A one-time bohemian enclave turned exclusive shopping and dinning area.
The site of Toronto’s famous 1960s bohemian scene is now a hip district, home to some of Canada’s most exclusive shopping and dining experiences.
Loding looks like the perfectly organized men’s walk-in closet of your dreams. Step in and sip an espresso while you try on the French boutique’s shoes, shirts, belts, and accessories. Another thing that makes shopping at Loding so fun: fixed prices. All shoes (and shirts and belts and sweaters…), no matter the style, are the same affordable price. 133 Avenue Rd., loding.ca
Don’t let the rumbling under your seat scare you—it’s all part of the ambiance of Brothers,a narrow restaurant situated atop the Bay subway entrance. Owners Chris White and Jonathan Nicolau are both alumni of popular local Italian chain Terroni, but the food here is best classified as Mediterranean. Stop by for a coffee in the morning before full service starts. 1240 Bay St.
Treat yourself to afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms, Toronto’s Victorian boutique hotel. Settle into the French-style lobby room or the purple room— featuring its original 1927 fireplace—and enjoy a traditional light meal of scones, sandwiches and, of course, a wide selection of loose-leaf teas (gluten-free options are available on advance request). 18 St. Thomas St., windsorarmshotel.com
Grab a coffee or gelato and take a break in the Village of Yorkville Park—a collection of about a dozen different landscapes, including an alder grove, a crab apple orchard, a herb garden and a one-billion-year-old, 650-tonne piece of the Canadian Shield. 115 Cumberland St.
A store like Kidding Awound certainly stands out in tony Yorkville. Let your hair down after a day of luxury shopping and check out the collection of toys for kids, joke novelties for adults and a wonderful offering of classic tin and windup toys. 91 Cumberland St., kiddingawound.com
Bar Reyna is a cocktail lounge best known for Her Royal Highness, a drink that includes vodka, saffron and citrus, and is served in a brass pineapple goblet. But it’s also the perfect place to chill for a late-night snack—especially if you can score a spot on the back patio. Try the lamb shank baklava, crispy calamari or Lebanese tacos. 158 Cumberland St., barreyna.com