Toronto Food Tours
Known for being a top foodie destination, Toronto should be high on your list of places to visit if you have a hankering for delectable cuisine. The city is home to more than 200 ethnic groups, and features diverse neighborhoods like Koreatown, Little Italy and Greektown, to name a few. If you don't know where to start, consider booking a tasting tour that will take you through the city's different cuisines and neighborhoods. Below are some of Toronto's best tours:
Toronto Food Tours: Offering a dozen different food tours, several drink tours, excursions and classes, Toronto Food Tours offers a little something for everyone. From pizza to markets to food halls to Chinatown and beyond, this company has been showing locals and tourists around since 2010. Tours are offered every day of the week at different times, so check the website to find one that works best for your taste buds and schedule. Tours last between three and four hours with tickets starting at CA$89 (around $68) per person.
Culinary Adventure Company: Family owned and operated since its founding in 2010, Culinary Adventure Company is a highly reviewed company that operates food tours and excursions around Toronto (and other top Canada destinations). Covering neighborhood hot spots like Riverside and Leslieville to the butchers and bakeries at the St. Lawrence Market, tours last anywhere from two to eight hours and are offered daily. You can also head out on the water for an evening canoe ride that's paired with wine and a dinner of local cuisine. Tour prices start at CA$71 (about $54) To find out more, visit the company's website.
Toronto Urban Adventures: Owned by a local comedian and led by a team of beer enthusiasts, actors, travel professionals and photographers, Toronto Urban Adventures provides entertaining tours that focus on local markets, beer and bacon. The "Kensington Market & Chinatown" two-hour walking tour guides participants throughout these two foodie neighborhoods; the four-hour "Beer Makes History Better" tour takes visitors to local breweries and pubs as well as the Distillery District; and the three-hour "When Pigs Fry" tour introduces travelers to the best places in the city for pork, bacon and sausage. Tour prices start at CA$32.74 (approximately $25) for adults and CA$25.66 (around $20) for children. Visit the website for more details.
Savour Toronto: Since 2013, Savour Toronto has been taking locals and visitors around to famous eateries and off-the-beaten-path gems. As a recipient of numerous accolades and praise – including being named the 2014 winner of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award – the company is highly regarded in the food tour industry. Food tours range by area or interest, including Kensington Market, Chinatown, Dundas West and Ossington, along with pastry and sweet shops. Tour prices start CA$60 (around $46). Learn more by visiting Savour Toronto's website.
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#1 Toronto Islands
When you're in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of Canada's biggest city, hop a ferry to the Toronto Islands. This collection of islands and islets offers a welcome touch of green to the city's skyscraper-speckled mainland. The three islands, Centre, Ward's and Algonquin, are all connected, so you don't have to worry about having to get on and off a boat to fully experience the area. Each main island offers something different. Centre Island lives up to its name, providing the most in terms of activities. There, visitors will find expansive picnic areas, beaches, sporting rentals and the Centreville Amusement Park, which features more than 30 rides, a petting zoo and a boating lagoon. Ward and Algonquin are more laid-back, dotted with 1920s-style cottages and English gardens. Hanlan's Point, located next to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport at the northeastern tip of the island, features the area's only clothing optional beach, as well as a lighthouse believed to be haunted. All of the islands are largely car-free, making them the perfect venue for a peaceful stroll, bike ride or picnic. And while the winter brings biting winds and lots of snow, the Toronto Islands are also a great place for cross-country skiing and ice skating.
Travelers and locals alike both take to the Toronto Islands. Recent visitors said it's a great place to take a long breather from the big city atmosphere of Toronto. Many say the incredible views of the city's skyline are reason alone to visit. However, some visitors found the area to be overrun, especially in Centre Island. Others also expressed disappointment with the inflated prices for amenities in and near the Centreville Amusement Park. Otherwise, the majority of visitors, especially those with families, thoroughly enjoyed their time on the island.
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