$36 with Uber in Toronto
Uber makes it easy to get around Toronto, a city that’s known to be spread-out across its neighborhoods. Using the Uber Fare Estimator for uberPOOL, we’ve concocted the ideal summer day around Toronto for ~$36. If you’re traveling with friends, you can split the cost per person with Uber’s Split Fare feature for group outings.
Starting Point: Queen West to East for Brunch and Coffee in Leslieville
Begin your Toronto adventure from a central downtown point such as Richmond and University Avenue near the Shangri-La Hotel. You’ll cross over the River Street Bridge to Queen East to famed brunch spot, Lady Marmalade, in Leslieville ($9.02). Choose from a myriad of eggs benny dishes and make sure to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Grab a quick pick-me-up coffee down the street at Te Aro coffee, where its patio is perfect for people-watching in the east end. Take a quick walk through the neighborhood to shop around and grab your Uber at Jimmie Simpson Park.
Activity Option One: Toronto Islands and Harbourfront
An ideal summer day isn’t complete without a trip to the Toronto Islands. From Leslieville, head over to the Sobeys at Queen’s Quay Terminal ($9.26) to pick up some grab & go picnic items and walk over to the Jack Layton Terminal to grab a ferry to Centre Island. Rent a bike to ride along the 5km stretch of the island, bathe on its beaches, or picnic lakeside. Head east to explore the houses and end-point of Ward’s Island for your picture-perfect skyline shot. In the heart of the Harbourfront area, quench your thirst at Amsterdam BrewHouse. This is one of the best patios in the city and try to snag a Muskoka Chair with a view of the action on Lake Ontario. Whether it’s a concert, a busker, or a festival, there’s always something happening along the waterfront. Grab a snapshot at the Simcoe WaveDeck and if you’re in town from July 1-3, discover the tall ships at the Redpath Waterfront Festival.
Activity Option Two: Toronto’s Iconic Attractions
You could walk over or take a quick ride to the South Core (SoCo) neighborhood from the Simcoe WaveDeck ($7.99) where you could choose from walking around the edge of the CN Tower on its popular EdgeWalk attraction, gaze at the sharks above at Ripley’s Aquarium from their moving walkway, or imbibe through a tour at Toronto’s Steam Whistle Brewery. If it’s a game day, try to get some last-minute tickets to a Jays or Raptors game. (All options are within walking distance of each other.)
Another option from the Simcoe WaveDeck would be to travel to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) ($7.54) for its extensive collection of Canadian art. This summer, “The Idea of North” is a special exhibition curated by Steve Martin of Lawren Harris (from the Group of Seven) and his most significant works of art of northern landscapes. Mix and mingle with locals at the AGO’s monthly party, First Thursdays, where the gallery is open after closing.
Activity Option Three: Wander and Eat Your Way Through Kensington Market
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Uber over to Kensington Market ($5.65 from the AGO; $6.43 from the SoCo neighborhood) at Kensington Market and Dundas Street West. Your best bet is to walk your way up through the narrow streets through the vibrant area. At the corner of Kensington Avenue and Dundas Street West is new mezcal bar, El Rey, from Grant Van Gameren (Bar Raval, Bar Isabel). A few steps north, cheap and cheerful so-Cal tacos abound at Seven Lives, and across the street, you can grab a paleta (Mexican popsicle), soft serve, or sundae at the taqueria’s new Paleteria. San Cosme is on the corner of Baldwin and Kensington for Mexican tortas and grilled corn. On Augusta, try Otto’s Berlin Döner for the German version of a hearty meat sandwich.
For a total of ~$31.47 (including the AGO option) or ~$32.70 (including the SoCo neighborhood option), you have spent an ideal summer day across Toronto’s vast network of neighborhoods and cultural icons.
Photo credit: Landskippy
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