TORONTO REVEALS ITSELF SLOWLY through its dozens of neighbourhoods. However, the areas of most interest to visitors cluster around downtown. You’ll want to focus on the following.
If you only have time for one neighbourhood, make it the Old Town, birthplace of the city. Grab breakfast or lunch at St-Lawrence Market (Tuesday to Saturday) then follow the tree-lined Esplanade to the Distillery District, a pedestrianized area of Victorian industrial buildings converted into high-end shops, galleries, restaurants, and cafés. Make your way back along King Street East and keep an eye out for the old red-brick buildings, many of which date back to the mid-19th century. Admire the gardens in pretty St-James Park next to its eponymous cathedral, before walking down Church Street to the iconic Flatiron building. Don’t forget to check out the mural and small park at the back.