Travel Guide: Toronto
When visiting Toronto I highly suggest flying into the city, staying downtown, and using public transportation or walking to get the most of the city as traffic is always horrendous and these methods will allow you to utilize your time. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as the Toronto streets can seem endless and each turn takes you to a new subcity to be explored.
Being an American whose knowledge of Toronto is based solely on pop culture I was very excited to try Tim Horton's. For anyone who loves a great doughnut I highly recommend - the doughnuts have a Krispy Kreme consistency with a Dunkin Donut sweetness. Even their coffee was drinkable for under $2.00. You can find this chain almost anywhere in the city.
Once you reach downtown Toronto you will immediately become immersed in their artistic culture. Murals, colorful art, and interesting architecture create the city's energetic atmosphere. Each building has intricate designs, odd angles, light displays, and window decals. And while Toronto is highly populated it's cleaner, safer, and friendlier than large cities in America.
Shopping in Toronto is every thrifter's dream. The Black Market was the most interesting store we came across, with a combination of old vintage/new remakes this store incorporates a clothing establishment, record store, barber shop, and a collection of all things weird. It's easy to spend hours here but try to limit yourself.
Once you hit this area boutiques are on every corner. You're sure to find a one-of-a-kind item to bring back to the states, and with the exchange rate you will even have a few extra dollars to spend.
Kensington Market was one of my favorite sections of Downtown Toronto. It's a small neighborhood that is a collection of shopping, dining, and medical dispensaries, that resembled a more vibrant Woodstock. Make sure you walk down each side of the street as you are definitely sure to miss something.
Right outside of Kensington you'll stumble across Graffiti Alley - this is a long alleyway covered in art and a plethora of photographers and tourists. The art changes so frequently you'll always want to revisit any time you're in the city.
Don't be fooled that hockey is the only popular sport - the Blue Jay's game was sold out! And no trip to Canada would be complete with tasting the "unofficial dish of Canada" - poutine. This brown gravy, cheese curd, fry combo is so popular it's served at everywhere from McDonald's to baseball games, to high-end restaurants.
I'd love to hear your travel recommendations for Toronto & let us know if you take any of our suggestions when you take your own trip to Toronto.