MEGAN’S TORONTO FAVOURITES

Must see & do in Toronto with Megan Hess

 

Having only spent a small amount of time in Toronto, I can safely say that it is fast becoming one of my favourite places to travel to! It is so culturally diverse and energetic with so much historic architecture and wonderful places to eat, sleep and shop. I cannot wait for the day that I can be back in and amongst the bustling streets of Toronto enjoying a poutine in the snow!

A very special visit from Chanel the Yorkshire at one of Megan’s Toronto book signings
Valentino on the snowy streets of Toronto

Sleep – I think we all know by now that I love anything and everything REGAL so when I first walked into the Omni King Edward Hotel I knew I had found my place. The throw cushions in the room accented with crowns and the beautiful wall panelling and mouldings are what my regal dreams are made of! The hotel was originally built in 1903 and is situated in the eclectic downtown district, walking distance to the St Lawrence Farmers Market that I quickly became obsessed with. 

Eat – The unassuming exterior of Grey Gardens makes way for the most incredibly beautiful vintage wood and marble clad wine bar/restaurant. The oysters and wine are some of the best I’ve ever had! Another unforgettable Toronto experience is the tasting menu at downtown French restaurant, Alo. A truly spectacular meal of global flavours prepared with French techniques.  

Shop – You really can’t go past the shopping in Bloor-Yorkville. It has everything from high-end designers, to the Holt Renfrew Centre and some incredible local Canadian boutiques. There is also an array of art galleries that you can also visit followed by dinner with the most remarkable city view at The One Eighty

See – I spent a beautiful Sunday morning wandering around the vibrant Kensington Markets exploring the brightly coloured buildings and Victorian architecture, the extraordinary vintage shops and cafes and tasting SO MUCH cheese! We also know I am very partial to an art gallery, but the Art Gallery of Ontario is very high on my must see list in Toronto! While I was there last year, I was lucky enough to view the inspiring Women in Focus exhibition – some of the most beautiful and stirring photography I’ve ever experienced.

Megan ready for her live appearance on Canadian talk show, The Social
What a view! Image courtesy of The One Eighty