4 Hidden Gems You Never Knew Existed in Toronto

If you think you know everything there is to know about Toronto, guess again. Although the city is home to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, there are some other places that give Toronto a sense of coziness, nostalgia, and uniqueness. Check out these surprising spots on your next date or outing:

Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
Humber Bay Shores, Marine Parade Drive

Who knew Toronto could be home to delicate wildlife? Situated amongst four acres of luscious land and native plants, this is the ultimate home for butterfly species. Walk through the Short Grass Prairie component, where butterflies and caterpillars feed on nectar plants. Or take a stroll through Wildflower Meadow and be amazed by the colourful wildflowers.

Indoor Bamboo Forest
160 College Street

Within the University of Toronto’s Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (CCBR), you can take yourself to another world of peace. Here you can step into a bamboo garden without venturing outdoors, which consists of six storeys and beautiful bamboo that’s grown up to 30 feet tall. Benches are conveniently placed within the garden, so anyone’s welcome to sit down and enjoy the greenery.

Monkey’s Paw
1267 Bloor St. West

You won’t find New York Times bestsellers here! This one-of- a-kind store is for Toronto book lovers and fans of strange artifacts. You’ll find a vending machine that surprises you with a book, rare literature from the 20th century, and old photos and pamphlets you never knew were made. The Monkey’s Paw also buys unconventional secondhand books.

Snakes’ Lattes
600 Bloor St. West
489 College St.

Can’t get enough of board games? Then visit Toronto’s Snakes and Lattes, which has a location in Little Italy and another one in the Annex. Touted as North America’s first board-game themed cafe, you can order food off their brunch menu and pay $6 for full access to their amazing library of games. Feel free to pop in and buy your own board game, such as Broom Service, Hey, That’s My Fish!, and Connect 4.

Now that you’ve read about these intriguing spots, go have fun planning your day or night out. You&’ll definitely uncover a new appreciation for Toronto!

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