Project: Explore Toronto — St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence neighbourhood has a mix of old and new, with buildings dating back to the 1800’s. St. Lawrence Market itself is the main attraction, in my opinion, and is listed as the #1 food market in the world by National Geographic! For more information on the neighbourhood, and where I got my information from, visit the Toronto Neighbourhood Guide.

I love this area. I used to work in the vicinity and there’s so much to do, with work/business during the day, restaurants and pubs in the evening, along with shows, subway access, giant skyscrapers and the old Georgian style brick buildings. You get great views of the downtown core where you can see the CN Tower. When you’re in the area and looking around, you’ll probably be looking up most of the time! Remember to look down and around you as well 🙂

St. Lawrence Market is amazing. Saturday’s are the busiest as both north and south buildings are open, with the farmer’s market open as early as 5am. It’s a zoo there most of the day, but if you go early enough on a Saturday, you’ll miss the crowd. The Market has a lot to offer — fresh meat/seafood, spices, cheeses, cooked food, frozen food, groceries, kitchen utensils, baked goods, nick knacks and much much more! Unfortunately, the south market is closed on Sundays.

I didn’t get a chance to grab a coffee in the area this time, but I’ve been to Everyday Coffee once before. They roast their coffee beans in front of your eyes and you’re able to sample some if you like as well. It’s been a while since I tried the coffee, so I should make an effort to go grab a cup next time.

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Map taken from: Toronto Neighbourhood Guide

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Project: Explore Toronto — Leslieville Part 2

Okay, so I was able to go back to Leslieville sooner than I thought and this time, it was a Sunday morning. Although I didn’t venture to every street the neighbourhood, I think I picked up enough details here and there to show what they have to offer. I’ll have to go back one day to try out some of the restaurants there as I passed by a lot of nice looking breakfast joints.

I went back to Te Aro to grab a latte this time and decided that I’m not a latte type of guy. I prefer just regular coffee — and that my friends, is the tidbit of the day.

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Project: Explore Toronto — Leslieville

An eclectic neighbourhood that has a quiet residential presence, tasty restaurants and just close enough/far away from the downtown core.

On this particular day, I went out at around 8am on a Saturday morning to catch the early risers – the joggers, the dog walkers and the coffee drinkers.

I didn’t even get to explore half of the neighbourhood because something came up unexpectedly, so this post won’t do its justice. I plan on doing a “Part 2” of Leslieville by going back after another neighbourhood exploration, so there’s definitely more to this neighbourhood than the pictures below.

I did however have time to visit Te Aro to grab a cup of Ethiopian coffee. This is my project within a project; I plan to visit a coffee shop within each neighbourhood. For this visit, I did some research online before heading out, but if there are any cafes you recommend, let me know and I’ll be sure to go there instead! I was tempted to try one of their cookies, but just opted for the coffee that morning. I’ll definitely have to go back another day to try it out.

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