Toronto is one of the greatest cities in the World. I am thankful to call it home. Toronto is one of the few cities in the world where you can experience many different cultures without leaving the city. Koreatown, Little Italy, Chinatown, Little India, and Little Portugal are only a few of the “countries” you can visit while in Toronto.
3 best things to do in Toronto
The Beaches is an upper class neighbourhood between Queen Street East and Lake Ontario. There is actually a beach in the Beaches, and a boardwalk by the lake. There are many unique shops on Queen St, less than a five minute walk from the beach. One of my favourite shops is the Big Dog Bakery, which makes amazing treats for pets. As many people who live in the beaches have dogs, in the summer a lot of shops have bowls of water for dogs outside, though most of them don’t allow dogs into the store.
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The Distillery District
Located near Front and Parliament, the Distillery District is fast becoming the place to be in Toronto. Opened originally in 1837, the distillery is steeped in history, and the architecture is still one of the main attractions. I love checking out the artist galleries, and having coffee in the cafes. My favourite thing about the Distillery is Soma Chocolate and Gelato. The Mayan Hot Chocolate is to die for, and you can watch the chocolate being made! While looking is free, eating and shopping can be expensive. Known for being a great place to film movies, over 1700 films have used the Distillery as a backdrop. Dance theatres, live shows, and living in the Distillery are becoming more popular every day.
Kensington is my very favourite place in Toronto. The Blue Banana Market has everything you could ever want, from jewellery hand made by local artists, to handbags, clothes, house decor, and toys for kids of all ages. A short walk from Chinatown, Kensington is bustling with activity and people, especially on the weekends. There are very few places to park, so taking public transit is a great alternative to driving. Wanda’s Pie in the sky serves amazing desserts and coffee, but there isn’t much space to sit and enjoy it. There is always something new to discover in Kensington Market.
How much things cost in Toronto
A world class city can come with world class prices. Dinner and a show in the entertainment district can run upwards of five hundred dollars. Shopping at the Eaton Centre or at the Beaches can cause a very expensive day. At the same time there are great deals to be found in Chinatown, on Queen Street West or on Yonge Street. There are a lot of places to go window shopping, and a lot of things that don’t cost a cent. Toronto can be done on any budget.
My favourite cafe in Toronto
My favourite cafe in Toronto is Snakes and Lattes, a cafe/restaurant just west of Bathurst on Bloor. Snakes and Lattes is a one of a kind board game cafe. They have over two thousand games to choose from. For five dollars, you can sit and play board games all day. They serve sandwiches, snacks like muffins and squares, and drinks of all kinds, from cappuccino and lattes to wine and beer; but you don’t have to buy anything to play.
The staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the games in stock. They can recommend, and help you learn to play the games as well. Snakes and Lattes books up fast, often weeks in advanced (especially on weekends), so make sure you reserve a table, otherwise you may be forced to wait for a couple of hours, or not get a table at all. If you do need to wait to get in, Korean Village Restaurant is a block east and has excellent Korean food. Since Snakes and Lattes is open until two or three am, it is a great place for an afternoon with children, or a late night with friends.
Toronto has something to offer for everyone, and every budget. There are art galleries, museums, zoos, and even nature areas like High Park, and the downtown University of Toronto campus. There are night clubs for all ages, and all styles of music. With a constantly changing atmosphere, you can spend your entire life in Toronto and not get bored!