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Downtown Yonge

The heart of downtown Toronto contains the retail and entertainment section of one of the longest streets in North America. Malls with neon signs mix with historic architecture and theaters.

Downtown Yonge is a busy shopping and entertainment district that counts over 600 retail outlets and 150 restaurants in addition to theaters, public squares and historical buildings. Whether shopping for the latest fashion or enjoying free cultural events, there is always something interesting going on.

Running through the heart of the district is Yonge Street, the main thoroughfare and the Toronto section of one of the longest streets in North America and the world. In Downtown Yonge you’ll find major attractions, including the Toronto Eaton Centre. Spread over two blocks, this shopping mall has over 230 stores and welcomes some 50 million visitors a year. Check out the mall’s glass atrium, decorated with a flock of 60 sculpted geese.

Opposite the mall is Yonge-Dundas Square, which hosts free events such as movie screenings and concerts, all-night art exhibitions and artisanal markets. Similarly, you can enjoy free music events and fashion shows at College Park and Trinity Square. Don’t miss August’s Buskerfest, which celebrates the art of street performing.

Downtown Yonge’s entertainment tradition continues at its various theaters. Enjoy an opera performance at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, which is the last surviving Edwardian double-decker theater complex. Watch world-renowned musicals at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Find a schedule of events on the theaters’ official websites.

Learn about the history of the district and its significant landmarks on a free guided tour. Highlights include the Romanesque revival-style Old City Hall, the haunted Mackenzie House and the Arts and Letters Club. Tours take place from May to August. Visit Downtown Yonge’s official website to find a schedule and details of the meeting point. You can also pick up a map from the meeting point and take a self-guided tour.

Located in downtown Toronto, Downtown Yonge is easily accessible via public transport. Buses, streetcars and the metro all stop at various points along Yonge Street. If you are driving, the parking garage at Toronto Eaton Centre is a convenient option if you don't mind paying a fee.


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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto $131
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto Eaton Centre, and Toronto City Hall. Art Gallery of Ontario and Hockey Hall of Fame are also within 1 mi (2 km). College Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dundas Station is 5 minutes.

    The Fairmont Royal York $165
    The Fairmont Royal York

    The Fairmont Royal York

    100 Front St West, Toronto, ON
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Scotiabank Arena, Hockey Hall of Fame, and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. CN Tower and Rogers Centre are also within 15 minutes. Toronto Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and St Andrew Station is 5 minutes.

      The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto $167
      The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto

      The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto

      225 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Toronto, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ryerson University, Hockey Hall of Fame, and Scotiabank Arena. The Distillery Historic District and University of Toronto - St. George Campus are also within 2 mi (3 km). Dundas Station is 8 minutes by foot and Queen Station is 9 minutes.

        Bond Place Hotel $71
        Bond Place Hotel

        Bond Place Hotel

        65 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Toronto, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yonge-Dundas Square and Toronto Eaton Centre. Hockey Hall of Fame and Scotiabank Arena are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dundas Station is only a 3-minute walk and Queen Station is 6 minutes.

          One King West Hotel & Residence $233
          One King West Hotel & Residence

          One King West Hotel & Residence

          1 King Street West, Toronto, ON
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Financial District, this romantic hotel is steps from The Path and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Hockey Hall of Fame and Sony Centre for the Performing Arts are also within 5 minutes. King Station is only a 2-minute walk and Queen Station is 6 minutes.

            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown $149
            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

            108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located near the slopes, this Downtown Toronto hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of The Path, Nathan Phillips Square, and PATH Underground Shopping Mall. Toronto City Hall and Queen Street are also within 5 minutes. St Patrick Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dundas Station is 6 minutes.

              Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto $121
              Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto

              Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto

              475 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located near the slopes, this Downtown Toronto hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Downtown Yonge, Yonge-Dundas Square, and Ryerson University. PATH Underground Shopping Mall and Toronto General Hospital are also within 10 minutes. College Station is only a 2-minute walk and Wellesley Station is 6 minutes.

                Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre $122
                Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre

                Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre

                30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Toronto, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Downtown Yonge, Ryerson University, and Yonge-Dundas Square. PATH Underground Shopping Mall and Toronto General Hospital are also within 10 minutes. College Station is only a 2-minute walk and Wellesley Station is 8 minutes.