Toronto feels like a micro version of New York, a city I have loved since I first visited her a dozen years ago. A barista we mentioned this to called Toronto, "New York Lite," and we wholeheartedly agree.
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Chinatown was perhaps our favorite neighborhood. Though New York's Chinatown is larger, Toronto's Chinatown boasts restaurants, markets, massages, and more. We stopped for pork dumplings at Taste of Yunnan on Dundas Street West. We hadn't had dumplings since we left Beijing, and they were everything I dreamed they would be! That afternoon, before returning to the RV park, we stopped by a market with fresh produce outside, where we scored big on bean sprouts, baby cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers.
A main hub of the city, Kensington Market is home to many shops and eateries, including a bustling gelateria called Dolce Gelato. On a nice day, grab a gelato and wander the streets, browse the fresh produce at one of the open-air markets, then grab a table outside at one of several pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating.
St. Lawrence Market
The original St. Lawrence Market was built in 1845, and although it has been rebuilt and renovated multiple times, it still holds much of its antique allure.
The St. Lawrence Market brought to memory Reading Terminal Market, one of our favorite places in all of Philadelphia, and one that we mention on a regular basis. "Do you remember all those big bags of peppers and tomatoes we used to get from Reading Terminal Market for $1?" one of us will ask the other on a day when green peppers are $1.59 per pepper at our local grocer. Stepping into the St. Lawrence Market was somewhat like coming home, only roast pork sandwiches from DiNic's Roast Pork were replaced by Carousel Bakery's Peameal Bacon Sandwiches.
Outside the Market itself, you'll find more eateries - everything from tapas to Italian. And don't miss the Gooderham Flatiron Building at 49 Wellington Street East, built in 1892, and similar to New York's Flatiron Building, built 10 years later in 1902.