A frequent guest on lists featuring the best and most liveable cities in the world, Toronto has a lot to be proud of. This vibrant, metropolitan and multicultural city rivals the best in the world, with a rich arts and culture community, world-class theatre, and a delicious, diverse food scene. Oh, and let’s not forget the friendly and polite people!
While it would be impossible to explore all that this great city has to offer in just one day, you can still squeeze a lot into 24 hours. So put on those walking shoes and let’s go!
Breakfast at Maman
There are tons of coffee shops and cafes all over the city but Maman is a really great place to start your day, get caffeinated and enjoy a light breakfast. The first location opened in the SoHo neighborhood in New York City, and the second location opened in Toronto in 2015. They serve recipes inspired by the South of France and the menu changes daily, but you can be guaranteed fresh and delicious fare, from farm-fresh salads, soups and sandwiches to flaky pastries and other desserts. The charming décor inside will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into someone’s rustic, chic home and you’ll definitely want to stay a while.
Shopping in Yorkville
If you’re looking to do some shopping in the city, there are many options – from the vintage and flea market finds at Kensington Market to the high-end shops in Yorkville. Located in the heart of the city, Yorkville is a popular area for tourists and locals alike. With lots of shops and restaurants to entice a passerby, it’s easy to spend an entire day in this part of town. On one end of Bloor Street, the main drag also known as Mink Mile, you’ll find high fashion, but at the other end you’ll find more commonplace stores like GAP, Aldo and H&M. If you’re still feeling a bit peckish after coffee at Maman, you can always have breakfast at Tiffany’s!
Visit the CN Tower
There are some touristy things you just have to do in a new city and in Toronto, it’s riding to the top of the CN Tower for sweeping, panoramic views of the city. If you’re a bona fide daredevil or are feeling particularly adventurous, consider the Edge Walk at the CN Tower. Exactly as its name suggests, the Edge Walks involves walking around the circumference of the tower’s roof outside. This urban adventure is definitely for thrill seekers!
Skating at Nathan Phillips Square
If you’d rather have your feet firmly planted on terra firma then skating at Nathan Phillips Square during the cold winter months is a fun thing to do in an iconic part of the city. The outdoor skating rink, which is situated right in front of Toronto’s City Hall and the instantly recognizable illuminated Toronto sign, usually opens in late November. You can rent skates and helmets on-site or get your own skates sharpened before taking to the ice.
Relaxing at Sugar Beach
During the summer months, head to Sugar Beach. Opened in 2010, this urban beach park is located across from the Redpath Sugar Refinery (hence its name) and while it’s not a swimmable beach, it’s a pretty spot to relax before exploring more of the city. The pretty pink umbrellas make this the perfect spot to snap a few Instagram shots!
Dinner at Colette
If you’re looking for a stylish place to enjoy fabulous food, look no further than Colette Grand Café. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be seduced by the chic, French-inspired décor, and from the first bite of your food you’ll be hopelessly in love.
Drinks at The One Eighty
Cap the evening off with drinks at The One Eighty, the city’s highest outdoor patio. It’s located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre and with the city lights twinkling all around you, it’s the perfect backdrop to after-dinner cocktails.
Before you run off to pack your bags for Toronto, read Johnny Jet’s 24 hours in Honolulu travel guide: https://www.barclaycardtravel.com/t5/Travel-Blog/24-Hours-in-Honolulu/ba-p/2263332
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Toronto, Natalie DiScala is a writer and editor who now calls Los Angeles home. She worked for leading Canadian design magazine Style at Home for 15 years before taking the plunge and going full-time freelance. She now focuses her attention on her blog Oh! Travelissima where she writes about travel + style. Natalie and her husband, travel expert Johnny Jet, have traveled to 65 countries together and recently welcomed their first child.
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