Rudy-T
Hi all,

I am travelling to Toronto after Christmas with my family (wife and two boys, 5 and 13). I was wondering if anyone around here would have some good tips on places to go to and things to see. I have actually lived in Toronto for half a year, but that was back when Vince was still a Raptor (well he got traded while I was in town) and I didn't have the kids. So I do know the basics, but if anyone with kids has some great ideas to share. 

We are also wondering if we should go somewhere outside the city for a day-trip. Well actually the Niagara falls is probably a must thing, but something besides that. 

We are of course going to Raps game on New years eve, but other than that, how do people celebrate New years in TO (last time we were on a trip to NY around New years)? Is there some public events or do people just go to restaurants? A public fireworks somewhere? 

Oh and any suggestions on restaurants are welcome. We are going to stay a bit west from UoT area so anything around the area (Annex, Palmerston, Kensington) would be ideal, but we will anyway go around the city so its not limited. Oh and if there is some good place to watch the Raps games (they play some games on the road while we are in town), that would also be appreciated. 

So I appreciate any info and tips you locals can provide ðŸ™

Br,
Rudy-T 
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LX
This guy has a pinned post with a map of many varied and great places to eat. 

https://twitter.com/Suresh

there are fireworks for new years at city hall - with bands and stuff
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Rudy-T
Thanks LX. 
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'trane
Sorry I missed this Rudy-T.  I'd agree with LX on the NYE city hall reco.  Everything else is a pay to get in restaurant or bar situation.   Most people just celebrate at home.

In terms of places to eat - I live in the palmerston area - it really depends on how picky your kids are and what you guys like to eat.  The bloor and bathurst through bloor and christie area is little Korea.  If you guys are down with trying korean food, I'd recommend Sunrise House at 661 Bloor west.  It's always filled with koreans, so that's a good sign.  And there are several korean bbq joints, all of which are pretty similar in terms of quality.

Kinton Ramen is also a good kid friendly stop in the area.  And make sure you stop in at Hodo Kwaja for some walnut cakes afterwards.

Another awesome place is Bario Correano, a Mexican-Korean fusion place where you can get tacos, but with some korean flavours.  It's a bit more pricey, and might be challenging for picky kids.  But it's awesome.   http://www.playacabana.ca/barrio/

White brick kitchen at bloor and euclid does fried chicken and waffles, and is a brunch/lunch place but does not do dinner (too bad because my kids loved it).  Might  be good for a vacation type early day meal. They make homemade donuts too.

Banjara just west of christie pits is an amazing indian restaurant.  Highly recommend.  http://www.torontobanjara.com/m/

Farther east, between bathurst and spadina, I recommend crafty coyote as a standard gastropub kind of place, or the victory cafe, that does wood oven pizza.

Theres a family friendly italian place on bathurst north of bloor called napoli centrale that also does wood oven pizzas and lots of pastas.  It's a hit with local kids.

Closer to spadina is the annex food hall, which has a whole bunch of different eateries in one building. And there are a ton of sushi places along there.  New generation is good, as is sushi on bloor.

One kid attraction that used to be in the neighborhood is tilt arcade (www.tilttoronto.com).  Its now on dundas near bathurst. Might be fun.

There are also a whole bunch of good restaurants along harbord (including decent fish and chips) but I don't know them well enough to make recos.

In terms of an outside the city day trip, there is great wolf lodge in the Niagara area.  It's an indoor water slide park.  And I think Canada's wonderland has some kind of Christmas themed setup going, but I've never been there.  And of course there are ski hills and that kind of stuff depending on how far afield you want to go.

Hope this is helpful.  I'll be out of town over new years, but would otherwise have given you my number.  Have a great trip man, and feel free to ask more questions if you have them.  I don't know how I missed this post when you first made it but I'll be more responsive now.  Cheers!
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Acie
If you're coming to Niagara I would check out downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Lot's of historic buildings, shops and restaurants.

It's about a 15-20 minute drive from the Falls (literally just down the road if you take the Niagara Parkway). 
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Rudy-T
Huge thanks Trane for all the restaurant tips. Our boys are not that picky (the younger just doesn't like too spicy/hot food) and like lots of different ethnic foods (Japanese incl. sushi is long time favorite) so we are sure to check several of those. 

Have to research some activities a bit more. 

And thanks to Acie too, although Niagara-on-the-Lake was actually on the itinerary already as we visited it last time also and liked it. 
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Rudy-T
One more thing. If anyone knows good sports bars showing Raps games, preferably but not limited to the area of Harbord Village - Palmerston - Annes - UoT, I would appreciate the tip.  
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'trane
if I watch a game at the bar it's usually Clinton's. But that's more of a dive than a 'good bar'.  
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Acie
Real Sports?
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Wu
Ripley's Aquarium - probably packed, but that's always true.  Kids dig it.
Maybe some outdoor skating on the Bentway, Nathan Philips Square or the new trail at College Park?
The Distillery District is a cool spot - really done up nice for xmas.
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Rudy-T
Wu wrote:
Ripley's Aquarium - probably packed, but that's always true.  Kids dig it.
Maybe some outdoor skating on the Bentway, Nathan Philips Square or the new trail at College Park?
The Distillery District is a cool spot - really done up nice for xmas.


Thanks Wu. Ripleys we will most likely go to as thats the kind of place Kids really like. Skating is a nice idea and I have to check the Distillery district too. 
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