Simone spills the best deets about Toronto | Canada
I'm Simone Vandaiyar and I'm a part Indian and part Vietnamese Canadian. I am a Forever Foreign Femme because learning about, understanding, and appreciating different cultural perspectives is something I really enjoy. Not to mention, I was born in Abu Dhabi, worked there for a few years with your founder and love traveling alone. My heart is in the Loire Valley.
WHY MY CITY ROCKS: I've lived here all my life, and there are still pockets in the city, and places I never knew existed. While Toronto is far from perfect, people are generally kind and polite.
THE VIBE: Vibrant, multicultural, cosmopolitan, thriving, imperfect, happy
DON'T MISS: Kensington Market, The Distillery District, Casa Loma, SkyWalk at the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario
DEFINITELY EAT: Queen's Pasta Plate (Italian restaurant), Banh Mi Nguyen Huong (Vietnamese) Restaurant
UNDERRATED: Ten Ren's Tea, Green Mango (Thai restaurant), Against the Grain (fusion restaurant)
WORTH A TRY: Toronto Islands, kayaking and canoeing on the Humber River (near Old Mill)
KILLER COFFEE: The Good Neighbour Espresso Bar or Second Cup (The Canadian Equivalent of Starbucks)
DOPE DRINKS: Pinkerton's, Bier Market, Old Mill Bar
LOOK LOCAL: Weston Farmer's Market, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District Christmas Market
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW: Toronto was a fort town so it's a grid and very easily navigable; "Toronto" is thought to mean "where there are trees in the water" in Iroquois, Yonge Street is Toronto's oldest streets and one of the longest in the world.
BEST WEEKEND ITINERARY:
Breakfast at School in Liberty Village. Then, explore Chinatown and St. Lawrence Market to walk it off. Lunch at Pan on the Danforth and wander the Toronto Reference Library. Dinner at Queen's Pasta Plate.