My Toronto

24 Hours in Hogtown

Got 24 Hours in Hog Town? Here’s what you have to do. Here’s the truth – I’m from Toronto (not that there is anything to lie about regarding that), but after visiting my hometown this past weekend, my appreciation for my stomping grounds skyrocketed. In 72 hours, I played ‘tourist’ – checking out the places I ventured to growing up (I’ve lived in New York City for 4 years now), and since my final ‘spot’, I’ve been singing the praises of ‘Hogtown’ – if you don’t know what I’m referring to, look it up. Here, my favorite things to do in T.O in a timeframe of 24 hours. Pace yourselves…


“Trust my list, I know the ins and outs of this city.”

Toronto is known for their heightened sense of design. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out Klaus, Kiosk, and Montauk – three distinct stores with an even more focused POV.

Start your day off right with a cup of coffee from this independent spot. Located on Queen Street East, their coffee is damn strong and will certainly kick off your day on the right foot.

While you’re in the near by neighborhood, grab a bite at School, one of the coolest restaurants in Toronto located in Liberty Village (a relatively new area in the downtown T.Dot area). I recommend their Krispy French Toast.

Toronto has a plethora of massive parks (something that New York doesn’t really accommodate), and one of my favorites is Trinity Bellwoods Park. If you’re still hanging onto your coffee from the AM, finish it off on one of the many benches situated within TBP.

Toronto is known for their heightened sense of design (there is a large interior design market here). While you’re in the neighborhood, check out Klaus, Kiosk, and Montauk – three distinct stores with an even more focused POV. Even if you’re not in the market to buy a new couch or ottoman, there’s nothing wrong with a little inspiration.

No words. Just go. And, order everything. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

One of the areas that I love most about Toronto is Kensington Market, a few streets near Queen Street (in the Downtown district) that houses vintage shops and quaint little restaurants. Each ‘shop’ is situated in an old little house, and the racks and racks of vintage tee’s and Levi’s jeans are extraordinary.

Have a mid afternoon snack at St. Lawrence Market, a large fresh food and fruit space that has been around for years.

From what I’ve been told (and have been able to experience), the massage at Hammam Spa is out of this world. It may cost you a few dollars, but a few minutes of a body rubdown will get your geared up and ramped up for the night.


The Thompson Hotel opened a few years ago, and their rooftop bar has an exceptional view of the city. With a cocktail in hand, you’ll soon realize Toronto is one of the best cities in the world.



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Article by Yale Breslin for Stoli USA



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