Spent a busy four days in the Big Apple last month, with plenty of architecture, walking, eating, taxi riding, sweating, people watching, park sitting, money spending, clothes buying, bagel eating, night life, cross walking, UniQlo-ing, and most importantly — picture taking. And this is only Part 1/2.
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.
Map taken from: Toronto Neighbourhood Guide
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.