After spending a whole day checking out Toronto
; by far one of my favorite things has to be the subway system. Thanks to a post on Yahoo! Answers
, I found out it goes everywhere I wanted to. Very nice. So I gave my car a much-deserved day off and headed out. What this city lacks in history, it totally makes up for with the best a modern metropolis has to offer. Even though it was a weekday, there were still people everywhere.
First stop was the Eaton Centre
. Now personally, I'm not much of a shopper but I had heard so much about this place I had to see it for myself. Massive! Aside from all the shops and restaurants, just the building itself was pretty cool. A huge glass dome covered the whole arcade. And for all you future U.S. visitors to Canada, here's a little traveling tip: Buying stuff with a credit card gets you a better exchange rate. How about that?
From indoor malls to outdoor shopping. Yonge Street
is also known as the world's longest street and while I have no proof, I'll take their word for it. Much like Eaton, there were all kinds of stuff going on here. But the big difference I found was Yonge catered more to boutique and vintage shoppers. I bought a hat. Not very vintage but it just seemed right. I could have spent all day here just people watching. It's very impressive how multi-cultural Toronto is, it really adds to the flavor of the city.
Off to find a little culture for myself, I headed over to Chinatown
for lunch and more shopping. What a great mix of East meets West. Walking the streets you can find just about anything here from the latest electronics to ancient herbal remedies with a fresh pork bun to go. Chinatown is a must see.
With sunset approaching, I made my way to the CN Tower
to catch a panoramic view as the sun was going down. If you've never heard of the CN Tower, it's pretty easy to find. Not only is it the tallest building in Toronto, at 553.3 meters it's also the tallest building in the world. Trust me you can't miss it. For a small price I went up to the observation deck for one of the best sunsets I think I'll ever see. With everything I've seen today it's amazing to think that Toronto is known because of Niagra Falls. FYI, Niagra Falls isn't even in Toronto. I guess it just goes to show you can't beat out Mother Nature, go figure.
After sundown, I hopped a train to the Entertainment District for dinner. Have I mentioned how much the subway here rocks? The Queen Mother Cafe
has to be one of Toronto's best kept secrets. More than thirty years old, this little eatery offers some of the best Thai in the city and a nice little patio for outdoor eating. On the recommendation of a review
I found, I went with the Bah Me Hang for my entree. Noodles, fried chicken, and prawns — this place could do no wrong.
And with a full stomach, I say goodnight and goodbye to Toronto. Canada is definitely going on my list of places to come back and visit in the near future.