Living in a touristy location like Toronto has its perks, from cultural festivals to a sea of cafes and restaurants, and of course this year’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, it seems like Toronto has it all. For this week’s Summer Bucket List we decided to discover Toronto, in other words, pretend to be tourists in our own city. Although we didn’t ride that red tour bus or see Toronto’s highlighting features like Casa Loma, we went on our own walking tours around Downtown Toronto. Here is what we found.
Our adventures began at St. Andrew station which is home to many theaters like the Princess of Whales Theater, Roy Thompson Hall, and our personal favorite– the TIFF Lightbox. We will definitely be catching a musical, opera, or the movie in one of these locations.
When it was time for lunch, food managed to rule out over walking and photo taking. While searching for a new restaurant to try, we quite literally stopped in our tracks when we saw this beauty, figuring that our foodie senses will be satisfied. Imagine tall sky-rise office buildings and then this pops out of nowhere. Our food was absolutely delightful and can we talk about the view? Oh. and the lighting?
With bellies full, we hit the road, this time to see the action taking place at Nathan Phillips Square for the Parapan Am Games. Although it was calm, we did see a lot of athletes and it took a lot of willpower to stop ourselves from “fan-girling” after seeing all their talent on television. We made a quick stop at Eaton Centre and managed to get our names printed on the coke cans– Rochelle and Mariya (Kvitka is hard to come by it seems haha).
Our next stop was the Distillery District which transported us back to the 1800s. It is a very authentic and rustic place in Old Toronto which is quite a contrast from the general Downtown region where everything is up to speed and modern. Filled with cute boutiques selling anything from books and art to spices, top hats, and yes, sorbets (we caved big time). With its famous “Love” sign decorated with locks (just like the Paris Bridge), we couldn’t resist adoring all the couples taking photos.
As we were leaving the Distillery District you could hear the calm and quiet transforming into fast paced, modern hustle and bustle of 2015. Of course being the savvy navigators that we are, we got lost which wasn’t entirely horrible. Despite the heat wave outside and our ‘inappropriate-for-adventuring-in’ clothes, we ran into beautiful cathedrals and boutiques along the way, like this gorgeous bookstore.
Overall, it was an awesome day spent discovering the wonders and charms Toronto has to offer!
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Until next time,
Rochelle & Kvitka