Suits may have waved goodbye to its stars Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams, but the number of visitors to Toronto, where the TV drama series is filmed, has never been higher.
It’s not hard to see why; the city is home to Canada’s tallest skyscraper and biggest museum. And long before Suits, it was the backdrop to countless blockbusters.
But if you just have 48 hours, here are the essential things to see…
Take a walking tour with Culinary Adventure Co (culinaryadventureco.com) to the Old Town and St Lawrence Market. You will hear all about the history behind the ‘haunted ballroom’ of the King Edward Hotel, and see landmarks such as the Flatiron Building and the Cathedral Church of St James.
The tour finishes with a visit to the St Lawrence Market, where you’ll try snacks from Toronto’s best-loved vendors for lunch.
A Toronto speciality, the peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery, is not to be missed. And you’ll want to pick up a couple of jars of Kozlik’s mustard, too – their maple syrup version is divine.
Should you happen to finish early, it’s worth walking further east to the Distillery District, now a trendy enclave of artists’ studios, restaurants and shops. Don’t miss its weird spider sculpture.
Trek west to explore the city centre. It’s easy to spend the afternoon tracking down filming locations for Suits. Fans will recognise Bay Adelaide Centre as the fictional offices of Specter-Litt. Bymark restaurant (bymark.mcewangroup.ca) was the scene of several dinner dates. And numerous meetings took place in hotel lobbies, including the Fairmont Royal York and the Ritz-Carlton.
Away from the TV show, the enormous Union Station is worth a visit. Look beyond the transport hub that handles some 300,000 passengers each day, to see the Roman columns and Guastavino tiled ceilings that accentuate this Beaux-Arts building. You can enter PATH, the walkway that connects almost every building in the city centre, here. The mainly underground footpath is furnished with shops and restaurants so you never have to walk outside in the treacherously cold of the winter months.
Go to Richmond Station restaurant (richmondstation.ca) for a casual dinner – the locals swear by their burgers. Make sure you ask for a seat in front of the open kitchen for the best view of the action.
Striking: Check out the Spider sculpture (above) in the Distillery District
Begin day two at the Bloor Street Culture Corridor (bloorstculturecorridor.com), where there are 20 museums and galleries.
The Royal Ontario Museum (rom.on.ca) is the biggest in Canada. Its eye-catching exterior – a deconstructionist creation known as the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal – makes it hard to miss, but it’s the Rotunda inside that you have to see. More than a million squares of Venetian glass are used for the mosaic ceiling that’s as impressive as any from the Byzantine era.
Make sure you visit the fascinating Bata Shoe Museum (batashoemuseum.ca) – the already burgeoning collection has seen a fashionable reboot in the shape of a Manolo Blahnik retrospective which runs until January 6. Grab lunch at Kinka Izakaya (kinka.com), one of the trendy Japanese pubs, just up the road. You can’t go wrong with their ramen.
Venture north to Midtown, where you’ll find Casa Loma (casaloma.ca). The palatial mansion, formerly the biggest private residence in Canada, was so lavish, it caused the ruin of its original owner, Sir Henry Pellatt. The millionaire financier spent so much money on its construction that he was eventually declared bankruptcy. By the time he died, he was living in the modest bungalow of his former chauffeur.
His legacy lives on, as the building now houses an extraordinary museum and is one of the best known filming locations in the city, featuring in films such as X Men and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
For a treat, book dinner at Actinolite (actinoliterestaurant.com). The neighbourhood restaurant in Ossington Avenue is a bit out of the way, but with the reputation of being one of the best restaurants in Canada, it’s worth the hassle.
Air Canada (0800 6699 2222, aircanada.com) operates a four-times-daily service from Heathrow to Toronto, from £402 return. Air Canada Rouge also runs a summer service via Manchester, Edinburgh or Glasgow. Stay at the Delta Toronto Hotel (001 416 849 1200, marriott.com/YYZDL). Rooms start from C$329 (£189) per night.