Dish consisting of roasted lamb with ham of lamb, artichokes seasoned with rosemary, and beans.
Grilled cheese sandwich
The traditional grilled cheese sandwich.
Peameal bacon sandwich
Pork bacon sandwich that is covered in cornmeal during its preparation.
Artisanal cocktail made of whiskey, vanilla, and hints of maple and tobacco.
Typical food of Toronto, Canada
Toronto's multiculturalism defines its gastronomy, since it has a variety of cuisines and products from around the world
The great cultural diversity of Toronto is naturally reflected in its cuisine, where any taste can be satisfied. You can try ethnic cuisine in the Chinese, Korean, Greek, Portuguese, and Italian neighborhoods, and find restaurants serving Mexican, Caribbean, Polish, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian specialties, among others. Also, there are restaurants run by internationally renowned chefs, mobile food stalls offering all kinds of delicacies, vegetarian stores, street stands selling hot dogs, and vendors of ice cream and popsicles. The current trend in Toronto is the use of organic products grown in a sustainable way, and it has been increasing. There are restaurants whose menu is based on seasonal ingredients. Also, you will find shops specialized in cheese, offering you the chance to taste a wide selection of products.
Some of the dishes that you can try include the northern woods mushroom soup, a mushroom soup containing cameline seeds; s'mores foie gras, a typical French product made of duck liver and served with graham crackers, chocolate sauce, and toasted marshmallow cream; the Ontario lamb duo, consisting of roasted lamb loin with lamb ham, artichokes seasoned with rosemary, and beans; and bacon-wrappen Ontario rabbit, a seasonal stew consisting of rabbit meat wrapped in bacon. Other typical meals are the traditional grilled cheese sandwich and the peameal bacon sandwich, whose main ingredient is unsmoked pork bacon that is rolled on cornmeal.
In Toronto you will find places to enjoy a cocktail, which you can mix with a variety of liqueurs of herbs, spices, and fruits. Try the vanilla and hickory smoked, a cocktail that is prepared in glass recipient filled with smoke, where rye, cherry, vanilla, smoked walnut syrup, and cognac are mixed; the crown royal, made with whisky, vanilla, and hints of maple and tobacco; or the Yorkfille affair, which has gin, rose petals, elderflower liqueur, and white cranberries. Beer is another popular beverage, both domestic and imported. On the other hand, wine occupies a leading place in local cuisine, and there are wine cellars with some of the world's finest wines and wines made in the Niagara region.
For chocolate lovers, the city has a pair of chocolate shops who produce gourmet and artisanal products; the Festival of Chocolate is held from October to November, when this delicious dessert is offered in many shapes and sizes. Toronto and its surroundings have about 7,000 restaurants, including the 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower, Luma, Canoe, and The One Eighty, which offer spectacular views. For the whole family, you can go to Terroni, Barque Smokehouse, Il Fornello, Uncle Betty's Diner, The Ace, and Pan.
- Summers are ideal for enjoying the lake; bring your swimsuit, flip-flops, a cap or a hat, sunglasses, and light clothing
- If you travel between November and April, you should pack snow boots, warm clothing to protect yourself from the cold and precipitation, a cap with earflaps, and gloves
- Rains fall all year round, even in winter; bring a rain coat or an umbrella
The weather in Toronto, Canada
The climate of Toronto is influenced by the lake and presents the four seasons with some variations
What to bring by season
Summers in Toronto bring warm days and cool nights, winters are cold and record snowfalls, and springs and falls tend to be cool. From June to September, the average temperature is 16 °C (61 °F), with lows ranging from 13 °C to 18 °C (55 to 64 °F), and with highs of up to 27 °C (81 °F) in July. Between December and February, the average temperature remains below freezing, recording highs of 0 °C to 2 °C (32 to 36 °F) and lows of -3 °C to -7 °C (27 to 19 °F). It rains moderately throughout the year. In addition, there is snow from October to April. Annually, there are 831 mm (32.7 in) of rainfall accummulated in 114 rainy days, and 122 cm (48 in) of snowfall. March is the month with the lightest rainfall, with an average of 54 mm (2.1 in), while September is the rainiest month, accumulating 85 mm (3.3 in). January records the most abundant snowfall, accumulating 12 cm (4.7 in).
We recommend bringing an umbrella or a rain jacket and boots for rain or snow in winter. In the coldest months, you will need a coat, thermal underwear, gloves, a scarf, and earflaps. In summer, you should dress in layers, with light pants or Bermuda shorts and T-shirts during the day, and a jacket and warming garments at night.
Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, where thousands of migrants have found their home and helped to enrich the culture of this cosmopolitan metropolis. This city is the capital of the Canadian province of Ontario and is located on the northwest side of the lake with the same name, 129 kilometers (80.2 mi) from the famous Niagara Falls.
The 500-meter (1,640 ft) tall CN Tower is the emblem of Toronto, with a revolving restaurant, a panoramic elevator, and a section with glass floor, all of which allow to enjoy a beautiful view. Venture to feel vertigo on the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere by taking a walk along the edge of the top. Rogers Centre, known as SkyDome, is next to the CN Tower and it is the home of the Blue Rays baseball team; it presents multiple events and stands out for being the first stadium with a retractable roof.
Toronto is full of interest sites for every taste, comprising multiple museums and theaters, parks, five golf courses, places to photograph the landscape, public spaces where you can admire works of art, LGBT friendly establishments, several convention centers, and shopping places. Enjoy a summer day on the beaches of the lake; organize a picnic in the green spaces of the Toronto Islands, where you will find Centreville Amusement Park; or walk through the streets to discover its varied neighborhoods. Additionally, stroll along the port area, that houses a promenade and biking trails; visit any of the three Chinese neighborhoods in the city; or explore the Distillery District, an area with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries, dedicated to promoting local culture.
Among the main attractions of this city you will find Ripley's Aquarium, which has a tunnel 96 meters (315 ft) long, surrounded by water, fish, including rays and even sharks; Toronto Zoo, which is the country's largest, with species from regions such as Eurasia, Australasia, and Indomalaya; Casa Loma, a castle that will take you back in time, with secret passages, a tunnel, multiple rooms, gardens, and even stables; and the Hockey Hall of Fame, with games, exhibitions, movie theaters, and shops. You could also go shopping to the Saint Lawrence Market, a complex of three buildings that was the former City Hall and now houses shops, restaurants, and even art venues; or Bloor Street and the Yorkville neighborhood, with luxury shops such as Chanel and Tiffany & Co.
Toronto's cultural offer is very wide; the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest museums in North America, with over 80,000 pieces; the Royal Ontario Museum, whose 1910 building houses a glass construction that safeguards historical objects from various cultures and eras; and the Ontario Science Center, with popular interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and numerous festivals, sports events, and popular food fairs.
***The official currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).