My cousin asked for a few suggestions for an upcoming girl’s trip to Toronto which inspired this post! Below are some of my first favorite experiences in the city. Here is my 2 day mini-guide for the not-too-touristy-tourist.
DAY ONE (All within a healthy walking distance)
10:00 am BRUNCH
Hank’s – 9 Church St
Fran’s – 33 Yonge St
11:30am FRONT ST. E NEIGHBORHOOD
There are lots of little shops and stops within a small walk from both brunch locations. Window shop and then Head East towards St. Lawrence market for a midday market mosey.
12:15 pm ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
St. Lawrence Market has the feel of an open-air market in the comfort of historic brick building. You may not be hungry after your brunch, but now is a good time to grab a sweet treat and some snacks for your afternoon!St. Lawrence Market
1:45 pm EATON CENTRE
Shop at one of Ontario’s most prized malls (just remember taxes are twice as much if you’re coming from the States). The surrounding area feels a little like Times Square, so there is a lot to see!
4:30 pm NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE
Grab a Tim Horton’s Steeped Tea and take in the Old City Hall. If you’re traveling between November and Mid-March you can rent skates, otherwise, take a rest and people watch for a bit.
6:30 pm DINNER, JAZZ, AND BLUES
The Rex is one of Toronto’s grooviest jazz clubs. You feel like you’re being transported back in time. If you’ve been out all day and are dressed casually, don’t head back to the hotel just to change. The atmosphere is casual and pub-like, but it gets packed on weekends, so if you’re going to see a particular artist, head there early.
9:00am BREAKFAST (A 20 minute walk to The ROM)
Cora’s – 27 Carlton St – A Canadian breakfast chain classic. Generous servings of creative and fresh comfort food that will keep you full for hours.
10:30am THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Find a food truck within walking distance. Gourmet Gringo’s and Buster’s Sea Cove would be worth going out of the way for. Then head back to your airbnb or hotel for a nap and to freshen up!
7:00PM THE DISTILLERY DISTRICT
Walk around in this beautiful, brick building, draft-brewing district, and make dinner reservations in advance at any of these local restaurants.
BlogTO is one of the best sites for finding out what to do in the city!
Enjoy your time in Toronto, friends!
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