From Little Italy to Dufferin Grove and all the way to Bloor West Village, nothing compares to the variety and texture of Toronto’s West End. There’s plenty to do here without ever—God forbid!—having to cross Yonge Street. From long walks in High Park to cruising the Queen West bar scene, window shopping in Parkdale, or axe throwing in the Junction, you’ll never get bored. So grab your pals and check out these fun activities to get up to in the west end!
#1 – Drop-in for improv at Bad Dog Theatre
If you enjoy a good laugh and like to make (in)appropriate jokes, sign up for an improv class at Bad Dog Theatre in Bloorcourt near Ossington. They offer drop-in classes every week from $5–$10. If you end up hungry for more, check out their courses. No experience is necessary!
#2 – Chuck some axes at BATL West
The newest location in the BATL universe, BATL Toronto West, can be found in Brockton Village in the large space formerly occupied by Zellers near the Galleria Mall. Grab six friends to reserve a lane for a two and a half hour axe throwing event—or drop by with a pal or two during their weekend walk-in hours. Head up to Geary Avenue after for some beers at the Greater Good.
#3 – Get creative (with wine) at Pinot’s Palette
Head over to the Junction for some creative drinking at Pinot’s Palette. Paint brush in one hand, glass of wine in the other, a good friend by your side—what could be better? This west end paint and sip studio hosts regular paint workshops where you can learn to create your own masterpiece from scratch. Great for girls’ nights out and special occasions.
#4 – Eat your way through Little Italy
It’s true that some of the best Italian food in the city comes from the most unassuming storefronts along College Street. Skip the guesswork by going on a guided culinary adventure with Toronto Food Tours. This VIP Little Italy tour will take you to three different Little Italy gems, trying a dozen dishes paired with the best Italian wine.
#5 – Solve a mystery at The Great Escape
This Geary Avenue escape room isn’t much to look at from the outside, but don’t let that fool you. The Great Escape hosts three different rooms where you can test your communication and team building skills. Hangover is the most popular game here, but this west end escape house is only open Fridays and weekends, so keep that in mind when booking.
#6 – Master the traditional method of sushi making
St. Clair West
Want to mix things up in the kitchen? Book a class at Sushi Making For The Soul just west of Toronto’s St. Clair West neighborhood. This west end sushi studio hosts beginner sushi making classes on Friday nights for just $50. Learn how to make makimono rolls using salmon, tuna, avocado, and cucumber. Sake and Sapporo available for purchase!
#7 – Cruise Roncesvalles’s best eats
Roncesvalles can feel like its own teeny town sometimes! Take a break from the downtown crowds and cruise Roncie sampling the best this west end neighborhood has to offer on Food Nook Tour’s afternoon food tour. Pick up interesting stories about Roncesvalles, enjoy views of High Park and Lake Ontario, and taste some of the best chocolate, baked goods, meat, and fish in the city. Don’t head back east without stopping in at Bandit Brewery and checking out their patio–one of the coolest in the city.
#8 – Assemble a posse at Bad Axe Throwing
If you and your friends are tired of hitting up the same local bar to catch up, check out Bad Axe Throwing’s Toronto location on Ryding Avenue, just off Runnymede Road. You’ll need at least eight friends to book a lane—and keep in mind that prices go down during off-peak hours!
#9 – Hit the obstacles at The Monkey Vault
Originally founded as a parkour collective in Toronto, The Monkey Vault is a gathering spot for Torontonians who enjoy the freedom of movement. If you like running, jumping, and climbing, this is the west end gym for you. Even better if you’ve got a competitive streak. Hit their massive obstacle course with your friends and compete for ninja warrior–style domination.
#10 – Try aerial acrobatics in Brockton Village
It takes more than a strong stomach and nerves of steel to tackle aerial acrobatics—it also takes a professional studio with dedicated teachers. Check out Cirque-Ability on Sterling Road where you can sign up for courses in trapeze, hula hoop, and aerial silks. Looking to get your toes wet before committing to a months-long course? Try Fly With Me just down the street where you can take drop-in classes in the aerial arts.
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