Neighborhoods of Toronto: students (the Annex), beaches and entertainment

Toronto Entertainment District, ©jodelli/Flickr

Toronto Entertainment District, ©jodelli/Flickr

As a major city of Canada, Toronto offers a wide variety of cultural experiences. All over the town you can find a many little pieces from all over the world. So if you want to experience different cultures you don’t need to travel far, just visit Toronto and walk through all its neighborhoods. The following article concentrates more on the entertaining side of Toronto. Visit the districts where life buzzes of students and cultural fanatics. The Annex is where all the students hangout, while the Entertainment district offers you lots of cultural entertainment such as theater performances, operas and many others. If you are fed up with culture just go to the Beaches and cool down in the ocean.

Annex

The Annex, located on Bloor Street West is the nest of the young starting to hatch out of their eggs. It is a lively downtown community where all the students of University of Toronto gather and spend their time. The neighborhood is dotted with bookstores, theaters, bars, restaurants, art galleries and many others. If you have a few hours to spare visit the Annex, brows through the music and book stores, visit the antique shops and clothing shops and have a lovely time.

The Annex, ©rouilleralain/Flickr

The Annex, ©rouilleralain/Flickr

The Beaches

The Beaches is the most laid back and relaxed neighborhood in all Toronto. It takes only about 15 minutes to reach the area filled with shops, pubs and cafes from downtown. The neighborhood has many parks and sandy areas which are ideal for picnics.

Toronto Beach, ©LindsayEnsing/flickr

Toronto Beach, ©LindsayEnsing/flickr

On the Beaches people are always playing volley ball, cooling off in the pools and the lake and strolling around the area. There is no better place to spend a stress free and relaxing time. If you are lucky you might visit during one of the festivals, exhibitions, craft shows or concerts. Plan ahead and come to the Beaches when the annual International Jazz Festival is on.

Entertainment District

The Entertainment district can be found between Union, St. Andrew and Osgoode stations. This neighborhood is mainly popular for its theaters, venues, cultural attractions and arts centers. It is the locations of the International Film Festival of Toronto and also the home of the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. All these buildings offer several shows and entertainment opportunities to all visitors.

Toronto Entertainment District, ©jodelli/Flickr

Toronto Entertainment District, ©jodelli/Flickr

If you are a sports fan, you will most probably be able to attend a good match and see the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Argonauts or Toronto Blue Jays here. The neighborhood is also full of numberless clubs, bars and restaurants, ideal for before and after parties.

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