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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.


Popular places to visit in Old Town

CN Tower
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CN Tower

4.5/5(2,239 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(3,177 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(790 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(1,156 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.

Royal Ontario Museum
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Royal Ontario Museum

4.5/5(897 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.

Toronto Zoo
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Toronto Zoo

4/5(648 reviews)

A zoological wonderland with animals from all over the globe.

Top things to do in Old Town

Museum of Illusions Toronto
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Museum of Illusions Toronto

CA $27
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

CA $56
Per adult
Royal Ontario Museum Admission Tickets
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Royal Ontario Museum Admission Tickets

CA $23
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets
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Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame Tickets

CA $20
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Canadian Automotive Museum Tickets
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Canadian Automotive Museum Tickets

CA $14
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Bata Shoe Museum Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Bata Shoe Museum Admission Ticket

CA $14
Per adult

Top Hotels in Old Town

Holiday Inn Express Toronto - Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Toronto - Downtown
2.5 out of 5
111 Lombard Street, Toronto, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $118 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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! (1,023 reviews)

"The staff was absolutely amazing. Check in was quick and the room was completely clean"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 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
The price is CA $52 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queen Street, St. Lawrence Market and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Toronto Eaton Centre and ...

1.9/5 (206 reviews)
Once is enough

"We (a group of 6 young women) were left with no choice but to stay here last minute after a mistake with a hostel booking on NYE. The man who checked us in was extremely chatty and slightly over the top. He talked to us about murder and I’m not sure what he did behind the counter with our IDs and ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2020

St Lawrence Residences And Suites
The Ivy at Verity
The Ivy at Verity
4.5 out of 5
111d Queen Street East, Toronto, ON
The price is CA $399 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (211 reviews)

"What a beautiful place. Boutique hotel with only 4 rooms. Unique, romantic and full of caracter. I would go back every weekend. Amazing place for a getaway."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

The Ivy at Verity
Trendy 2BR Condo in King East Great View
Trendy 2BR Condo in King East Great View
3.5 out of 5
105 George Street Unit 1304, Toronto, ON

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

Trendy 2BR Condo in King East Great View
Modern 1 Bedroom Condo in Downtown Toronto
Modern 1 Bedroom Condo in Downtown Toronto
George Street, Toronto, ON

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

Modern 1 Bedroom Condo in Downtown Toronto
Designer Luxury 3 Bedroom Townhouse
Designer Luxury 3 Bedroom Townhouse
3 out of 5
112 George Street, Toronto, ON

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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Other areas in Toronto

Downtown Toronto showing heritage architecture, an administrative building and a city

Downtown Toronto

4.5/5Wonderful!(12,351 area reviews)

Known for its must-see aquarium and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Toronto. Check out top attractions like Royal Alexandra Theatre and Princess of Wales Theatre, and jump on the metro at Queen St West at Soho St Stop or Queen St West at John St Stop to see more of the city.

Downtown Toronto
Chinatown which includes a city and signage

Chinatown

3.5/5Good!(231 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Chinatown. If sightseeing is on the list, Queen Street is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Spadina Ave at Dundas St West South Side Stop or Dundas St West at Spadina Ave Stop to see more of the area.

Chinatown
Kensington Market showing markets, a city and street scenes

Kensington Market

Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Kensington Market. Top attractions like Spadina Avenue Shopping District and The Path are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at College St at Augusta Ave Stop or Spadina Ave at Nassau St South Side Stop to see more of the city.

Kensington Market
Yorkville which includes an administrative building, heritage architecture and a city

Yorkville

4.5/5Wonderful!(267 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Yorkville. If sightseeing is on the list, Downtown Yonge is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Bay Station or Bloor-Yonge Station to see more of the area.

Yorkville
Etobicoke which includes street scenes

Etobicoke

4/5Very Good!(2,835 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Etobicoke. If sightseeing is on the list, Sherway Gardens is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Islington Station or Royal York Station to see more of the area.

Etobicoke
Thornhill featuring a park and a pond as well as an individual female

Thornhill

4/5Very Good!(461 area reviews)

Thornhill is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Uplands Golf Club and City Playhouse Theatre while in the area.

Thornhill

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