This past weekend I hopped on a plane to explore, eat, and shop in Toronto! There’s something I love about airports (not to mention they are about the only thing I don’t mind waking up super early for). They are a place that take people to and from adventures, and even though the coming from part can be sad, and always seems to come way too fast, there’s something comforting about coming home. Check out some snapshots and outfit details from my Toronto adventures below.

We only had four days to explore the city, but I’m impressed by all the things we packed in, and can’t wait to go back and discover so much more next time!

Dinner night one at Nota Bene. The kampachi ceviche was by far my favourite dish.

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My first vineyard tour! Tawes winery was amazing – the staff were so knowledgeable and kind, and the space was breathtaking. I can’t wait to open some of the bottles I brought back with me! Seeing the barrel room was pretty incredible, but I forgot to snap any photos, oops.

Stratus winery was beautiful as well. I may have grabbed a couple bottles here too ?

My first time to Niagara and even though there were so many people here, there was something calm and peaceful about the falls. Seeing the force and power water can have, but feeling a light mist on my face was an experience that totally captivated me.

We decided to go for snacks after our day in Niagara. Our first stop was DaiLo. An amazing cool little space and every dish here was sooo good.

Right next door to DaiLo, Bar Raval is a must stop. The architecture and woodwork is so intricate and unlike anything I’ve seen before. It’s such an intimate space, and just had a vibe to it that felt comforting. Not to mention the tapas and cocktails were delish. This photo doesn’t really showcase it (it was dark in there), so I guess you’ll just have to go and see the space firsthand!

Tourist hot spot, yes, but totally awesome and worth navigating through the hoards of children (there must have been at least 10 classroom field trips happening I swear), absolutely yes! The best part hands down at Ripley’s Aquarium was the underwater tunnel. I’ve never seen sharks in real life before so it was amazing walking underneath them, you could even see their sharp teeth! I also touched a sting ray, which was super slimy and kind of freaked me out, but I’m happy I did it.

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We dedicated almost an entire day to shop (plus maybe a little more time another morning too, there were just so many spots to hit!). I opted for comfy shoes, which were purchased about 30 minutes after arriving in Toronto, since I knew we would be walking a ton. I didn’t get too out of hand with purchases, but I definitely got some good items, which I’m sure you will see in future posts!

Although the Jays lost, the game was so much fun. I didn’t catch any balls, but didn’t get hit by any either, so that was good! Night games are fun, and it was pretty amazing seeing the CN tower light up.

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This infamous alley was right behind the Air bnb we stayed at, and just kept going and going. The detail that grafitti artists can achieve with a spray can is pretty incredible.

I can’t even tell you how excited I was to go here. Milkbar has been on my list of places to eat (aka stuff my face with cookies) for so so long. The compost cookie is a fan favourite, but I really loved the chocolate chip cornflake marshmallow cookie. I definitely stopped here multiple times.

We also ate at momofuku noodle bar. Two words. Pork. Buns.

This was my favourite meal of the whole trip. The space started as a 10 seat restaurant, plus bar seats. They have since opened a patio, which is where we sat, and is so darling. There’s a hanging lantern light post, flowers and greens galore, an old school watering can, and beautiful marble tables. The space is tucked away from the busy streets of Yorkville, and I felt as if we had been transported to a Parisian cafe. We were also the only table in the restaurant so it was pretty magical.

That’s it! Let me know if you’ve been to any of these amazing places too, or have any other gems in Toronto! Stay tuned for a post about all the shopping I did while I was there too!

Until next time,

Courtney