I really enjoyed writing about our first week in New York and got a good response so I thought I would do a little update for our second week in NYC!
In fact only half of the week was spent in NYC, as thanks to the Martin Luther King bank holiday here in the States, we were able to get away for a long weekend in Canada.
First of all though, one of our friend’s came to visit us in Manhattan and we got to play retro arcade games at Barcade in Brooklyn (each game cost between a quarter and 50cents, cheapest fun you’ll ever have!) and also drink in the rooftop winter igloos at 230 Fifth. The igloos were fun and offered great views over Manhattan but if you don’t fancy the cold, there is also an inside bar with pumping music where you can check out the views too.
After a couple of nights all together in New York, we then all hopped onto the tiniest plane I have ever seen to fly over to Niagara Falls. The falls themselves were cool but we were all surprised at how tacky the town was! (Think Blackpool/small town Vegas and you get the idea.) We had fun for the one night but probably wouldn’t have wanted to stay any longer.
We then caught a midday bus over to Toronto which took just an hour and a half, leaving us with time in the afternoon to explore the city. We headed over to 416 Snack Bar on a recommendation from one of Marc’s friends and ate some amazing small plates (more on that in my Toronto Food Recommendations post!) before checking in to our Air BnB apartment on King St West, near the financial and entertainment districts.
Our Air BnB host had recommended the nearby Bar Hop for drinks/food and as it was $5 beers there on Sundays, we holed ourselves up there for many hours drinking and eating the hearty pub food (again, more on that in the food post)! After we had spent quite enough time in Bar Hop, we decided to walk off our food and headed to a nearby live music venue called Cameron House. It was a fab cosy, hidden spot that has live music every night and luckily just as we arrived, a fun vintage swing/jazz band started playing. The atmosphere was great with loads of people dancing the jitterbug, jive and charleston on the small dancefloor – we were far too full and inexperienced to join in but it was fun to watch!
The next day we headed out for a cheap diner breakfast before walking all around the city, which was a lot more creative and hipster than I was expecting. One of our favourite activities was catching a ferry over to Wards Island where you can get picturesque views of the city and the iconic CN Tower:
Though Ward’s Island was pretty much abandoned for the cold winter season, this gave it a bit of an eerie, non-touristy edge which we enjoyed for a couple of hours.
Then it was back over to the main land where we walked up to the creative Kensington area and University square:
…before meeting up with an old Uni friend of Marc’s and his fiancee for a catch up at Wvrst, an artisan hotdog beer hall not far from our flat, followed by drinks (guess what, more on that in the Toronto Food Recommendations post).
The next day was a wash-out but we braved the rain to visit the St Lawrence Market, a huge food market split over a few levels that was pretty quiet when we visited but apparently gets busy over the weekends.
The Distillery District was nearby and was a very cool area although as it was so rainy we couldn’t get many good photographs, which was such a shame as I feel that this area could be amazing in warmer weather. Instead, we hid inside a cute produce shop called Wildly Delicious where we ate bagels and waited for the clouds to clear a little.
Then it was time to catch our flight back to NYC and sort our lives out a little before our next friend arrives in a couple of days time! Fab end to another week in America.
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