Old Town

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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.

WORLD-CLASS MARKET

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

PHOTO OP

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.

EX­OTIC FEAST

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

ROYAL TRA­DI­TION

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

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