Planning my Trip to Europe: Canada Layover


In December I will be taking a trip to Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic and Germany. Over the next couple days I will be posting my trip ideas. Please join in any suggestions you have or feedback on the places I highlighted. Today I’m starting out with my layover in Toronto Canada for 12 hours. Most of this info is copied directly from Wikitravel – which I love with a passion for planning all trips. We are going to venture out of Pearson Airport and using the handy TTC, travel to the city. A one way ticket is $3, so as long as I keep our travel to two rides, its cheaper then the day pass ($10.50). Check out my Google Map to see these locations in relation to each other.

  • Little Italy/Portugal Village: This is the spot to get a sense of the Western Mediterranean, the internet recommends grabbing a coffee or Baklava. There is also  Negroni Panini (maybe going by different name according ot google), 492 College St. It has delicious, inexpensive and simple salads and panini sandwiches.
  • Chinatown,especially to peek in at Ten Ren’s Tea Shop –it offers an unsurpassed selection of teas which can be expensive for the quantity but not the quality. I’d like to go look if nothing else. Plus Collin likes Bubble tea. North of Chinatown is University district and College St. It’s near the college so the shops are more affordable and eclectic. I think I’d like to eat lunch around here. In Kensington Market, there is Jumbo Empanadas (245 Augusta Avenue. Delicious and inexpensive empanadas in both meat and vegetarian varieties) and My Market Bakery (184 Baldwin St. The best in baked goods you’ll find in all of Toronto).
  • If you go 1.7 miles east on College street there is the Bulldog Coffee at 89 Granby St. Espresso and espresso based drinks. One of the owner/baristas regularly wins competitions for his latte art. Daily 7AM-7PM. Nearby is Allan Gardens a stroll through charming Victorian style greenhouses. Step into a warm and beautiful reprieve from the winter cold or from the city pace throughout the year. Also its free. Also nearby is Mutual St Deli (103 Mutual St) which has amazing roasted chicken.
  • CN Tower and the downtown cityscape: Although I don’t want to pay to ride it to the top, the buildings in this area looks interesting and modern. If you do ride to the top, it has a revolving restaurant and a observation deck with glass floors! I’d also like to go to the nearby Toronto City Hall which is two buildings forming a semi-circle overlooking Nathan Phillips square, which has a very popular skating rink in the winter. The Distillery District, close by is a pedestrian-only village dedicated to the arts and entertainment. Go south to see the Waterfront with galleries, walking trails and art, film and theater complexes. I also want to peek at the Toronto Music Garden (475 Queens Quay West at Harbourfront Centre). It might be the wrong type of the year but its a garden is an interpretation of Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, designed by cellist Yo Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy. St Lawrence Market (93 Front St. E) might also be a neat place ot pop into. Inside of it, Carousel Bakery (upstairs) was recommended for its peameal bacon sandwich – a Canadian food.
  • Koreatown, is composed of the retail businesses and restaurants along Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst Streets in the Seaton Village section of The Annex. I’m also not sure we will visit because it’s less appealing then the other sections of town. If you continue East of Koreatown on Bloor St you will find an annex of cheap Japanese restaurants. Another lunch or dinner time option.

Places that appeal to me but I don’t want to pay for: Toronto Zoo, Beer makes History Better Tour and places I’d want to visit if it wasn’t winter: Toronto Botanical Gardens and Little India is much farther east then all the other spots.

Anywhere else come to mind that I should check out internet?

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