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One City, Five Hours: Toronto

Five hours in Toronto.


1 There are some museums you can get lost in for days, and the Royal Ontario Museum (Bloor Street West and Avenue Road; rom.on.ca) is one of them. Since you’re short on time, settle for a quick spin through the dinosaur galleries or the Ming Tomb in the Gallery of Chinese Architecture. (0:40)

2 Imelda Marcos had nothing on the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St. W.; batashoemuseum.ca), which has more than 10,000 pairs of footwear, some of which are over 4,500 years old. (Sorry, they’re not for sale.) (1:10)

3 Unlike the shoe museum, you can shop at Kensington Market (kensington-market.ca), an indoor- outdoor repository of handmade crafts and foods from around the world. (2:00)

4 Get a taste of Toronto’s impressive Chinatown at Lai Wah Heen (108 Chestnut St.; laiwahheen.com), a high-end dim sum house. Don’t miss the steamed wagyu dumplings or the crystal purse with shredded duck. (2:40)

5 The easiest way to see the whole city? Ride to the top of the CN Tower (301 Front St. W.; cntower.ca), the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. If you’re feeling bold, lie down on the glass floor of the observation deck—1,122 feet up. (3:20)

6 Now go calm your nerves with a cold one. Tour Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Blvd.; steamwhistle.ca) and sample the strong pilsner, which is available only in Canada. (3:50)

7 When you’re in Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame (30 Yonge St.; hhof.com) is a mandatory stop. Take a gander at the Stanley Cup and go out onto the ice for a quick shoot-out. (4:30)

8 Bid a sweet farewell to this city with a visit to SOMA Chocolatemaker (55 Mill St.; somachocolate.com), a confectioner housed in a former distillery where you can watch the goodies being made. Pick up a fleur de sel caramel and a Douglas fir truffle for the road. (5:00)

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