Distillery Districting in Toronto
Toronto may occasionally be overshadowed by the city of festivals to the Northeast, but this transit-friendly town on the tip of Lake Ontario puts food on a pedestal and you in a sated state of mind. Besides Toronto's Little Italy, Little India, Little Portugal, and two Chinatowns, markets like St. Lawrence are a grand affair here. Local blogger Karen Kwan of Health & Swellness suggests a visit to the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings and taking breakfast along on the surrounding hiking trails. For a taste of the Toronto sun any day of the week, there’s Sugar Beach, HTO Park, and Centre Island for a picnic and bike ride or, according to Kwan, you can head to the historic Distillery District, which doesn't actually have a ton of distilleries, but does have great spots to eat and drink, including the patio at El Catrin Destileria or one of the many other open-air restaurants in this hot new neighborhood. And if a self-guided culinary tour doesn’t make you fall for TO, Nuit Blanche (October 4) or a subway bar crawl will.
Get there: A 7.5-hour drive or take a 1.5-hour nonstop flight from NYC.
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Lauren Matison is the co-founder and editor of offMetro.com. She thinks the secret to a happy life has something to do with biking, books, and baking fruit tarts. Follow her on Twitter.