48 Hours in Toronto: How I Managed to Do TWO Things

Two weeks ago, I traveled from Eastern to Western Canada for a week long work trip that took me through Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. With very little time in each city, ranging from 24-48 hours, if that, I sacrificed power naps for time to explore new surroundings (Montreal and Calgary), while revisiting some of my favorites (Toronto and Vancouver). I’ll share a series of blog posts about each city, starting with Toronto. Enjoy!

 Exterior Wall of the Kimpton Saint George in Toronto

Exterior Wall of the Kimpton Saint George in Toronto

It was my second time in Toronto so I really wanted to see something, compared to the first time (way back) when I spent most of my trip indoors.

I stayed at the Kimpton Saint George, a new boutique hotel in the heart of Bloor Street’s Culture Corridor near the University of Toronto which has lots of shopping and restaurant options. Funny enough, I’ve always wanted to stay at a Kimpton but never have. Not sure why, but after two amazing nights sleep, I have to do it again.  From the moment I arrived, the front staff greeted me by making the check-in process fast yet informative, while also making sure to answer all of my random questions.

 Basically a better photo of my King Deluxe room / Photo Credit: Kimpton Saint George

Basically a better photo of my King Deluxe room / Photo Credit: Kimpton Saint George

By the time I arrived in my room, I had received a text message from Mary at the front desk asking if the room was to my liking, and if anything was needed. Seriously?!? I love it! We texted back and forth, and eventually after scanning their list of in-house amenities, I was sent a humidifier since I sometimes have issues with dry weather in rooms.

 Quinoa Onion Rings with Gravy

Quinoa Onion Rings with Gravy

After peeling myself off their amazingly soft bed, I ventured outside because food is always my second, if not first priority, when traveling. I don’t know if it’s just a Toronto thing, but there’s a vegan restaurant called Fresh a block and half from the hotel which has a massive menu and is packed practically all day. I never mind eating alone, so after squeezing into a table, and listing off things to eat, I enjoyed my first hour in Toronto. I highly recommend their signature quinoa onion rings with a side of gravy. Poor things didn’t last long enough. After a few hours of work, I actually ended up going back later that evening for dinner, where I ordered more onion rings and a Jamaican ginger curry soup. I really wish there was something similar to Fresh in Los Angeles. But maybe that just means I need to go back to Toronto, right?!?

Outside of stuffing my face, I managed to squeeze in time to visit the Manolo Blahnik exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum which is available to the public for $14.99 CAD ans goes until January 6, 2019. Seeing how the museum is located across the street from the Kimpton, I enjoyed all of the wonderful designs that reflect Blahnik’s intricate, yet colorful and creative style. I actually own two pairs of his shoes, so being able to experience his various designs was somewhat magical.

The museum also featured other levels dedicated to the history of shoes. The Gold Standard displays shoes from various time periods ranging from African kings, Asian Emperors, British royalty to stars of the Hollywood Golden Era. The museum also has two other exhibits - All About Shoes and Art and Innovation.

Despite being in Toronto for 48 hours for work, and only getting to get at Fresh and experience the Bata Shoe Museum, I really enjoy the city’s eclectic melting pot of cultures, food and walkability. Hopefully next time, I can add another day or two to my trip to sight see a bit more.

Toronto Skyline / Photo by Meister Bohne on Pixabay