Northern District Library #TPLFoodHunt

Since I work relatively close by to the Northern District library, it served as a great launching point.  Hoping to get a nice photograph of the front, I was a bit disappointed to find that we were surrounded by construction on Orchard View Blvd.  This shouldn’t have surprised me because between all the condo developments and the crosstown LRT — the whole Yonge and Eglinton area is under heavy construction.

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This is a part of the #TPLFoodHunt exploration series.

Since I work relatively close by to the Northern District library, it served as a great launching point.  Hoping to get a nice photograph of the front, I was a bit disappointed to find that we were surrounded by construction on Orchard View Blvd.  This shouldn’t have surprised me because between all the condo developments and the crosstown LRT — the whole Yonge and Eglinton area is under heavy construction.

The entrance is surrounded by construction
The entrance is surrounded by construction
The plentiful bookshelves of Northern District Library. Quite a spacious and bright interior too.
The plentiful bookshelves of Northern District Library. Quite a spacious and bright interior too.

The most fascinating thing about this library for me is how I had no idea it had been there for the past 7 years — despite walking by the building countless times.  Perhaps I am sadly oblivious to some things around the Yonge and Eglinton area after working there for so long.

Walking into the library from the noisy street and construction was an incredible feeling.  It was like walking into a suddenly tranquil environment.  I immediately started looking around and walking up and down the staircase.

People seem to have some snacks with them and their drinks as well so it appears the library does permit some food provided it isn’t too messy.  I did notice an almost cafeteria-like setting in the library where some folks were enjoying their meal while reading a book so this may be an area meant for a noisier (crunchier?) lunch and allow for a bit of mess.

The staircase is a central aspect of the library.
The staircase is a central aspect of the library.

What about the food?

So after consulting with Lisa, we felt if someone were really hungry or wanted to grab something quick — the best option was the little place just down the street — at the corner of Orchard View Blvd and Yonge.  A Viet-Thai restaurant by the name of Star King serves up some great pho and you can take out should you wish.

There’s more than just pho but I’ll let you check out Lisa’s more in-depth foodie perspective.

Star King was our local nearby choice for food!
Star King was our local nearby choice for food!