The various hoods are best to explore for visitors, avoid Yonge Street!
West Queen West - the further west from Spadina (and Bathurst) the better
loads of galleries, bars, restos, mix of young coolsters and the mentally unbalanced.
Dundas West/Ossington - this quicky developing strip is an up and coming area
Foxley on Ossington and Saving Grace on Dundas are the food highlights.
Ministy of the Interior - coolest design store in that area
Kensington Market - still rundown. still hotspot for alternative culture.
lots of fruit, coffee, nut and weed dealers
Supermarket - killer food (best in that hood)
Function 13 - nice design store
Queen Street East - Riverside, Leslieville - up and coming and fast..
Red Rocket Coffee - best coffee on the strip, lots of alternative design stores and a few galleries
Pulp Kitchen - good veg cafe
Machine Age Modern - my fav store there