Maple Leaf Gardens is one of Toronto’s most loved and iconic buildings and was home to the Maple Leafs hockey team from 1931-1999. Standing empty for over 10 years, Loblaws grocery store opened in November 2011 making this 85,000 square foot building a massive food experience. Integrating Leaf history and locally sourced food, this is a place that leaves you drooling. Go grocery shopping or eat in, they have so many goodies you don’t know where to start. And of course I started in the cupcake section. With over 20 flavours I was in heaven. Walk around the corner, and you have handcrafted chocolate chiseled and sold by the chunk — and they’ll give you a sample. Walk around the corner again and you see the 18 foot ‘Wall of cheese’. They have 400 cheeses from around the world even a 100 pound wheel of stilton – apparently one of only a hundred in the world.
If you’re there for the Leaf history, check out the huge maple leaf statue at the entrance made of old seats from the former Gardens. As well, check out aisle 25 and you’ll see a red circle on the ground marking center ice. I wonder what they’d do if I dropped a ham in the aisle and started checking people?
Loblaws, 60 Carlton St, College Station