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Toronto Trip Summer 2021

After a year, we finally made it back to Toronto and just in time for one of our favorite hotel's opening: the 1 Hotel. The 1 hotel is a sustainably oriented hotel trying to create a luxurious experience for their clients at the same time as being environmentally responsible.

1 Hotel Lobby
Rooftop View

To Do On Your Way To Toronto

  • Stop by Parkwood Estate in Oshawa

Located about an hour away from downtown Toronto, Parkwood estate is a must visit on your way to the big city! It is such a beautiful spot and at the estate there is also the teahouse restaurant where you can stop for a quick lunch break before making it to Toronto.

Little tea break

To be honest the only thing we did all weekend was pretty much eat! So, I have a full list of places to share including some already mentioned favorites in articles but also new places we discovered.

Breakfast/Brunch

A recently opened pastry shop offering a variety of sweet and salty treats! A very cute spot to grab breakfast! Open Wednesday to Sunday (10am-6pm).

We decided to go for breakfast as I really wanted to try their chicken and waffle which was to die for! But it is also open for lunch and dinner. It offers a farm to table experience with all ingredients coming from within a sustainable distance of the hotel itself! (Open daily)

This pastry shop has been my favorite in the Toronto area ever since I discovered it a couple years ago. Their pastries are always delightful and ever so changing which allows clients to always indulge a new treat. You can never go wrong with a good croissant am I right ?! Open Wednesday to Sunday (9am to 5pm).

This spot is a cute ephemere terrace located in the Shangri-La Hotel. It is definitely a must do if you are in Toronto before the end of summer, especially for brunch time. Their banana bread french toast was delicious and the terrace itself is super cute! 

Lunch & Dinner

A classic and a must in NYC, I am so happy we now have an Eataly location in Canada. I am a huge italian food fan and this place is legit heaven on Earth! Wether you go for a full meal, to grab a snack or to do your groceries the day of your return from Toronto (or if you do all 3 like me haha) this is definitely a must in Toronto.

One of our favorites restaurants in the city (yes, yes it is italian again...), and their 100 layer lasagna is a classic you must try out! As well, their crispy potatoes are some of the best potatoes I've ever had! Overall it's the perfect spot for a date night or just a fancy girl's night out.

Located on the roof of the Broadview hotel, this place is perfect for drinks with a view on the city! 

Located in the lobby of the 1 Hotel, this lounge is the perfect 5 a 7! They offer a variety of original cocktails for everyone's taste and also have bites to choose from which are cooking in the 1 kitchen restaurant so you know it has to be good! 

By

Megan Chartrand-Robichaud

September 16, 2021