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Old TownToronto

Marvel at the grand old buildings that are reminders of a time when the city’s fortunes were made and broken here.

Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of a historic marketplace and purchase organic produce in Toronto’s Old Town. Step back and admire classic architectural icons as well as stunning cathedrals as you walk along the area’s cobblestone streets.

Set against the shining skyscrapers of the inner city, the Old Town offers a refreshing break from the modern commercial reality. Nowhere are the changes that have taken place more obvious than St. Lawrence Market. Constructed in 1803 as the city’s first public hall, its quaint red-brick exterior hides a bustling floor of vendors that continue to market fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Seek out mouth-watering cheese and honey or purchase fine Arctic char brought here straight from the harbor.

Visit the glorious Cathedral of St. James on the corner of Church and King streets. The 330-foot (100-meter) spire was once used by sailors to navigate safely into port. It is supported by lower Gothic towers and a vaulted ceiling. Inside view several outstanding stained-glass windows.

Different in appearance yet just as memorable is the Flatiron Building, a 5-minute walk south. Built in a traditional pyramid style at the end of the 19th-century, this was once the headquarters of the Gooderham and Worts Distilling Company. Framed by the flash of the financial district behind, the dark red color, rounded edges and rickety fire escape appear frozen in history.

Idyllic architecture surrounds you. Spend some time taking it all in from one of the small but pretty parks nearby. Take scenic pictures from tree-covered Berczy Park or escape the crowds at Princess Street Park to the east.

Old Town is a few minutes from the city center so either walk or take the subway. Pick your favorite from a diverse selection of bars and restaurants with American-style dining as well as Italian, French, Japanese and Moroccan.

Top Hotels in Old Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Toronto - Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Toronto - Downtown
2.5 out of 5
111 Lombard Street, Toronto, ON
CA $148
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4

Located in Old Town, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hockey Hall of Fame and Ryerson University. Scotiabank Arena and CN Tower are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (975 reviews)

"I liked that it was close to everything and I disliked the constant fire trucks"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Toronto - Downtown
St Lawrence Residences And Suites
St Lawrence Residences And Suites
1.5 out of 5
135 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON
CA $63
per night
Mar 30 - Mar 31

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen Street, St. Lawrence Market and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres ...

1.9/5 (203 reviews)

"The room is clean and the owner is friendly The place is safe"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2019

St Lawrence Residences And Suites
The Ivy at Verity
The Ivy at Verity
4.5 out of 5
111d Queen Street East, Toronto, ON
CA $319
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Toronto Eaton Centre and Hockey Hall of Fame. Scotiabank Arena and The Distillery Historic ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (202 reviews)

"The Ivy is incredible!!!!!! I will absolutely be going back. The room was beautiful, the pool was beautiful, the hotel was beautiful and the staff was amazing!!! Everyone was so friendly and accommodating and made us feel so welcome there! We loved every minute!!!! The bed was super comfy and the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2020

The Ivy at Verity
Saint Lawrence Residences & Suites Downtown Toronto
Saint Lawrence Residences & Suites Downtown Toronto
135 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
CA $180
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen Street, St. Lawrence Market and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres ...

Saint Lawrence Residences & Suites Downtown Toronto
Designer Luxury 3 Bedroom Townhouse
Designer Luxury 3 Bedroom Townhouse
3 out of 5
112 George Street, Toronto, ON
CA $229
per night
Apr 27 - Apr 28

Located in Old Town, this chalet is within a 10-minute walk of Queen Street, St. Lawrence Market and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Hockey Hall of Fame and ...

Designer Luxury 3 Bedroom Townhouse
Modern Downtown Toronto Studio
Modern Downtown Toronto Studio
Unit 2012-460 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, ON

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Queen Street, St. Lawrence Market and The Distillery Historic District. PATH Underground ...

Modern Downtown Toronto Studio

Popular things to do in Old Town

CN Tower
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CN Tower

4.5/5(2,234 reviews)

Take the glass elevator to the lookout points on Toronto’s iconic landmark to enjoy views as far as Niagara Falls or have dinner in high style.

Toronto Eaton Centre
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Toronto Eaton Centre

4.5/5(3,173 reviews)

Treat yourself to a shopping trip in the stores and boutiques of Toronto’s largest mall, which is housed under a striking glass ceiling.

Canada's Wonderland
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Canada's Wonderland

4/5(782 reviews)

The highlight at this amusement park is the super-fast Leviathan ride, but there are 15 other roller coasters and more than 200 attractions to explore.

Rogers Centre
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Rogers Centre

4.5/5(1,154 reviews)

Come to this multipurpose stadium to watch baseball matches and football games, listen to concerts of famous bands, see family shows or simply tour this central entertainment complex.

Casa Loma
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Casa Loma

4/5(598 reviews)

This romantic hilltop mansion is a true Toronto landmark with a classic interior that you may recognize from several blockbuster movies.

Royal Ontario Museum
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Royal Ontario Museum

4.5/5(894 reviews)

Canada’s biggest dinosaur, Egyptian mummies and ice-age mammals make this museum one of Toronto’s most popular attractions for the whole family.

Top activities in Old Town

Museum of Illusions Toronto
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Museum of Illusions Toronto

CA $27
Per adult
Toronto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Toronto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
CA $48
Per adult
Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets
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Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets

92% of travellers recommend
CA $20
Per adult
Niagara Falls Tour with Lunch from Toronto
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Niagara Falls Tour with Lunch from Toronto

92% of travellers recommend
CA $125
Per adult
Guided Tour of Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-Lake with Wine tasting
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Guided Tour of Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-Lake with Wine tasting

88% of travellers recommend
CA $119
Per adult
Ritz and Glamour Toronto - VIP Entertainment Tour
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Ritz and Glamour Toronto - VIP Entertainment Tour

CA $256
Per adult

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