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SHOP

Look­ing through the racks at Ewanika (1083 Bathurst St.) feels more like pil­fer­ing your el­e­gant friend’s wardrobe than shop­ping; there’s stylish footwear from it-girl la­bel Maryam Nas­sir Zadeh, dreamy knits from Lau­ren Manoogian and foun­da­tional pieces from the store’s epony­mous line. SOU­VENIR (1232 Col­lege St.) car­ries a range of prod­ucts—like ce­ram­ics, tex­tiles, sta­tionery and more—from lo­cal mak­ers; they also stock their own in-house la­bel, and have lim­ited and spe­cial-edi­tion prod­ucts on of­fer in the gallery-like space. Le Labo (876 Queen St. W.) has fi­nally opened a Cana­dian post, where you can drop by and watch the per­fume house mix up fra­grances upon pur­chase (to help in­sure a longer shelf-life for the prod­uct).

READ

The new­est book-pur­veyor on the block is Queen Books (914 Queen St. E.), where you’ll be able to find shelves stocked with ti­tles from lo­cal au­thors along­side in­ter­na­tional best­sellers, all within the co­zi­est en­vi­ron­ment imag­in­able—think tree-pat­terned wall­pa­pers and Per­sian rugs. Glad Day Book­shop (499 Church St.), by con­trast, is the world’s old­est queer book­store; they’ve been in busi­ness for some 47 years, al­though their Vil­lage digs are new. If deep dis­counts are more your speed, there’s re­ally nowhere bet­ter than used-book re­tailer BMV (471 Bloor St. W./10 Ed­ward St./2289 Yonge St.).

SNACK

Have you ever eaten a semla? If no, you should rec­tify this im­me­di­ately; the Swedish take on a cream bun is not to missed, and they’re of­ten on of­fer at the sweet FIKA Café (28 Kens­ing­ton Ave.), which boasts an in­cred­i­bly In­sta­grammable in­te­rior in ad­di­tion to dreamy baked goods and cof­fee. Af­ter­noon cof­fee dates that spill over into early evening snacks with a glass of wine are, ar­guably, the very best way to spend a day; the Wal­ton (607 Col­lege St.) is per­fectly poised to fa­cil­i­tate th­ese lan­guorous meet­ings, with pas­tries and cof­fee on of­fer along­side el­der­flower cock­tails and ter­rine. If you’re look­ing for a place that can han­dle savoury snacks as adeptly as the sweet op­tions, turn to Forno Cul­tura (609 King St. W.), where the city’s very best porchetta sand­wiches re­side—fight­ing words, but we stand be­hind them.

FEAST

Sure, Grey Gar­dens (199 Au­gusta Ave.) may share a name with the Maysles broth­ers’ doc­u­men­tary on ec­centrics Lit­tle and Big Edie Beale, but fear not— there’s no cat food dressed up as pâté around here. In­stead, ex­pect sea­sonal se­lec­tions like smoked mack­erel dip, a wine se­lec­tion that can­not be matched and the city’s most In­sta­grammed wash­room. If you feel like eat­ing art, in ad­di­tion to look­ing at it, head to La Banane (227 Oss­ing­ton Ave.), where their “Ziggy Star­dust Disco Egg” gives dessert a glam-rock edge. Tacos of all va­ri­eties are on of­fer in Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket, in­clud­ing ver­sions on Ojib­way-style fry­bread at Pow Wow Cafe (213 Au­gusta Ave.) and Baja-style op­tions at Seven Lives (69 Kens­ing­ton Ave.). Clas­sic French food is on the menu at long­stand­ing Queen Street West bistro La Pal­ette (492 Queen St. W.), which, as it hap­pens, is co-owned by a Toronto artist.

GET OUT­SIDE

Ber­czy Park Dog Foun­tain charts as one of the most con­tro­ver­sial ad­di­tions to Toronto’s land­scape; the twotier foun­tain, de­signed by Claude Cormier, in­cludes 27 cast-iron dog stat­ues (and a cat), who spew water into the basin from their mouths. There’s some­thing deeply Koon­sian about the ar­range­ment, which is worth drop­ping by Ber­czy Park (25 Welling­ton St. E.) to see. A lit­tle fur­ther from down­town, Rouge Na­tional Ur­ban Park (1749 Mead­ow­vale Rd., Scar­bor­ough) has in­cred­i­ble beaches, hik­ing trails and marshes. If you want to shop and walk, at the Ev­er­green Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.) you can drop by a farm­ers’ mar­ket and ven­ture out on a few trails in the Don Val­ley. 1 Queen Books 2 Grey Gar­dens 3 FIKA Café

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