In case you forgot. A month ago there was Part One. I promised Part Two coming soon. Usually “coming soon” means a little less than a month for me. Nevertheless. Scroll down for another five cool landmarks in Toronto. And get back to my previous post to see the first five, if you haven’t already 🤗
The Distillery District definitely stands out from the rest of the city, that’s why you really should think of visiting it once you have rummaged across the city’s downtown. Even if you have been to Europe and seen narrow streets with old-fashioned buildings made of red brick, cozy cafes and vintage souvenir shops. It is still more amazing in winter when there is a Christmas market. Try local pretzels and mulled wine – no worse than European ones 😉
Mind that on weekends you have to purchase an entry ticket (this year it is CAD 6). Free entrance on weekdays.
What the Internet says
Nearly 10 years ago, a small group of visionary developers had a dream for Toronto. They looked at a derelict collection of Victorian Industrial buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site and imagined transforming it.
“Our vision was to combine the romance and relaxing atmosphere of European walking and patio districts with the hip, cool dynamic of an area like New York City’s SoHo or Chelsea, where creative minds get together and you feel as if anything could happen.”
Their dream was to provide a place where creativity would flourish and passion would be aroused – where artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and businesspeople could rub shoulders and inspire each other. So they began plans to restore the 47 buildings known as the Gooderham & Worts Distillery.
If you visit the Distillery District, this is one more stop on your way. St. Lawrence Market is considered the biggest market in the world. It is also stylized as if time has stopped here. Fresh meat and fish, fresh cheese and milk, fresh vegetables and fruits and more and more fresh goods. But remember, we often need to PAY for craving fresh. If you’re not ready to spend a lot of money on food, you can just as well have a walk here. It’s still worth it.
Why have I put an asterisk here? Because this point may be optional for some people. This is not the first place to see if you have very little time, but it is highly recommended for all those who are interested in… well, in life, basically. The place is full of antiquities and curious findings from different fields of studies. I particularly was fascinated by the hall with prehistoric creatures (ever wondered what Ross from “Friends” did for the living looked like?).
While this might not be an obvious choice, I insist that people see this beauty not many people even know about (including Torontonians themselves). Allan Gardens is a very peaceful, comforting and beautiful greenhouse in the downtown Toronto. And the entrance is free! 👍🏼
Allan Gardens Conservatory is over 100 years old with a garden-filled greenhouse that covers over 16,000 square feet. This garden is open to the public year-round. It contains tropical plants from all over the world from palm trees to cacti. There are also seasonal plantings throughout the year.
Technically, this is not Toronto, but who cares? No, you cannot be in Toronto and not visit the Falls that are so conveniently close to the city. These falls may not be the biggest in the world, but they are certainly impressive. Come visit in summer to admire the nature and take a ride on a big touristic boat. Come visit in winter and admire the frozen beauty. If you don’t get frozen yourself. In any case, come. Oh, and don’t skip the astonishing little town of Niagara-On-The-Lake. It is so worth visiting.
Again, not for everyone. But for art lovers no doubt! AGO ranks as the best art gallery in Canada and one of the best in North America. I am not the biggest art fan, but I never regretted visiting AGO.
🎇 These are my 10 must-sees. But I have a few more tips for my fellow travellers. Coming up in my next post.
See ya, my curious friends 👋🏽