10 things to do in Toronto this week: July 12 to 18

Jul 12 2021, 1:42 pm

Please note: As of June 30, Ontario has entered Step 2 of its phased reopening plan. While restrictions have been relaxed, if you go out, maintain physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask.

Just a few more days until Ontario heads into Step 3 of its reopening, and with more places opening up, there are tons of things to do in Toronto this week.

Many events are kicking off this week, and there are new restaurants to try that keep your safety in mind while you’re outdoors on a patio – especially when it’s hot.

Here’s a list of ideas that may help you out:

Book a reso for indoor dining 

Indoor dining is coming back to Ontario as of July 16, and so many restaurants in the city will be welcoming guests back inside. Reservation bookings can be made online. Maybe you’ll find your newest favourite restaurant.

When: You’re looking for fun.
Where: Ontario Place.

Devour all the best food at one of 52 patios in Toronto’s Junction area

CaféTO is coming to Toronto’s Junction area this year, and it’s transforming into the ultimate getaway with over 50 different patios. From June 11 to November 1, the Junction, which runs along Dundas Street West between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue, will host 52 patios with over 17,000 square feet of extra dining space and activities. Local restaurants participating in CaféTO include ATAI Bistro, Indie Alehouse, Kanto by Tita Flips, Decò Ristorante & Wine Bar, Isaan Der, and more.

When: You’re in the mood for good food.
Where: The Junction

Have fun at Canada’s Wonderland and other amusement parks

Summer is in full swing, and Ontario has officially entered Step 2 of its reopening plan. That means amusement parks and water parks are prepared to welcome guests back. It’s been a really long time since many of us have been able to enjoy a good old amusement park like Canada’s Wonderland – the epitome of summer fun. Now some locations are gearing up to reopen this week.

When: You miss amusement parks.
Where: Around Toronto.

Travel to the tropics with every sip at this Piña Colada pop-up bar

There’s a new pop-up in Toronto, and they’re serving up the booziest piña coladas in the city. The Palm has recently opened its newest pop-up in the city’s Distillery District and shares a space with Cacao 70 at 28 Gristmill Lane. They have a list of tasty combinations like Strawberry Colada and Mango Daquiri, or just go for the classic Piña Colada.

When: You’re craving a tropical getaway
Where: Cacao 70 at 28 Gristmill Lane

Get your croissant fix at Hazukido’s second Toronto location

Hazukido, a Japanese-style French croissant chain, has officially opened its second location in Toronto after the success of its first North American store. Fans of the chain can now get the popular croissants on the concourse level of First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West.

When: Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: 100 King Street West

Explore the fun things to do at Ontario Place

It’s officially summer, and to kick things off, there are many events and things to do at Ontario Place that are sure to make these next few months more than enjoyable. Toronto’s beloved Ontario Place has a list of fun activities lined up for the summer, from kayaking to movie nights!

When: You’re looking for fun.
Where: Ontario Place.

Bounce on a massive inflatable floating waterpark

Time to enjoy summer the best way possible! There’s a huge inflatable waterpark floating on Lake Simcoe just north of Toronto, and guests can buy tickets now. Splash ON Waterpark is a massive floating playground at Centennial Beach located at 55 Lakeshore Drive in Barrie. The park is fully equipped with climbing walls, monkey bars, trampolines, slides, and so much more. Guests of all ages can join in on the fun and feel like a kid again.

When: Open every day from 10:30 am to 8 pm
Where: 55 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie

Dine at one of Toronto’s beautiful waterfront patios

Finding the perfect patio in Toronto might seem like an overwhelming task. Deciding where to go and what to eat can be the hardest part of the evening. Luckily the city’s waterfront area has a bunch of choices. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can enjoy a filling meal while taking in the view of Lake Ontario.

When: You’re looking for a gorgeous view and some good food.
Where: Several locations across the waterfront.

Eat at this huge outdoor patio at Sherway

A massive, brand new outdoor patio has taken over a Sherway Gardens parking lot, and guests can enjoy food from over 30 different restaurants. The Lot patio spreads across 30,000 square feet with more than 100 picnic tables, Muskoka chairs and umbrellas.

When: Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Sherway Gardens parking lot

Try a new smash burger spot

More restaurants are starting to pop up across Toronto, and this one serves some of the juiciest and enticing smash burgs. Rosie’s Burgers has been open in Mississauga for about a year now, serving only the best of the best. After finding success at its home location, Rosie’s Burgers has ventured east and has opened its second restaurant on Toronto’s Queen Street West.

When: Every day from 12 pm to 9 pm
Where:573 Queen Street West

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