I Solemnly Swear That This Date is GOOD!
If you’re in Toronto and a Harry Potter fan, we have the perfect date night for you. Grab your significant other and make a date out of Toronto’s magical hot spots.
Stop 1: The Lockhart Bar
When I tell you that we had the MOST MAGICAL Date Night (which was actually during the day) and in Toronto no less, you would probably assume I am talking about a cinderella fairytale. Nope. Not this time.
We are talking more wands and less glass slippers.
When The Lockhart Cocktail Bar, a “Harry Potter theme bar”, opened in Toronto just over a year ago, I immediately added it to the “someday list” and starting following the venue on Instagram. Every time a photo flew through my feed I was reminded that this magical place was less that an hour drive from me. Both my husband Chris and I have been to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando (twice) and The Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios Tour in London UK, so clearly we are huge fans.
Finally the stars aligned and we had a free day with no kids!
Stop 2: Curiosa: Purveyors of Extraordinary Things
Curisoa isn’t just you average “exit through the gift shop” Harry Potter themed store – this is so much more. Playing on the Diagon Alley motif, this wondrous shop has carefully curated all things magical and whimsical. It has this fantastic apothecary feel to it with a touch of hocus-pocus, including self-stirring cauldrons. Imagine stepping back in time while also in stepping into a fantasy – pretty cool!
I adore Artwork, and its my favourite thing to collect while traveling. Curiosa is the 1st store (outside a theme park) in North America to carry MinaLima’s work. I carefully selected a boxes of Ministry Of Magic Proclamations Artwork Postcards which I plan to display in my office.
Stop 3: iHalo Krunch
iHalo Krunch’s Charcoal Ice Cream has been the coolest treat this hot summer, and like slew of trend chaser we also ended up waiting line for this dark magical delicacy. Starting with the foundation: the black cone. Made black by the activated charcoal which comes from coconut husks, they add a dab of marshmallow fluff to keep your shadowy delight from messing up your robe. I did swirl of UBE Nut (purple) and Black on Black, and my husband Chris had Meet Your Matcha (green – typical Slytherin). The charcoal is said to have detox properties, and it can reduce bloating among other things. The line was long, but don’t let the muggles get you down! It only took 15 minutes till we had our delectables in our hands.