Lives in Ottawa, Canada
Since Nov. 2012
18-24 year old female
Travel Blogger and Photographer for the theroadsitravelled.com, a blog founded on the idea that, it is not the road we travel that is unique but the way in which we travel it. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @kaitlabbate or follow 'The Roads I Travelled' on Facebook.
Flea & Street Markets,
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Arenas & Stadiums, Sports Complexes
Shopping Malls, Scenic Walking Areas
Start your day off early by heading to St. Lawrence Market for a taste of some of Toronto's best flavors. The historic marketplace, which dates back to 1803, is full of local vendors selling everything from cheese, cured meats, and fresh fish to produce, mustard, and baked goods. Get there early for the best samplings!
Grab a quick breakfast at this classic spot. The food is good, the service is usually fast, and the prices are great. Located right inside the St. Lawrence Market, it is the perfect spot to eat if all the sampling and shopping at the local stalls hasn't already filled you up!
Centre Island is Toronto's playground. No matter what your age, the island offers something for everyone, from a small amusement park for kids to bicycle rentals to row boats. Plus, there's the iconic Alice in Wonderland-style Shubbery Maze to get lost in, which was recently restored to its former glory by a Toronto businessman who remembered it fondly from his childhood. Its 50 square meters of nature offers a truly refreshing break from the bustling city!
One of Toronto's trendiest neighborhoods, the Distillery District is the perfect place for any foodie to visit. With numerous breweries and mouth-watering restaurants to pick from, you'll be torn when deciding where to eat here. This area of old brick factories that have been converted into numerous restaurants, storefronts, and art galleries, is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city to walk around.
If you still have room to taste more, head to El Catrin for Baja fish tacos, fresh guacamole, and flavored margaritas. They serve up amazing Mexican food and have a youthful and eclectic atmosphere you won't want to miss.
Start your morning off with a great cup of coffee and savory breakfast at Our Spot in Kensington. This is always my favorite spot for breakfast when I'm in the city. It's a cozy place to ease into an exciting day of activity.
Spend the morning touring Kensington Market, a cool and eclectic area full of youthful energy thanks to the hipsters and hippies that hang out here. Pop into the numerous vintage shops or Caribbean markets and see what you can find: I always walk away with a new trinket when I'm here!
This one is for the thrill seekers! If you've never been to the observation deck on the CN Tower and stood on the glass floor, then that alone may be exhilarating enough, but if you're an adrenaline junkie like me, this is a must. With nothing but a harness and a wind suit, you'll walk the ledge of the CN Tower's upper edge, and get to enjoy the best view this city has to offer!
On a Toronto afternoon, I highly recommend heading to the Roger's Centre stadium to cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. If it's a game day, you'll see the crowds pouring in, sporting all their blue and white jerseys and lining up for hot dogs and crackerjacks outside the stadium.
Ripley's Aquarium is another option for an awesome place to spend the afternoon. Here you'll see stingrays, sharks, and tons of tropical fish. There is a tunnel section in the aquarium where you're surrounded by water on all sides, making you feel like you're right there in the water with them. The aquarium is open until 11pm most nights, so you have plenty of time to explore and watch the fish - even after a jam-packed day!
Cluny's is one of the trendiest spots in Toronto right now. A modern twist on a French bistro, with decadent decor and a savory French menu, it is a great spot for a luxurious brunch in the city.
Yorkville used to be Toronto's hippie district, where vibrant youth would be seen at underground music bars, and where Canadian music icons like Joni Michelle and Neil Young first got their start. Now it's one of the poshest spots in Toronto. With five star hotels, boutique shopping, and elegant dining, Yorkville is a great spot to carry on a leisurely day of laid back luxury.
Stop into Kit Kat for a tasty Italian dish and a glass of red wine. This is a personal favorite, small and quaint and with lots of character!
Toronto's theater district is world class. It often hosts the same live productions as New York and London, and seeing a play in Toronto is a must. I saw The Lion King at this particular theater when I was young and it was fantastic, a favorite memory from my childhood!
I recommend the rooftop terrace at the Park Hyatt for an evening drink. The Park Hyatt is in Yorkville, a few blocks out of the downtown core, which means that it offers a great view of the famous Toronto skyline — in fact, it's one of the best in the city.