Over the past few years, I’ve loved finding rare spots wherever I travel. You know, the hidden nook/ no tourists has ever been here culture cultivated by edgy travel shows and hipsters. It can be a way to make your experience in a new place unique, and have a moment to take a breath away from the crowds.
This time I didn’t have the energy to do that kind of research. The more people traveling the harder things get to plan and dig through the internet to see if a spot has been overhyped. I threw together anything that seemed like fun and hoped for the best. In the end I had a lot of fun and still don’t know quite how popular these places are, but either way they’re worth a visit.
I’m pretty sure Kensington Market is the first thing that pops up when you Google shopping in Toronto. The place is littered with unique vintage store, tiny cafes and snacks spots. I could have spent hours there, but the short walk we took got me awesome bagels, popcorn, protein shakes, chicken and waffles and some great vintage finds.
Check out: The Dirty Bird, Toronto Popcorn Company, The Organic Press, NU Bugel, Bungalow
The Bata Shoe Museum
This museum was number one on my list of must-sees. I went into this knowing the name and nothing else and was floored. They have an informative collection on the history of shoes, intriguing exhibits, and the Manolo Blahnik displays had me drooling. Not to mention you get to try on a couple shoes just for fun. A must for anyone whose tortured their feet for fashion.
The Scarborough Bluffs
After seeing some seriously stunning pictures of this place I knew I had to drag my friends out of bed early to witness it with our own eyes. Sadly, the weekend we went was rainy and less than ideal, but the bluffs were still stunning. I don’t have a great picture of them but my eyeballs remember it was awe inspiring and yours should see it too.
The Drake Hotel
This was our last spot on the trip and it was a great choice. I squeezed my way into some reservation for brunch and the food was one of the best I’ve ever had. We were all dipping into each others plates to try everything out, and it was a pleasant atmosphere to relax and reminisce about the trip. I would love to go back and try out their bar and cafe as well.