With only a few weeks left before autumn officially begins, Torontonians are still itching to take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities that the city and summertime have to offer. If you're still uncertain of how to make the most of the remaining days of the season, here's a quick list of the very best summer activities available to residents in Toronto.
1. Enjoy a Cold Beverage on a Patio
A staple of Toronto summers, “patio season,” is still here and in full effect. The city has no shortage of great patio options to choose from, with a selection of scenic views, backyard enclaves, and curb-side terraces, Torontonians can find the patio that best suits their atmospheric preferences. If you are looking for great sights, look no further than Terroni’s midtown location, situated on Yonge Street in between Summerhill and Rosedale neighbourhoods. Not only does Terroni’s idyllic roof-top patio serve up some of the best Italian eats in the city, but it also provides restaurant patrons with a refreshing escape from the summer and the summer heat. If you’re looking to live in this bustling neighbourhood, check out our newly renovated apartment complex at 5 and 11 Elm Avenue, in the heart of Rosedale neighbourhood.
For a more intimate patio experience, Toronto residents may want to check out Cafe Landwer on Avenue Road. This small street-side patio resides amidst a quiet North York neighbourhood, where patrons can find a moment of peace and tranquility amidst a bustling city. Landwer also happens to serve up perfect summer fare, boasting an extensive menu filled with refreshing summer drinks and classic middle eastern dishes such as shakshuka and falafel. To gain a better understanding of the neighbourhood, take a look at O’Shanter’s beautiful Edgewood Terrace, which resides only minutes away from Landwer between Yonge St. And Lawrence Ave. West.
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2. Soak in the Summer Sun at the Beach
Although oceanic waves and white sand is far from the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Toronto, the city has a surprising number of beautiful beaches that Torontonians love to take advantage of come summertime. Perhaps the most well-known beach in Toronto, Woodbine Beach is also the largest of the four beaches situated in the “Toronto Beaches” area. There, you can find people walking, biking, or rollerblading along the boardwalk, sunbathing by the water, or even joining in a game of beach volleyball. While Woodbine is a great choice for anyone looking to make the most of their beach day by taking part in any number of boardwalk or beach-side activities, it is not the best location for those hoping to indulge in a swim, as there have been multiple e-coli warnings as of late.
For those searching for an even more lively beach experience, there is a downtown hotspot, Cherry Beach. Situated right near popular party spots Cabana Pool Bar and Rebel Nightclub, Cherry Beach is a trendy option for those looking to blast some music and cool off with a drink during their relaxation time. On the other hand, residents who are searching to get away from all the commotion of downtown living and go for a secluded swim should opt for the peaceful, Marie Curtis Park Beach.
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3. Pick-Up Some Fresh Eats at a Local Market
An enjoyable summer activity for the whole family, Toronto is aflush with local markets come summertime. During the day or at night, there are plenty of spots where residents can pick up some local produce, shop for homemade crafts, and try uniquely delicious eats. Located along the Don River Valley, The Evergreen Brick Works are a popular promoter of Toronto’s sustainable farming community. Each year, the Brickworks hosts a variety of local artisans, farmers, and chefs, within their rustic, outdoor space.
Another wonderful farmer’s market located only minutes from Riverside, the Leslieville Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm in Greenwood Park. Beyond its varied selection of food and produce, Leslieville also sells a wide variety of alcoholic beverages from local wineries and breweries, while keeping their patrons entertained with live music.
For an even more urban market experience, Torontonians can opt for the always bustling, Kensington Market. Situated only minutes from Chinatown, Kensington has been a hotspot for bohemian living for over sixty years. The neighbourhood features a wealth of clothing and accessory boutiques, as well as a variety of local food vendors, tattoo artists, and covert bars. To easily commute between these two summer destinations, check out O’Shanter’s spacious series of apartments, Brentwood Towers.
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