I loved my latest adventure for the second episode of City of Neighbourhood (CON). These are two of my favourite places downtown and some of the most recognizable ones for people outside of Toronto. If you haven’t checked it out or it’s been a while since you’ve visited, do yourself a favour and go exploring! Read my fun facts and recommendations about these lovely places below and stay tuned for episode three.
Stop 1: St. Lawrence
Distance from Campus:
Walking: 15 Minutes (Just walk south down Church or Jarvis!)
Transit: 10 Minutes
Yellow Line: Dundas Station to King Station and then walk east
A lot of people think that we copied the famous Flatiron building in New York City, but our Toronto one actually predates it by almost ten years!
The South Market was Toronto’s original City Hall before it moved to the “Old City Hall” we know today on Queen St.
Buster’s Sea Cove: This delicious place sits near the back of the market and has all of the fresh seafood you could imagine! They prepare it fresh in front of you and it’s always fantastic – it almost makes you feel like you’re eating by the ocean on the east coast. If you love seafood check this out! (Upper Level, Vendor 33 – 93 Front Street East)
Carousel Bakery: This is the BEST place in the city to try the “World Famous Peameal Bacon Sandwich”. This is actually known to be a Toronto specialty and no one does it better than Carousel Bakery. They also sell a bunch of other things but the Peameal Bacon Sandwich is a must try. (Upper Level, Vendor 42 – 93 Front Street East)
The Flatiron – A Firkin Pub: This British pub is located in the basement of the Gooderham Building (the Flatiron building). There’s a great patio and it’s located in the heart of Old Town Toronto. The food is delicious and it’s a super cool experience. (49 Wellington Street East)
Paddington’s Pump Restaurant: This is the market’s only full service, sit-down restaurant and you’ll often get too distracted by all the vendors to notice it. They’re famous for their delicious (and cheap) breakfasts which start at 6 a.m.! It’s a great option for breakfast and don’t worry, they serve Peameal Bacon sandwiches too! (Upper Level, Vendor 45 – 93 Front Street East)
Stop 2: Distillery District
Distance from Campus:
Walking: 30 Minutes
Transit: 20 Minutes
Yellow Line: Dundas Station to King Station, 504 Streetcar East (Stop: King St. East and Trinity St.)
In 1832, James Worts and William Gooderham came from England to build a 22 metre brick windmill on the edge of Toronto, and for a long time this was the symbol of our city.
During the First World War and the Prohibition period (where alcohol was forbidden in the city), the distillery was converted into a warehouse where it produced a key ingredient in manufacturing smokeless gunpowder.
And, yes! This is the place where all the Toronto folk take their Instagram pictures with the LOVE sign and the big red heart!
Cacao 70: SO. MUCH. DELICIOUSNESS. If you love chocolate or anything sweet at all, you must visit Cacao 70. It has every kind of chocolate you could ever imagine and everything from fondues, to hot chocolate, to crepes, and more. I can’t even focus now, give me all the chocolate! (28 Gristmill Lane)
El Catrin: This restaurant is not only delicious but also gorgeous. Seriously, just go for their aesthetic. They serve authentic Mexican cuisine, and I still remember the guacamole I had there 4 years ago. It’s a great restaurant for a date, and the outdoor patio is massive. If you love Mexican food you must try this place out. (18 Tank House Lane)
This is an on-site brewery that still produces a number of local beers. You can check it out for yourself by coming on one of their daily tours! In addition to great beer, they serve mouth-watering dishes so it’s definitely a great place to check out. (21 Tank House Lane)
Go Tours: Okay, this isn’t place, but it’s awesome. At the Distillery District you can experience your very own Segway Ghost Tour! You may have heard of the Haunted Walk (a walking ghost tour offered in many cities), but this is your chance to be scared straight, on a segway! Curious? Or want to see other tours offered? Check it out at (30 Gristmill Lane)