One of the oldest urban areas in North America, Old Montréal has a certain character and charm that is different from the rest of the city. This area, home to the beginnings of Montreal, dates all the way back to the discovery of Canada by the French. It is a major tourist attraction, being one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city. With easily walkable and photogenic cobblestone streets, the stunning architecture of buildings blends well with the modern shops within them. Notre-Dame Basilica, Vieux-Port, Place Jacques-Cartier, and Place d’Armes are just some of the most well known monuments in the area. In this post, I’ll be giving you the ultimate guide to Old Montréal, showing you all the best spots and activities to do in the neighbourhood.
One of the largest of its kind outside of Asia, Toronto’s Chinatown is a vibrant neighbourhood consisting of dozens of Chinese and East Asian restaurants and businesses. From delicious Peking duck to beautiful Coconut buns, there’s tons to be discovered in this neighbourhood. The city’s main Chinatown, the one this post is focused on, is centred around Spadina and Dundas, though throughout the rest of Toronto and the GTA there are many other large East Asian communities. As I’m half Chinese, Chinatown is one of my favourite spots in the city as well as a place I’m often at, so I thought it’d be fun to write a neighbourhood guide about it, which is what this post is!
Named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Vogue, Queen Street West is one of Toronto’s most interesting areas. From charcoal ice cream to pretty plant shops, Queen West pretty much has it all! It is located throughout the Arts and Design District of Toronto, and it is one of the city’s most diverse and unique neighbourhoods. Queen Street West is one of my favourite spots to visit when I’m downtown; therefore I thought it’d be fun to do a post guiding you throughout the neighbourhood, telling you what to see, do, and eat on one of Toronto’s most iconic streets.
One of Toronto’s most well known neighbourhoods is the Distillery District, a historic area located east of the city’s downtown. This neighbourhood, now known as the Distillery District, was once a distillery facility owned by Canada’s largest distiller, Gooderham and Worts. The facility was closed back in the 90s, purchased by a company in 2001, converted into a pedestrian-orientated area, and finally reopened to the public in 2003. This National Historic Site of Canada has since become a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, for many good reasons. In this post I am going to be guiding you throughout the neighbourhood, filling you in on the best spots to shop, visit, and eat at in Toronto’s Distillery District.
I have lived in the Greater Phoenix area for most of my life, and I am pretty familiar with the area now. Somewhere I like to visit often is Old Town Scottsdale, a neighbourhood in south Scottsdale based around the original townsite. Old Town Scottsdale is well known for being a very unique and trendy district, full of boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. It’s a great place to visit if you’re a tourist visiting the area, as it is a very photogenic neighbourhood as well as a great place to spend an afternoon. Old Town is very “Southwestern” themed, and it is also considered the heart of the city by many locals. I’ve never really done any posts about anywhere near where I live yet, so I thought it’d be fun to guide you all through one of my favourite neighbourhoods in the area, from a (somewhat) local!