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20 Most Instagrammable
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The 20 Most Instagrammable Places In Toronto

Toronto is an incredibly dynamic fuelled by a youthful energy and desire to reinvent itself continuously. Toronto is without a doubt the creative hub of Canada, hosting countless events, exhibitions that inspire visitors and locals alike. No matter the time of year, Toronto is well worth a visit. We’ve put together this handy list of the Most Instagrammable places in Toronto to inspire you to explore the city and find beauty in popular and lesser known corners of the city.

Nathan Philip Sqaure

Photo by @seanfrankey

Nathan Phillips Square is a unique feature of the city with a timeless architecture housing the city hall. It’s also a hub for events from ice skating, to fireworks displays. The illuminated sign is an almost mandatory photo spot for anyone visiting Toronto for the first time. Whether you are visiting in the summer or winter, the vibe is different and worth checking out. It’s no wonder we had to open our list of the most instagrammable places in Toronto with Nathan Phillips Square.

Ontario Place / Cinesphere

Photo by @ideasandlight

An architectural wonder, Ontario Place is a contrast of construction and nature. Located directly along the lake shore, the concert venue and event space is beautiful from every angle.

Yonge Dundas Square

Toronto’s answer to New York’s Times Square, Dundas Square is a modern public space with billboards, bright lights and the occasional concert or celebrity sighting. It’s impossible to miss, as it’s located adjacent to the Eaton’s Centre and on Toronto’s most famous road, Yonge St. These bright lights, big city vibes are why we had to include Dundas Square on our most Instagrammable places in Toronto list.

Outside CF Toronto Eaton Centre/Mall, at Queen Street West

Photo by @ns.photos25

A contrast in period architecture, the Eaton’s Centre pedestrian bridge straddles Queen Street West. Depending on the time of day, the light reflects beautifully off the glass structure creating one epic photo.

Underpass Park

Photo by @juancho880506

Underpass Park is a public space designed by PFS Studio and The Planning Partnership located beneath the overpasses of Adelaide Street, Eastern Avenue, and Richmond Street in the West Don Lands neighbourhood of Toronto. Urban street art and creativity are what land Underpass Park on our list of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto list.

Graffiti Alley

Photo by @pema_dorjee

Graffiti Alley is a beautiful endless mural of street art pieces bringing a welcome splash of colour to the alleyways that run parallel to Queen Street West. Block after block of spray painted stories from talented artists. From stunning tributes to canadiana to social commentary to the simply absurd, graffiti alley is a fun and totally instagramable detour well worth a visit.

Distillery District

Photo by @roy.story.4

The Distillery District is a lovely pedestrian-only neighbourhood set in old red brick 19th century buildings. In the past, these buildings were home to a large whiskey distillery. Today, the district draws crowds to experience bars and restaurants, boutique shops and galleries in a charming setting. During Christmas, the Distillery District comes to life with a market. beautiful lights shop stalls a grand feature Christmas tree is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. These are just a few of the reasons why we had to include the Distillery District on our best Instagram spots in Toronto list.

Bar Raval

Photo by @themisterwayne

A hip and trendy bar in the heart of Toronto offers incredible cuisine and fantastic cocktails. It’s no wonder why this hip bar is consistently busy and a favourite among the young and trendy locals of this vibrant city. Pop in during the day for the best shots, and to not look like a weirdo taking photos on a night out.

Fairmont Royal York

Photo by @jgazze

The very height of luxury in Toronto, the Fairmont Royal York, is a grand hotel in the heart of the city. Directly located across the street from Union Station, it is an impressive building and impossible to miss.  The Château styled building boasts large public spaces a stunning lobby and roomwith views to die for. The opulence and timeless luxury are just a few of the reasons we included Fairmont Royal York Hotel on our list of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto.

