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24 Hours in Toronto with Nancy Hall

May 5, 2019

In her job with Tourism Toronto, Nancy Hall keeps her finger on the pulse of Toronto. Read on to discover her favourite “to dos” in and around downtown, from the newest attractions to a few old (and great) standbys.

Favourite neighbourhood? Kensington and the Annex. Both areas are perfect for grabbing a coffee, strolling the streets on a sunny day while popping in and out of local shops.

Favourite museum? The Museum of Illusions [Downtown]. It’s new to our city, highly immersive and fun. Instagrammers will love this place and it guides you on where to get the best shot.

The Oxley Public House in Yorkville.
The Oxley Public House in Yorkville.

Favourite spots for eats and treats? My new favourite summer treat is the Yuzu citron float with matcha vanilla mix ice cream at Tsujiri [at Yonge and Wellesley, near Yonge-Dundas Square]. Belfast Love’s [King Street West] atmosphere is both sleek and casual. A perfect Sunday morning consists of a soccer match, brunch and beer with friends at this trendy pub. The Oxley Public House [Yorkville] — I love that it’s set in a bright red house and located in Yorkville, walking distance from our condo. You can grab a cold refreshing beer on the patio while watching the high end shoppers pass you by. This place also has a deeper connection — my husband and I had our first date here! Baro [King Street West] is a great after-work drink spot. Multi floors offering beautiful drink and food with an ambiance to match. I can’t wait to check out their rooftop opening next month!

Nancy Hall researching.
Nancy Hall researching.

Cool architecture? I live near the University of Toronto Campus, home to some of the best architecture in the city. Come Spring it’s the perfect place to bring your camera. Bonus you can capture an amazing photo of Toronto’s iconic CN Tower from a different vantage point.

Take out? Salad King, located in the central hub of Yonge-Dundas Square. We order the Thai Islamic Noodle dish, which you won’t find on their restaurant menu. The secret… it’s available on their take-out menu with a witty disclaimer “Shhhh this is not supposed to be on the menu.” An homage to their fans, making you feel like they’re breaking the rules for your loyalty. Long live the King!

Live bands? My go to place for live music is the Danforth Music Hall, one of city’s oldest live music venues. Its best feature, the general admission floor space is on an incline so everyone has a great view.

Hotel lobbies? The Fairmont Royal York [Downtown]. Their lobby stretches an entire city block. They are about to unveil a completely new design to create a “true living room” for local and tourists to enjoy. Don’t worry, it will still embrace and preserve the building’s grand character and heritage we know and love. 

Weird and wonderful Toronto things unique to the city? I’ve always said and truly believe that Toronto is a big city with a small town feel. You never go a day without running into someone you know along the way.

For more great ideas on what to do in Toronto, visit Tourism Toronto's website.