For the first time on a business trip, I had a few hours to do some exploring. In between errands – I was able to take in the sights, visit some of the local hot spots and people watch (which happens to be one of my favorite activities!). The people of Toronto are genuinely friendly; concerned with your whereabouts and more importantly that you enjoy your stay while visiting – which means eating well. I also found that the folks in Toronto have swag; the style was on point.
Let’s start with where to stay, The Thompson – a property of the Commune Hotels Group. Regardless of what city you visit, The Thompson is always a good bet. Situated within King West Village, it’s walking distance to many local eateries, art galleries and boutiques. P.S. I love the heated marble bathroom floors.
Next, where to eat, I highly recommend visiting Portland Variety for breakfast – I still can’t get over the freshly baked, hand rolled butter croissants. I chose my croissant stuffed with ham & brie queso, lightly warmed (you don’t want the queso spilling all over the place) with an iced mocha latte with almond milk to wash that tasty goodness down (it’s not on the menu but they will happily take custom orders). I also tried their signature lemon bichon, which is flaky on the outside with the perfect dose of sweetness due to the custard filling. Before you go, grab a chocolate chip cookie for the road (which they bake continuously throughout the day) and I promise you will be writing letters thanking me.
In the mood for Thai food? Located near the theater district and hands down serving the best Thai iced tea I’ve ever had is Pai. Serving up traditional Thai fare in a non-pretentious setting, it makes you feel as if you instantly traveled across the Pacific into Northern Thailand and stumbled across Pai (the restaurant is named after the small town in the north).
The last meal of the evening should be memorable. King West Village has lots of options and a few blocks north on King Street West you will find Weslodge – part saloon, part refined cuisine, part mixologists heaven. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first entered the wooden lined main dining space but I was pleasantly surprised upon being delighted course after course. The expertly combined fusion of cuisines will make you feel as if the sea bass you just consumed is nothing like you’ve had before. Don’t even get me started on the charred brussel sprouts. If you prefer more traditional dishes, I highly recommend the Weslodge Burger, something about the way the meat is seasoned is the reason why this juicy goodness is something that’s worth trying.
If you happen to have space for dessert, I urge you to visit Colette. It’s conveniently located adjacent to The Thompson so you can walk your food coma straight to bed. From the soufflé to the profiteroles there is something to satisfy all of your sweet desires.
During the month of October the weather fluctuates, so I recommend bringing a leather jacket that you can throw on when it gets chilly – as you know I am obsessed with my leather friend because it’s just a dope jacket. I hope to visit Toronto again and having the opportunity to explore some of the tourist attractions such as the CN Tower and actually visit some of the galleries. I did spot an Alec Monopoly graffiti art piece and I couldn’t help but post it on my Insta… never forget to take time for yourself even if you are traveling on someone else’s dime – otherwise what’s the point of having the luxury of visiting new places?! You dictate your lifestyle. #VSTravelDiary