The best of geek fun to be had in Toronto! Toronto LOVES its geek culture. This city embraces the need for fantastical adventure in gaming entertainment, inspired foods, and places to stay, and of course, shopping! Check out this ultimate travel guide for all the geek things to do in Toronto.
THE GEEK EXPERIENCE
255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3M9
Great eats and a ton of fun! Collect and use your Cineplex SCENE points on food and gaming. The Rec Room is home to the VOID VR entertainment, which is easily the best VR system to emerse yourself in. Become a Ghostbuster, or live within the gaming world of Wreck It Ralph. There is something for everyone.
A fantastic place to play. Whether you’re celebrating a moment, or it’s just a normal Tuesday, the Rec Room has a ton of fun in store. Sit in the driver’s seat of numerous racing games, hunt down aliens, or jump into an epic VR world. Grab a delicious meal, or splurge on a crafted donut. Chill by the bar and catch a local game.
489 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5
Snakes & Lattes venues offer food, beverage, and board games both for play and for purchase. Three locations in Toronto to choose from, including: Annex, College, and Midtown.
I’ve only checked out the College location, which is quite spacious. Plenty of room for play. Their collection of board games is massive, and if you don’t have a clue of what you’d like to play, just ask. Their employees are well versed in the various genres of their games. They just might surprise you by finding your next favourite board/card game. Be sure to check out their website for upcoming events!
347 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M6P 2K6
Funky hangout with a sci-fi theme offering craft beers & Canadian eats, plus video & board games.
Great atmosphere and epic decor. The people of See-Scape LOVE to party. Check out their Facebook for what they’ll be rocking for next. All kinds of gaming available, both board and vintage video game fun to be had. Next time you’re in the Junction (west end of Toronto,) be sure to take a break and enjoy a new game, along with Romulan Ale.
Want a different kind of adventure? Immerse yourself into a mystery (usually up to an hour), one that you’ll want to escape as soon as possible! These games are not easy, with an average completion rate of roughly 20% overall.
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1X8
Immerse yourself in historical and fantasy-themed escape rooms within the grounds of Toronto’s iconic Casa Loma.
One of the best escape rooms to experience in Toronto. Secret City’s use of improv-actors within each mystery, along with incredible set-design, allows for participants to become fully integrated within the story as it unfolds. The riddles are well thought out in their design for fluid interaction between actors and game-players.
- Escape Games (North York & Mississauga)
- Lost Canada Rooms (685 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor)
- Mayze (2210 Markham Rd, Unit #3)
- Mysterious Minds (322 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor)
Toronto has some fabulous art galleries/museums, such as the AGO and Bata Shoe Museum, but it’s also home to some incredibly talented graffiti artists. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll find some gorgeous art to admire around nearly every corner. Here is a (growing) list of great places to view street art, primarily in downtown Toronto.
This vibrant art was found while shopping in the Kensington Market, just off of Spadina Ave (and Nassau St I think.)
I don’t have any pics (yet), but if you’ve ever seen the Rick Mercer Report and always wondered what street/alley is he walking through during his rants, that would be Graffiti Alley just south of Queen Street West/Spadina Avenue.
One thing to remember about graffiti art is that it’s always changing. There are some gorgeous bits to view while riding the subway between Dundas West and Runnymede stations, and you never know what will be there next, and/or what will be gone forever.
452 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2G8
Rediscover rare and vintage gaming! Find all your favourite vintage video games and consoles in working order.
I recently bought Paper Mario for our Wii system for $25, so their prices are reasonable. Also has a ton of gamer toys and accessories (t-shirts, stuffies, figurines, etc.)
329 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1R7
Just north of Yonge/Dundas, across the street of the Eaton Center, Silver Snail is a great place for the latest comics, figures, tees and more. The Snail frequently has signing events, and previews of local comic talent. They even occasionally have a game night! Silver Snail is also home to the Black Canary cafe for great treats and hot drinks. Keep up with their upcoming fun events through their Facebook group.
Whether you’re a long time customer or simply visiting the city for the day, a trip to Silver Snail for your comics and collectibles is a must.
FOOD & DRINKS
580 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2E5
Multi-leveled bar/restaurant, offering microbrews & geek-themed bar fare, plus board games & science-fiction TV.
