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7 Best Things to Do in Markham

7 Best Things to Do in Markham

Looking for the best and most fun things to do in Markham?

I grew up in Richmond Hill, but I spent a lot of time hanging out with my friends in Markham.

There was just so much better food, and so many more festivals happening back then!

Whether you’re looking to do something solo or take a first date, you’ll definitely find something on this list that’ll tickle your fancy.

Here are some of the most fun things to do in Markham, Ontario!

Hotels in Markham

If you’re visiting from out of town, book a stay at one of the best hotels in Markham:

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If you’re looking to do a tasting tour in Markham, there’s also a fun walking food tour in Main Street Unionville that takes you all around the neighbourhood for 3.5 hours, and you get to learn the history of Main Street Unionville while tasting food from different restaurants!


Fun things to do in Markham


Chinese crispy burger from Bingz restaurant at First Markham Place in Markham, Ontario

Eat at some of the best Asian restaurants

Markham has a large Asian population, and it’s one of the best cities to grab authentic and delicious Asian food in all of Canada.

From dim sum to sushi, there are so many incredible Asian restaurants to eat at in Markham.

I’ve also got blog posts all about the best restaurants in Markham, best patios in Markham, and best sushi restaurants in Markham.

And if you’re looking for dessert, I’ve got a post all about the best Markham dessert places!


Oomomo store in Markham, Ontario

Shop at First Markham Place

I feel like I’ve definitely walked through First Markham Place at least 100 times in my life.

My parents worked in the area, and it was pretty much one of the only places to hang out back when I was in high school!

It’s an Asian mall with everything from specialty food shops, to ~kawaii~ toys and accessories, to hair salons.

There’s even a food court with all kinds of Asian food – it used to be one of the only spots to grab cheap bubble tea, besides Pacific Mall.

Tbh the restaurants in the plaza are what you need to check out, and here are some great ones:

  • The Owl of Minerva
  • Katsuya
  • Mabu Generation
  • Sugar Marmalade
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It’s also worth stopping into Oomomo while you’re at FMP, which is a ginormous department store with all kinds of affordable Japanese products, including everything from skincare to food.

LOCATION: 3255 Hwy 7, Markham, ON | Website


Shop at Pacific Mall

PMall was like the cool older sister to FMP back in the day.

It’s a lot bigger, with a lot more little shops that you can stop into and a lot more food options.

It’s actually the largest indoor Asian shopping mall in North America, and is supposedly even the largest Asian shopping mall in the western world.

The mall is not as busy as it used to be, presumably because of online stores like Amazon and Aliexpress, but it’s still fun to walk through and shop and eat.

My mom didn’t let me come here lmao, but I did sneak here once or twice 😬 (Sorry mom.)

LOCATION: 4300 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, ON


Fireworks at Toogood Pond Park in Unionville, Markham, Ontario

Stroll around Toogood Pond Park

Toogood Pond Park is one of the nicest parks in Markham, and you can take a leisurely stroll around the pond that sits here.

They also hold fireworks every year for the annual Unionville Festival!

It’s actually about a 10 minute walk away from Main Street Unionville, where you can stop for delicious food afterwards.

LOCATION: 58 Sciberras Rd, Unionville, ON


Old Firehall Confectionary in Unionville, Markham

Wander through Main Street Unionville

Main Street Unionville is definitely the cutest neighbourhood in Markham.

It’s a historic neighbourhood filled with restaurants and shops, and it’s a local hotspot during the warm summer months!

Stop by the Old Firehall Confectionary (where there’s usually a lineup) for ice cream, or hit up HCafe for amazing traditional Japanese cheesecakes.

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Next Door is amazing for brunch and Jake’s on Main is great for drinks (with a fantastic patio)!

If you’re also looking for a fun activity to do in the area, you can do a walking food tour in Main Street Unionville where you get to learn the history behind the neighbourhood while eating bites from different restaurants!

LOCATION: Main Street Unionville


Demetres in Markham, Ontario

Explore Downtown Markham

Downtown Markham is actually a newer area in Markham, and it’s supposed to be the new “downtown”.

It’s a super modern neighbourhood with condos, restaurants, and even a merry-go-round.

They host a lot of festivals here as well!

LOCATION: Downtown Markham


Tornado potato at Night it Up! Asian night market in Markham, Ontario

Visit the Night it Up! festival

Night it Up! is an annual festival in July that likely won’t be returning until 2022, but it’s something to look forward to for when things go back to normal.

Enjoy live performances and all of the best Asian street food all in one place.

Bubble tea? Yes. Skewers? Yes. Tornado potatoes? Yes.

Night markets are very popular in Asia, and that’s pretty much the vibe at Night it Up!

LOCATION: 101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON | Website


Fun things to do in Markham:

  1. Eat at some of the best Asian restaurants
  2. Shop at First Markham Place
  3. Shop at Pacific Mall
  4. Stroll around Toogood Pond Park
  5. Wander through Main Street Unionville
  6. Explore downtown Markham
  7. Visit the Night it Up! festival

These were some of the best and most fun things to do in Markham!

If you’re looking to do a tasting tour in Markham where you get to try a bunch of different restaurants, try this fun 3.5 hour walking food tour in Main Street Unionville!

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Have you done any of these activities? What are the most fun things to do in Markham in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog