Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Taste of Toronto

A Taste of Toronto | Akinokiki
I spent about a day and a half visiting Toronto, Canada last week with my family. This post is a taste of what we did, saw and ate while there. This is a bit of a long one, so settle down and enjoy :)

Toronto Dark Horse Espresso Bar | Akinokiki
We flew in, and our first stop after landing at around 9am was a trendy cafe called Dark Horse Espresso Bar, where we refreshed before the long day ahead. I ate a cheddar and scallion scone, which was delicious, and drank some water.

After this refresh, we spent a couple of hours shopping on Queen street West where there were a lot of shops like H&M, Kheils, Urban Planet, Michael's (which was several stories high!) and many others.

Toronto FRESH | Akinokiki
It was super hot out by noon and we were really glad to go inside for lunch. We ate at a popular vegetarian/vegan restaurant "Fresh" (on Spadina), which I had been hoping to visit for quite some time.

Toronto FRESH | Akinokiki

We shared a delicious appetizer of their quinoa onion rings. They were crispy, not too salty or sweet, but didn't have too strong of an onion taste to them either, which was really nice!

Toronto FRESH | Akinokiki




My lunch was the "baby sized" Buddha bowl on soba noodles, which actually turned out to be a whole lot of food, at least for me... I couldn't finish it all! It was packed with all kinds of yummy flavours, and the cucumbers, bean sprouts and tomato lightened up the otherwise hearty bowl. 

Toronto Bloor street | Akinokiki
After lunch, we took Uber up to Bloor street, which is basically a big street that houses a lot of high end and fancy designer stores. We wandered up and down the street a little, but it was quite overwhelming and really hot outside, so we didn't spend long. Our next stop was just down the street: the Royal Ontario Museum. Here, we visited the Chihuly glass exhibit, which was absolutely breathtaking, as well as some others.

ROM CHIHULY | Akinokiki
ROM: Chihuly glass exhibit
ROM CHIHULY | Akinokiki
ROM: Chihuly glass exhibit

ROM CHIHULY | Akinokiki
ROM: Chihuly glass exhibit

Toronto Eaton Centre | Akinokiki
We then went to the Eaton Centre to shop some more, but also just to get lost in the vast sea of busy people and shoppers (ok, so maybe that last part wasn't totally our intention, haha)

Toronto Street Car | Akinokiki
We also visited a shop called MUJI, which is across from the huge mall, and I took this cool photo of a Toronto street car through the window there.

We had two dinners while in Toronto, but my favourite was definitely at a Japanese Izakaya called "Kinka Izakaya". (I forgot to take photos!) Not only was the food was delicious and the atmosphere it's own Japanese world in Canada, but the people who worked there were probably the most energetic bunch I've ever seen. They all shout out a welcome and goodbye to each customer, as well as when you're seated, when they take your order, etc. and they seem so genuinely excited about it each time, it's really cool!

Have you been to Toronto before?

6 comments :

  1. toronto looks so amazing. i really want to go someday.


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    1. Thanks for reading, Elena! Toronto is definitely a really cool place :)

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  2. Looks like a great place! I haven't been there before, but now I want to. :)
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  3. Ah this brings back memories, I went to Toronot quite a few years ago! Lovely photos :) x

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