Innsider – Back to basics in Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s most heavily populated city and has a wealth of things to do, see and explore. To relax and unwind, spend some time indulging in life’s simpler pleasures. For those seeking something a little different, we’ve pulled together some #innsider advice on spending your downtime a little off the beaten track.

Get your game on

Get involved in some good old fashioned competitive spirit with some game-based socialising. SpinGalactic offers ping-pong with great music, DJs, cocktails and locally sourced food. Play your friends or watch a professional game on centre-court. Special events take place regularly (such as glow in the dark ping pong set to hip hop beats) so find out what is on here: http://toronto.spingalactic.com/index.php

If you prefer something even more laid back, head to Snakes and Lattes. Pay a $5 admission for access to a huge library of board games to play, whilst you order coffees and food from a great menu with locally sourced produce.  It is staffed by games experts who can explain the rules (no more arguments) and can pick a game to suit your style and preference. For those wanting a more grown up game experience, try its sister bar, Snakes and Lagers. Find out more: http://www.snakesandlattes.com/

Bluegrass and brunch

Don’t be fooled into thinking Justin Bieber is Canada’s only musical export. Head down to Dakota Tavern for a great brunch and to sample some of the city’s best Country and Bluegrass music, leave your cowboy boots behind though, as this has a young, hip vibe and is family friendly too.  Find out more here: http://thedakotatavern.com/

Where to stay

For those looking for a peaceful place to rest their head, the Park Inn by Radisson Toronto-Markham is positioned 30 km out of town in a beautiful green location. With over 170 rooms, a brand new fitness centre and Olympic-size swimming pool, there is plenty of room to relax and unwind.

Or if you are making a flying visit, drop your luggage at our new, elegant Park Inn by Radisson Airport Toronto West hotel and head to the sights. Nestled in beautiful Mississauga, the hotel offers easy access to the airport and Toronto attractions. The hotel boasts an impressive list of amenities, including a fitness centre, a business centre, a heated indoor pool and Free Wireless High-speed Internet. 

Have you ever been to Toronto? If so tell us your Innsider tips for a fabulous stay.