Architectural and Design Differences between Toronto and Amsterdam

One may sum up the difference between Toronto and Amsterdam architecture in that the former is more modern and the latter is classically attuned. But there’s a lot more to it than that if you read below.

Toronto Architecture

Toronto’s architecture is heavily influenced by the United States and Europe, but through the years, a more localized and individual style has emerged. Today the city is widely recognized as one of the world’s centers of modern and heritage architecture featuring the works of Diamond & Schmitt, Will Alsop and Daniel Libeskind.

Among the most interesting architectural structures in the city are the Annex style houses and the bay and gable house, and other notable architectural buildings here are the TD Canada Trust Tower and a wide array of museums and houses of worship.

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The majority of the buildings and structures here are in the modern style, and Toronto being Canada’s financial capital, this isn’t surprising at all. However, there’s also plenty here for those who are into history, sports or looking for something eclectic.

Amsterdam Architecture

Amsterdam is one of the great architectural centers of Europe due to its historical buildings. Since this isn’t a large city it’s very easy to go through the various architectural structures around you. While there are a lot of striking new buildings in the city, the ones that grab attention are definitely the old ones, which have remained major tourist attractions to this day.

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Amsterdam of course, is best known for its canal houses, but it’s also popular for the windmills, the het Houten Huys (the oldest building in the city) as well as the Westerkerk, which boasts of the highest steeple in the city.

So Which is Better?

Both cities are great, and the fact that they’re so different makes them so fun to explore. I’ve spent quite a bit of time exploring both, and the contrast between them is very striking. I know some will prefer one over the other, but I like them both. Of all the buildings in Toronto, I particularly like the Robert Brown House, as well as the 19th century buildings in the Distillery District.

While there are major differences between the two, what they do share in common is quality interior decoration and painting. Having lived in Toronto for a while now, I can tell you that home painting services are very good here, in particular Painters GTA who are a well known Toronto and Mississauga, ON painting company, who did such a splendid job with my house.

Where to Buy Dutch Products and Foods in Toronto

Finding Dutch foods and products here in Toronto can be difficult because they’re sold only in select stores and they’re kind of all around the place. But no need to worry as I’ve picked out the best of the best, so if you’re in the mood for some Dutch treats you know where to turn to.

Gardenview Convenience

This isn’t the fanciest store around, but I’ll put it here simply because it’s convenient. If you’re longing for some good old stroopwofel, just go downtown and you can get some of that here. Their stock is directly imported from the Netherlands by the way, so it’s the real thing.

Grumble’s

Located on Main St., this deli and café specializes in lots of Austrian and German delicacies, but they do serve up quite a number of delicious Dutch treats that you’re bound to enjoy. There are a lot of treats to choose from, but the most popular are speculaas, stroopwafel and an assortment of Dutch chocolates and products.

Holland store

Holland Store

The aptly named Holland store off Weston Road sells a wide range of Dutch products and items including cold cuts, horse meat, cheese and other deli essentials. In addition, the Holland Store also sells soccer jerseys, trinkets, knickknacks, wood shoes and stocks up on dry goods too.

Niemeyer Imports

This store is a bit difficult to reach so if you’re planning to visit, make sure to stock on the supplies and other stuff you plan to buy. While it does take time to get here, Niemeyer Imports has plenty of drop licorice, Rusk bread, Droste chocolates and a bevy of cheeses as well.

Dutch Dreams

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This St. Clair and Vaughan ice cream parlor has become a favorite here in Toronto owing to its rich selection of treats like pannekoek (ice cream with Dutch baby pancake toppings), hagelslag and more.

BorrelTO

Last but not the least is BorrelTO. This isn’t really a store but more like a Dutch dining series that takes place every few weeks or so, and what you get here are plenty of Dutch treats such as boerenkool, bitterballen, poffertjes and more.