toronto, on

Toronto is a bustling city filled with so many things to do and so many sights to see. There’s the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Casa Loma, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District, etc. The list goes on and on!

I also really loved how diverse the city is and how clean it was kept!

The thing I liked the most though is ALL THE FOOD. Food here, food there, food everywhere. I was so sad that SJ and I were there for only 3 days because there was SO much to eat…πŸ˜› Because of that, this blog post is mostly pictures of what we ate. Toronto also has SUPER aesthetically pleasing cafes. You can literally spend an entire week cafe-hopping – wish I could’ve gone to more. If you ever make it to Toronto, hope you get to try these places! 😊

[airbnb//entertainment district]: We got to stay at an airbnb near the entertainment district for a decent price which was a jackpot! It was a walking distance to downtown Toronto and all the big landmarks. Plus, just look at the view!!!!! 😍😍😍

[poke guys]: the first place we headed to after getting of the bus was Poke Guys in downtown Toronto. Highly recommend this place. Very affordable, great portions, delicious & you can never go wrong with poke! 

[tsujiri]: Right around the corner of Poke Guys is Tsujiri. This place is heaven for matcha lovers. πŸ˜‡Their ice cream is SO delicious and it tastes like genuine matcha – not those sweetened kind. The only downside is the price. It costs about $6 just for a cone but it’s definitely worth a try.

[Uncle Tetsu’s Shop]: okay, if you need to pick only ONE place to get dessert from Toronto, Uncle Tetsu’s Shop takes the CAKE [harhar, punny😏]! Seriously though, there is always a line out the door since everyone wants to get their hands (or mouths?) on this Japanese cheesecake. It’s more like a fluffy bread texture which I personally am a HUGE fan of. When you leave it in the fridge for a little bit though, it has more of the regular cheesecake texture. It’s absolutely delicious either way though. I was literally so obsessed. SJ and I got this on the last day too so we could take it home and eat it. WORTH EVERY PENNY.

Plus just look how cute this cartoon version of Uncle Tetsu is!! 😍

HAHAH he’s literally so cute!

[bahn mi boys]: This is the first time I tried bahn mi sandwiches & it did not disappoint! The taste was very flavorful and fresh! I don’t know if this is true, but the meal itself felt pretty healthy (maybe it was all the vegetables) so that’s always good! I think there are two locations in Toronto – we went to the one on Queen St. 

pork bahn mi & kimchi fries 😚

Day 2 was packed with more food than the day before since it was the 1st full day! The weather was also soooo great and since the lighting was on point, we had to take a picture πŸ˜‰. Boy, we’ve aged since we first met but this is supposed to be our prime years, right…?

[kinka izakaya]: We heard that this ramen place was πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£ and always super packed so we decided to go there for lunch. Overall, it was oooooookay. SJ and I have definitely had way better ramen before (especially in NYC) so we weren’t too impressed. Many people rave about it though so maybe their dinner menu is better and we just came at the wrong time b/c it was SO empty when we came.

[dineen coffee]: one of the most instagrammed places in Toronto and I see why. Super aesthetically pleasing and a cozy place to sit & catch up with company. It was SUPER packed when we went in so sadly, we didn’t order anything. 

 

[neo coffee bar]: Neo Coffee Bar was my favorite cafe from all the ones that we got to try. Loved their interior as well as their drinks & food. Their matcha roll was HEAVENLY – so soft, fluffy, and moist. Literally drooling as I’m thinking about how delicious it was. 

[st. lawrence market]: this is a very popular place to visit when in Toronto. It was like a farmer’s market. Very similar to Milwaukee Public Market where they sell meats, vegetables, other food items, random goods, etc. It was PACKED.

“Meet me at the corner of Beef Boulevard & Pork Place.”

[toronto eaton center]: located in the downtown core of Toronto stands the Eaton Center filled with hundreds of shops. So many big windows and open spaces. So much natural light makes it pleasant to walk around during the daytime. 

loved everything in this store but two poor grad & grad-to be students so….

[cluck clucks]: Before heading to the Toronto Light Festival, we wanted to grab a fast meal nearby. An affordable, delicious chicken & waffles place called Cluck Clucks was available and it got great yelp reviews so we headed on over! It was a great decision b/c it hit the spot. πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”

[toronto light festival]: The Toronto Light festival took place in the Distillery District for a limited time so we decided to head over! There were many light art pieces spread out within a few blocks that were free to view. As expected, so many people flooded the streets since the pieces were really fun to look at & because the weather was so nice even at night! Us, being super patient people (harhar) didn’t even wait in all the lines to take pictures – just one. It was definitely a fun date though & a good experience. πŸ’‘πŸ’‘πŸ’‘

 

 

the halo is clearly on the wrong person πŸ˜‡πŸ˜ˆ

[arvo coffee]:hidden within the distillery district and in the middle of the light festival, was this cute little cafe. We decided to go in to warm our bodies a little bit and kill time here since we felt it was a bit too early to head back. Arvo Coffee was also aesthetically pleasing and I literally wanted to take all of their cute succulents home! 

 

 

that purse looks so good on you 😘

The 3rd day was a pretty chill day. I honestly don’t even remember what we did specifically other than getting more food.

[bang bang ice cream]: OOOOMMMGGGG This place is SOOOOOO good. Pricey, but definitely worth it. It’s not a sit in place and there is no outside seating so you’ll have to eat it on the street but SO WORTH. There were so many flavors to choose from and even options to choose from like a cookie sandwich, cup, a puff, etc. SO BOMB πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£πŸ’£

[nohohon tea room]: This place got good reviews on yelp but it wasn’t my cup of tea… It wasn’t sweet at all (which is how I prefer) and the bubbles weren’t that chewy or flavorful. I read that the drinks are usually on the sweet side though, so maybe we just went on a wrong day?

a cute name & meaning though! πŸ˜›

All in all, I absolutely loved my experience in Toronto! I’m so sad that we didn’t have time to explore THE PATH (the biggest underground walkway in the world with a bajillion shops and restaurants) but we had a great time above ground! 😁 We came back like 10lbs heavier but I’d totally visit Toronto again in a heartbeat. If you ever visit Toronto, hope you get to visit some of these places & also eat your heart out! 

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  1. jessicailam March 31, 2017 / 2:56 am

    I love how you explored more like a local than a tourist haha! You def need to try Kinka for dinner next time you visit, it's one of my favourite restaurants!! And the path is really nothing special, so you didn't miss out on anything! Glad you enjoyed your trip πŸ™‚

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