For a taste of local history, a visit to Toronto’s oldest neighbourhood is a must with a terrific mix of old and new sights to explore.
The St. Lawrence Market is one of Toronto’s major attractions, and has been named by the likes of National Geographic as one of the top food markets in the world. The public market dates back to 1845 and features a variety of butchers, bakers, cheese shops, and more. But you don’t need to be shopping for a rack of lamb to justify a visit: the market is also home to food and drink vendors, as well as an art gallery and a Sunday antiques market. 92-95 Front St. E., stlawrencemarket.com
One of the city’s most photographed buildings is the Gooderham Building, also known as the Flatiron Building. Constructed in 1891 by David Roberts Jr. in the gothic romanesque style, the building, known for its wedge shape, originally housed the offices of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Be sure to check the rear view, which bears a large trompe l’oeil by Canadian artist Derek Besant. 49 Wellington St. E.
For a memorable meal, try The Sultan’s Tent, where diners sit on divans and cushions enclosed in curtained rooms intimately lit with candlelight. Tuck into a Moroccan-French menu with aromatic tagines (chickpea, fish, or short rib), as well as North African peri peri chicken, braised lamb shanks, and heart beet salad. The evening is capped off with belly dancing performances throughout the night. 49 Front St. E., thesultanstent.com
DRINK TO THIS
Vodka drinkers rejoice! Pravda Vodka House boasts the largest selection of vodka varietals in the city, nearly 100 in total stored in its one-of-a-kind cellar, including many from Mother Russia. This homage to the Soviet Union is awash in a sea of crimson—from the walls to upholstered chairs and banquettes. National symbols of the former USSR abound, as do propaganda posters and images of Lenin and Stalin. 44 Wellington St. E., pravdavodkabar.com
Indulge in a classic afternoon tea service at the Omni King Edward Hotel, which includes an assortment of tea blends served in beautiful cups and saucers, dainty finger sandwiches, scones, and delectable pastries. There’s also a Jester’s Tea for children aged 12 and under, with a special menu that includes more kid-friendly offerings such as hot chocolate, cookies, and frosting-laden cupcakes. 37 King St. E., omnihotels.com
DINE IN STYLE
East Thirty-Six is a restaurant and bar that specializes in shareable plates and crafty cocktails. Meats are sourced locally from a butcher at the
St. Lawrence Market, then transformed into the likes of beef tenderloin tartare or tuck into orzo pasta and grilled humboldt squid. Complement your meal with a drink by mixologist Julien Salomone, which includes fresh/sour, strong/to sip, and fruity/frothy options. Try the coco lochness, a concoction made with coconutinfused blended scotch, house spiced rum, black cardamom tincture, grapefruit, lime, and egg whites. 36 Wellington St. E., eastthirtysix.com