Four Days in Toronto: Day Two

by  Jim Sherman | Aug 4, 2011
Toronto skyline
Toronto skyline / AlbertPego/iStock

More sightseeing was on our agenda for day two. We ate a late breakfast at Le Germaine, and I must say the hotel’s one flaw might be that breakfast can be quite hearty.

Speaking of on-site food, I should add that I ate dinner at restaurant E11even in Maple Leaf Square, and it was outstanding. It's a quiet lounge-like setting in front of the modern bar, and the menu is an eclectic mix of Italian, some Asian, and American. I tried the Dim Sum appetizer and the pasta main course; both were super.

Earlier that day we began our tour by walking east along Front Street through the Old Town neighborhood, stopped in at the St. Lawrence Market (I wish New York had a meat and seafood market like this!), meandered into several furniture and design stores along King Street in what is the design district, and then walked south down Parliament Street to the Distillery.

The Distillery is a former warehouse district, and I'm told there are still breweries. But it's mostly galleries, shops, cafes, and restaurants. It's all pretty touristy, but it's still a nice way to spend part of an afternoon or evening.

I recommend stopping by the bike shop in the Distillery and rent a bike for the afternoon (or just a few hours). We had terrific weather and with Toronto's flat streets, it's a biker's dream. We traveled north on Parliament Street and then East on Bloor. There are some great views of the forest and city skyline from the bridges, and eventually you end up in Greek Town on Danforth Avenue. Greek Town is one long street and, ok, it didn't look so Greek given the red brick buildings, but it does have a mix of Greek stores and restaurants. Messini looks authentic; stop for a drink before riding back to the Distillery.

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