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A Romantic Getaway

A cosmopolitan city full of rich diversity and world-class culture, Toronto is a delight to experience as a couple. Whether trolling for trinkets in its vibrant neighborhood markets, tasting exotic food and drink at its innumerable eateries or exploring its top-notch cultural institutions, Toronto is a city with much to offer. It’s also a great place to relax, kick back and enjoy the scenic lakeside.

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Day

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MORNING
  • An Unforgettable Breakfast.

    At the slightly surreal Bar Raval, named after the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona, the coffee comes from all over the world, including Canada’s own Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters. The baguettes, sweet and savory pastries, and doughnuts are made fresh in-house.

  • See the Hottest Neighborhood.

    Walk through the sweeping green space of Trinity-Bellwoods Park to reach West Queen West, listed among the coolest neighborhoods in the world by Vogue magazine. Hit the uber-trendy section of Queen Street, between Bathurst and Gladstone, to survey Toronto’s hippest stores and boutiques.

  • Stroll Graffiti Alley.

    In Toronto, graffiti is an elevated form of public art and a great source of civic pride. While you’ll spot the majestic colorful displays all over the city, the most concentrated street art can be found just south of Queen Street, on Rush Lane in between Spadina and Portland.

MIDDAY
  • Explore Ethnic Cuisine.

    Some of the most adventurous dining can be found in the Kensington Market neighborhood. Wander its eclectic streets for a delightful sensory overload of secondhand stores, global eateries and unique shops. Make your way to Seven Lives to taste some of Toronto’s favorite tacos.

AFTERNOON
  • Paddle the Islands.

    In Canada, canoeing is almost as sanctimonious a pastime as hockey. Rent a tandem canoe built for two from Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Center and set out to explore the secluded beaches, bird sanctuaries, parks and inland waterways of the idyllic Toronto Islands.

  • Float on a Cloud.

    Retreat to the serene spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, where a luxurious Cloud 9 treatment suite for two awaits. The experience begins with a warming foot ritual followed by a full-body massage on side-by-side treatment tables. Enjoy a glass of champagne together in the suite afterward.  

EVENING
  • Fine Dining, Rooted in History.

    With more than 20 years of culinary experience, Canoe continues to challenge creative boundaries by crafting inspired dishes reflective of Canada’s diverse landscape, history and culture. Nestled on the 54th floor of the TD Bank Tower, diners enjoy dishes like Quebec Red Stag and Great Lakes Pickerel paired with stunning city views.

  • Experience World-Class Opera.

    Cap your evening off with opera at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The beautiful building — a first of its kind in Canada — was built specifically for opera and ballet performances, and delivers the finest level of acoustics.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Wander a Historic Market.

    Ontario farmers have been selling produce at the St. Lawrence Market in Old Town since 1803. The modern version is a foodie paradise offering everything from pastries to prepared foods. Fuel up like a local by starting with a Montreal-style bagel and cream cheese from St. Urbain Bagel.  

  • Bike the Waterfront.

    The 35-mile Martin Goodman Trail traverses the entire lakefront. The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto concierge can assist with your bike rental. Pick up the path at Sunnyside Park and head east to the downtown section along Queen’s Quay, arguably the most stunning segment.  

MIDDAY
  • Peruse Local Shops.

    One of Toronto’s most irresistible neighborhoods, the Distillery District is reminiscent of an old-world European patio district. With more than 80 shops and boutiques, it’s the perfect place to pick up a few mementos to take home.

AFTERNOON
  • Take a Lunch Break.

    Grab a bite to eat at one of the Distillery District’s many eateries, like Cluny Bistro and Boulangerie, which serves classic French fare in a stunning space.

  • Explore the Top Museums.

    Toronto’s two top museums are known simply by their abbreviations: AGO and ROM. Start with the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest art museums in North America at 480,000 square feet. AGO includes the world's largest collection of Canadian art, which depicts the development of Canada's heritage from pre-Confederation to the present. Finish with the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s largest museum of world culture and natural history.

  • People Watching Perch.

    ROM is a two-minute walk from Yorkville Park, a small urban park in the middle of one of Toronto’s most affluent neighborhoods and one of its most exclusive shopping districts. Inside the park, find the Yorkville rock, a 650-ton slab of granite, and simply take a seat — the people-watching is fabulous.   

EVENING
  • Farewell Dinner.

    Pair exceptional food with the spirit of Toronto at Richmond Station, a fun and lively restaurant owned by a “Top Chef Canada” winner. The local, seasonal menu changes daily, but the most tantalizing option is the Chef’s Menu, in which the kitchen prepares a unique meal for your table, based on your preferences and what’s available in that moment.

  • One Last Toast.

    Cap off your trip in The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto’s DEQ Terrace & Lounge, cuddled up on the expansive terrace’s plush sofas, taking in the breathtaking views of the city lights and the CN Tower. Toronto is known for its cocktail wizardry — ask your server for the bartender’s latest and greatest concoction.