If, like me, you enjoy visiting grocery stores when you visit a new city, then I recommend the
Loblaws supermarket chain – with over 10 locations in downtown Toronto – I prefer the recently renovated one that has opened up in the former Maple Leaf Gardens – a venue that hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, Mohammed Ali and Frank Sinatra, not to mention some of Toronto’s best hockey.
The newly renovated space now hosts a theatre of food: a sushi bar where chefs prepare their
latest creations, a bakery offering artisan breads, a variety of pastries and baked goods, a tea emporium, and the famous 18 foot “Wall of Cheese” with over 400 varieties of cheese to choose from – don’t be shy to approach a specialist and ask for a sample. Besides the rows of organic produce and general grocery merchandise, there are also other items such as cookware, linens and home accessories, as well as a large area devoted to those who want to grab something to eat, sit and relax. This place is open seven days per week, 7AM until 11 PM.
And when you’re done here, head up to the second floor, where there is a cooking school
offering demos and classes certain days of the week, as well as Joe Fresh, www.joe.ca, a fashion retail chain that sells mostly at Loblaws, offering adult and children’s wear, shoes, accessories and bath items.
60 Carlton Street, Toronto, Canada M5B 1J1
+1 416 593 6154
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