24 Hours In Toronto

Earlier this month I ended up in Toronto for 24 hours.

This was not planned. In fact, what was planned was a week-long mother/daughter trip to Toronto but a family emergency hailed us home not long after arriving. C’est la vie!

So, we made the absolute best of our short visit and I left Toronto with a longing to go back like never before.

What I managed to fit in was major touristy things but, nevertheless, I feel like I saw and experienced so much!

Here’s what I got up to! Click the headings to go to their website and check out my photos below!

Eaton Centre

Although I didn’t really have the chance to do any shopping, I did enjoy just roaming around the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. The mall is not dead, folks. The mall is alive and well in Toronto. The only place I stopped at was Purdys Chocolatier shop because I hadn’t seen a Purdys since I lived in Vancouver back in 2005. Yum!

Scotland Yard Pub

Found on Esplanade, this old English-style pub feels like you’ve crossed the pond. The food was yummy, the drink choices were plenty, the staff was friendly, and the ambience was lovely. I’d definitely go there again.

Old Spaghetti Factory

Okay so, technically, we only walked through there so I could see the fantastical decor because it was right next to the Scotland Yard pub but, wow! This place will definitely be on the list of places to eat next time.

City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off

This was so much fun! Whenever I visit a city, if they have a hop on hop off tour, you can bet your butt that I’ll be doing it. I find myself always booking with the City Sightseeing company whenever I can because they offer both the live guide tour as well as the multi-language tour. The multi-language tour is the one with the headphones and, when you’re travelling on the top of a double-decker bus, sometimes it’s hard to hear the live guide so I prefer the multi-language tour so I can just plug in and listen to the interesting facts.

Berczy Park

A lovely green space with the most whimsical fountain in the world! Totally dog-friendly!

The Flatiron

Not only did I snap countless photos of the Gooderham Building (one of the earliest Flatiron buildings ever built) but I also visited the pub in the basement of the building for some more English pub grub. I was clearly missing England! The Flatiron pub is not only a cool place to eat because of its location but it has a yummy menu, friendly staff, and funky British pop culture and sporty decor.

Union Station

I know I’ve been to Union Station once before in my life but it’s honestly been so long that I thought it worth another visit to this iconic building. I wasn’t disappointed. The symmetry inside the building is very photogenic and definitely worth using the #accidentallywesanderson hashtag. From Union Station you can also walk indoors all the way to…

The CN Tower

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the CN Tower. We took a quick elevator to the top, were awestruck at the views, had some tea and cake, and braved the glass floor.

Mövenpick Café

We ate a lot…what else do you do when you’re on holiday? We went from English pubs to French patisseries in this case. This cafe was so cute and had some really sweet sweets! We just walked by and knew we had to pop in for a treat.

Novotel Toronto Centre Hotel

I know it’s weird to mention my hotel but let me just say that this was, hands down, the best hotel I’ve stayed at in a long while. I have all intentions of staying here again and I’d recommend it to anyone who is planning a trip to T Dot.

We’re planning another mother/daughter Toronto trip in the spring for Mother’s Day and I’m really looking forward to it.

Have you been in “the 6ix” lately? What are some of your must-sees that you think I must see?

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