Now that spring has truly arrived, I am looking forward to spending more time exploring some of Toronto's lovely, artsy neighbourhoods.
Last weekend, we hung out with my husband's cousin in The Junction, an "up and coming" area of the city that sits near the junction of four railway lines. Regular readers will know that I was drawn to the area by a desire to go to Bunner's vegan and gluten-free bakeshop. My travels are often inspired by food in some way. If we are going on a trip, I will google vegetarian restaurants before I even look for flights or hotels. I'm greedy like that.
Trust me, it's worth visiting The Junction just for one of Bunner's cinnamon buns. But there is lots more to see.
We enjoyed a visit to Pandemonium, which sells new and used books and records.
They had some cool vintage kids books. I didn't even know there were Leave It to Beaver books.
At Sanction skate shop, my son and I admired these baby skater shoes.
ARTiculations had an exhibition of over 100 sketchbooks. Participants were challenged to draw something every day for a month.
One participant chose to do his sketches "While on the Potty."
I really want a giant cabinet for my dining room to house some of my many vintage dishes. So, I had to pop into Cornerstone Home Interiors. They have beautiful pieces, like this one, above.
And this one, above.
This was my personal favourite, but I don't think I'm going to spend over $3,000.
Smash has a selection of cool and unusual salvaged goods. A fun shop to browse.
All that browsing leads to more eating, of course. We enjoyed some tasty (and cheap) chickpea and potato roti.
It was still a little chilly last weekend. I'm looking forward to warmer weather and strolling through another neighbourhood soon...maybe Kensington Market. That's always a good one.
What's your favourite type of store to browse in?