Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My Top 7 Toronto Picks

Last summer I was in Toronto and was gifted with beautiful, sunny weather and a balcony views overlooking Lake Ontario...it wasn't too shabby if you ask me. Although it's probably freezing cold now, I'm dreaming of one day going back to Canada, the forgotten land of North America.

1) Brunch: Collette Grand Cafe
Out of all the places I researched in the Six, Collette was a place that attracted me the most since I have a love for all things Parisian. It's a pretty little French cafe in the fashion district that offers brunch on the weekends. I opted for the eggs Benedict which were delicious and savory. Comparing to US prices, I found Collette to be pretty reasonable in terms of price/quality!

2) Stroll through: Toronto University
This top-ranked university is gorgeous in every way- it's a place where you can take pictures and enjoy its tranquility after wanting a break from all the hustle and bustle of the city.

3) Picturesque place: Casa Loma
Okay, it's not Versailles, but it's a beautiful castle worth the home up and taking pictures. They have a beautiful garden in the back but if you don't feel like entering, at least take a picture or two on the outside!

4) Little boutique shopping: Cary street
This long street is filled with local shops and bars for those wanting to shop local. This area of Toronto reminded me of a little Soho in New York, a must go!

5) Cheap eats: Seven Lives Taco
Hands down probably one of the best tacos I've ever tried! Although I nearly died from the spiciness of the hot sauce (I should note that this was entirely self inflicted- I should not have put the hottest of hot sauces on my taco at a REAL Mexican taco joint), this place are very generous with their portions with two tacos usually filling you up. The total comes out to be around 8-10 Canadian dollars (around  7 US dollars and 7.50 euros). Note that they only accept cash, no foreign credit cards!

6) Sweet fix: The Bake Shoppe
I literally still dream about their s'mores cookie and their homemade strawberry puff pastries. Their s'mores pastry is basically heated and made super toasty on the outside and gooey in the inside, perfection.

7) Food market: St. Lawrence Market
This market reminded me a lot of the markets you tend to see in Europe. They are not only shops where you can buy fresh and produce, but paces where you can sit down, have a glass of wine with a small aperitif. If you go there make sure to get Toronto's traditional sandwich at Carousel Bakery!

-Skip the streetcar/underground, especially if you're traveling with 3-4 people. Uber works perfectly there and the cost per person is actually the same as public transportation.
-If you're American or have ever traveled to the US, you'll be pleasantly surprised that Toronto isn't as expensive as other US cities. One good rule of thumb is to subtract 30% off of the prices to get US dollars and a whopping 40% to get in euros.
-Toronto is very international-  make sure to expand your horizons and eat a wide range of ethnic food!
-Thinking about going to the CN tower? If you're not dying to go, I'd suggest skipping it and going to the The Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt Hotel for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

1 comment:

  1. The snacks here had a smooth taste with a bit of cheese and lime juice. To start, we got pork rinds there; they were really flavorful with a spicy kick and smooth taste. Plus, it was a large fresh bag too, San Francisco venues are worth the price.