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10 Best Things to Do in Markham

10 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 in Markham, and so many more fun 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!

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Chinese crispy burger from Bingz restaurant at First Markham Place in Markham, Ontario
Bingz is a Chinese “burger” chain from Beijing.

Eat at some of the best Asian restaurants

If you know anything about Markham, it’s probably that it has a large Asian population.

And of course, that means it’s one of the best cities to grab authentic and delicious Asian food in all of Canada.

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

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There are great restaurants across the city, but First Markham Place, Downtown Markham, Times Square, Commerce Gate, and Langham Square all have tons of great Asian restaurants.

Oomomo store in Markham, Ontario
The snack section at Oomomo, a Japanese department store in the First Markham Place plaza.

Shop at First Markham Place

I feel like I’ve definitely walked through First Markham Place (also known as FMP) 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 (Korean)
  • Katsuya (Japanese)
  • Mabu Generation (Taiwanese)
  • Sugar Marmalade (Taiwanese desserts)

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

Have a spa day at Go Place

You might’ve seen Go Place pop up on your Instagram feed, and if you haven’t, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit.

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It’s a super chic wellness spa with all kinds of different themed specialty rooms, including a volcanic rock room, ice room, and jade room.

The fee is $63.95 per adult 16 and over and $40 per child aged 12 to 15, and it’s a great spot for a date, girls’ day, or birthday gift.

You can also get massages and skin treatments for additional fees, and there’s also a bath house, gym, and Japanese restaurant inside the spa.

They’re located at First Markham Place where the Cineplex used to be, with over 68,000 square feet of space!

LOCATION: 3275 Hwy 7 Unit 2, Markham, ON

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 in high school lmao, but I did sneak here once or twice 😬 (sorry mom.)

LOCATION: 4300 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, ON

Main Street Unionville in Markham during Christmas season

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 Pod Coffee for their delicious matcha lattes and coffee.

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

Main Street Unionville is also super nice to visit during the holidays with all the pretty festive lights and wintery decorations.

I actually had no idea the Varley Art Gallery existed until recently, and I’ve been to Main Street Unionville dozens of times!

It’s a gallery named after one of the Group of Seven artists, Frederick Varley.

The gallery space is actually larger than it looks from the outside of the building, and they’ve got some cool exhibitions and works in their permanent collection.

Admission to the gallery is free, but they do accept donations!

LOCATION: 216 Main St. Unionville, Unionville, ON

Fireworks at Toogood Pond Park in Unionville, Markham, Ontario

Stroll around Toogood Pond Park

In the mood for a romantic outdoor stroll?

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

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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 for the kiddos.

They host a lot of festivals here as well in the larger parking lot!

Do an escape room at Trapped

If you haven’t done an escape room before, you’re definitely missing out.

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Trapped has 5 different themed escape rooms for 2 to 10 people, including a Death Note one for anime fans!

Adam and I did the Death Note escape room here years ago, and we definitely wouldn’t have been able to complete it if he hadn’t watched the show before – it helps to have seen the anime!

My sister and I also did a creepy one where they had “dead” bodies (just mannequins), but I don’t think they have it anymore.

LOCATION: 3137 Hwy 7, Markham, ON

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 where you can 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 super popular in Asia, and that’s pretty much what Night it Up! is.

LOCATION: 101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON

Fun things to do in Markham:

  1. Eat at some of the best Asian restaurants
  2. Shop at First Markham Place
  3. Have a spa day at Go Place
  4. Shop at Pacific Mall
  5. Wander through Main Street Unionville
  6. Admire art at the Varley Art Gallery
  7. Stroll around Toogood Pond Park
  8. Explore Downtown Markham
  9. Do an escape room at Trapped
  10. Visit the Night it Up! festival

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

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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