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National Geographic calls Toronto 'irresistible' in latest travel piece

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Ainsley Smith Oct 17, 2017 7:32 am 1,409

Toronto has yet another thing to brag about, after catching the attention of National Geographic and receiving some serious praise.

In a piece titled ‘Irresistible Toronto‘, National Geographic managed to capture the beauty of Toronto, along with its incredible neighbourhoods and hidden gems in all their glory, and appropriately coined the city as ‘irresistible.’

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On a visit to Ontario’s capital, the piece explored everything that makes Toronto what it is: from the reviving neighbourhoods to beloved cultural landmarks.

The first stop on their Toronto tour was none other than the iconic Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square, which the piece calls “an essential for any trip to the Big Smoke.”

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They continued the journey by showing some love at some of the more popular tourist attractions, which included a visit to the Ripley’s Aquarium, the iconic St. Lawrence Market, the Eaton Centre, the CN Tower and she even made a stop at the Thompson Hotel to check out the incredible 360 views of the city.

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada/Facebook

It should come as no surprise that Toronto is a hotbed of culinary fusion, and boasts an incredible selection of restaurants to satisfy the palettes of any Torontonian or visitor.

The magazine then paid Toronto’s historic Distillery District, Bar Raval, Campechano Taquería, Planta, and Jimmy’s Coffee a visit, in addition to praising King Street and China Town for their impressive selections of local boutiques and shops and a myriad of dining options.

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Image: Planta

Next on the Toronto tour is what the article referred to as “Unexpected Toronto.” This included exploring Toronto’s vibrant Kensington Market, which is home to “cultures from around the world” that are represented in the market’s diverse shops and stalls.

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While it’s no surprise that the AGO received praise, it was nice to see that Leslieville received some recognition as it’s experienced a bit of a resurgence in recent years and is now home to an excellent variety of vintage shops and local boutiques in addition to a killer assortment of dining options.

Finally, no trip to Toronto is complete without paying some of the city’s most beautiful parks a visit. Toronto is home to 1,500 parks, each with its own distinct vibe, but some of the more popular greenspaces included hipster-central Trinity Bellwoods, the always beautiful High Park and the hidden gem that’s Edwards Garden.

If ever there was a time to show pride in Toronto, it’s now.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for her next avocado toast.

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