EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF CULTURE IN TORONTO
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Emirates’ recent announcement that it will be adding two additional flights to Toronto, Canada is welcome news for Zambian travellers as the movements and partnerships between the two nations are frequent. Canada is a popular destination for Zambian university students looking to experience a new environment and a new culture, while Canadian companies have invested in Zambia. Toronto is a multi-cultural melting pot, providing an unrivalled variety of choice when it comes to food, fashion, the arts and culture.
Yonge-Dundas Square, bathed in neon and the glow of animated billboards, is the city’s answer to Times Square. Jumping bars and clubs await on King Street West, and then there’s the PATH – stretching over 28 kilometres, it’s the world’s largest underground shopping mall, built to help people deal with the freezing winter temperatures in comfort. Toronto feels like a welcoming, small town, with the same level of friendliness you find in rural areas, yet it is the largest city in Canada, with a population of around 4.8 million. Canada’s economic centre, it’s home to the CN Tower, once the tallest man-made structure in the world, and still one of the most daunting thanks to its glass floors and elevators.
Yorkville’s tree-lined streets are perfect for window-shopping and wandering, while art lovers will enjoy Queen Street West’s independent galleries. This trendy district is described as Toronto’s most celebrated neighbourhood of style and culture offering a unique blend of designer boutiques, fashionable restaurants, plush hotels and world-class galleries. Its position on the edge of Lake Ontario, with Niagara Falls just two hours away, and a population made up of just as many artists and musicians as financiers and entrepreneurs, gives the city a unique feel.
There are arts and music festivals held all year round, and an adventurous food scene.
Where to Eat
Tibet Kitchen is downtown on trendy Queen Street West. The area has quickly become described as the Little Tibet of Toronto, and this family-owned eatery serves the best momos (dumplings) in the city. You’re never far from poutine in Canada, and Smoke’s Poutinerie likes to get a little creative with its recipe, taking the traditional dish of fries, cheese curds and gravy and adding fresh toppings of your choice. It’s the perfect comfort food, and a Canadian must-try, especially on a wintery afternoon. Byblos specialises in Mediterranean cuisine with generous portions served sharing-style. After starting your meal with mint tea, there’s a wide variety of hot and cold mezze to choose from: think creamy hummus with paprika and olive oil, Turkish dumplings and jewelled rice studded with pomegranate seeds. In the evenings, try Church Street’s Ethiopique for authentic eat-with-your-hands Ethiopian food; head to uber-trendy Superpoint on Ossington Avenue for the best pizza in town; Bar Raval serves some of the best Spanish tapas north of the border; Yasu is unbeatable for an intimate Japanese meal while and for the carnivores Adamson Barbecue is the go-to spot in Toronto for Texas-style smoked BBQ.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for accommodation with a view, try the Westin Harbour Castle. Located right on the Lake Ontario waterfront, the views from the rooms and restaurants of this grand hotel are spectacular. Not only is this a great spot for admiring the scenery, the Westin is also close to the theatre and entertainment districts. The bohemian Gladstone Hotel is as quirky as it is decadent, with each of its 37 rooms individually designed by a local artist. The Teen Queen, for example, is filled with posters of 1970s heartthrobs. Its unique and glamorous history was even immortalised in a film: Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel. By the banks of the Humber River, The Old Mill Toronto offers a Tudor-style building with 57 unique rooms, and luxurious options including fine dining. For a more contemporary urban stay, check out the funky and fabulous Bisha Hotel where rock star Lenny Kravitz has designed a whole floor.
Customers travelling on Emirates flights can look forward to award-winning service and hospitality from the airline’s multinational cabin crew, while enjoying complimentary gourmet meals and beverages. Inflight, customers can access over 3500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment on its ice system, from the latest movies, music and games. Families with young children are also well cared for with special services and products to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable flight experience, from free toys to kid’s meals, entertainment and priority boarding. Emirates flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai. From Dubai Emirates flies daily to Toronto. The additional Toronto flights came into service on August 18, 2018 and will operate on a Saturday departing Dubai as EK241 at 03:30 and arrive in Toronto at 09:30. The return flight, EK242, leaves Toronto at 14:25 and arrives in Dubai at 11:40 the next day. On Sundays, EK241 will depart at 03:30 and arrive in Toronto at 09:30. The return flight, EK242, will leave Toronto at 14:30 and arrives in Dubai at 11:25 the next day.* Both flights will be operated by the iconic Emirates A380 with private suites in First Class, lie flat seats in Business Class and spacious seats in Economy Class.
Book online at www.emirates.com/zm or visit the Emirates sales office at Acacia Park, Great East Road, Lusaka. Phone: +260 211 258 484.