23 Things I like about Toronto!

  1. Ethnic Diversity
  2. Great cuisines from all over the world: way too many all-you-can-eat-sushi restaurants for those who can’t get enough of Japanese food, but it does not mean I can’t get enough of Korean hot pot, which is also a booming business in town.
  3. World-class institutions of higher learning 
  4. A public transit system that actually works: it’s not perfect but it is functional. One can actually grow up in the city and work during adulthood without driving!
  5. Plenty of heritage sites in the city: they are great if you want to be in touch with Mother Nature without leaving the city. May I introduce Todmorden Mills? This little gem of a heritage site is great for hiking and also houses an art gallery.
  6. Lots of green space with many parks spread throughout the city.
  7. Cultural sensitivity: as the product of Toronto Board of Education, I am proud to say I went to school and have been friends with people from all 4 corners of the globe.  Being surrounded by such a diversity of cultures can make you appreciate the complexities of the world and also improve your cultural understanding, so you always know what to expect
  8.  Endless shopping from the higher end to the discount stores
  9. Downtown University of Toronto campus: the leafy downtown campus is home to buildings boasting a wide range of architectural styles from the modern to Oxford-Cambridge style
  10. Kensington Market:  what used to be known as the Jewish market now has an international flavour from Mexican churros to Hungarian-Thai cuisine.   You may wonder what the latter is. Google “Hungary Thai” and you will find your answer.
  11. There are actually quite a few Chinatowns: possibly with more on the way! They are actually very vibrant business districts, not slums as Chinatowns are often portrayed in movies.
  12. St. Lawrence Market:  very similar to Philly’s Reading Market.  Teeming with food stalls and vendors hawking all kinds of goodies from cheese to bialettis
  13. Toronto Harbour: check out the boardwalk at Queen’s Quay and stop for a cup of gourmet coffee
  14. Winterlicious and Summerlicious: For roughly 2 weeks during winter and summer, the city of Toronto offers restaurant owners the chance to showcase their offerings to the rest of the city.  Many restaurants including some very high-end ones offer customers a sample of their food for a deep discount. Lunch menus start at $15 working up to the dinner menu at $25-$45.
  15. A good number of second-hand bookstores: if you know where to look.   They are just embedded within the economic dynamism of the city.  Why shell out $30 for a hard cover at a chain bookstore when you can pay $1 at one of the discount stores?
  16. Coffee shops and more coffee shops!  The dream of every coffee or tea addict.
  17. Toronto Public Library:  a godsend to the people of Toronto.     With 100 branches in the city plus tons of services, you can always count on TPL to bring you the latest bestsellers in both fiction and non-fiction.  Don’t forget there are also weekly book sales, and for book lovers, these are like treasure hunts at steep discounts.
  18.   A walk down Bloor Street towards west will take you through different neighbourhoods: UofT, Toronto Annex area featuring lots of bars, bookstores, restaurants and also home to many university scholars, Korea Business District v. 1.0, a largely Portuguese area.  Further west is more Eastern European.
  19. Korean Business District v. 2.0 and Iranian Business district co-existing in the same piece of land in the northern tip of the city: It’s not uncommon to see business signs changing quickly from Persian to Korean and changing back to Persian.
  20. CN Tower: In addition to being a tourist attraction, it is also open to participants of the annual United Way Fundraising event (every October) where they will climb the steps of the tower to raise money for a good cause.
  21.  Multicultural events throughout the city at any given time.  Late summer is the time for many events such as the Hispanic Fiesta.
  22. Host city of the largest Pride Parade in the country every summer.
  23. Host city of the annual Caribana Parade bringing together the cultures of the island nations.






11 thoughts on “23 Things I like about Toronto!

  1. MindandLifeMatters September 8, 2015 / 12:12 am

    That is a long and beautiful list of things about Toronto. Makes me want to visit.


  2. Marquessa September 8, 2015 / 12:46 am

    Oh how I love Winterlicious and Caribana too but sshh don’t let anyone know that I’m from Montreal!😊


  3. avinasalvador September 8, 2015 / 1:37 am

    You didn’t mention Drake
    Toronto is awesome so it seems based off your list.


    • Karen September 8, 2015 / 9:15 am

      oh! Excellent suggestion! I will have that in my next blog post about Toronto!


  4. lafriday September 11, 2015 / 3:18 am

    The tourism board should hire you! Toronto sounds wonderful.


  5. Jimmy June 18, 2016 / 8:14 am

    I love what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and
    exposure! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to our blogroll.


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