What a time to be in Toronto. ‘Scuse the Drake reference, but honestly – there’s never been a greater time to be in the 6! I grew up 20 minutes away from the downtown core of the city, which always felt like a thousand worlds away to me. I finally “moved” here two years ago on a two-month sublet, and within a couple days I knew there was no going back home. There’s always so much going on in the city…whether it’s Pride Week, Caribana, TIFF, or just a random Thursday – there’s literally always something to do! Some people like to refer to Toronto a mini New York, but I tend to disagree. There’s no place in the world remotely like it. Toronto has it all: big-ticket events, incredible cuisine choices (ever had Jamaican-Chinese fusion?), amazing shopping, and a heartbeat and vibe unlike any other place I have known. It’s the most multicultural city in the world, and I feel grateful to live in a place so diverse, modern, innovative and progressive. Toronto is a great place for anybody to come, feel welcome and have a great time – whether it’s a family getaway or a ladies jaunt full of nights out, dining and shopping (but I mean, if you’re American you’ll feel less of that guilt with the exchange!). I’m so excited to have partnered with Tourism Toronto on a 2-part series showcasing two of my favourite areas in the city – and my favourite spots within them. First up (voted coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue – and, coincidentally, also where I live) – Queen West! This is Toronto’s art + design district – full of art galleries and amazing, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.

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This is an excerpt from the article Welcome To My City: Queen West Guide which originally appeared on http://www.thebrunettesalad.com.