Things to Do In Toronto: 24 hours Edition + Hotel Giveaway!

We had a wonderful and a fun farewell summer trip to Toronto, one of my favorite Canadian destinations any season for a great  Canadian staycation.
Whenever I’m visiting a city, I love to create itineraries and plan ahead what to do in a full day of activities especially when you are a mom of a toddler and a little baby.

Want to enjoy these tips and a get a chance to win a lovely night at any Radisson hotel?  You betcha!

Here are 5 things you must do as soon as you’re in Toronto:

1. Brunch at OK OK Diner
This small and casual old diner in Leslieville was a hit in a busy morning with my two little ones. Fluffy pancakes and perfectly cooked bacon were the perfect combo to start our morning like champions. As a McDo hash brown lover, I tried their Eggs Bernadette, a classic benedict eggs with bacon and spinach on two crispy hash browns. Their staff was absolutely great with kids and super friendly with recommendations. 

2. Colorful Wall Crawl
Right after our lovely brunch, we spent the day walking and finding colorful alleys in the city. I finally found the prettiest mural of Maya Hayuk in downtown, where I took some cute photos with my Instagram husband. There are a few great spots you need to visit if you’re browsing more cool murals:
– Grafitti alley on Queen St.
– Kensington Market
– Queen St.
– The Keele-Dundas wall

3. Afternoon at Evergreen Brick Works
This former industrial site factory in the middle of the city with restored buildings and a focus on cultural events was a day dream to Nico. Spend a relaxing day running, biking or just walking in their beautiful gardens. I can’t wait to visit Wednesday pizza night with Pizzeria Libretto, where you can find the best pizza cooked straight out of the stone oven and always delish by Chef Rocco. You can enjoy craft Ontario beers, ciders and wine along with the weekend’s farmers market. 

4. Shop & Coffee at Frank and Oak
I can’t get enough of Queen St. I simply love enjoying this vibrant shop area with fabulous Canadian spots like Frank and Oak. If you need a caffeine pit stop  in the middle of the afternoon and get your batteries recharged, check Jimmy’s Coffee inside the store. Outstanding coffee with some delish snacks will compliment your shopping stroll in the heart of downtown Toronto. 
5. Relax at Radisson downtown
The best way to enjoy your 24 hours in the city was to sit, relax and enjoy this great spot of the CN tower in the Radisson Admiral Hotel Harbourfront. Stunning views of downtown and Lake Ontario in the golden hour will be the perfect ending to this gorgeous day. We enjoyed the last days of summer, soaking up the sun at the Splash Pool patio, where both Nico and Olivia had a blast. 
Thanks to Radisson, I’m giving away an e-certificate for a complimentary night at a Radisson Hotel of your choice in Canada or US.
Just go ahead and plan your #staycanada vacations, can’t wait to hear all about it!

To participate in the giveaway:
1. Click here to find your nearest Radisson Hotel
2. Leave a comment and tell me what’s your favorite Canadian city.
3. Best of luck!

Note: Contest ends October 3rd at 9pm ET. Winner will be selected randomly



  1. Hannah Magee
    September 25, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Halifax!! 🙂 love Toronto too, though!

    • Noreen
      September 26, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      I would absolutely love a stay in Vancouver BC. Would be so great too be able to get away for a night, and explore Vancouver. That your for having this contest.

    • Noreen
      September 26, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      I would absolutely love a stay in Vancouver BC. Would be so great too be able to get away for a night, and explore Vancouver. That your for having this contest.

  2. Margaret
    September 25, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Montréal!! But Toronto is awesome too!

  3. Silentium
    September 25, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    I have never been in Canada…but I really want to visit Montreal and Toronto. They have amazing architecture there. 🙂

  4. Nikki
    September 25, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I love Toronto!!!

  5. Marjolaine
    September 25, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Montreal is my favourite city, of course. But someone has my heart in Burlington, Ontario so Toronto holds a special place for me. Luv ya gurl, great post! Will definitely try those spots asap.

  6. Brittiny Stewart
    September 25, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    The only city I've been too in Canada in Niagara Falls. It was beautiful, but I would love to see Toronto! It looks like you had a great time on your Staycation!

  7. Farrah
    September 25, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    I haven't been to Canada in forever but I'd love to visit Vancouver again!

  8. Robin J.
    September 25, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I would adore a vacay to Calgary or Vancouver !

  9. Michele
    September 25, 2016 / 4:49 pm

    I've never been to Toronto, but I love Victoria and vancouver! It's so hard to pick betweeen the two!

  10. Sharon Wu of Style Lullaby
    September 25, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    gorgeous photos! makes me want to take a trip to toronto now haha xo, sharon

  11. Maggie Murphy
    September 25, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Love all the beautiful photos! My husband and I are planning a trip to Canada 🙂

  12. West Texas Sweetheart
    September 25, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    I abosuletly love your photos! and the shots by the street art is incredible!

  13. Ashley Peavey
    September 25, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    I would love to visit some day!

  14. Minh-Tu
    September 26, 2016 / 12:48 am

    I heart Toronto! Thank you for the tips!

  15. Tiffany
    September 26, 2016 / 1:31 am

    This post is so fun! I wish I could tell you my favorite Canadian city, but I've never been to Canada! I want to change that ASAP, though! xo, Tiffany

  16. shoppinggalnyc
    September 26, 2016 / 1:41 am

    Hmm I haven't been to one many but Montreal is beautiful!

  17. Shana
    September 26, 2016 / 4:18 am

    I've only been very briefly to Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary, so it's hard to say, but I guess I'd pick Vancouver!

  18. Kim S
    September 26, 2016 / 11:36 am

    I've only ever been to Toronto when we went to Niagara Falls. I would love to go to other parts of Canada one day!

  19. Zophie
    September 26, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    Favorite city so far is definitely Ottawa! I would love to visit BC or Calgary though!

  20. Jamie Beckham
    September 26, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Love it all! One of my best friend's just got back from Canada, and it all looks so gorgeous!Wish I could travel everywhere ASAP!xx,

  21. gillian claire
    September 26, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Oh my gosh – all those great walls – swooning! I've never been to Canada but we staying in the Radisson Hotel in Cincy for our honeymoon! <3

  22. Katja
    September 26, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    What fantastic photos, I've always wanted to visit Canada and even more so now! Great post xxx

  23. Борка Шаула
    September 26, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    I think, if I had enough time in Toronto I would just wander the city streets and watch people from the coffee shop window if the weather would be to cold! BS, xx |

  24. Alexandra Geletová
    September 26, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I have never been in Canada, but Toronto is on my list, haha. Thank you so much for sharing this article, it was lovely to read, and beautiful photos:OAlly,

  25. Sandi Moynihan
    September 26, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Can we just talk about the awesome murals that you saw <3<3<3<3

  26. Shahla @treehousethreads
    September 27, 2016 / 3:11 am

    I have only been to Vancouver. I really want to get to Toronto!

  27. Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too
    September 27, 2016 / 4:00 am

    I would love to visit Toronto again!

  28. Katrina Honer
    September 27, 2016 / 4:32 am

    Looks like you had an amazing time! What a beautiful city; I have always wanted to visit Toronto

  29. Ivana Jeknić
    September 27, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Toronto is really beautiful city, would love to come and see CN Tower. Love your photos xoxo

  30. Nicole E
    September 27, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I adore these photos!! This looks like such fun, I really need to visit soon!michenn

  31. kitty limon
    September 27, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    Everything looked incredible, that food made me salivate =^.^=

  32. Just Simply Sarah
    September 27, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Looks like an awesome vacation!

  33. Silvia Saavedra B
    September 27, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    I couldn`t go to Canada yet…but I would love to visit Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. I really want to win this prize! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. xoxoklee
    September 27, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    you are so cute! Loved this post!

  35. Samantha Kuzyk
    September 28, 2016 / 1:49 am

    I would totally go to Vancouver, visit the cute shops and eat at the great restaurants, and go to granville island! great post for TO!

  36. Shannan Panganiban
    September 28, 2016 / 2:52 am

    Looks like such an amazing place!

  37. Jessi B
    September 28, 2016 / 3:05 am

    I love Vancouver but Montreal was really neat too!

  38. Lindsay Rutland
    September 28, 2016 / 5:19 am

    What a fun city! Definitely on my bucket list

  39. Melrakes
    September 28, 2016 / 5:20 am

    That brunch is right up my alley! ????

  40. Nicole Banuelos
    September 28, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    So beautiful!

  41. laborders2000
    September 29, 2016 / 2:39 am

    I would love to go to Toronto. I have to teach about this to middle school students and it seems so fabulous. I want to expericne it firsthand so I can tell them about it.

  42. Anna Elizabeth
    October 1, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Love this post! I can't wait to go to Toronto this Summer and explore all of these places :)xo Anna