Self-Guided Tour of Toronto

Welcome to Toronto! The Toronto Team is excited to have you here. We invite you to take a break from your studies and explore all the city has to offer! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite sights to see, restaurants to try, and places to shop. Click on the photos for directions or check out this collective map. Happy Touring!



“Toronto Harbourfront is a vibrant place to people watch, soak in sun and lake breeze and see the city from a unique vantage point. It also provides easy access to the Toronto Islands, which are also wonderful to explore!”

Aliza Lakhani, Regional Dean and CEO

Beltline Trail

“This is a surprisingly peaceful little oasis in the city. Very fun for kids to explore!”

Evan Clarke, Associate Dean

Scarborough Bluffs

“The contrast of the rock-faced bluffs with the lush greenery that surrounds out is strikingly beautiful. You are right at the lake, so there is swimming at the beach on a beautiful summer’s day, too.”

Montse Sanzsole, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Royal Ontario Museum

“The museum has world class collections in a number of areas.”

Evan Clarke, Associate Dean

Butterfly Conservatory

“The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 2000 butterflies, made up of 45 different species located by the Niagara region (just an hour away from the city).”

Lucia Jane Fong, Marketing and Comms Specialist

Don Valley Trail

“This is an excellent path for hiking or biking, and you can go all the way down to the waterfront and/or Woodbine Beach.”

Stephanie Cochrane, Associate Director of Student Services

Rouge Valley National Park

“Rouge National Park is always a perfect place for me to re-connect with nature. Rouge Park is one of the best places to see fall colours in Toronto. The viewing platform on Vista Trail is always my favorite spot! Cedar Trail, as the name suggests, is famous for its big and tall trees. But be careful if you hike alone; I heard bear roaring there in summer!”

Krystal Jiang, International Student and Scholar Advisor

Centre Island

“I love Centre Island for its unforgettable experience – a full day’s worth of fun and food experience. Centre Island is in the middle of three primary Toronto island destinations located between Wards’ Island and Hanlan’s Point. The island features exciting activities and places to explore such as formal gardens, Centerville Amusement Park, Sandy Beach, picnic areas and more.”

Tinu Olawuyi, Academic and Career Advisor, College of Professional Studies

100 King St West #4620

“Home of the NU Toronto Campus! Located in First Canadian Place, NU Toronto is located in the heart of the city providing you with opportunities to learn, network, and engage in the local culture. We look forward to seeing you on campus!”

The Toronto Team


Le Gourmand Bakery

“Locally-owned bakery with the best cookies! They also have a walk-up window.”

Aliza Lakhani, Regional Dean and CEO

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake

“The best Japanese cheesecake! You can never get enough.”

Montse Sanzsole, Director of Strategic Partnerships


“One of my fave food is sushi and JaBistro is a great and popular choice. JaBistro’s home is in the Entertainment District in the heart of downtown. A bit on the pricier side but worth it to try yourself for a nice meal! They elevate and take on sophisticated traditional Japanese sushi!”

Lucia Jane Fong, Marketing and Comms Specialist

Naan & Kabob

“Naan & Kabob is a crossroad at the heart of the Spice Route where people of diverse cultures and languages meet to celebrate a world of flavours and a legacy of homemade recipes. Salata Naan is the perfect snack.”

Krystal Jiang, International Student and Scholar Advisor


“Maman is an upscale French restaurant and New York-style cafe inside First Canadian Place with a good, bright vibe. The coffee and baked goods are very good and they also do catering!”

Stephanie Cochrane, Associate Director of Student Services


St. Lawrence Market

“St. Lawrence Market, once the city’s old jailhouse, is a historic public market that’s over 200 years old! It’s close to campus and has a great selection of cheeses and other eats!”

Rue Quizon, Campus Operations Manager

The Path

“The great part about being at FCP is that we are on The Path, which is the world’s largest underground shopping mall with 30 km of shops and services. I like to explore, especially in the winter, when I don’t want to go outside. There is always something new to try.”

Anna Choudhury, Associate Director of International Student Services

Kensington Market

“You can pick up anything from churros to flowers to bread and cheese!”

Rue Quizon, Campus Operations Manager

Longos Market

“Super convenient, so I can pick up something to cook or a missing ingredient. It is really well stocked for such a small place–and they have prepared lunch items too.”

Anna Choudhury, Associate Director of International Student Services


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We’d also love to hear more about your experiences in Toronto! If you have a favourite spot not mentioned here, send us a brief description along with your photo and we’ll highlight your recommendations on our webpage! Submit your entry to Global Learner Support.