The more I discover Canada the more it amazes me, what a huge and gorgeous country! My first step-over has been the very popular Toronto! Honestly, despite it’s an enormous city I totally didn’t have this feeling while walking around! Especially compared to London where everything is sooo packed, here, despite the gigantic buildings… I felt like I had space, lots of space! Plus, once you explored it the first time it’s not difficult at all to get oriented, this also thanks to the CN Tower: wherever you can see it you can understand in which direction you’re walking! 🙂
After spending 4 days there I came up with this list that I believe sums up what you can’t definitely miss when you’re here, hopefully, it’s useful for any of you who’s planning to visit Toronto 😉
1 | Fill your camera with amazing graffiti pictures at the Graffiti Alley
The Graffiti Alley is definitely a place you can’t miss! This narrow but quite long street will make you want to shoot many pics of the amazing wall drawings that make this street colourful and fun!
2 | Going to China, Portugal, Italy and Korea without needing a passport!
Toronto is very well known for its mix of cultures and nationalities. Indeed, the biggest communities have even given names to neighbours which are so cool to visit since you can definitely breathe a different feeling from the normal Toronto streets! You can have an amazing dinner eating Chinese ravioli in Chinatown, then go for an ice cream in Little Italy, spot cute houses in the little Portugal area or even go to drink something in Korea Town! How cool is this?!
3 | Fall in love with the Distillery District
The Distillery District is the perfect place where to enjoy a chilled afternoon or evening. In this neighbourhood, you’ll find many cosy bars and hand-made items shops with unique stuff. Plus, the characteristic brick walls make the whole atmosphere very different from the rest of Toronto’s area so you won’t want to miss it 😉
4 | Escape the big-city life seeking refuge in The Annex area
We all know that after a while, the big-city life can be overwhelming, right? Well, there’s actually an area of North Toronto where you won’t have this feeling at all: The Annex. This neighbourhood is full of amazing (super-expensive) houses (actually, villas) and the most famous one is Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival style house (aka a small castle) which is now assigned as a museum and landmark.
Oh and another good reason to visit this area is the! Indeed, since it’s located a bit higher than the rest of Toronto, you’ll have an amazing view of the city (including the CN Tower, of course 😉 )
5 | Experiencing the thrill of watching a live baseball game
Canada has just one baseball team, the Blue Jays, but they are very very proud and fanatic of it! Because of this, when in Toronto, going to watch a baseball game at the Rogers Centre is a must! In Europe baseball is not really a thing so for me it totally felt like being in a movie, for sure an amazing memory!
The team plays 2/3 times per week and tickets prices vary based on the area you want to seat, from very expensive to very affordable ones, so there’s no excuse to miss it! 😉
6| Being stunned by the amazing view from the CN Tower
The CN Tower is definitely a symbol of Toronto so already seeing it from the outside will make you wanna say “wow!”. But going at the top (yeah, it’s kind of expensive though..around 50 dollars – but worth it!!), it’s just stunning! While walking around the streets of Toronto you already realise how massive this city is, but when you’re up there you’ll be really amazed!
7 | Feeling the real Toronto vibes while walking around downtown Yonge
Yonge Street is one of the most scurry and dynamic districts of the city with loads of shops, restaurants and entertainment. This street is so long that on the way you’ll want to stop so many times!
8 | Take a very touristic picture at Nathan Philip Square
Nathan Philip Square is where the “Toronto” writing is = where all the people who are visiting Toronto go to take pictures! It’s quite a big square so no worries, you won’t feel packed, especially if you go there around evening hours the people will be less and you’ll be able to take cool pictures! 🙂
9 | Enjoy a picnic or just a short rest along the walk of the Toronto Harbour
The day I arrived in Toronto it was so sunny and hot so I decided to buy something for dinner and eat it on one of the benches along the walk of the Toronto Harbour, such a pretty view and the perfect place to be on a spring/summer evening!
10 | Losing track of time while looking at all the goodies in St Lawrence Market
Of course, visiting a market could not miss on my list! St Larence Market, in particular, is full of fresh food and typical Canadian goodies so, as a tourist is interesting visiting it even without having the intention to purchase something! Be prepared though, it’s quite big (3 buildings) so you’ll need a bit of time to look at it with no rush 🙂
What about you, have you ever been to Toronto? Would you have anything to add to this list? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
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