Words by Carlie Tucker
As with most destinations, 24-hours in Toronto isn't nearly enough time to see everything this vibrant Canadian capital has to offer. But it is enough time to make a respectable dent if you have a plan. Here's where to eat, play and stay the next time you're in Queen City with 24-hours to spare.
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Where to Eat
Breakfast: There are plenty of spots in Toronto to grab a bite to get your day going, but few are more famous than School. Regularly appearing on the best-of lists, this city staple charms diners with a 9:30 to 11am breakfast menu featuring all your comfort favourites. Stay healthy with a Miss P's Vegan "Yogurt" Bowl or dive right in with their famous Black 'N' Blue Flapjacks.
Lunch: This midday meal should be dictated largely on how much time you have to spare. The city is bursting with options for both leisurely sit downs or lunches to go. If the former is what you're in the mood for, David Chang's trendy Momofuku serves up Japanese noodles at the ultra-conveniently located Shangri-La hotel. For something a little quicker, the Banh Mi Boys serve up grab-n-go sandwiches with everything from Korean to Japanese influences.
Dinner: Pull out all the stops when it comes dinner time by sitting down at George Restaurant for a five to 10-course tasting menu. Run by chef Lorenzo Loseto, this restaurant is all about sourcing locally. The menu is dictated by seasonal produce and changes regularly, so diners can expect a unique experience with beautifully presented plates that showcase the region's best ingredients.
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Where to Stay
At the heart of Toronto's financial district, this conveniently located hotel is a fantastic choice for business travellers that want to make the most of their time in the city (limited as it may be). It is within walking distance to many key businesses and corporations, including diplomatic and government offices, legal institutions and research centres. And for those few spare free moments, it's also close by key city highlights such as the CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame and Royal Ontario Museum.
Guests can expect all the style and service that comes with a Hilton hotel, with three different room configurations to choose from. All are appointed with modern finishes and quality amenities to assure your comfort. This includes a workstation, internet access and an in-room safe. There is also a pool, fitness room, business centre and phone service, 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, on-site convenience store, snack shop and bar area. Even better, book your stay through your FCBT Travel Manager and you'll also receive complimentary WiFi access, two bottles of water and a 25% discount on dinner at Hemispheres Restaurant as part of the SmartSTAY program.
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Where to Play
With limited time in Toronto, it's best to start off by getting the lay of the land, and there's no better place to do it than from the top of the CN Tower. Visible from nearly anywhere in the city, this lofty spire offers 360 degree views of the city and beyond. For those looking for a little added thrill, the EdgeWalk allows you to stroll along the outside of the tower to feel the breeze.
With a better idea of the city's expanses, set out exploring some of her best sites. See pandas at the Toronto Zoo, take in some history at the Royal Ontario Museum or work out your wallet at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Filled with shops that span the high end brands to individual boutiques, you'll definitely find a unique souvenir or two at this popular local marketplace.
Just make sure you set aside some time in the city for hockey. Whether it's watching the Toronto Maple Leafs take to the ice at their home arena, or a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame to walk among the greatest of the game, you can't leave Toronto without dabbling in Canada's national sport.