La Casa del Habano
La Casa del Habano is much more to cigar aficionados than a place to buy their Cuban cigars. In the winter, they lounge on the patio under the warmth of outdoor heaters. In summertime, they sit comfortably as they would in a private club, and the only rule of membership is to appreciate a good Cuban cigar: Montecristo No.2, Partagas Series D #4, Romeo and Julieta Churchill, and, of course, the renowned Cohiba Siglo VI, among many others. Cigars run from $3 to $150 each, and there are about 1,000 sold every week. Isabel Linares, an occasional cigar smoker herself, is the manager of La Casa del Habano, with its displays of beautiful humidors, lighters, cigar cases and accessories from France, England and Germany. There is a Casa del Habano in 60 countries. This is the only one in Toronto, and offers the largest selection of Cuban cigars in the city. Despite antismoking legislation six years ago, cigar smoking has steadily increased, and it seems that trend will continue. Isabel knows what the regulars smoke, provides private lockers, and graciously offers a nice Cuban coffee with your cigar.
111 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON 416-926-9066, www.lacasadelhabanotoronto.com