If a full day of vintage shopping topped off with some vegan Mexican noms sounds like your idea of the perfect day, let Toronto, Ontario blogger Elycia of ♥elycia lead the way! For our May edition of Travel Bug, she shows us where to score retro décor, mod dresses, and tons of other T-dot treasures. Tag along to see why her lakeside city is oh-so special!
1. Gadabout Vintage. “Gadabout is one of the coolest vintage shops I’ve ever been in. In addition to men’s and women’s clothing (all in amazing condition), the shop is full of old photos, postcards, datebooks, diaries, and miscellaneous vintage treasures the owner, Victoria, gathers from around the world. Throw in a cute puppy named Grace, and you have an amazing shop that you could seriously spend the entire day in without running out of things to ‘ooh and aah’ over.”
2. Black Market Clothing. “Black Market is my favorite place to shop for vintage clothing. The dress selection is incredible and everything is $10! They also silkscreen men’s and women’s T-shirts with the coolest designs; I got a Twin Peaks shirt — so awesome! This shop has a little something for everyone, guaranteed.”
3. Modraphelia. “Modraphelia is actually located in the same building as Black Market Clothing, but it’s a completely separate store. As you may have guessed from the name, they specialize in mod clothing for both men and women. My favorite part is their collection of A-line dresses — one may have made it home with me! The ladies working there are really sweet, too. If you’re into mod fashion, you should definitely pop by to say hello.”
4. Kensington Market. “There are so many great places to visit in Toronto. I bet if 100 people did a travel feature on the city, each one would be different, except for the fact that they would all include Kensington Market. Kensington takes up the entire area between Spadina and Bellevue Avenue and College and Dundas Street. This little area is home to tons of vintage shops, boutiques, outdoor markets, cafes, and restaurants. You could definitely spend the day just walking around Kensington. The whole area has a really laidback vibe compared to a lot of the busier city streets in Toronto. I love it!”
5. Funky Junky. ”One of the many shops in Kensington Market, Funky Junky is full of amazing vintage home goods. The only problem is that I want to buy everything in sight. The colorful walls make the colorful vintage furniture and accessories look even more irresistible. It’s definitely a must-visit if you go crazy over retro décor.”
6. Hot Beans Vegan. “There are so many amazing vegan restaurants in Toronto, it’s hard to pick just one! But, I’ll talk about one that is in Kensington Market in case you get hungry while exploring all the shops. Hot Beans has delicious vegan Mexican-style takeout. I love their nachos! If you don’t feel like walking around with your food, there is bar seating by the window where you can sit, eat, and people watch. Even if you are not vegan, I promise you will enjoy it!”
Thanks for showing us around, Elycia!
If you’ve been, what’s your favorite Toronto hotspot?