St. Lawrence Market | Royal Ontario Museum | The Distillery District | Casa Loma | Kensington Market
St. Lawrence Market
First Stop.. St. Lawrence Market! If you are visiting Toronto on a budget, I recommend you make this your first destination (& you might want to swing by more than once). In addition to gift shops, local jewelers, & restaurants, the St. Lawrence Market is an active market serving fresh bread, cheese, deli meats, & produce (perfect to store away in your hotel room for a light lunch or some late night munchies) from over 120 vendors!
On Sundays, over 80 antique dealers fill the Market & the surrounding plaza, displaying their goods from sunrise to 5 pm. Admission is free.
Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is about a 45 minute walk from the Market, but worth the distance. I personally believe wandering through the strange, unfamiliar streets of a city, taking in the atmosphere & culture, is the best way to experience it.
Highlights of our trip to the museum include:
- A One Million dollar gold coin
- Dinosaur fossil exhibit
- Rock exhibit (my personal favorite as you can see in the picture to the right- I was a childhood collector)
The Distillery Historic District
There is no need to travel to Paris to “lock down” your love with your sweetheart when you can “lock in your love” in the Distillery District. This area of Toronto was my absolute favorite. Victorian Era buildings encompass this pedestrian only village filled with brick streets, unique cafes, hot designer boutiques, plenty of “night life” (bar scene), & great coffee.
If you thought there weren’t any castles in North America, think again. Casa Loma is the former home of Canadian financier, Sir Henry Pellatt. Today this unique piece of Canadian history is open daily as a tourist attraction and hospitality venue. Can you imagine getting married in a Castle? (It’s like your very own Cinderella story)
We took the audio guided tour, wandered through the gardens, and overlooked the Toronto City skyline from the top of the castles turret. If you aren’t afraid of heights (or even if you are, like me) you HAVE to do this. Unbelievable experience.
Settled in the heart of Toronto, Kensington Market is the city’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhood. Lots of bright colors, food from every culture, & great people watching! (the general consensus – although Toronto is known as a “melting pot” – is that Canadians are reallllyyyyy tall. haha.)