Whether you are juggling school and work, or are just constantly pressed for time, it can be hard to enjoy all of the things Toronto has to offer when you've barely got time to get a proper night's sleep. Luckily, not everything great in the city takes a lot of time to enjoy.

From finally getting to try out the hottest meals in the Toronto foodie scene to just enjoying the parks the city has to offer, there are tons of different options if you want to take back your free time! So, whether you want to enjoy these activities on your own or bring your friends along to try and help your tragic social life, these spots are perfect to slide into any busy schedule! 

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Grab a coffee at one of these cute cafés

Toronto has got some of the cutest cafés in the city, and a quick stop for coffee never takes too long! If you are already using your break to get your caffeine fix, you might as well do it at a cute spot that offers not only great coffee and food but a different experience as well! 


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Try out a poké bowl at North Poké with some friends. 

Poké bowls have been all the rage this Summer, but if you barely have time for a social life, the closest you've probably gotten to one is through looking at them on Instagram. Luckily, you don't have to worry about sitting down in a restaurant to get one! It's as easy as just popping by a spot at ordering one, whether you choose to bring friends along or not is up to you! 


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Relax at Trinity Bellwoods. 

Bring a book, your school work or even catch up on a Netflix show! Before the weather starts to get really chilly, you can use your 30 minutes to relax in the park and take in nature! This is definitely a great de-stressor as well. 


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People watch at these notable spots in the city. 

Who doesn't love people watching?! These notable spots in the city guarantee that you'll definitely be entertained during your 30-minute break between your busy day! 


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Window shop around the Eaton Centre. 

While Eaton Centre can be a little basic, it definitely is a sure-fire spot to enjoy some window shopping considering you can visit all of the big spots in little to no time! 


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Play a board game and Snakes and Lattes.

Who doesn't love board games and lattes?! If you are looking to stay no longer than a few hours, I definitely wouldn't recommend cracking open Monopoly, but there are tons of other games that take less time to finish that you can enjoy while sipping on a brew! 


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Get an extra AF manicure at one of these spots

Everybody needs some RNR in their life, and even if it's only a few hours, getting your nails done is therapeutic and worthwhile! Whether you choose to get super glam nails or something more low-key, the choice is all yours! 


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Visit the AGO and check out the Guillermo exhibit. 

The new Guillermo exhibit is definitely worth checking out, and lucky for you if won't take a ton of time to go down and see what all the hype is about for yourself! You probably will even have time to check out some of the other general exhibits once you are finished! 


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Go window shopping around Queen West. 

Queen West is a great spot to spend a couple hours considering you can not only do some window shopping, but you can also grab a quick bite to eat at one of the food spots found all over the area! 


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Squeeze in a couple rounds of ping pong at SPIN

This is a great place to meet up with your friends if you are pressed for time but still want to see them and catch up. Not only is it a good time in general considering you can never go wrong with a few pints and some ping pong, but it's a great way to loosen up if you have been feeling pent up and stressed out! 


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Go see a movie at Imagine Cinemas

If you've got 3-4 hours, that's the perfect time slot to enjoy a movie! Check out Imagine Cinemas for good old classics but also great deals considering it'll only run you $7 to take in a movie on a Tuesday! 


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Explore through Allan Gardens. 

Allan Gardens is a gorgeous place and the perfect spot to de-stress, so if you do plan on going, I'd recommend spending as much time as possible there considering it'll be hard for you to leave such a serene spot! 


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Get your Picasso on at Paintlounge

Another great spot to check out is the Paintlounge! Not only do you have the option to go by yourself or with friends, but painting is a great way to de-stress. Who knows, maybe you are a budding Picasso or Van Gogh! 


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Go thrifting for an outfit in Kensington. 

Whether you are thrifting a Halloween costume or just looking for your next big find for dirt cheap, Kensington is a great place to go thrifting. Plus, with extra time on your hands there are tons of cute spots to grab some food and just as many options. Whether you are down for tacos or fried chicken, the notable neighbourhood has it all! 


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Test your skills at an escape room! 

This is the perfect idea for a group of friends who are all pressed for time, considering the time crunch might make your team's score better! Choose from tons of different themed rooms across the city and find the one that best suits your group's preferences! 


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Try to complete this Fall bucket list

It might be getting colder, but that doesn't mean Winter is here just yet! You've still got time to complete this Fall bucket list, and it probably will only take a day to cross most of it off! 


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Hit the road and visit Dundas Peak! 

With Fall foliage at its peak right now, there has never been a better time to take the day trip to Dundas Peak. The hike will most definitely be worth it once you get to the top and see that iconic view with your own eyes! 


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Make a day out of trying to find all of these secret spots around the city. 

Finding secret cafés, restaurants and spots in the city can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be a little time consuming. It's best to tackle this bucket list when you have a full day to blow with friends! 


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Get the whole nine yards of spa treatments at Her Majesty's Pleasure

From head to toe you can get fully pampered at Her Majesty's Pleasure with a drink in hand. This spot makes for the perfect day designated to relaxing and catching up with friends! 


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Go on a bucket list adventure to eat as many IG worthy foods as you can! 

Have you been dying to try all of the Toronto foods that are littering your Instagram feed right now but feel like you just don't have the time to check them all out? Spend a day trying out as many as your stomach can fit, just make sure you start out on an empty stomach! 

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