The first thing our cab driver asked us as we travelled from the airport, was “Why have you come to Toronto?”
We told him that aside from attending the travel blogging conference, TBEX, and visiting our good friend Dianna, we wanted to see what the city had to offer.
“Toronto has nothing. You should go to Montreal or Quebec. Now those are beautiful cities. But Toronto is boring, there’s nothing nice to see here.”
Well, we’ve been here for more than a week now, and I’m happy to say that our cab driver was wrong. There’s a LOT to see in Toronto. In fact, as I write this post sitting in the sunshine in Dianna’s front yard, I realise that Toronto is a city I could happily live in, let alone visit.
So aside from unpatriotic cab drivers, what does Toronto have to offer? If you have a few days here, I would advise you get out of the downtown city centre and soak up the charm of Toronto’s neighbourhoods.
Diana lives in Little Italy, which is just near Little Portugal, so you can imagine the delicious types of food there is on offer around here.
One of our favourite neighbourhoods we’ve visited so far though has been Toronto’s Kensington Market.
Situated west of downtown, Toronto’s Kensington Market is a hippy neighbourhood and it reminded me of South America. It’s a little rough around the edges and the streets are full of colourful fruit stalls and cheap clothing shops.
There’s a lot of food from South America too, but if you don’t fancy that there’s also Central American cuisine on offer. You can dine on Mexican or tuck into some Jamaican jerk chicken.
But for me, the best part of Toronto’s Kensington Market isn’t the food but the art that can be seen adorning its walls. And when I say art, I mean graffiti.
The street art adorns nearly every wall in Toronto’s Kensington Market and makes the neighbourhood colourful and creative. It’s easy to see why the hippies have moved in.
Obviously our cab driver has never bothered to pay a visit.