The Cheapskate’s Guide To A Weekend in Toronto

Where to go without going broke

Looking to spend a great amount of time in the city, without spending a great amount of coin this weekend? Downtown living isn’t always easy on the bank. So we’ve come up with a few ideas for this summer, for those interested in cutting corners without sacrificing a good time.
 

FOOD

TORONTO FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 2015
A convoy of seriously delicious meals on wheels, the Toronto Food Truck Festival sets up shop at Woodbine Park, offering up a variety of dishes—for less than you’d think.
August 1 – 2, Woodbine Park. FREE admission / parking.

childrens-village
 

FRONT STREET FOODS @ UNION STATION
Now extended until September 27, Toronto Market Co. brings us a unique al fresco dining experience, perfect for those seeking something greater than traditional food cart fare. Multiple vendors—from gourmet burgers to cobs of corn—make this a mecca for the budget-conscious.

Front Street Foods
 

ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
Always a safe bet for fantastically cheap and easy eats on the go, St. Lawrence Market is the perfect mealtime destination, not to mention being located in one of the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. Pick up a gourmet deli sandwich, and stroll through Market Lane Park.

St. Lawrence Market

(Photo by Ian Muttoo via Flickr)

 

DATES / ENTERTAINMENT

VIRGIN MOBILE INDIE FRIDAYS AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE
Each and every Friday discover the next big indie act at Yonge-Dundas Sqaure for Virgin Mobile Indie Fridays…for FREE. Also, look out for the Indie88 Street Team and score some free swag too. No need to spend a dime, except maybe on a hot dog.
 

SNAKES & LATTES – 600 BLOOR STREET WEST
Looking for a unique (and cheaper) dating experience? Snakes & Lattes is a trendy café that offers every board game title you could think of. It’s also a perfect setting for that first date, intimate and social, without the expensive drinks and noise.

S&L

(Photo by jennifer yin via Flickr)

 

TORONTO ISLAND
A trip to the islands is always a good idea. Pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket, and climb aboard the ferry for a cheap ride to paradise. Here are 10 things you`ve gotta do on The Island this summer.

Toronto Island

(Photo by nims_pix via Flickr)

 

THE CNE
For the ultimate cheapskate, an after-hours CNE ticket is a must-have for the summer. Experience all the wonders of The Ex, without the lines or crowds. Even better: go after hours on the last day when vendors in the Better Living Center will be practically giving their stuff away.

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(Photo by NAME via Flickr)

 

HARBOURFRONT CENTER – 235 QUEENS QUAY WEST
Catch a classic movie by the lake as Harbourfront Center hosts its annual Free Flicks event—Toronto’s only summer-long waterfront film series. All for free! Check out our full list of where to catch an outdoor movie this summer.

Harbourfront Centre

(Photo by Tai Toh via Flickr)

 

MORE cheap date ideas here!
 

ACTIVE

CLASSPASS
An ingenious app that keeps you in motion while advertising the nearest exercise classes in your neighbourhood. Whether you’re looking for a spin class, kickboxing or hot yoga, this tool is invaluable for staying in the know. $99/month, but with your subscription, you can look up all FREE local classes.

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(Photo by Randy Kashka via Flickr)

 

BIKE TORONTO
Cycling groups across the city offer riders regular options for group rides of varying levels of formality and intensity, with special events ranging from scenic drifts to glowing spectacles. Check out The Toronto Bicycle Club for meetups.
 

Check out some more gym-less ways to get fit in Toronto.
 

SHOPPING

KENSINGTON MARKET
It may take some scouring, but you’re sure to find some low-end threads in this fashionable neighbourhood. Targeted towards each and every style, you’ll come across vintage, formal wear, trendy, casual, and, at the AAA Army Surplus, everything in between.

Kensington Market

(Photo by jen collins via Flickr)

 

FLEA MARKETS
Neighbourhood flea markets are constantly popping up on the weekend. While it may take some sifting to find a bargain, you can be sure to discover some unique and affordable treasures. Check out our list of Toronto`s Finest Fleas.
 

(Main Photo by Kevin Morris via Flickr)