As we were staying near Kensington Market, which is basically a quirky street filled with delicious food, we started our day with bagels at Nu Bügel. I thought the bagels were quite good and there is plenty of different options.
After breakfast we decided to walk across the city to CN Tower. It was a bit of a walk in a hot sunny weather, but it gave us a nice glimpse of Toronto.
We finally got to the tower and had to stand in line for over an hour. There were a couple of attempts to force people into taking a picture, which they would have an option of purchasing. I always get annoyed at these. Does anyone buy these pictures anymore? At one point there was even a clown/magician entertaining the kids in line. Luckily there was also an internet connection. 😉 Finally we got to the top and the view was very nice, so it was definitely worth the wait.
After the tower visit, we decided to drop by and taste what kind of banh mi sandwiches Toronto offers. Unfortunately, I can make better banh mis than what they served. They were okay, but I wouldn’t go again.
There was an alley with a lot of graffiti. Graffiti itself was really cool, but the street was also filled with teenagers taking selfies, which was a bit annoying as they sure as hell take their sweet time to get that perfect photo. 😉
We walked back again through the Kensington Market and stopped for ice cream at Dolce Gelato, which tasted heavenly in such an unbearable heat.
In the evening we had a dinner reservation at Rasa, which turned out to be the best food we’ve had in Toronto. We had a tasting menu and everything was simply amazing. We enjoyed it a lot.
The next day we had breakfast at Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge, which was quite good and the cafe itself had a really nice interior.
After breakfast we decided to check out Casa Loma, which is like the only castle in Canada. 😀 There were again a million tourists taking selfies in front of it, but that’s what you get when you travel in July. The admission was 30 CAD per person and we thought that this was quite a steep price, so we decided to skip the interiors and headed to wander around the city in the general direction of Royal Ontario Museum, which was our next target.
At Royal Ontario Museum, we decided to also get tickets to the special exhibition, which turned out to be the best decision of the day. They had an exhibition of Iris van Herpen’s work, which I’m somewhat familiar with, but I’ve never seen so many works in one place.
There were also works by Philip Beesley of whom I have never heard before, but they were really cool! I really loved the details of them. So the special exhibition was in fact the highlight of the visit.
The rest of the museum was pretty run of the mill natural history museum stuff and of course the museum was overflowing with running kids. Was really not my kind of environment. We checked out some dinosaur skeletons, which are always cool and left.
We wandered around the city some more. There was a very famous shopping street, but I didn’t find it very interesting. I’m not much into shopping and in that heat I would never want to try anything on anyway.
We stumbled upon restaurant Stelvio, which had good reviews in Tripadvisor and decided to have dinner there. The appetizers were quite boring, but I really liked my main course. Boyfriend’s main course was meat wrapped around a wooden stick, which didn’t strike us as very Italian, but it was pretty good although rather difficult to eat.