After driving up the east coast exploring multiple cities up north we also wanted to cross the border and see a city that conveniently fit into our road trip. I always wanted to go to Canada and see for myself the things that might be the same compared to the US and what is different about it. When we first drove init looked like a typical US city. Big streets, brick houses on the little streets and fast food spots all over the place. Even the prominent Yonges-Dundas Square, that was close to our hotel reminded me of Times Square in New York a lot. But when strolling around the neighbourhoods there was a slight difference. It seemed like people are more open to other cultures, sexualities and more and everybody is living and doing business next to each other without judging or having an opinion about it. Also it felt like shopping was cheaper than in the US, but mostly because the Euro is strong compared to the Canadian Dollar unlike the US dollar.
One of my favourite neighbourhoods was Kensington Market. Yes, this is a neighbourhood not a big market hall with little food stands as I thought. With the seemingly endless shops and restaurants of every country you can imagine it was hard to choose what to eat. We landed in the Top Gun Steak Restaurant, which serves these delicious sandwiches with steak stripes and other stuff in a lot of variations. My favourite café was Jimmy’s Coffee where I drank the best Earl Grey tea on this trip so far. with multiple locations it is not hard to find one. A view to remember was our stop in between Buffalo and Toronto at the Niagara Falls. Until being there I never even knew that the Niagara Falls a parted with one side belonging to the USA and the other to Canada. My brick house dreams got covered by the Distillery District. This cute little area features breweries, restaurants and many shops that carry local designer stuff.
Buffalo is also a very chill city where we spent the night before heading off to Toronto. And the sunset we saw was definitely worth the stay.