Gooderham Building

Photo by @joelnlee

Without a doubt one of the best Instagram spots in Toronto is the Gooderham Building, also known as the Flatiron Building, is an historic office building at 49 Wellington Street anchors the intersection and is a focal point for the entire St.Lawrence neighbourhood. ANother awesome perk, you can stop by this epic Instagram spot on the way to or from the St.Lawrence Market, an must-visit destination of Toronto. 

Toronto Reference Library

Photo by @impatrickt

It may surprise you to find a library on a list of the best instagram spots in Toronto, but once you step foot inside he building, you’ll quickly understand why. The central atrium from the upper levels of the building. The library is the largest public reference library in Canada with an extensive collection of books, manuscripts, microfilm, and other items. Most items in its collection are designated for reference-use only, with the public is unable to borrow these items for use outside the library. In addition to providing access to its collection, the library also hosts a number of public reading events, as well as providing technical access and services to the public.

AGO / Art Gallery of Ontario

Photo by @elsagill_

The museum’s permanent collection includes over 120,000 works spanning the first century to the present day.[4] The museum collection includes a number of works from Canadian, First Nations, Inuit, African, European, and Oceanic artists. In addition to exhibits for its collection, the museum has organized and hosted a number of travelling art exhibitions.

Brookfield Place Toronto

Photo by @nicolepwhui

Brookfield Place is an office tower in the heart of the financial district. It’s grand atrium floods the space with light. There is literally no bad time to visit as day and night offer something totally unique. The other perk is that it’s on the way to several other Toronto attractions, so you will not need to go out of your way to find it. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto.

Royal Ontario Museum

Photo by @jmleon91

The futuristic Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, that boasts mind blowing architecture with angles and still jetting out in every direction. The museum is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada, attracting more than one million visitors every year. More than a pretty photo spot, the museum has an impressive collection that is not to be missed.

Aga Khan Museum

Photo by @elvi_chuang

The Aga Khan Museum has a vibe of peace and calm that commands respect. The minimalist approach to design is truly unique and a beautiful canvas for what the building holds inside. The Aga Khan Museum has an impressive collection of historically significant Muslim art and hosts several exhibitions presenting art spanning a vast geographic area from Spain and North Africa in the west, across the Middle East, to South Asia and China in the east.

City view from CN Tower

Photo by @nicscheng

The most recognizable of all monuments in Toronto is the CN Tower. The building stands at just over 553 metres and functions as a communications and observation tower located in the downtown core of Toronto. Although you can get some epic photos of the tower from ground level, the city itself is put into perspective from above. Take the elevator to the top and brace yourself for mind blowing views from one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Humber Bay Arch Bridge

Photo by @ayzeros

The Humber Bay Arch Bridge is a beautiful Pedestrian Bridge that runs along the lake shore. In the morning and evening you can see countless joggers and cyclists commuting to and from work or simply getting in a workout. The bridge offers beautiful views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline. The bridge is easy enough to get to by crossing south over the Gardiner Expressway at a number of marked crossings. On a nice day, you can enjoy lunch in Sunny side Park and paddle in the water along the shore.

Toronto Islands

Photo by @peteryu925

The Toronto Islands are a popular tourist and recreational destination. The chain of islands is perfect for a full day out. Bicycles are accommodated to make getting around quick and easy and can be bought or rented on the island. The very best views of the city are captured from the islands with the water and the sky contrasting the modern metropolis that is Toronto. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, rent a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board to get that extra impressive shot.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Photo by @witandfolly

You don’t have to visit the Caribbean to see some amazing ocean wildlife. Ripley’s Aquarium is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and learn about their natural environments. The Aquarium boasts North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, and more than 100 interactive opportunities! This awe-inspiring attraction consists of ten carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world.

Canadian National Exhibition

Photo by @gunnarolla

What’s not to love about fairs and carnivals? They are bright, loud, colourful and nostalgic. The CNE is no different. Every year, the CNE marks the unofficial end of summer, so your window to get some fun photos is limited.