Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Downtown Toronto: Things to See and Do

I'm a city girl at heart and I just love walking around bustling streets, surrounded by shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and offices. Downtown Toronto is no exception, with it's many attractions that offer such a huge array of things to do to.

Hubby and I loved walking through the different neighborhoods, and seeing all the pretty buildings especially those made of bricks.

Anyway, here's some of the famous spots we were able to visit downtown:


Also known as the Flatiron Building (similar to the one in New York), this historic office building has got to be my favorite! It is located on the eastern edge of the city's Financial District (east of Yonge Street) in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, wedged between Front Street and Wellington Street, where they join up to form a triangular intersection.


The St. Lawrence Market is often regarded as one of the best food markets in the world and houses a variety of vendors selling various food products, flowers, and specialty items. It was so funny though since we visited on a Monday and didn't realized it was CLOSED! Good thing we were still able to enter, and was able to take a quick look around (minus the crowds).

This is Carousel Bakery, known as the home of the award-winning "World Famous Peameal Bacon Sand­wich."

Even though we weren't able to try their sandwich, we still ended up ordering it from one of the open restaurants in the building. And it was really good!


Located in front of City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square is an events landmark in the centre of the city. Of course, you can't miss that big TORONTO sign which is a great spot for a souvenir photo. In the winter months, the reflecting pool becomes a skating rink.


The Royal Ontario Museum (also referred to as the "ROM") is a museum of art, world culture and natural history. It is one of the largest museums in North America, and the largest in Canada. The museum features a diverse range of relics on display, including dinosaur bones, ancient Roman sculptures, African and Asian art, and an extensive collection of design and fine arts to name a few.

If you're a history buff, you'll love this place! We spent a couple of hours here checking out the different exhibits, so I'll just blog more about our trip here in a separate post.


The huge Eaton Centre is downtown Toronto's premier urban shopping location, with over 230 retailers, restaurants, and services. Lots of brand favorites like Uniqlo, Zara, H&M, J.Crew, Coach, Victoria's Secret, Sephora, and many more. There is also a wide array of excellent places to eat and even the food court is nice and modern. Needless to say, I loved this place. ;p

the beautiful glass galleria and iconic sculpture "Flight Stop" by artist Michael Snow
Yonge-Dundas Square, across the Eaton Centre


Toronto's famous landmark, the 553-meter CN Tower, is one of the city's must see attractions and also the most impossible to miss. Towering above the downtown, the structure can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. Hubby and I went up the observation areas to see the magnificent views of the city from up above. Check out more from our visit HERE.


Located near the base of the CN Tower, this facility displays all kinds of marine life but the most impressive feature is the huge underwater tunnel with a moving sidewalk.

Unfortunately, we decided not to go inside anymore since we've already been to a number of aquariums in the past like in Singapore and Vancouver. Plus, we weren't with the kids anyway so sayang lang. But it looks nice based on the photos I've seen, so hopefully we can come back in the near future.


Rogers Centre is a multi-purpose stadium situated just southwest of the CN Tower. It is home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Union Station is Canada's busiest transport hub and is an iconic heritage building. The inside is also so beautiful and there was even a free concert going on when we passed by through one time.

Anyway, I just love commuting abroad, especially if they have an efficient system like in Canada. We actually got a TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) Day Pass which was great for sightseeing since you can use it for the subway, bus, and even streetcars.

riding a streetcar
at the King & Queen subway stations

Toronto really has something for everyone and I definitely hope to come back one day!

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