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30 Things We Love About Toronto This May

2. The Ballroom

1 Heralding the arrival of sakura hanami—when more than 2,000 cherry blossom trees in High Park come to bloom.

2 Making a strike at glam bowling alley The Ballroom—this isn’t grandpa’s 10-pin game.

3 The vast specs selection at Josephson Opticians.

4 A quaint stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Distillery Historic District.

5 The dramatic and stunning “ribbon” of wood beams running across the ceiling of Koerner Hall.

7. The Behemoth

6 Discovering Canada’s Inuit artists at Feheley Fine Arts.

7 An adrenaline-inducing ride on the Behemoth, the country’s tallest roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland.

8 Getting the perfect half-moon manicure at Tips Nail Bar.

9 The soaring pixelated “tabletop” of OCAD University’s Sharp Centre for Design.

10 Crowding around the 17-foot bronze statue of eager players in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame for a photo op.

9. OCAD University's Sharp Centre for Design

11 Colourful and contemporary floral arrangements from Pink Twig.

12 Unique breakfast offerings from Lady Marmalade like the Good Morning Poutine—hash browns with aged white cheddar cheese and miso gravy.

13 The commanding white claw-foot bathtub in the middle of bath shop Jacob & Sebastian.

14 A refreshing bite of the kiwi-tuna makimono—tangy cucumber with a spicy tomato salsa and yellow fin tuna—from Ki Modern Japanese.

15 Hunting for discounted designer apparel and accessories at Winners.

18. Billy Elliot the Musical (photo by Joan Marcus)

16 Noshing on the city’s signature dishes, like the notorious Bymark burger.

17 Visiting galleries during the city-wide Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

18 Catching the heartwarming blockbuster Billy Elliot the Musical at the Canon Theatre.

19 Designer Ela Kowalewska’s pretty MILCK clutch—the initials stand for money, ID, lipstick, cellphone and keys; available at RAC Boutique.

20 The crowded streets of Chinatown, where you’ll jockey for sidewalk space with market stands and people.

19. MILCK Clutch by Ela Kowalewska

21 Cozy nooks in which to down a pint at C’est What.

22 Eerie portraits of Lenin scowling at Pravda Vodka Bar.

23 The spectacular floating glass staircase at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

24 The drool-worthy caramel apples decorated with candy in the windows at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

25 Celebrating Victoria Day on May 23 with a pint at Anglophile pub The Queen and Beaver.

21. C'est What

26 Studying the sensual geometry of Henry Moore’s sculptures—the Art Gallery of Ontario boasts an extensive collection.

27 People watching through the gigantic windows of the Gladstone Café.

28 The sleek environs of MAC Cosmetics—row upon row of eye shadow, mascara, pressed powder and more.

29 Perusing the fresh fruit and cheese offerings at the bustling St. Lawrence Market.

30 The glow of Toronto at night, when the twinkling office and condo lights illuminate the skyline.

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