Toronto, Cluny restaurant and skating at an outdoor ice rank!

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Dinner with a French touch and feeling like a King or Queen on ice!

Which area: The Distillery District were in early days a lot of whisky has been made. Today you can enjoy arts, culture and entertainment. And you have plenty of restaurants and bars.

Where to eat: Book a table at Cluny Bistro in the Distillery District. A French oriented restaurant with delicious food and wine. And Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin can be heard through the speakers to join your French rendezvous ;-).

What to do: If the winter season is there, you can skate at an outdoor ice rank in the city. There are a couple of ice ranks from which to choose.

What do you need: You can rent ice skates near the ice rank. But be aware that they are not in the most excellent condition. Would you like to make the most fantastic ice moves...bring your own ice skates with you ;-)!

Nice to know: If you are cold or you need a break during practising your pirouettes, you can buy hot drinks and hot dogs on the side

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Toronto Christmas Market, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Mercatto, Cluny Bistro and more

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We thought Thanksgiving would be on the same day in Toronto as in the United States. So we booked a table for two at Cluny Bistro in advance. It turns out that Black Friday is on the same date but Thanksgiving is not. Canada’s Thanksgiving is somewhere in October. So no celebration, no turkey, no cue lined up in front of Cluny. All shops were open on the normal opening hours. We had to adapt of course, so we spent some time at the Eaton Centre shopping mall ;-).

They had started the pre Black Friday discounts allready. We browsed around at Indigo for a long time. We both love bookstores! We had lunch at Mercatto, a restaurant in the Eaton Centre. It is such a nice place to hang out for a while during your shopping. The beautifully styled interior sports cool leather couches. It is a great setting for your desire for food, drinks and design. A hidden treasure between all the stores and ugly food courts.

We went to the Distillery District in the evening to have dinner at Cluny restaurant. We’ve been there before and in one of our compi’s of Toronto you will see and find all the information about it, so just click on THIS link ;-). When we arrived at the Distillery District we stepped into a Christmas setting, smack in the middle of Toronto Christmas Market. A lot of Christmas trees, decoration lights, Christmas songs, nice food and gift stalls gave us the real Christmas feeling. We had a delicious meal at Cluny and celebrated the good life.

The day after it was Black Friday! All shops opened around eight o’clock in the morning but it was not as hysterical as in the United States. We went to Yorkville first and spent some time in our favourite shop Anthropologie. They had a welcome Gluhwein-drink but unfortunately we couldn’t drink that because we had to work to Amsterdam later that day. The best part was wandering around town with all the Christmas excitement going on, having a nice dinner at Cluny and discovering Mercatto. The worst part was that we bought lots of items that weren’t on Black Friday sale at all… We were victims of our own taste ;-)!

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Toronto, Uber, Distillery District & Yorkville in 24 hours

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A twenty-four hour layover in Toronto this time. The snow and the little bulb lights in the trees felt like christmas time in February. We used Uber for the first time to let us bring to the Distillery District. Uber is an American multinational mobile ride hail company headquartered in San Francisco and you can use it in fifty eight countries. We went to Cluny Bistro in the Distillery District. The Distillery District is the place to see and be seen. The Distillery features more than seventy ground-floor cultural and retail establishments in the restored red brick and Victorian-era buildings of the renowned Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery. Cluny Bistro is a delight for your eyes and taste! Surrounded by fascinating custom details, such as cabinets filled with hand-selected antiques and a hand-painted glass wall at the raw bar. We had delicious wine and our waiter was very kind and created a personal customized plate of foie gras for us.

The next day we took the subway to Yorkville. This era is situated near the University buildings and the Royal Ontario Museum. We spoke to a local on the street and he told us that the facade of the Royal Ontario Museum cost two hundred and fifty million Canadian dollars! You can imagine that the Toronto society was not really happy with that fact. Toronto is always under construction but that means the city is moving forward and that is always a good sign ;-)! Yorkville is the place where dogs wear hip designer outfits and colored socks during winter time just like their owners. On Bloor and Bay street you find a lot of high quality shops like Cartier and Prada and in the little streets you see a lot of nice hip stores to buy cloth, home furniture and accessories, coffee shops and upmarket supermarkets. The Royal Ontario Museum is also worth a visit. Not only for its architecture but also for its interesting exhibitions.

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