It’s been a few months now since Graham and I were in Toronto, but we had such an amazing time that I just had to share our favorite places with you guys! We wanted to take a little vacay while Graham was on break from school (he’s currently getting a nursing masters degree), but we wanted somewhere that we could drive to. My first go-to road trip destination from Chicago was Nashville. But after having been in the Tennessee/Kentucky area a few times in the last couple years we wanted something different. Graham mentioned Toronto and after proving to me that it’s close enough to drive to (I had no idea it was close enough, lol), our decision was made!
Our Toronto trip was my first time to Canada, so I had no clue what to expect! We found the perfect Airbnb Loft Penthouse for our stay, Graham researched some amazing places to eat, and we curated a list of places we wanted to see. It was a fairly relaxing trip focused on eating delicious food and exploring the city. We did so much while we were there, so I’ve rounded up the 10 things you have to experience if you’re ever in Toronto.
We arrived at our Airbnb with just enough time to unpack, get settled in and head out for dinner. We went to Gusto 101 and ended up spending hours chatting, sipping wine, and taking our time eating some of the best food we had during the entire trip! I still can’t decide what my favorite part was, Gusto’s $1 an ounce wine on tap, the Beef Tartare, or their insanely cute espresso cups.
One of the must-see places on our list was the St. Lawrence Market. With over 120 vendors, the market has something for everyone! We spent hours just wandering around and looking at all the different shops and food. Graham was especially excited about all of the meat vendors but, of course, it was the cheese and fruits that caught my attention. We wish we would have had time to go back at the end of our trip to purchase some different pieces to bring back home.
The Distillery District was another place we knew we had to check out. Although it was a bit cold and windy while we were there at the end of March, we braved the weather and walked around the Distillery District checking out a bunch of the different shops and artwork. We stopped into Mill St. Brewpub, one of the many restaurants in the district, for a beer and a bite to eat.
Of all the restaurants we planned on eating at while in Toronto, Graham was most excited about Yasu. Don’t get me wrong, I love sushi. But THIS kind of sushi place was something much different than I had ever experienced. I’ll be honest, I was scared of the squid. Two little squids on rice.. how could that be good? Boy was I wrong. Everything was phenomenal. The small, intimate setting was perfect. The seafood was amazing. That black sesame ice cream? Life changing.
This place was packed, in a good way. We only waited a few minutes to get a table and we quickly realized why Bellwoods Brewery was a popular place. Cool atmosphere, unique aesthetic, and some pretty amazing beer. Even their patio had cute white picnic tables. What more could you want?
I had no idea that Toronto had such a large graffiti scene. Graffiti was everywhere. I loved it. But we tracked down the alley known for its Graffiti, and it was more breathtaking than my pictures can do justice. So many styles, colors, artists, themes, and statements. We wandered around the alley as long as we could just taking in all of the absolutely amazing artwork surrounding us.
Let’s be real, you all know the Hockey Hall of Fame was on Graham’s list of places to visit. But I’ll admit, it was really cool. I’ve always loved the Blackhawks, but Graham has a true love for hockey that spans much further than that. We spent an afternoon looking through memorabilia, playing some hockey trivia (I was awful, surprise, surprise!), and checking out the Stanley Cup replica.
Another restaurant we had been looking forward to. And their charcuterie was epic. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a good charcuterie board. This one might have been the best I’ve ever had. Pickled veggies, a variety of meats, delicious cheeses, and those quinoa crackers. Ugh, and now I’m craving it. Richmond Station’s menu is “ingredient-focused and technique driven.” The perfect way to describe their unique and flavorful food.
The Art Gallery of Ontario was actually a last minute decision for us to check out. But I’m so glad that we did! They have a huge collection including a wide variety of art from all throughout history. Even if you don’t have time to spend wandering around inside, definitely stop by just to check out the building. It’s a gorgeous piece of architecture!
We saved WVRST for our last day, and it was the perfect way to end our trip. It was a unique concept that I’ve never really experienced before. Large, community tables make for a laid-back, casual and fun atmosphere. They had a huge selection of beer and a build-your-own style menu. It goes without saying, we ordered the pretzel appetizer. I got the classic bratwurst and we shared pickled veggies. I seriously wish we had a place like this at home.
And that rounds out my 10 favorites from our Toronto Trip! I’m so glad we went to Toronto, and I would love to go back someday. Writing up this post has gotten me ready for my next vacation. What has been your favorite vacation? Tell me where we should go next!