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Downtown Toronto and The Gladstone Hotel

 

Cody and I decided to spend a weekend to ourselves in downtown Toronto to rediscover this amazing city, but to be honest, all we did was stuff our faces with great vegan food and lounged out at The Gladstone Hotel.

We stopped for lunch at one of our favourite places on Queen West, Feel Good Guru for their amazing raw falafal wrap.
Feel Good Guru
We have had plenty of falafals having visited Israel, and Egypt, and this is one of the best we have tried! It is spiced just right, and is so fresh, and full of flavour.
Following our delicious raw lunch, we strolled up to Spadina Ave and found ourselves in Kensington Market, one of Toronto’s oldest and most diverse neighbourhoods.

Home to vintage clothing shops, Latin grocery stores, tattoo parlours, and Bunners vegan and gluten free bakery!

Bunner's Vegan Bakery
We couldn’t resist their big, sticky, icing smothered cinnamon buns, so we snatched two up! Amaaaaazing. I wish I had some right now.

We had spent enough time in the cold, so we ventured back to our home for the next two days.

Cody and I have both dined at The Gladstone Hotel a few times while being in Toronto, and I even sang a few songs at their karaoke night on fridays, but we have never stayed at this cool hotel, so it was a treat to hang out for a couple of days while we’re home!
Drinks at the Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone Hotel is an historical building right in the thick of the art and design neighbourhood of Queen Street West in downtown Toronto.
The Gladstone Hotel
They strive to give all guests an authentic downtown experience of the indie art scene and they more than succeed in doing that.

They have 4 event venue spaces, 2 restaurants-The Melody Bar, and The Gladstone Cafe, and hold over 70 art exhibitions a year. The building is an art gallery. Every floor is covered in art to discover, and enjoy.
Art at The Gladstone Hotel

The building is part contemporary luxury-part Victorian architecture, and is an emblematic hub for locals and travellers.

There are 37 artist designed hotel rooms and we had the pleasure of staying in The Canadiana room. Designed by The Big Stuff and Jenny Francis, our travel inspired room was modern, whimsical, and woodsy.
 Our room at The Gladstone Hotel
Our room had two large windows overlooking one of our favourite cities, some sleek wooden furniture, and a bed to die for. Sinking into it every night was a pleasure.
Here is our room again at The Gladstone Hotel
Our time downtown was complete with our stay at The Gladstone Hotel. It is the perfect place to stay for a taste, of art and culture in the centre of everything creative.

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