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I recently made not only my 1st trip to Toronto, but my first trip to Canada, in June 2013. I was lucky to get some great tips and pointers from local friends and fellow AFAR travelers, and I really feel like I got to see the city as a local. This list is a collection of my favorite spots from the trip-- I can't wait to get back again soon!
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51st Floor, 55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5, Canada
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The CN Tower offers great views of the city, but you’re enclosed in glass and you miss seeing one of the best parts of Toronto's skyline: the tower that you’re inside of. When you go to the 51st floor at Panorama Lounge, you get to take the entire...
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Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K2, Canada
A trip to Toronto without a visit to Kensington Market doesn’t make any sense. Despite its diminutive size, this neighborhood packs plenty of activity within its boundaries. Arrive hungry: Restaurants and cafés dish out bites...
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107 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3, Canada
The coffee at Jimmy's is fantastic- but the environment of this Kensington Market coffee shop is what sets it apart. The Interior is filled with studious bookshelves and deep leather furniture, and the outdoor patio is large and filled with...
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205 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4, Canada
Kid Icarus is a wonderland of creativity, with rows of homemade cards, trinkets, jewelry, and gift ideas. It could take an entire day to take in all of the fun slogans and artful expressions that fill this store. It’s the perfect place to get...
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160 Baldwin St #8, Toronto, ON M5T 3K7, Canada
In the heart of Kensington Market on Baldwin Street, Samadhi Tea House is a sanctuary of peace and wellness. The store owner is a young woman named Paula, who makes all of the vegan food from scratch and has extensive knowledge about health; her...
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780 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G2, Canada
I was told that Toronto’s best Macarons were found at Nadege. The source was reliable, because the they were some of the best I’ve ever had in my life. Displayed in a beautiful rainbow array of colors, they are crisp on the outside, melty on the...
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106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C 2B4, Canada
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Dancing prosciutto and pasta draped out to dry like Rapunzel’s locks greet you when you walk in the door of this hip Italian restaurant in downtown Toronto. Upon entering, I knew this place was going to be really, really good. When I saw the...
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Grange Park, Toronto, ON, Canada
Toronto is little bit obsessed with tacos right now, with full service, hyper designer or hipster restaurants opening every month. Proving that sometimes simple is best, SEVEN LIVES is basically a "barely there" food stall in the middle of...
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58 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1R2, Canada
The beer selection at Bier Market is extensive, with pages upon pages of local and foreign brews to delight in. With a big outdoor patio, this is the perfect spot to grab some friends and head for drinks during the summer months. During colder...
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147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L7, Canada
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The food can be one of the absolute best parts about traveling- but sometimes, finding healthy options when abroad is difficult. Toronto’s FRESH was my haven of health, and I frequented this vegetarian fairyland four times in just six days: it is...