One in a series of articles about Canadian destinations.

Toronto is famed as one of the most popular cities in Canada to visit. Even for residents, there is always something new and exciting to learn about the area. Rather than relying on generic tourist locations such as the CN Tower and the Air Canada Centre, consider those secret destinations that are even unknown to some who live in the city. With different restaurants and historical landmarks, you will undoubtedly be able to enjoy the following five Toronto destinations that await your discovery.

1. Snakes and Latte — Rather than enjoying your cup of coffee in a traditional coffee chain, consider what Snakes and Lattes has to offer. Located on Bloor St. West in Toronto, Snakes and Lattes provides customers with the opportunity to drink coffees and teas, and to play board games simultaneously. What could be better than spending an afternoon playing some of your favorite games that you enjoyed when you were growing up while enjoying delectable treats and delicious beverages? Besides, on the occasional rainy day you will want to have something to do when the sun simply is not cooperating.

2. Bier Markt — Having a night out on the town with your friends or family members is a great way to spend an evening. Once you have attended Bier Markt, you will have a new understanding of high class bars. With an extensive beer list and an upper end dress code, this is a great place for a first date or a celebratory round of drinks with those closest to you. There are three locations for you to explore: King Street West, O’Neill Road and The Esplanade.

3. St. Lawrence Market — This attraction is a great way for you and your family to buy some of the most delicious and fresh produce available in Toronto. With the opportunity to attend the St. Lawrence Market you can enjoy fresh foods throughout the day and purchase homegrown fruits and vegetables. Whether you are visiting or are a resident of the city, the St. Lawrence Market is a great way to spend an afternoon.

4. King Street West — If you are looking for nightlife unlike any other city in the world, King Street West is home to some of the most prevalent nightclubs that Ontario has to offer. This form of entertainment is best suited for those 19 years of age and older, what provides a great way to enjoy a variety of music styles with your friends. In addition, there are many different and entirely unique restaurants surrounding the clubs that you can go to after last call. Like New York, Toronto is a city that never sleeps.

5. Toronto Island Park — Between Mugg’s Island and Olympic Island is Toronto Island Park, composed of four main islands, walking trails, beaches and children’s amusements. You get a gorgeous view of Lake Ontario on one side and the city skyline on another side with ample views of the St. Lawrence River in between. The park is also home to the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, built in 1808, the city’s oldest surviving lighthouse.

Toronto Happenings

If you are looking to visit some of the better known attractions that Toronto has to offer you have a quite a list of places to consider. The following are among them: the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Second City Toronto, the University of Toronto, and the Famous People Players Dinner Theater. Certainly, you will need to set aside several days to take in all that Canada’s largest city has to offer.

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