toronto recap

this trip was nothing but spontaneous and i loved every second of it…even the squatting den we found ourselves sleeping in. i posted a video of a fourth floor walk up air bnb and if i had to describe it in one word, it would be ‘musky.’ i think we both felt a bit rock n roll this weekend and as liberating as that is, i’m glad to be home safe and clean!

it took us about 8 hours to arrive due to road work and customs over the peace bridge. google maps lied and told me it was only 5.5h so ignorance was most certainly bliss. all i can say is thank god for empty coffee cups when nature calls.

we were humbled by 1. how many cars there are and 2. how big toronto really is! we spent most of our time in the fashion district, china town, kensington market and the arts & design section of town. we walked over 50k steps in 4 days and only saw a tiny fraction of what the city has to offer! so please take this recap in stride because i could go on for days about it and bore you all to tears. i’ll try to keep it concise :)

every day started out with us on a quest to sample lovely flat whites, cappuccinos or americanos. we loved the decor at early bird espresso brew bar, the quaintness of white squirrel & the overall vibe and brew by jimmy’s coffee (he gives you free coffee if it is your first visit to his shop)!

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a couple things that surprised me: it is insanely windy! hey, there’s a giant lake there so way to be observant melissa. also, the street art is incredible! i mean, is it regulated or not? any canadians want to help me out here? do they commission art? this isn’t your run of the mill, street tag and run away. these are legit and beautiful!

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eats! we enjoyed some $5 drinks and tapas at beast which was nate’s favorite place. our appetizer was oysters and beef heart which i’d never had before! we also sampled a couple raw vegan places that were just lovely! hibiscus cafe in kensington market where they have the BEST large salad bowl. also, feel good guru to balance out your french pastry indulging across the street at nadege. we also got free gluten free cones + vegan ice cream simply by stumbling across brunner’s grand opening!

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shops! one of my favorites was the coal miner’s daughter which is a darling boutique stocked with local canadian brands. also noteworthy is this amazing paper goods store called kid icarus. we bought a local candle (this one) and this print which nate is holding against our geometric wallpaper. he is going to make a black frame for it, and i can’t wait to have it up so i can look at it and be reminded of our memories in canada.

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lastly, the main reason we went to toronto was to experience TURF (toronto urban roots festival). some of our favorite bands were playing and we got to see jenny lewis (who is a total babe btw), gogol bordello (most energetic crew EVER), jeff tweedy with his 18yr old son playing drums (his stage banter is the best) and finally neutral milk hotel of cult indie fame. it was an exhausting weekend but well worth it!

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have you ever visited toronto? what did i miss out on this time? i might just have to schedule a return trip :)

8 Responses to toronto recap

  • Krissie J @ Philly Nerd Girl says:
    July 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    It looks like you had such a great trip! I’ve never been to any part of Canada, but we’re hoping to head up there for a couple of the women’s World Cup games next summer! I’m super excited!

  • Sophie says:
    July 13, 2014 at 6:08 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time! I’ve never been to Toronto myself, so I can’t offer any tips for the future, sadly! If I go in the future I will definitely make sure to check out some of your recommendations.

  • Kristina says:
    July 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Looks like a fun trip! I’ve never been to Toronto so I have no idea if you’re missing anything but it seems like you packed in a lot of great stuff. The empty coffee cup comment made me laugh :)

    • Melissa says:
      July 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      you should go! tons of yoga and wonderful eats there.

  • Katie says:
    July 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I loved following your trip on Instagram, and am glad to finally be seeing the full recap now! I’d never really thought about visiting Toronto before… I’ve been to Montreal and Québec a few times, and spent one strange weekend in Winnipeg. B has never been at all, so Toronto might be the perfect spot for us! I love how spontaneous you were- we try to mix in a bit when we travel- and you found some real gems! Hooray for minivays :-)

    • Melissa says:
      July 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      it’s a great city for a long weekend! we stayed on niagra near queen street which was loaded with great shops!

    • Melissa says:
      July 31, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      yep it’s not a secret. i post vlogs sometimes from that account too. i love music!

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