With the summer more than halfway through, we bring you the third installment of Common Mag’s Toronto Walking Tours! For those of you just joining in, we’re releasing one recommended small tour of the city, featuring fun shops, cute food spots, and the best parks Toronto has to offer, for each month of the summer. Last month we enjoyed the beautiful West End, which you can explore here.
Our next tour will dive right into Toronto’s North End, focusing on Summerhill and Rosedale areas. A midtown oasis, both neighbourhoods offer a multitude of places to eat, drink, and shop, while enjoying a beautiful day out in the sun either with friends or on a day-date with yourself. Described as some of the most appealing neighbourhoods in Toronto, get ready to explore based on some of our recommendations!
First stop on our tour is a must: books! With the months of summer offering a much-needed break from school, textbooks and readings, it’s always a great feeling to get back into reading for pleasure! A perfect place to start: Book City.
Book City is owned (and founded) through four generations of family owned book businesspeople. With tables stacked high of bargain books, the atmosphere welcomes readers alike into their stores through their attentive values and traditional book selling philosophy. Their Yonge and St. Clair location being one of four in the city, there’s no doubt that Book City spreads a love for reading all throughout Toronto. So grab a book (or five) and continue on exploring Toronto’s North End.
All biblophiles welcome!
Although ice cream is a personal favourite all year round, there’s no better time to enjoy a cone topped high with two scoops than during the summer heat (just don’t forget the napkins). That being said, our next stop: My Favourite Ice Cream Shop.
My Favourite Ice Cream Shop offers a large variety of flavours (sourcing from other neighbourhood favourites like Greg’s and Denali Ice Cream). The small shop opens its doors to big-time ice cream (and frozen yoghurt) lovers, where the only real concern is whether or not to choose a cup or a cone -- before noticing the array of additional toppings such as sprinkles, crushed cookies, and more!
Summer just isn’t summer without ice cream, so let yourself indulge and cool off on these hot Toronto days with a scoop from My Favourite Ice Cream Shop.
With your new book in hand, and an ice cream cone in the other, we arrive to our last stop on our North End walking tour: Ramsden Park. A comfortable setting for all, including some off-leash pups, Ramsden Park offers an optimal space to lay down a blanket, enjoy the sunshine, and read. Or if you’re more in the mood for cardio, the park also offers spaces for baseball, basketball and tennis, not to mention a wading pool for when the temperature’s rise unbearably.
All-in-all a perfect day enjoying the outdoors and some quality time with nature.
The triple threat of walking tours complete with literature, sweet treats and green Toronto spaces; let us know if you followed our map! We’d love to hear from you, or better yet, tag us in your photos on your day of adventure @commonmag across all platforms!
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