Please note: As of April 8, Toronto has been under Ontario’s Stay-at-Home Order. This means you should stay home as much as possible and only go out for the basics, including finding food, going to work, and exercising. If going outside, follow the six-foot physical distance guidelines and wear a mask.
It’s the last full week of May and there are always things to do in Toronto that are safe, fun and delicious!
Here is a list of ideas that can help you through the last full week of May:
Stock up on fresh produce at Toronto’s Saint-Laurent Market
Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market Farmers Market opened its outdoor season on May 1 with all the produce and fresh produce. The Farmer’s Market is located on Market Street between the Esplanade and Wilton Street. According to the City, year-round farmer’s markets will continue to operate inside the temporary market at 125 The Esplanade, and indoor and outdoor market locations will begin on Market Street.
When: Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Or: Seasonal outdoor space.
The Art Guild of Scarborough has showcased artwork from across Canada online during the pandemic. Each year, they present three art exhibitions by jury: the fall and spring exhibitions at the Centennial Recreation Center in Scarborough and the Arthur Show in June at the Cedar Ridge Gallery. For this year’s Spring Show and Sale, the Art Guild has a list of pieces for sale from a variety of media including watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, ink, sculpture and mixed media.
When: April 1 to May 31.
Consult the “Winter stations” this month
Annual winter stations are expanding across the city to comply with Toronto’s current COVID-19 restrictions. Part of the newly renamed Spring and Summer Station exhibits are located in the Distillery District from May 21 through the end of June. This is where the ARc exhibit of Blob, From Small Beginnings and The Epitonium will take place. During the same period, other spring stations like the THROBBER are located at 33, rue du Parlement from May 21 to the end of June.
When: May 21 to end of June.
Or: The Distillery District and 33 Parliament Street.
Try the new Cops Donuts location
Cops Donuts has opened a new store in East Toronto, making it easier for you to pick up the sweetest mini donuts. The coffee and donut store said on Instagram that it had secured a spot in the East Room workspace at 4 Matilda Street. Their mini donuts are made from scratch everyday and can be ordered online to be picked up. While you can choose from their main line like classic cinnamon sugar, OG sour cream, they also have a rotating weekly special, which is leaked on Instagram.
When: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Or: 4 rue Matilda
Order cocktails in this boozy minivan
This bar on wheels offers cold alcoholic treats and drinks to enjoy on hot summer days. “Grab some iced liquor and go for a walk on a hot summer day, or grab a cocktail and a sandwich and head to the park for a picnic,” a Nomad representative told The Daily Hive. “The point is, in a world where mobility is limited and every social interaction is seen as suspect, you can be spontaneous and adventurous.” Their drink menu includes a Bohemian RhapsoTEA cocktail, Boozies (alcoholic frozen drinks) and a Painkiller cocktail.
When: TBA on Instagram
Or: Tuesday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (depending on the weather).
Here’s where you can get spiked ice cream floats
Is it still summer? This Toronto ice cream parlor has created the ultimate alcoholic ice cream float just in time for the next hot season. S’cream Ice Cream is located at 126 Cumberland Street in Yorkville and has turned the classic treat into an alcohol-infused dream.
When: Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Or: 126 Cumberland Street
Discover Toronto’s last place for Cantonese food
Fancy some dim sum and Chinese cuisine? Moon Palace is downtown Toronto’s last place for authentic Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant is located at the Atrium on Bay and specializes in a variety of dim sum options prepared daily. Moon Palace opened in January this year, but was only able to offer take-out and delivery options due to restrictions.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
Or: 40 Dundas Street West
Try this new BBQ pop-up
If you’re in the mood for a hearty, well-seasoned barbecue meal, Matt’s Smokehouse in Toronto is a great place to start. This pop-up barbecue is located in the NightOwl Bar at 647 College Street, serving the mouth-watering pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, along with ribs, wings and cornbread.
When: You want to eat on the barbecue.
Or: 647 College Street.
Check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair online
The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest and oldest contemporary outdoor art fair, is about to showcase artists and their work online. Starting May 19, TOAF will showcase more than 400 artists and thousands of works of art for attendees to get to know the featured artists and plan their purchases. Participants will be able to find new talent and engage online by purchasing artwork starting July 2.
When: From May 19 and purchases from July 2
Try several restaurants in Toronto
Toronto never runs out of food options! There are so many places scattered across the city, the only question you’ll ask yourself is “where to eat next?” From sweet and rich desserts to the most succulent dishes, Toronto has it all and you will be shocked to find that there are so many hidden gems to discover.
When: Are you in the mood to try something new
Or: Several restaurants in Toronto