings. Now that summer has come and gone, explore Toronto during the best season of the year. After you visit a few of these must-see places, I guarantee you will fall in love with Toronto this autumn!

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE

Scarborough Bluffs
On a crisp sunny day, you may find yourself seeking an outdoor adventure. Take a 20-minute drive east of the city to Scarborough Bluffs. Here you’ll find a nice trail along the waterfront, with a beautiful view of the escarpment overlooking Lake Ontario.  Not only do you get a great view of the spectacular bluffs, you can also experience some of the beautiful fall colors as the leaves change in the surrounding area. Depending on the temperature and being close to the water, the weather may be a little cooler – be sure to pack a light jacket. Bundle up in a scarf and bring some snacks for the walk. Help keep this beautiful area clean by tidying up after yourself and throwing any trash in the designated containers. Scarborough Bluffs makes for a great spot for the perfect fall photo – make sure you use hashtag #the6ix, when you capture the experience.

Cask Days at Evergreen Brickworks
Do you enjoy good company and like trying new things? Are you a beer and cider lover? If so, head down to Toronto’s Evergreen Brickworks to partake in, Toronto’s 13th Annual Beer Festival Cask Days that runs from October 20 – 22. At the festival, you will find vendors who brew, “unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated real ale.” You have very little time to drink this before it spoils, so cheers!  After the festival, keep the adventure going by taking a relaxing walk through their beautiful trails.

Raptors Game
In Toronto, there’s no better way to show some team spirit than by attending a Raptors basketball game at the Air Canada Centre.  The regular season kicks off on October 19, and it’s a night you do not want to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for special guests; celebrities are sometimes known to watch the game, courtside. Make sure to use the hashtag #WeTheNorth to show your support for the Raptors on social media and in “Maple Leaf Square” better known as, “Jurassic Park”.

WHERE TO EAT

Lee – 601 King St. W.
Susur Lee is hands down one of the best chef’s in the Toronto. Located on trendy King Street West, the menu at this restaurant is outstanding. The creativity of his dishes is something you want to experience.  For instance, you must try the famous Singapore Slaw. It is an evolving 19 ingredient dish that will change your life! While mixing the ingredients tableside, the server will list all of the ingredients and how it is made, and then serves it on a plate for the entire table. The focus on Guest experience here is like no other. Be sure to make a reservation, because you don’t want to miss your seat at this trendy spot.

La Banane – 227 Ossington Ave.
Calling all seafood lovers! La Banane is not only incredible for their culinary delights, but their presentation is phenomenal. On top of their expansive and unique seafood menu, their cocktail offerings attract customers from all over the city. Be sure to try their Coquin Cobbler – a refreshing mix of Lillet and grapefruit, this drink will leave you thirsty for more. For your sweet tooth, choose the Ziggy Stardust Disco Egg. Need I say more?

Le Societe – 131 Bloor St. W.
With stunning décor and an exceptional menu, Le Societe is the place to go right in the heart of Toronto’s upscale shopping district, Yorkville. Why not indulge in a little shopping and then in some of the best French food in the city? Try out the Duck Confit paired perfectly with the ‘Very Chéri’ fresh cocktail, there’s nothing like it!

Experiencing the city as a true Torontonian will give you an everlasting sense of what Toronto is all about. Locals are very proud of the city they love and it shows through hometown celebrities like Drake, who represents what an amazing city it is.  Toronto is unique in numerous ways, and wanting to come back is nothing out of the norm.  I promise you will leave Toronto with a positive spirit, adventurous feeling, and memories to last until your next visit.

 

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Julia LancThis post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Julia L. Are you interested in traveling to Toronto? Let us know if we can we help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!    
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