Having lived in Toronto all my life, I am still discovering many new buildings and places. Because the city has a vibrant arts and culture scene, a thriving commercial presence, as well as unforgettable parks and venues along Lake Ontario, Toronto provides the perfect backdrop for your Instagram feed. If you are visiting Toronto or are a resident like I am, you’ll want to take photos at some of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto:
Yonge Dundas Square and the Toronto Eaton Centre
Yonge Dundas Square is arguably the centre of downtown Toronto. There is always a buzz here with flashing billboards towering above the square – where popular festivals and media events take place. The crown jewel of Toronto shopping, the Toronto Eaton Centre with 235 stores, attracts tourists and city dwellers alike. In fact, the number of annual visitors surpasses the number of annual passengers at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
360 Restaurant at CN Tower
If you get the opportunity to go to the 360 Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower, you won’t regret it. The four-star menu includes dishes showcasing Canadian fare while the views are phenomenal. The restaurant revolves 360˚ every hour, providing you with vistas of Harbourfront and Lake Ontario, as well as the downtown core. Read about my visit to 360 Restaurant.
Lavelle is a swanky rooftop bar sitting 16 floors above the city with two swimming pools and a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline. The smaller pool on the east side gives you a view with the CN Tower in the background so that’s where you’ll want to head for your Instagram photoshoot. You can take a dip in either swimming pool for a fee. Read Lory Diaz’s blog post about her experience at Lavelle.
Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place at 181 Bay Street is an office complex boasting a glorious atrium, the Allen Lambert Galleria. The complex is home to two office buildings, as well as the popular Hockey Hall of Fame. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the galleria features a six-story pedestrian walkway, freestanding supports and a parabolic ceiling that resembles a forest canopy. A backdrop for film and TV productions, the Allen Lambert Galleria is one of the best places in Toronto for Instagram photos.
Located in Toronto’s east end near the Scarborough Bluffs, Rosetta McClain Gardens is a public park that features a rock fountain, groomed flower beds, a gazebo, a multi-coloured rose garden in summer and majestic, century-old pines and maples. The park provides not only a gorgeous backdrop for Instagram photos, but it’s the perfect spot for meditative walks since no pets or cycling is permitted at the park.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto, which is the only Ripley’s Aquarium in Canada, is an amazing location to take photos for your Instagram profile page. Head to the Dangerous Lagoon where a glass ceiling allows visitors to see sharks swimming above them. Read about my visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto.
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District
The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District takes place during the latter part of November and all throughout December. The Distillery District’s cobblestone roads and Victorian-era industrial buildings make it one of the most instagrammable places in Toronto. Dressed up for Christmas with a 50 foot decorated Balsam Fir tree, boughs and wreaths of freshly cut holiday greenery on lampposts and roaming carolers, the Toronto Christmas Market provides a festive backdrop for your Instagram photos.
Those are 7 of the most instagrammable places in Toronto. I hope you get a chance to snap a pic at some of these locations for your Instagram profile page.