Toronto isn’t just one of the biggest and most populous cities in Canada, it’s also one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. But there’s a lot more to see than cliché vacation staples like the CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum. There’s a whole secret world of hidden gems and oddball attractions well worth seeking out.

The Monkey’s Paw

Bibliophiles beware! The Monkey’s Paw is a bookstore that may not be as dangerous as the fabled item it takes its name from, but it can still do a number on your wallet. This unassuming shop, located on a small patch of downtown real estate in Toronto, is filled to the brim with weird and wonderful books. Weirdest and most wonderful of all, though, is its signature Biblio-Mat, an automated vending machine that dispenses vintage volumes for $3 a pop.

The Rage Room

If you’re one of those people who always bites their tongue to avoid making waves, you might be in need of a chance to blow off some steam. Toronto’s Rage Room has you covered. Twenty bucks gets you a half-hour of one-on-one time with a diverse arsenal of weapons, an even huge menu of smashable items, and a full outfit of protective gear. Everything you need to work out your aggressions and finally achieve inner peace.

The Half House

Seeing Toronto’s infamous Half House in-person is a surreal experience. It looks like an optical illusion or the product of Photoshop trickery. But, no, it’s real. The Half House is just what its name implies: a resident home, cut in half, straight down the center. Once part of a row of houses dating back to the 1890s, this jaw-dropping sight is the byproduct of an owner unwilling to sell their property butting heads with a particularly ballsy demolition crew.


Walking the Toronto sidewalks, many a clueless tourist has gone about their business completely unaware that there’s practically a whole second city right beneath their feet. Known as the PATH, 17 miles of underground tunnels connect 4 million square feet of commercial space occupied by stores, restaurants, and other businesses, making this the largest subterranean system of its kind in the entire world.

The Sticker Museum

It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone likes stickers. Some people, like the folks behind Sticker You, like them so much they’ve actually opened their very own museum chronicling the long and colorful history of stickers. More than just inexpensive novelties, the museum recontextualizes stickers as full-fledged works of art with a legacy stretching all the way back to the 18th century. As museums go, it’s hard to find any other with such quirky a-peel.