December 31, 2016
Hello lovelies! Hope your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations were fun! I’m starting to get back into the swing of regular blog posts. How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? I’ve always been the type of person who wants to go out on New Year’s, wear a fancy dress, and party all night! However, I’ve haven’t actually been able to cross that off my bucklet list. Maybe next year. This New Year’s Eve, we took it easy.
Matt and I had a pair of free tickets to the Ontario Science Centre which expired on the 31st. We had no other plans, so we thought why not? I’ve never actually been to the Science Centre, so we figured it would make for a nice little date. Unfortunately it’s a little ways outside of downtown Toronto, just off the Don Mills Parkway.
If you’re not an 8-year old child, or a parent of an 8-year old child, you’re going to feel pretty out of place. We were expecting this, but it was still an interesting experience. The exhibits have big, clear visuals that are easy to read, and lots of interactive components such as activities booths and informational tablets.
I didn’t manage to get photos of my favourite exhibit, which was the Space section. Matt and I actually lined up for a presentation in the planetarium called ‘Celestial Storms,’ which explained the different weather patterns on planets in our solar system. It was a medium sized room with a dome shaped roof. You could lie down on beanbags or sit on benches, facing the ceiling. A computer animation was projected onto the dome, which made it look like you were staring up into the night sky. There was no photography or videography allowed, but it looked like this.
It was a fun experience overall, and I would definitely recommend it if you have young kids / need ideas for goofy casual dates 🙂
We left the Science Centre and made our way downtown for an early dinner. I insisted on eating at Marché, which is located in the heart of the financial district, inside Brookfield Place. I have always loved the interior design of these buildings… the tall arches and hanging lights always look so festive during the holiday season.
Also I’m slowly training Matt to get better at taking OOTD photos for me lol, I don’t know how he manages to get everything but my face in focus.
SWEATER: TOPSHOP (similar here) / JEANS: TOPSHOP / JACKET: ZARA (similar here)
Not the most fashionable outfit, but ahhh I am so in love with this sweater! It’s so warm and cosy – I call it my Trixie Tang sweater.
If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll know that my favourite thing to do in Toronto is eat. There are so many fantastic restaurants, cafes, and bakeries within the downtown core! I really wanted to visit Marché, a marketplace style eatery located in Brookfield place, which is down the street from Union Station. I used to visit every Christmas Eve with my family, and now I make an effort to pop by at the end of the year.
We arrived super early (at 4:30PM,) but we wanted to get home before the New Year’s Eve traffic began. Big celebratory events like Canada Day and New Year’s Eve are super fun to attend downtown Toronto, but it’s a total nightmare if you’re driving.
We parked in the underground lot at Wellington Street (right below Brookfield place.) I believe it’s $10 flatrate in the evenings, but you get a $5 discount if you eat at Marché. Just let them know when you’re paying for your meal.
We found a seat in the bar patio area, which has nicer chairs and more space. You have a nice view of the Brookfield Place lights, and it’s generally brighter / not as stuffy as sitting inside the restaurant.
If you’ve never been to Marché before, you’re in for a treat! When you enter Marché, you are handed a meal card. Inside are various booths specializing in different types of foods, such as seafood, grilled food, Asian, pasta, salads/soups, desserts, sandwiches…etc. I had no idea what I wanted to eat until I passed a man carrying the most enticing plate of fish and chips. I haven’t had fish and chips in ages, so I booked it to the seafood station. After ordering, you hand the cook the card, they swipe it, and you pay for everything when you’re done with your meal.
Waiting for my food to arrive~
I don’t even feel bad about taking photos of half eaten food but UGHHH IT WAS SO GOOD. After editing these photos, I just want to head back and get fish and chips again! I also ordered a super expensive glass of fruit juice. When I came here with my parents, I always felt bad about ordering expensive foods, but now that I was paying for myself, I had no guilt! Treat yo self 2016!
I also ordered a deluxe crepe with strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate gelato. So so so delicious. I was completely stuffed at this point, and Matt decided he didn’t want to eat anymore…which meant that I had to 1v1 the dessert. I only ate half, but I was content and slowly entering a food coma.
So so so so gooood.
It was a really nice way to end an otherwise mediocre year. If you’re looking for some good eats, check out my “Where to Eat in Toronto” category. You can also read about my adventures downtown in my Toronto Travel Guides.
Have you ever visited Marché? Do you have a favourite restaurant in Toronto? Have you ever been to the Ontario Science Centre?
Thanks for reading!