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A Spring Week in Toronto

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It’s about time I share this mini article (that mainly consists of photos) of my solo trip to Toronto last April! I don’t go in to detail as much as I have in my previous trip posts, but I do share most of the sites I visited (at least the ones that I ticked off from my long list of “Things to Do in Toronto”)!

Thursday, April 18th, 2018

At 9:45AM, I woke up from a short sleep to leave for Toronto (and New York)! This would signify my second solo trip, my big trip of the year, and I couldn’t have felt more joy for the memories I was about to make.

Shoutout to one of my best friends since elementary school who accommodated me during my trip! <3

Friday, April 19th, 2018

The Black Canary Espresso Bar
A great little café nestled in a bookshop; perfect for people watching
Eaton Centre
Toronto Old City Hall
Nathan Phillips Square

  • 3D Toronto Sign

Brookfield Place

  • Starbucks

  • Hockey Hall of Fame

Imperial Pub
This pub gave me major Hogwarts vibes!
Bata Shoe Museum

Saturday, April 20th, 2018

Gooderham Building
St. Lawrence Market
Sugar Beach
Distillery District

  • Balzac’s Coffee Roastery

  • GW General Store (where I bought my first film camera!)

Underground Dance Centre
10/10 would recommend taking a class here, but don’t make the mistake I did and take an intermediate/advanced class when you haven’t dance in YEARS, even if you’ve danced for years prior!
Nathan Phillips Square (nighttime view)

Sunday, April 21st, 2018

Banh Mi Boys
High Park
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
CN Tower
Honestly, I don’t recommend this tourist attraction because the view at the top isn’t that nice.
Pizza Pizza
(I was starving and went to the nearest food place I could find, okay!)

Monday, April 22nd, 2018

Kensington Market

  • House of Energy

  • Fresco’s Fish ‘n’ Chips

  • Jimmy’s Coffee (I mostly bought a drink for the yellow accent cups & lids)

  • Kid Icarus Stationary (Gift Shop + Print Studio)

  • Good Egg (Gift Shop, CLOSED)

Death in Venice Gelato
Graffiti Alley
Factory Theatre

  • Play: Prairie Nurse (first Filipino play I've ever seen & first play I paid to see, aside from high school field trips —I recommend you see what’s playing at the theatre and see if any of the shows spark interest!)

Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2018

Casa Loma
Ah, the highlight of my trip! I love historic places and this one was so beautiful to walk through. You can easily spend at least two hours here if you grab a portable radio to do a self-guided tour, which I definitely recommend!
University of Toronto Campus
Kensington Market
Easily one of my favourite places in Toronto! What an artsy little joint!

  • Pancho’s Bakery (Churros)

Mi’hito Sushi Laboratory
Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP Theatre
Watching ‘The Greatest Showman’ in a near-empty theatre was a spiritual experience.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2018

Mystic Muffin
I walked in the shop that was suggested to me by a friend, not knowing what exactly to order, but the owner, Elias, just started making me something whilst asking me where I was from, and it turned out to be the TASTIEST FALAFEL I’ve ever had (not to mention how cheap it was)! The apple cake that I bought was just as memorable —please do yourself a favour by visiting this shop!
Allan Gardens
Metro Supermarket

  • Nutella Bar

Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto Public Library
Page One Cafe & Bar

Thursday, April 25th, 2018

Back to the airport! Thanks for a good & relaxing time, Toronto!

Honestly, Toronto reminds me a lot of Vancouver and a bit of New York. It’s like… if Vancouver and New York city had a baby, it would be Toronto. It’s closer to the size of NYC, but it isn’t as exciting and colourful, like Vancouver. That argument might not be quite fair though, ‘cause my first time in a city mainly consists of me feeling the vibe of each neighborhood, the transit system, the people, etc. Plus, New York is… well, New York (and I’m kind of very much shamelessly in love with that city).

Speaking of New York, this is where I head off to next (literally in this past timeline & in this present timeline)! Maybe I’ll share the happenings of my last trip there soon, maybe I won’t just yet. We’ll see what my mind will decide!