Financial neighborhoods are often the throbbing heart of a city from Monday to Friday and uninteresting on weekends, right?
Not the Toronto Financial District.
For me, it’s one of the best areas in town to have a good coffee, eat well and even see art on the streets.
Doubt? Let me convince you to go there over the weekend with these 5 reasons to follow:
1 – See a different financial district
Let’s face it, being in Toronto, at some point you’ll pass by the financial district.
Even if your visit is limited to tourism for a few days.
This is because a lot happens in this part of the city and you will have to – obligatorily – go there.
So it’s a fact: you will get to know downtown Toronto.
Only going on the weekend you will have the opportunity to see a different neighborhood than normal and – after visiting it on an ordinary day and at the weekend – you will swear you visited two different areas of the city.
2 – Have the best experience in good restaurants
There are always good restaurants near financial areas. And Toronto does not flinch.
Trouble is, these places get crowded during the week, which may hurt your experience.
Nothing worse than wanting to sit quietly for lunch, tasting the food and trying to do it in a noisy place, with the waiter curled up and delayed for everything.
But if you go downtown at the weekend (I’d say Saturday is best for that) you’ll be able to try great restaurants without having to face queues or be bothered by tumultuous surroundings.
That goes for the coffees too. We usually go there to have an afternoon snack, when it is more pleasant.
3 – Spying the buildings inside (like Suits for example)
Most buildings in the Toronto Financial District are open to the public over the weekend.
You can enter the lobby and, in some cases, you can also explore its corridors.
And if you’re wondering if this is an interesting program, the answer is yes!
Here in Toronto there are beautiful buildings inside to be visited (and even to take advantage of the AC when temperatures are extreme). And it is worth remembering that many of them are sets of filming serials and movies.
One of the most famous series recorded in the city is Suits and you can visit the Bay & Adelaide Center lobby whenever you want.
I love sitting on one of the sofas (yes you can sit down at ease) and imagine why Harvey Specter passing by.
4 – Admire the architecture
Downtown Toronto has this characteristic that I love: to preserve early 20th century buildings in perfect harmony with modern buildings.
During the week, the area is quite tumultuous, but at the weekend you can stop the urge to see (and photograph if you want) the architecture.
5 – Understand the details
And speaking of tranquility to observe …
Only at the weekend you can look for details in the center.
At first glance, it may seem that all to see are buildings, but with a closer look you can find incredible details in the Financial District.
You will find street art, panels and different angles of the city.
Take my challenge of walking around looking up and finding new ways to photograph the CN Tower at every corner 😉.