We’re in the Annex in the heart of downtown Toronto. We love the cultural diversity of Toronto and the Annex is right in the middle of the many ethnic delights. No need for a car!
The Global Guest House is next door to the Bloor (East and West) and University Subways and is only three short subway stops to the Yonge (North and South) Subway.
At the corner of Bloor and Spadina is the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre which is open to the public and has inexpensive day passes for guests to enjoy the facilities including a state of the art gym and pool.
Leaving the Global Guest House on Spadina you walk to the corner at Bloor and turn left. On your right are buildings of the University of Toronto. Further along on the left is the Bahai centre of Toronto. On the right is the BATA Shoe Museum followed by the ROM Royal Ontario Museum. To the left, up a half a block, is the beginning of Yorkville, once the arts heart of the 60’s. Now it’s filled with charming galleries, boutiques and restaurants and people watching cafes with opportunity for movie star gazing. Swinging south on the right is classy Bloor Street with its designer shops. Straight ahead is Yonge Strret the longest street in North America.
The Subway will also take you to the Danforth famous for it’s flavours of Greece. Further along are the Beaches, a charming community of unique shops, restaurants and the Boardwalk and music festivals.
At Bloor, turn to the right and enjoy some of Toronto’s best ice cream, a 24 hour grocery store and deli, Churches, many of Toronto’s top restaurants, Sushi, Indian, Middle Eastern, Hungarian , Thai, Korean, vegetarian and many more. The Annex houses many students, professors, artists and writers and has several charming shops and bookstores. The Bloor Cinema shows great independent films and Honest Ed’s department store has been a tourist attraction for over 50 years. Then it’s off to Little Korea and Little Italy
A brief walk to the right on the other side of the street on Spadina will lead you to the library and then the Native American Centre. On Dupont and davenport you’ll find lots of antique fine decorator shops.
Keep going and you’ll pass George Brown Community College and then Casa Loma one of Toronto’s most famous tourist sites and Spadina House Museum.
Bathurst street is famous for it’s synagogues and Jewish cuisine
*Don’t forget to get directions to the Science Centre and the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinberg.
You can walk, take the Subway , streetcar or Taxi to many of Toronto’s top tourist stops: to the delicious and not so delicious smells and deals of global Kensington market, see one of the oldest synagogues in Toronto, feel transplanted to the Orient in Chinatown, visit the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, hip Queen Street and the Eaton Centre or the CN tower, the Rogers Skydome stadium, the Entertainment District, the Fashion District, and the Hockey Hall of Fame, Harbourfront, the ferry rides and Centre Island, Exhibition Place, the unique Distillery with it’s studios, galleries, shops and restaurants.