Post # 1
My husband and I will be visiting Toronto for 5 days in April. Two of those days he has to work, and I will be on my own. What are some fun things we could do together, and especially what are some fun things I can do by myself? I love crafty stuff, food, wine, shopping, art, chocolate shops, etc.
Post # 3
Oh my gosh. There’s so much to do here! First of all, Toronto.com is a great resource with a calendar of events going on, etc, so check that out. Here are some of my favourite spots:
- Royal Ontario Museum (The ROM) – always has great exhibits and was just renovated by Liebeskind. It’s a huge controversy in the city, half of us love it and half of us hate it. I think it’s awesome and a great architectural addition to the city!
- Closeby to the ROM is the Bata Shoe Museum – I’ve never been but I’ve heard it’s great
- The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) – just renovated by Frank Gehry and has been a huge success. They typically have really good exhibitions going on, I’m sure you could google them and find out what’s showing while you’re visiting.
- Queen St W – A great shopping corridor full of funky shops, great bars with good local musicians, good restaurants. The popular area is University Ave to Spadina, but I prefer to continue going west all the way nearly to Dufferin. There are tons of one off shops which I really love. The Drake Hotel is a funky place for a good meal or a martini. The Gladstone is a bit further down the street and is really fun too.
- Bloor St (Yonge St and further West) – This is sort of the “posh” neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. Here you’ll find high end shops like Gucci, Prada, Chanel, etc.
- Yorkville – This is just adjacent to Bloor St, it’s again more of the posh shops. It’s really fun to poke around here, you might even get a few celeb sightings! This is also really close to the ROM and Bata Shoe Museum
- The Distillery District – Sort of a funky old renovated industrial complex that’s full of local artisans, good restaurants, glass blowers, art galleries… I love this area, it’s a lot of fun! I think this one is up your alley for sure! There’s a really really really great chocolate shop and a good bakery here too!
- Harbourfront – This is down on the lakefront of Toronto. It’s worth a couple hours, but it’s not my favourite place in the world.
- Toronto Island – Not sure if April is the BEST time of the year, but you can take the ferry across and there are tons of walking trails and gardens. Check this one on Toronto.com or a google search. It’s a fun place but the time of year can be dicey.
- Skip the Eaton Centre. It’s busy, overwhelming and boring. LOL!
I don’t know when you’re coming, but the Spring One of a Kind Show is on March 31- April 4. It’s an AMAZING show of artisans from all across Canada. It comes twice a year and is always one of my favourites.
Spring is also a great time to visit the Toronto Zoo, although it’s a bit outside of the city (20 minutes), so you’d need a rental car. It’s really fun and the animals are always really active at that time of year.
We have great theatre here too, so check to see what productions are on. Ack! So much!! Sorry if that was way too much info!!!
Post # 4
Wow Bakerella!!! I am going to use your list for my next trip to Toronto!!!
I love that city, It has amazing food! One of my favorite restrauants is Sassafrass.
Post # 5
Sasafrass? Really?! It’s good but oh my gosh there are 8 million better places in this city! My goodness tell me when the next time you’re coming is and I’ll send you on a culinary tour!! LOL!
If anyone is looking for GREAT italian, I have 2 recommendations. First, up at Yonge and Eglinton, Grazie. Sooooooooooooooooooooooo good. My mouth just watered typing their name. Secondly, just outside of the city in Port Credit is Lago. Seriously the best Italian food I’ve ever had outside of Italy. Port Credit is only 15-20 minutes outside the city and totally worth the quick trip. It’s a really sweet little town with great restaurants and little shops to poke around in. (Hmmmm wonder why I give it such a glowing review…. 😉 ) We discovered Lago last year and are serious addicts, LOL!
For a posh and delicious meal in the city the top restaurants are:
- Auberge du Pommier
- Lee (I’m DYING to go here)
- The Windsor Arms for high tea on the weekends is awesome!
- Salad King for Thai, or my personal favourite, The Friendly Thai on Roncesvalles Ave for their peanut chicken
Also, check out chow.com for great reviews and recommendations from fellow foodies.
Post # 6
You said you like wine, are either of you really into beer? I could shoot you a couple of great places to go!
Post # 7
The thai restaurants aren’t posh, they’re just delicious and have great food for a good price. Sorry.
Ooh ya, we have great beer too! LOL!
Post # 8
Oh oh! I thought of one more! My absolute favourite place! If you DO have a rental car and want to explore a little, there’s an AMAZING town called Elora that’s about an hour away from the city. It’s FULL of little boutiques and restaurants, I absolutely adore it there. We nearly bought a house there actually. Love love love it. It sounds like it would be right up your alley too. The Elora Mill Inn sits right on the river over the waterfall and has a gorgeous view over the water. The food is really good too! Sigh, I think I need to do a roadtrip soon and visit myself!
Post # 9
We’re going next week for a couple days to visit my FI’s brother & his family. We prolly won’t have time to do anything, but it’s nice to have some ideas!! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 10
Bakerella! I lived at Yonge and Eglinton for a year, if you love Grazie, you should try La Vecchia. It’s North on Yonge street another block, the wait staff are far more attentive, the wine selection is better and the menu items are a bit more posh. Prices are nearly identical, I’d recommend it, the restaurant is more intimate and far less noisy, you can have a conversation. It’s a great place for a romantic date! 🙂 It’s nearly impossible to get a table on a Saturday night, but they take reservations! I miss living there if only to be able to walk to that restaruant for brunch.. mmm… Now my mouth is watering!
Post # 11
@Nerdette: I’ll have to check it out, although I really love Lago in Port Credit. It’s dangerous because it’s within walking distance 😉 It sort of does kick Grazie’s butt, I’m not sure why I feel bad saying that! Mmmm now I want to go eat oodles of pasta and their oven baked pizza… mmmmmmmmmmmm