Nathan Phillips Square
Right in the heart of downtown, Nathan Phillips Square is one of the best places in the city for Instagram-worthy pictures all year round. Always full of hustle and bustle, the architecture in this spot is a mixture of old and new. Capture the modern-looking double arches with Old City Hall lingering in the background. There’s also a Toronto sign that lights up, and during the colder months you can take pictures of some winter magic and ice skating on the pond.
If you love to click pictures of local street art then Toronto won’t disappoint. One of the city’s most famous and celebrated areas for street art is a little alleyway called Rush Lane, or as it’s better known, Graffiti Alley. The street art here is always changing, so make sure you take pictures of what you like because you might not see it again.
The red brick walls, cobblestone paths, and installations make the historic Distillery District one of Toronto’s most picturesque and photographed areas. About ten years ago this old Victorian industrial site was transformed into a cultural hub full of unique shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries. It’s made for Instagram filters.
June Callwood Park
Better known as the Pink Park, this space was built in memory of Canadian journalist and social activist June Callwood. Using words she spoke during an interview before her death—“I believe in kindness”— that are physically mapped out on the site, Pink Park’s abstract and geometrical patterns are a playground for avid Instagrammers.
June Callwood Park, Fleet Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 392 2489
Sweet Jesus creates some of Toronto’s most Instagrammable ice cream moments and the storied ice cream shop knows it. With its cheeky name, bright colorful shop and bubblegum blue walls, the store has created the perfect space for you to strike a pose with your extravagant dessert overflowing with soft serve and crazy toppings.
Sweet Jesus, 780 Queen Street East, Front Window, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 334 0780
Sugar Beach, a whimsical 8,500-square-metre beach park, gets its sweet name from the old Redpath sugar factory located right next to it. The sandy urban beach features ornamental lighting, adorable pink umbrellas, Muskoka chairs and candy-stripes. Along with mature maple trees that line the promenade along the water’s edge, Sugar Beach offers many photographic opportunities.
Sugar Beach Park, Dockside Drive, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 338 4386
Kate Moss Mural
The Kate Moss street art behind Portland Variety in Toronto’s Fashion District is one of Toronto’s “It” murals. For a true King West moment, strike your best stylish pose with your to-go cup of coffee from Portland Variety.
Portland Variety, King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 368 5151
The Aga Khan Museum
The beautiful grounds, architectural splendor, gardens and glistening pools of Aga Khan Museum are an Instagrammer’s dream. Aga Khan’s contemporary design by Fumihiko Maki is a stark white contrast to the historical art and artifacts of Islamic culture within the museum.
Aga Khan Museum, Wynford Drive, North York, ON, Canada, +1 416 646 4677
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If wonderland was a shoe shop, John Fluevog Shoes would be it. Once upon a time this unique boutique was a national bank until it was given a makeover and turned into a store for Fluevogs. The best thing that happened during this time was the transformation of the bank’s vault into a gravity-defying room and optical illusion called the Vog Vault.
One of the best spots to capture Toronto’s cityscape is Polson Pier. From across the water you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the city. Come during the day for the sparkling blue waters, and at sunset you will be able to see an orange-hued sky, while in the evening you’ll be greeted by a metropolis with glittering lights.
Museum Subway Stop
Owing to the fact that Museum Station is a subway stop for the Royal Museum of Ontario and Gardiner Museum, it was re-imagined in 2008 with both venues in mind. The pillars are inspired by iconic symbols from Canada’s First Nations, Ancient Egypt, China’s traditional culture, Mexico’s Toltec culture and Ancient Greece. The lighting, custom seating and hieroglyphics make this subway station a great place for some shots.
Spadina Avenue Bridge
Head south on Spadina Avenue towards the bridge for a wonderful shot of the CN Tower during the day, at sunset or at night. CityPlace Pedestrian Bridge is also nearby (about five minutes west on foot) and this is where you can often find some of Toronto’s influencers creating cool shots for their own Instagram feeds.