Canada is officially now one of my favourite places I’ve ever visited thanks to two weeks spent road tripping across Ontario and Quebec – we finished up with four days in Toronto and I wanted to share some of my favourite places that we visited here. As you may notice, this mainly means my favourite foods that we ate – but Toronto was the most amazing place to try so many different things, that we didn’t have time to do it all (I’m hoping this means we can return at some point)!
When we first arrived, it was a Friday night, and we decided to head for a drink. We were staying near the Eaton Centre (shopping heaven!) and Dundas Square (the Toronto equivalent of Times Square) and we found a nearby bar called Suite 117. This was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of place – which we did, three times… look for the martini glass on the floor outside the door, head inside and to the top floor and answer the question on the key pad to open the door. (Probably the coolest place I’ve ever been for a drink!) It was a lovely atmosphere in there, great cocktails and there’s even a secret menu you can answer another question to have a peek at!
Saturday we headed to Casa Loma and the Bata Shoe Museum – see my previous posts here and here. In between, we had a walk around the University of Toronto campus, which was stunning. I definitely recommend having a wander through if you have time, the buildings are really pretty and particularly so with all the leaves changing colour for autumn. Nearby we had lunch at the cutest, pink French place with floral wallpaper – it was my kind of heaven – Café Cancan. We also manage to accidentally stumble across a university American Football game afterwards, so sat and watched that for a while in the autumn sun afterwards.
The Sunday we spent in Toronto we decided to have a foodie, wander around kind of day, exploring more of Queen Street West and heading to Trinity Bellwoods Flea Market, which had loads of stalls selling gorgeous clothes, accessories, foods and other things. The jewellery stalls were particularly lovely! We picked up bagels from Nü Bagel in the Kensington Market area for breakfast, which were amazing – mine was coconut flavoured and to die for! This was a really quirky area to walk around, with lots of cool graffiti art to spot along the way. We also picked up cupcakes from Dlish Cupcakes – I would recommend the pumpkin flavour, we sat and ate them on the waterfront and it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday!
On our last day, after a trip up the CN tower, we headed to the Distillery District, which is a really cool part of the city. I absolutely loved it here: it began to be restored about a decade ago and transformed into a great space for dining, shops and for a walk. I could almost imagine a horse-drawn cart driving through! We went for a drink at the Mill St Brew Pub, which was arranged so you could see the brewery through windows from your table. Then we headed for Mexican food at El Catrin round the corner, which had the best guacamole I’ve ever had, and lots of delicious dishes to choose from.
We managed to squeeze in a trip to St Lawrence Market before leaving on Tuesday – if you like street food and great food stalls, this is the place to go. There is so much to choose from over such a huge area: we ended up with a classic peameal bacon sandwich followed by cupcakes. Also, upstairs, there is a little museum inside the market with changing exhibitions: the one they had on was about cycling in Toronto, which was really different and interesting. We also took a little walk down the Canadian Walk of Fame.
It was a great way to finish off our time in Canada – we were so sad to leave! Writing this post has given me the holiday blues and made me quite hungry, but hopefully it’s helpful highlighting some of the fab places Toronto has to offer!