Travel in Toronto
I managed to cross yet another destination off my travel bucket list! In the 5 years that I’ve been in Canada, I haven’t actually visited the East Coast so you can imagine my excitement being able to fly to The Six for a super secret project (that will be unveiled in late September). But for now, I wanted to share the amazing trip I had and some of my highlights and things to do in Toronto for you to add to your list the next time you visit!
We stayed at this lovely hotel, Marriot on Bloor Street which happened to be in a very central location surrounded by high end shopping, cafes and restaurants. What I love most about travelling so far is that all my senses are just awakened due to being in a new place. Everything I see is seen through fresh (often touristy) eyes and child-like excitement!
What struck me about Toronto is how amazingly beautiful all the buildings are- the brick, the grit, the architecture reminds me so much of how I imagine England to look like. Every home and building has a strong sense of character.
Bloor Street Shopping
I would definitely recommend you staying on Bloor Street because it’s so central! We walked around the area close to the hotel and there were streets that went on and on- you could find everything from smaller cafes and specialty restaurants nestled in between random shops.
Also can I just say, that the University of Toronto is just beyond stunning! We also didn’t get to visit the Bata Shoe Museum or Casa Loma but these are definitely on the list for next time.
There’s a lot of life in Toronto and though we didn’t get to experience it at it’s peak, we had a good time bar hopping on a Monday night! I was also pleasantly surprise to see how many people were out and about on a Monday night (also because there was a Blue Jays game).
We started out at Ossington Street but that was very short lived, we were later told that that was where the locals go and hence a little quieter on weekday nights.
The Entertainment District was bumpin’! I loved it- the streets were filled with stores ranging from boutiques to restaurants to clothing chains and bars. We could see the CN Tower in all it’s lit up beauty and the streets were filled with bars and restaurants all in close proximity. Had the best chicken strips and Caesars!
Basically one of the highlights of my life- no exaggeration!
If you know me personally, you’d know that I love pandas- count the number of panda plushies I own and you’d get a pretty good idea how obsessed I am haha. So imagine how nuts I went when I finally saw a panda in real life for the very first time.
I was on the verge of tears and braved through the crazy Toronto downpour just so I could see them not once, but twice.
But yes, if you ever get the chance, visit the Toronto Zoo! It’s a whole lot of family fun.
Subway System & Uber
The transit system in Toronto would match Vancouver’s in my opinion but I’m just in love with the convenience of Uber. C’mon Vancouver, get with it!
For transit though, take some time to understand the map system if it’s your first time, especially if you’ve never tried it but it’s overall pretty self explanatory.
Okay, so I LOVED Kensington Market. There was so so much character to it, streets filled with music, food (a lot of Mexican restaurants), outdoor patios and more food. The narrow streets as people whisked by and cars trying their best to get through reminded me so much of Jonker Street in Malaysia, and I think that played a huge part in why I loved it! Also had me some Jamaican patties- Y U M
Overall it was so much fun, and we definitely couldn’t see everything we wanted to in the short 3 days we were there.
But that just means we’ll be back 😉