If you’re staying at the Marriott, there’s actually a fair bit to see and do within walking distance of your hotel.
First off, from a shopping perspective, you’re in a prime window-shopping area. The hotel is located in the Yorkville neighbourhood, which is where most of the high-end designer boutiques are located (think Gucci, Chanel, and the like) as well as the less fancy-schmancy stores (including Banana Republic). It’s always fun to pop into Holt Renfrew for a browse (it’s our equivalent to Sak’s).
There’s also a rather large Winner’s in the neighbourhood (our version of T J Maxx) which makes a point of carrying higher-end brands than most other locations - you have to enjoy browsing, though, as most of the items are one offs and the merchandising is pretty ummm… lacking.
If you’re in the mood for sightseeing, the Royal Ontario Museum is a short walk away at Bloor & Avenue Rd. You could break for lunch at the museum’s restaurant, C5, which has a lovely view and delicious food - it’s a little over your budget, unfortunately, but worth the splurge as far as I’m concerned.
If you’d prefer a budget option, there’s also a lovely little crepe cafe called Crepes a GoGo on Yonge St, practically around the corner from the hotel. It’s got wonderful ambiance, the crepes are delicious, and the staff all speak French if you want to pretend you’re in Paris for an hour or two.
For something a little more off-beat, continue further west on Bloor to St George and you’ll find the Bata Shoe Museum. It’s a lovely little museum with some very distinctive architecture (the shape is inspired by an archival shoebox), and a visit will only take up an hour or so of your time.
(ETA: apparently my word for the day is lovely… please substitute with wonderful, charming, great, fantastic or any other adjective you desire )