72 Hours in Toronto: An Instagram Guide
Things you’ve probably done in Toronto: visited the CN Tower, eaten a peameal bacon sandwich at St. Lawrence Market or shopped in at least one of Eaton Centre’s 235 storefronts. But whether you’ve visited once or dozens of times, there’s no way you’ve photographed even half of what makes Canada’s downtown dazzle out-of-town visitors and trendy residents alike.
Check into the Thompson Toronto
550 Wellington St W.; thompsonhotels.com/hotels/toronto/thompson-toronto
The Thompson Toronto is definitely one of the coolest hotels in the city. With plenty of stylish lounges on-site (check out the one on the roof for an expansive skyline view) and contemporary suites decked out with heated floors, this is a great base for exploring the city.
Begin with brunch at Ricarda’s
134 Peter St.; ricardas.com
As if the Instagram-worthy entrance wasn’t enough, Ricarda’s prides itself on serving up some of the most inventive plates this side of the city. It seems every detail of the restaurant was made to be photographed, from the immaculate open kitchen to the pastries made in-house.
Wander through the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St W.; ago.ca
With dramatic architecture and nearly 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a no-brainer when it comes to Instagrammability. Check out their Modern Collection, featuring striking works by Picasso, Franz Kline, and Andy Warhol.
Get a caffeine boost at Dineen Coffee
140 Yonge St.; dineencoffee.com
While they offer a wide array of perfectly-photogenic latte art, the historic exterior of Dineen Coffee also offers ample photo ops. When you finally get inside, be sure to snag a shot of the hand-laid tile floors.
Scout the latest trends on Ossington Strip
Ossington Ave. may be best known for its culinary venues, but is rapidly gaining attention for being one of the most fashion-forward spots in Toronto’s West End. Venture into the exquisitely curated I Miss You Vintage for one-of-a-kind vintage couture, and then pop into Jonathan+Olivia for fresh-off-the-runway street style looks that will immediately elevate your Insta game.
I Miss You Vintage | 63 Ossington Ave.
Jonathan+Olivia | 49 Ossington Ave.; jonathanandolivia.com
Sunday brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
85 Hanna Ave.; templekitchen.com
Make your way over to Liberty Village to sample Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. The melt-in-your-mouth texture (accompanied by lush whipped cream and blueberries) is well worth the wait. We can almost guarantee you’ll have a hard time remembering to take a photo of these cakes before you dig into them.
Snap community art in West Queen West
While Toronto is known for the art mecca that is the AGO, it also plays host to many forms of local art. Wander over to OFFSITE, a concept space that plays host to up-and-coming artists and a sleek coffee bar, on your way to the graffiti that lines Queen Street West, including the giant mural on the side of Queen West Self Storage. Be sure to nab a selfie or five in front each work of art!
OFFSITE | 867 Dundas St W.; offsiteconceptspace.com
Peruse shops (and snacks) in the Fashion District
A trip to Toronto really isn’t complete without working in something fashion-related, so why not visit the heart of it all in the Fashion District? Several local brands like Vitaly are headquartered here. Don’t forget to pop into Butter Avenue to reward yourself with a very photogenic terre et beige macaron, which features green tea and a delicate mascarpone cremeux.
Vitaly | 505 Queen St W.; vitalydesign.ca
Butter Avenue | 477 Queen St W.; butteravenue.com