Day 2 – A Day in Toronto
Our second day, or first full day, in Toronto was pretty jam-packed. Our first stop of the day was St. Lawrence Market. St. Lawrence Market perhaps one of the best food markets that I have ever been to. It’s divided into two main markets: The South Market and The North Market.
The South Market is the main market and contains vendors selling fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, baked goods, and other grocery products. They also have food stands and souvenir stands scattered throughout the Market. The North Market is a Farmer’s Market that only runs on Saturday’s.
When I first started to research “must eats” in Toronto, peameal bacon came up. Apparently a peameal bacon sandwich is the Toronto equivalent to say, a Philly Cheesesteak or a NYC slice of pizza. Everyone online was saying you “must” have one at Carousel Bakery in St. Lawrence Market. The sandwich was really good. The bread was very soft and had the perfect meat-bread ratio. We both thoroughly enjoyed our sandwiches.
After filling our tummies – and emptying out our wallets at the Farmer’s Market – we drove over to the Royal Ontario Museum. Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. ROM is Canada’s largest museum and it contains four floors of amazing exhibits and galleries.
We originally said we would spend about 2 hours at ROM, but ended up spending way more than that. And honestly, we didn’t mind being “off schedule”. There was so much to see that we wanted to see it all!
ROM has so many dinosaurs!
TIP: There are coupons for $3 off per admission (up to 6 people) available online. We used these with no problems when we brought tickets.
After ROM, we wandered over to Kensington Market and sampled our way through the stores. Despite the name, it’s not really a market like St. Lawrence – it’s more of a neighborhood where a lot of different stores and restaurants are concentrated. The best thing that we ate was the fresh churros at Pancho’s Bakery. They sell fresh, piping hot churros – 3 for $5 CAD. You get your choice between four filling options – chocolate, condensed milk, caramel or dulce de leche, and strawberry. We opted for the first three.
We had timed tickets for Ripley’s Aquarium at 6pm, so we headed over after strolling through Kensington Market. The Aquarium was on the very top of my list when we were trying to prioritize things that we wanted to see in Toronto. I am a sucker for aquariums and this one looked pretty good.
The highlight of the Aquarium is their Dangerous Lagoon, which is a moving walk where you’re being shuffled under a tank of sharks, turtles, sawfish, and other fishes. It’s really cool to just be moved along under this giant tank that contains so many sharks and other fishes!
We also really enjoyed their jellyfish exhibit, which was pretty abundant compared to most other aquariums. BF is a huge jellyfish fan!