Museum admissions: $34
Writer Necee Regis recently went to Toronto for culture and, yes, the food. Here is her reporter's notebook.
GETTING THERE Air Canada, Delta, United and US Airways offer connecting service from Washington Dulles or BWI-Marshall to Toronto Pearson International Airport, currently starting around $400. Ninety-minute nonstops from Reagan National and Dulles are start at about $470.
WHERE TO STAY For a centrally located hotel within walking distance of the Gardiner and Royal Ontario museums, try the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville (220 Bloor St. W., 416-960-5200, http://toronto.intercontinental.com), where weekend double rooms start at about $172. For something more artsy-retro-hip, head to the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042, http://www.thedrakehotel.ca), where weekend rooms recently listed at about $193 for a small Crash Pad; weekday rates started at about $169.
WHERE TO EAT
C5 Restaurant-Lounge (100 Queen's Park, 416-586-7928, http://www.c5restaurant.ca) serves innovative cuisine in a stylish setting on the top floor of the Royal Ontario Museum. Dinner Thursday-Saturday, lunch Tuesday-Saturday; dinner offerings about $11.50-$40; there's also a $31 prix-fixe menu. Afternoon tea (Thursday-Saturday) is $22. Closed Sundays and Mondays. For a quick bite, head to the St. Lawrence Market (93 Front St. E., 416-392-7120, http://www.stlawrencemarket.com) and find the Carousel Bakery and Sandwich Bar (416-863-6764) for yummy hot and cold sandwiches (about $2.50-$3.30). The market is closed Sundays and Mondays. Frank Restaurant (317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6688, http://www.ago.net/dining-at-ago) serves creative small and large plates at the Art Gallery of Ontario at lunch and dinner, also brunch on Saturdays and Sundays; closed Mondays. Large plates at lunch about $14-$19, at dinner $19-$26. For more-casual fare, such as panini and pastry, try the self-serve Ago Cafe on the concourse level.
WHAT TO DO
The Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen's Park, 416-586-8000, http://www.rom.on.ca) is open seven days a week. Admission is about $19. The Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W., 1-877-225-4246, http://www.ago.net) is closed Mondays. Admission is about $16. The Gardiner Museum (111 Queen's Park, 416-586-8080, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca) is open seven days a week, Fridays till 9 p.m. Admission is about $11.
FOR MORE INFORMATION To learn about activities in the area, visit theToronto tourism Web site at http://www.seetorontonow.com.