They say, "home is where the heart is." Okay, who are "they" anyways? And why do "they" have to sound so cliché? Anyways, where was I? Oh yeah, homes and hearts. It's been only a few weeks since I've officially become a full-fledged Torontonian and I can honestly say, I've never felt more at home.
Every time I'm downtown, looking at the CN Tower, or catching a train on the subway, it feels surreal to think that I'm actually here. But it's totally awesome. This weekend I decided I was going to explore my favourite area of Toronto: Yorkville. Everything you need to know about Yorkville is this, Yorkville is located within the area of Yonge and Bloor, two very large streets in the city. It's a very happenin' spot if you love to shop, dine, and feel generally metropolitan.
So while I was on my way to wine and dine with some of my family who live in the city, I decided to do the only thing a girl new to the city should do: roam.
I decided to hit up some of the shops on Yonge, and there are a lot! First off, I decided to charge my tank with a little Starbucks.
Usually I'd go for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but today I decided to try the new Chocolate Chai Latte. Have any of you guys tried it? It's so freaking good! I think I may have a new fall fave (sorry PSL).
After I got my much needed java boost I started my quest to (window)shop. What I like about this area is that they have a mashup of different store, everything from Zara to Holt Renfrew. The strip can match anyones budget. I thought I could use a new pair of sunnies so I took my chances going into Aldo. I didn't end up finding a pair, but I did find a cute bow ring!
Another neat thing about the shops down here is that most of them allow dogs in the stores (as long as they're on a leash). One shopper brought her adorable standard poodle into the store, and he just sat and watched while she tried on shoes. It was really weird for me to see, but actually pretty cool.
If you go down some of the smaller streets off of Yonge, you'll find little shops that are unique and carry some pretty amazing one-of-a-kind stuff. Like a store that is literally called, The Cookbook store. Guess what they sell? I took a little look inside and they carry cookbooks for literally anything you'd want to cook! I know the internet has a lot of recipes, but nothing beats a good cookbook, right?
Most of the stores in Yorkville close at 6 on Saturdays, but the restaurants stay open pretty late. I got in a quite a bit of window shopping, but need to go back down to peruse the Bay and Bloor area of Yorkville (think Free People, and Anthropologie).
Hope you guys are having a fantastic weekend! I'm heading back home to visit my dad tomorrow, which I super excited about because I haven't seen him in two weeks and I miss him a lot!