The Storm Crow Manor is a welcoming spot on the east side of Yonge for food, drink and games. Their menu is a delight including epic cocktails such as, Butter Beer, Romulan Ale, and a D&D “Drink with Destiny”. Come in for the delicious meals, and stick around for the Nerdin’ Trivia, and HP Hour. Try the Wolverine Poutine or the Super Saiyan Caulifla Blast. Just remember, the Cheesecake is a Lie!
137 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R 1R2
Step into a comic book shop, and find the hidden doorway to a secret, backroom restaurant. If you love comic books for their art, you’ll be intrigued by Executive Chef Ron Stratton’s unique artistic flare in his culinary creations.
Where else could you pair Pogos with a Donkey Kong cocktail? Or find an epic burger that comes with Black Truffle Aioli? You will feel at home with the nerdish decor, and truly geek out with the secret entrance. Be prepared to spend a bit more for a good meal. It’s absolutely worth it.
1479 Dundas St West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1Y8
The Lockhart is a cocktails and Tapas bar located at the corner of Dundas and Dufferin, Toronto. Their aim is to sell good food and good cocktails to good people.
Inspired by the “Harry Potter” novels, this cozy, exposed-brick haunt conjures up fun and delicious cocktails & tapas. If you’re in the mood for chocolate frogs, this is the place to be.
1162 Queen St West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J5
Formerly the Cakes Cove, this sweet shop is well known for bringing epic treats to events like Fan Expo Canada.
Coming soon, September 2019.
What is a geek adventure without the right hotel? Here are some of the best places to stay in Toronto.
One Blue Jays Way, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J4
If you’re a sports geek, this hotel is a must. It’s the only hotel in the world that is built into a sports stadium! Depending on what events are live at the Rogers Centre (aka the SkyDome,) you can book a hotel room to watch. Get cozy to watch the Jays pummel the Away team, in a luxurious hotel suite. Go big or go home, right?
Also, consider this hotel the next time you’re in town for Fan Expo. The Renaissance lobby is a fantastic place to people-watch for epic cosplay, and is the perfect place to hang-out, ’cause who needs to sleep for Sunday morning panels?
100 Front St West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3
If you’re a history buff, or a lifestyle geek, consider staying at the Royal York, steps away from Union Station. This is where the Queen & the Biebs have both called home when visiting Toronto.
The Fairmont has a library that I hope to visit someday. I have no idea if it’s open to the public at all, but the book-geek in me really wants to witness the awesome! Movies & TV shows filmed here include: Orphan Black Killjoys The Handmaid’s Tale R.E.D. – It’s one of my favourite movies. I can’t believe I didn’t recognize Toronto’s Fairmont standing in as Fairmont Chicago for Helen Mirren’s bad-ass spy scenes. It might say “Fairmont Chicago” in big red lights, but it’s all Royal York, baby!
POP CULTURE EVENTS, COMIC CONS and EXPOS
Snailoween: A Silver Snail Halloween Party!
146 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z5
SNAILOWEEN RETURNS! Toronto’s iconic comic book store “The Silver Snail” is proud to present another year of amazing Halloween costumes, killer performances and all around craziness in one of the west end’s staple venues! This year’s Snailoween will have thousands of dollars in prizes, classic carnival gaming and themed selfie stations to visit some of your favourite comic book characters! Make sure to grab your ticket beforehand to avoid disappointment!
General adult tickets start at $30.Buy Your Tickets Now
Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. E.
(coming soon) Free
FAN EXPO Canada
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)
255 Front St West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2W6
For 25 years, FAN EXPO Canada has brought people together in the pursuit of one thing: Celebrating fandom in all its forms.
Check out FAN EXPO Canada for further information.
General adult tickets start at $20.Get a weekend pass starting at $125.Kids 5 and under FREE.Buy Your Tickets Now
Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC)
255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2W6
A 1-day holiday shopping extravaganza and a festive fandom celebration for the whole family!
Check out Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show for further information.
General adult tickets start at $10.Kids 5 and under FREE.
The Toronto Comic Book Show
Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue
Five or six shows throughout the year!
Adults $5, Kids 12 and under Free
This directory of all the fun & geeky ways to experience Toronto will grow when I’ve found more to share. Have a location you’d like me to share? Give me a shout!