A Toronto Transformation


One of the projects that has been keeping me the aforementioned busy bee the last little while has been writing for the brand new Toronto section of Spotted By Locals, a European and now North American city guide for travellers who like to get off the beaten path, for tourists who don’t like to feel like tourists.

I really love this approach to travelling, don’t you? It’s so much fun to get out of the tourist traps and experience a city and culture in a way that approximates what it would feel like to live there.

The concept behind Spotted By Locals is simple. Founders Bart and Sanne Van Poll select 4-6 local “spotters” from each featured city to write about their favourite places to eat, drink, shop, play etc. in their city, and rely on them to check back frequently to write about new spots and update old ones so that the information is seasonally appropriate, accurate and never stale.

So, if you want to know where to take me for dinner in Toronto, pop on over and check out my recommendations. Or, better yet, do what I’ve been doing and read through the European city pages and plan the ultimate Euro-getaway in your head.

Let me know what you think! Would you use this as a travel guide? Are there any spots we should add (I’ll be writing about a few spots each month)? Is it weird that my profile page on their website so prominently features the year of my birth? haha. (the answer is yes.)

7 Responses to Launched!

  • Lindsay says:

    Such a great idea! I love getting tips from locals when traveling. You find such interesting things to do that way. Wish there was a section for Vancouver!

    • metamorphocity says:

      Right? I really love the concept! Who knows, they’re expanding all the time, maybe they’ll wind up in Vancouver yet!

  • Cassie says:

    Ooh, this is awesome! And great concept – anyone who loves travel loathes feeling like a total tourist (at least, I do). And that antique market… SWOON. Take me now so I can buy all the things. I could spend hours in a place like that.

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