Toronto Summertime Bucket List
As we move into our last official month of summer (what is time?) I thought it’d be fun to dedicate this post to my summertime bucket list! Toronto really thrives in the warmer months, and so there’s no better time to explore everything the bustling metropolitan has to offer. I wanted to share this thoughtfully curated list of all of my fav things to do in the city so the next time you’re out and about, you can take a peek at a couple of my top rated summertime Toronto picks and see for yourself why they’re my favourites!
Do you have a list of must-dos for me to conquer before summer comes to a close? Be sure to share it with me on Instagram and we’ll see how many we can knock off each other’s lists!
Now let’s get to the good part... From boutique grocery shopping experiences to the best athletic wear in midtown, here is my summer bucket list:
If you’re looking to recreate the iconic CN Tower skyscape sunset photo, this is the spot to be.
Running along this picturesque waterfront is one of my favourite ways to start the day, taking in the calmness of the city before everyone starts to wake up. I’ve also hosted some boot camps here because it definitely makes a sweat that much sweeter. There’s over 7.5 acres of public green space in this park, and it even has public fire pits you can use to enjoy a night of s’mores and snaps with your besties.
This Queen West family run resto is the perfect place to get your carb load in. If you’re a fan of Terroni, but not a fan of the long reservation list, you’ll love everything Noce has to offer.
From the chic selection of varying room vibes to their authentic wood-fire cooking method, this spot is a must on your summer bucket list. I love a hidden gem that offers quaint, authentic experiences, and I know you guys will love this one too.
Looking for the cutest cafe for a midday pick me up? Look no further than Nutbar! With locations in Summerhill, Leslieville, and right in Sweat + Tonic’s fitness studio, there’s plenty of reason to pop into this superfood snack cafe.
They obsess over the quality of every single ingredient they use, with a promise for 100% organic food and locally sourced options when possible. With a goal of providing their clients with a healthy mind and body, I can’t help but fall in love with everything this company is about.
If you’re anything like me and love house hunting when you’re not really house hunting, then you’ll love where this former estate garden is situated near: Toronto’s famous Bridal Path.
Not only is Edward Gardens full of perennials, roses, and lucious wildflowers that make it perfect for a scenic stroll, it’s also beside Toronto Botanical Gardens so you can make a whole day of your outing — including a drive around the Bridal Path to spot Drake’s mega mansion. You can even book guided tours for this spot, so definitely make it a must-see this summer!
If you guys follow me on Instagram, then you’re probably familiar with this set of stairs I visit on a weekly basis. The Baldwin Steps date back to the 19th century and transcends a steep escarpment, making it the perfect spot to get my cardio in. There’s something motivating about doing a workout outside, so I love visiting this hidden gem whenever the weather allows. If you’re up to the challenge, you can find directions on how to get to the Baldwin Steps here.
Is it just me who gets excited for a new grocery store adventure? It might be getting older, or living through a pandemic, but if I can find a cute, boutique grocery store with everything I need and more, then consider me their newest customer. That’s exactly the vibe at Summerhill Market.
I pulled this from their website, and tell me it doesn’t make you want to run there immediately:
“Tucked away in the verdant neighbourhood of Rosedale is perhaps one of the most unexpected and pleasurable food shopping experiences to be found in Toronto: Summerhill Market. Part grocery store, part culinary wonderland, it’s the kind of place that makes you envious of those lucky enough to live around the corner rather than across the city.”
Need I say more? Summerhill Market offers such a wide variety of items not typically found at your regular Loblaws or Sobeys because they take the time to import loads of unique stock from the US. This might mean a bit of a higher price point, but the overall experience and quality is definitely worth it in my opinion. Be sure to stop in here to grab your next summer picnic goods!
If you’re a meat lover, then you have to do your next protein pick up at the award winning Olliffe’s. This Toronto favourite has been in business since 1975 and works directly with farmers and producers so they can monitor the growing cycle of the animals. This gives their in-store butchers confidence when selling cuts “from nose-to-tail” (their motto).
Located in Rosedale, their top notch customer service allows clients to come in with custom orders and work personally with the professional butchers behind the counter. So if your next summer BBQ has meat on the menu, checking out Olliffee’s should be your first stop.
Ok, taking a break from the food on this bucket list and moving back into one of the best scenic sights in Toronto -- the Scarborough Bluffs!
These ancient 300 foot cliffs make for the best view to the crystal blue water below. If you do make a trip here, be sure to plan in advance and pay attention to the safety warnings. Like I said, the cliffs are 300 feet, so use your common sense… The edge is definitely not the best place to take a selfie. The Bluffs boast 15 kilometers of waterfront adventure, with a variety of parks and trails to explore and even a beach to post up on. There’s definitely something for everyone here.
If you’re a history buff, you can read all about how the bluffs were formed here. It’s super interesting to see this part of ancient history right in our backyard, so make it a point to go check it out this summer!
I love finding local spots I can support to get my activewear from. So when Relevé opened during the pandemic, I knew I had to scope out their collections and fill my closet with even more sports bras, crop tops, and leggings. I feel like Cady Heron from Mean Girls when I say this, but… “The limit does not exist” when it comes to adding to my activewear closet.
This chic shop is located on Bayview Avenue and hosts a variety of popular brands like alo, P.E Nation, The Upside, and so much more.If you’re looking for comfortable and fashionable choices to keep you comfortable through all of life’s situations, then you’ll definitely want to pop into Relevé the next time you’re in the area.
To finish off my summer bucket list in the city, I want to raise a glass to this local juice joint! Revitasize is so much more than fresh cold-pressed organic juice, they’re a brand who actually cares about their clients’ health and wellbeing.
They offer delicious smoothie bowls, vegan desserts you can’t say no to, organic soup options, and my favourite smoothie bowls in the city. It’s their mission to provide you with the tools you need to literally revitalize your mind and body, so you can have it all.
Well there you have it guys! My personalized bucket list to help you end the summer season with a bang (or a hike, or shopping, or food).
I hope you get the chance to check out a few of these spots during your next adventure in the city, because I guarantee it won’t take you long to see why I fell in love with them in the first place.