Exploring Toronto

Exploring Toronto

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see I’ve just returned from an awesome trip to Toronto! I’d only visited the city for a day before, having been to Niagara Falls and purely did the very touristy move of going up the CN Tower and seeing little else.

Jordan and I arrived after a long weekend in Long Sault in northern Ontario, and I was excited to get out and explore the city. First stop: brunch! Jordan has a knack of discovering hidden gems, so we headed to Frankie’s Diner in Queen West. Head there if you like big portions and delish hollandaise!

Smoked salmon eggs benedict at Frankie's Diner, Toronto

Always start the day right!

Unfortunately, the weather in the city wasn’t the best – a little cloudy you could say. Charging on like true tourists, it didn’t stop us finding all the city sights.

The Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square

Catching the Toronto sign

We set off for the Distillery District, a collection of buildings from the 1800s including a whiskey distillery, known for its cobbled streets and charming restaurants and shops. It reminded me so much of Gloucester Docks, if you’ve ever swung by that way!



The love sign at

Heading back to Union Station to catch the train home, we passed this quirky fountain. I really liked it’s representation of the city – everyone just trying to their own golden bone.

Dog fountain in Toronto

The sky was so cloudy, we couldn’t even get a proper glimpse of the CN Tower!

Cloudy skies over the CN Tower in Toronto

Thankfully, the next day brought much better weather, where I could actually see it in all its glory.


I went to explore as much as I could whilst Jordan was at work – here’s Sugar Beach, an urban waterfront beach known for its cute pink parasols.


Sugar Beach, Toronto

One of my favourite things about the city is all the street art you’ll find round corners and on walls, and of course the omnipresence of that famous tower.

Street art in Toronto


As night fell and after dinner in nearby King City, we went for drinks in the city. I loved seeing the city at night, especially the patriotic CN Tower with it’s white and red lights. We headed for the Library Bar at the iconic Fairmont Royal York – still decorated with pictures of Harry and Meghan and visits from the Queen when the building was once the largest in the British Empire.

Toronto skyscrapers at night

The CN Tower at night

Drinks at the Library Bar, Fairmont Royal York

The interior of Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

The perfect end to the start of a mini break in Toronto!

Have you visited Toronto? What are your top recommendations?


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  1. May 30, 2018 / 5:22 am

    Awesome trip! Need to add Sugar Beach to my list next time I’m back in Toronto!

    • Laura
      May 30, 2018 / 8:40 am

      Thanks – yes, do it! It’s a great place for a quick sunbathe after all that walking around 🙂

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