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SkyPod vs General Admission at CN Tower, Toronto

CN Tower, Toronto

A question we were asking ourselves during our trip to Toronto was whether it was worth it to pay the additional $12 to get access to the SkyPod at the CN Tower. We tried to look for opinion online, but we couldn’t get a definitive answer so the only way to find out was to give it a shot! So… SkyPod vs General Admission at CN Tower – which is better?

Despite our trip being at the end of September/Early October the day we set aside to go up the CN Tower was glorious sunshine and clear blue skies – unbelievable luck! We did visit out of season though so there were barely any queues, but I have heard it can take a couple of hours during the Summer.

Is the SkyPod worth it, CN Tower

CN Tower, Tallest Building For 30 Years

The extra $12 might not seem like a lot, but general admission to the CN Tower is already $36 per adult (approximately £21) so it’s on the pricey side, especially if there’s a group of you. However, the view from the CN Tower is hands down the best view of a city I’ve seen so far – due to it’s insane height (it held the record for the tallest free standing building for over 30 years until the Burj Khalifa was built in 2007!) it towers above the vast array of other tall buildings in Toronto, leaving the view completely clear for miles and miles.

View from CN Tower, Toronto

Outdoor Sky Terrace at CN Tower

General admission tickets gain you access to two observation levels – 1122ft and 1136ft above the ground. The higher, LookOut Level boasts two walls of floor to ceiling windows which are pretty incredible. The entire floor is inside, for those of you that feel a bit wobbly about heights.

The lower level has two attractions – the Glass Floor with clear views all the way to the ground below and the Outdoor Sky Terrace where you can really feel the breeze! It might make you feel a little more unsafe on this level, but the outdoor terrace is completely covered with mesh panelling and the glass floor is strong enough to hold the weight of 35 moose!

The Glass Floor at CN Tower Toronto

The Glass Floor is disappointing at CN Tower, Toronto

Even out of season the Glass Floor was absolutely packed with people standing, laying and playing around on it so don’t get your hopes up for getting a great photo. The area is quite small (just 256 sq ft) and there is no queuing system so it’s a bit of a free for all and the lighting is so dim so that taking a decent photo is really hard with the contrast of the bright daylight outside. Not a fan. The Outdoor Sky Terrace was OK and it was fun to really feel the height due to the feeling of the wind on your face and the street noise from below, but the mesh covering spoils 95% of the views.

The Edge Walk at CN Tower, Toronto

SkyPod vs General Admission at CN Tower, Toronto

Access to the SkyPod is from the LookOut floor and you can purchase tickets before or at the LookOut level, allowing you to shoot up another 33 storeys to a smaller observation deck. The SkyPod felt a lot more exclusive than the general admission areas and it’s angled windows allow you to see straight down underneath you as well, giving a brilliant view of the Edge Walkers on the roof of the 360 restaurant below. We spent most of our time here and I definitely recommend it if you’re not a fan of crowds and like to take lots of pictures. There’s also two hidden ‘porthole’ type windows at either side of the elevator that offer a really unique view of the city below as well as another circular window straight opposite the elevator when you exit onto the SkyPod floor.

Angled Windows in the Skypod at CN Tower Toronto

View from the SkyPod at CN Tower

So what’s the verdict on SkyPod vs General Admission at CN Tower? You can’t see much further from the SkyPod than you can from the LookOut level, but the angles of the window allow you to see a different side to the panoramic views that you don’t get below. If you’re obsessed with city views like I am, I definitely recommend paying the addition $12 for the SkyPod, but if you’re just looking for a quick visit to say you’ve been then it might not be for you.

The CN Tower is next to the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto and costs $36 for general admission, with some extra options available.

Loves x xx

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Eating Out in Leeds – Food Tour of The Light

Best Cocktails in Leeds - Firelake

Before Christmas I was invited out for a Food Tour of The Light in Leeds. Gone are the days when The Light was a destination for me as a teenager  – a trip to the cinema followed by all you can eat Chinese! The Light is now a foodie destination with options varying from a light snack to grab on the go, to going all out on a special meal with cocktails to follow.

Instead of trying a meal at one of the vast variety of restaurants on offer for eating out in Leeds, we were taken on a tour of restaurants with one course at each destination – a fun way of mixing up your evening out. We started at George’s Great British Kitchen for a cocktail and their amazing sweet shop inspired menu did not disappoint.

Best Cocktails in Leeds

Knowing we had a long night ahead of food and drink, I opted for a shorter, lighter cocktail in their Parma Violet offering (who can resist a Parma Violet flavoured anything? Not me!), but the other girls had some amazing candy floss concoctions in the Candy Annie. By all accounts the cocktails were super sweet, but definitely a hit and with a variety of deals on cocktails every day it’s definitely worth a pit stop.

Firelake Restaurant Leeds

We continued on to FireLake, a restaurant tucked away inside The Radisson Blu hotel, but unlike any hotel restaurant I’ve ever visited. We were seated for our starters amongst their plush high backed booths and chic tiled floor, a mural and hanging fire pit just around the corner. For anyone staying at The Radisson Blu, you’d be mad to order room service to your door and miss out on this incredible decor.

Gin Cocktails in Leeds at Firelake

We tried a range of starters from the FireLake menu, which puts a Yorkshire twist on it’s Minnesota roots with locally sourced produce. Unexpected cocktails were served by the most enthusiastic cocktail bartender I’ve ever come across, who brings his signature style into the menu he created. The staff were knowledgable and clearly proud – I think FireLake was my favourite place on the tour and I’d love to try their full menu next time I’m eating out in Leeds.

Food Tour of The Light Leeds

Brazilian Steakhouse Leeds

Next on our food tour of The Light wouldn’t have been a personal choice for me as I don’t eat red meat, but we had a table reserved at Estabulo, The Light’s Brazilian all-you-can-eat offering. We were provided with a token to show the serving staff whether you were too full of meat or hungry for the next round and the meat just kept on coming with pork belly, sirloin steak, sausage and chicken thighs amongst their menu. I was mostly interested in the salad bar, though, that offered fresh sushi, a cheese selection (including this amazing carved beauty pictured below) and some meaty beans which are always my favourite BBQ/grill dish of choice!

Estabulo Leeds Salad Bar

We rolled out of Estabulo wondered how we were going to squeeze in a pudding from round the corner at Turtle Bay, but the banana and toffee cheesecake was calling my name. With a colourful Caribbean vibe throughout, Turtle Bay seated us at a long wooden bench with vibrant chairs. Still in keeping with the theme, the puddings were served in worn looking enamel dishes – I was a little upset the end of my cheesecake seemed to have gone missing, but really I didn’t have enough room for that extra bite anyway ;)

Best Puddings in Leeds

The Light is found on The Headrow in Leeds with around 16 places to eat and drink inside.

Loves x xx

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