We’ve been busy working hard behind the scenes to expand ADDICTED across the pond, and, while we wait to finalize the details of our upcoming trip to London, we decided what better time to bring our UK editor Stewart over to learn all about the magazine and to explore our great city; the place we call home; Toronto.
Back in June he boarded a flight with Wow Air and came to see just what our fine city has to offer. While we couldn’t see everything, I thought I’d share a few of my must-see tourist attractions and a few lesser known local hot spots you probably wouldn’t find in a guidebook.
Let’s start with a few of the more obvious sights; the ones I love to pay a visit to every now and again, and that are a must see if you’re a first time visitor.
The CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, and Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome aka home of the Jays) are all located in the same downtown area of the city. Nearby is the Steam Whistle Beer Factory (and tour), and REC Room (think a giant games room with drinks). It makes for a really fun afternoon-into-evening paying a visit to this area, and offers lots to do regardless of your age.
The Toronto food scene is amazing. Seriously, it’s just wonderful and while we only had a few days to explore, I wanted to share some of my faves.
When it comes to Sushi I am obsessed with Saku. If I want the best pizza, North of Brooklyn is king of the slice. Need some crazy amazing Italian? Hit up Church Aperitivo, and if you want a truly memorable experience, check out Figures or Convenience.
As Toronto isn’t really an “old” city we don’t have the same sorts of historical landmarks that the UK is famous for. We do, however, have areas reminiscent of our past.
I love a little trip back in time and if you’re after some history while still staying downtown, you need look no further than The Distillery District. If you’re willing to head out a bit further, then you have to pay a visit to one of my favorite Toronto landmarks, Black Creek Pioneer Village. Located just north of the city, Black Creek really will take you back in time.
For those of you that don’t know, you can now take the subway to BCPV!
Our beautiful city has so much to offer and one of the things I love most about Toronto is the amount of greenery and nature we have right on our doorstep. From Trinity Bellwoods Park just down the street from me, to High Park (our smaller, safer equivalent of Central Park) there really is plenty of space to roam if you want to escape the concrete jungle.
Like all good things, Stewart’s trip had to come to an end. We had an amazing few days exploring the city. Stewart got to see Toronto for the first time in all her glory and I had the opportunity to really fall in love with my city all over again.
So why not come and visit Toronto? There’s so much to do and see, the people are always friendly, and, if you come in the summer, you’ll also have beautiful weather. Really, what’s stopping you?