Summer weekends are made for escaping the confining walls of your normality. When the suggestion of hitting Toronto was discussed, it was a no brainer! Toronto infact has many elements similar to my home, Melbourne. And it’s not just the trams I’m talking about. I had 48 hours in Toronto and here’s how it looked.
Wide streets, open pavements and intriguing shops – Queens Street West had recently been voted one number ‘up and coming’ areas in the Northern Hemisphere. The café scene was our first port of call – have I mentioned my hubby is a coffee baron!
Absolutely must hits are
- Squirrel coffee
- Tantrum coffee
- Rooster coffee house
- Sam James – save the best till last.
Sam James, I commend you on the finest decaf cortado I have consumed in a long time! Its space was super trendy, and uniquely designed. Absolute hands down the top café in Toronto.
If you’re looking for a breakfast spot, Dineen or Feel Food Café is your port of call.
Dineen was absolutely charming – traditional and scrumptious. The gold plated finishing’s and the lattice tables on the pavement eluded to a lazy morning in Paris. The coffee was on-point, but it was the classic morning baguette that confirmed this place as a winner.
Feel Good is your go to “health kick”. Fresh, clean and vegan – this spot had juices to satisfy all taste bud’s. White wash walls and a quaint plants refresh your spirit and your appetite.
Brunch in Old Town
You must be sure to visit the iconic Distillery District. This historic and entertainment precinct contains numberous cafes, restaurants and heritage buildings. With its old world charm you could find yourself wandering the streets, losing track of time and simply being present in delight. Cluny was suggested as the pick for brunch. This recommendation didn’t disappoint. If eating with your eyes is a sport then Cluny is leading the competition.
The challenge was the menu picking!
Being a city that is vastly spread, the shopping was specific to boutique and small street shopping.
A true find that was special was a place called The Cure Apothecary. Walking in the fresh airy space, you are immersed in the aromas of natural beauty. Mirrored basins and all natural skin care is The Cure’s niche selling point. Lotions, serums and creams for men and women, The Cure has advice to get everyone feeling and looking their best self.
Knowledgeable of their products… I received a skin analysis consultation to ensure my products were perfect for my skin complexion. Win of the day was discovering some new deliciously rich and luxe beauty lines, walking away with Kypris Beauty Elixir 3 and Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin C. This combo packs a pump of skin awesomeness! One pump of both and its my new nighttime skin drink.
– Nourish the skin to glow its potential –
When dinner came around the culturally rich city did not disappoint. Both Valdez and The Drake hotel were my top choices.
My personal favourite would be Valdeez. Although Latin street food, the sharing style and service is truly Canadian. The décor was vibrant, on trend and very authentic. In the courtyard we enjoyed a cuisine affair of deliciousness! Stand out dishes were the Steamed Brandizo and Quesadilla’s. Valdeez can take you well into the evening with the upstairs bar offering an airy, modern and friendly atmosphere for a fun summer night.
Toronto in the Summer was a breezy, electric escape. Although a return in the winter might require a very different carry on. If I had more time a sporting event would be have been a definite must! Until next time Toronto.