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Oh wow! Time is flying in! So, you may or may not know, (but most likely do as my social media feeds were spammed with pictures - sorry!) that last month me and my boyfriend spent 10 days in Toronto visiting my sister. So I thought I’d share a few of my highlights and must-see’s incase you’re ever heading in that direction – and of course give you a round up of some of the most amazing stationery shops I have ever set foot into!

 

TOURISTY MUSTS

First things first, there’s a certain number of touristy things you just have to do in any city, Toronto is not different – and it has some pretty great ones at that!

 -CN Tower – the tallest building in the city and kind of serves as a visual icon for Toronto. There’s a revolving restaurant which (gently) spins as you dine, so you get to take in all of Toronto in over dinner. I had never been to America/Canada before or any huge city really (except London) so this was kinda amazing for me – maybe a seasoned traveller’s jaw wouldn’t have dropped quite so much at the views, I don’t know! But anyway – a definite on the Toronto to-do list!

 

- Niagara Falls – not much really needs to be said on this point. It was incredible! We were so glad we got to see it in winter – half frozen and snow for miles around just added to the amazing scene in front of us. We spend a good few hours just taking it all in. We actually spent my birthday at Niagara and I can’t think of a better way to spend the day. After the Falls we headed to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a super cute little town not far along the road and went ice-wine tasting. FYI – ice-wine is THE best thing you will ever drink– SO good!

- Kensington Market

This neighbourhood is a little escape that 'city' feel... a collection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants with a real community feel. Definitely worth an afternoon or two exploring - you could find anything there! 

STATIONERY YAY!

Toronto is by far the best city I've been for stationery goodness! I literally was in heaven. Thank you so much Ross, for putting up with HOURS in stationery shops. I did binge a bit. So here's a few of my favourite shops...

- Kid Icarus 

Really cool stationery shop with custom screen-printing services in the back. Such a great idea for a shop! Amazing selection of cards and prints, and everything else in between! All round pretty excellent! :)

 - The Paper Place

This place has EVERYTHING you could ever want or need in terms of stationery and crafting supplies. An amazing selection and range or colours and choices in all types of paper, tapes, anything you could possibly need. The best books, and all those quirky little bits and bobs that nobody needs but you just have to have. I spent well over $100 in here, and totally not ashamed to say it. It was incredible. It's also located on the super-cool Queen St West, so its surrounded by lots of other amazing independent shops. There's is nothing not to love!

ART & DESIGN WINS!

I'm a sucker for nice typography and design, and Toronto is full of little sparks of inspiration. We also got the chance to get round quite a few of the galleries and museums in the city. Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario & 401 Richmond were among some of the ones we visited!

Lastly we got to see a Toronto Raptors game! They really know how to put on a show... it was such a good night! PS.. they won! Yay! :)

So there you have it... Toronto in a nutshell. I'm sure I've missed 100 things, but these are definitely some of the highlights. All round I could recommend the city enough... even though most days it was around -20c. 

 

March 10, 2015 by Emma Jackson

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