City Guide: Toronto

Toronto

By
Sarah Bancroft
Holt’s Café Bloor Street
Toronto Botanical Garden

As Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, Fleurs de Villes is always happy to return to the vibrant Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto with its food, fashion, and chic hotels. Next stop, Fleurs de Villes NOËL December 7-11, 2022. Here are some of our favourite stops.

SHOP

Known as the premium destination for all things denim since 1975, fashion forerunner Over the Rainbow at Manulife Centre also has a highly curated lifestyle section with items such as unisex body care from Salt and Stone. The ’90s pinch-waist high-rise jean from AGolde is the silhouette du jour. It doesn’t get any more Canadian than La Canadienne, where you’ll find shearling-lined boots and an upscale down coat fittingly called “February.” And Holt Renfrew is our go-to for its PUREBEAUTY salon and spa and a stellar array of top fashion brands. 

STAY

Many a business deal has been done over drinks at the cozy and high-powered The Hazelton Hotel. Its Spa By Valmont is as refined and elegant as the hotel itself. For a fun-focussed stay, the new W Toronto Hotel (graced with a $40 million makeover) houses Public School, a vegetable-forward restaurant, a Champagne vending machine, and nightly DJs in The Living Room. The newly renovated Park Hyatt Toronto is home to The Writer’s Room, a 17th floor bar with a storied history and view of the Toronto skyline. 

EAT

Hotel picnics don’t get much better than picking up provisions at two of the city’s foodie destinations: Pusateri’s has been an upscale institution in the city since 1963, while newcomer Eataly takes take-out to the next level. Ladies who lunch head to Holt’s Café Bloor Street, and for dinner, AloBar Yorkville shines like its new Michelin star with a selective raw bar and elegant takes on classic steakhouse dishes.

As Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, Fleurs de Villes is always happy to return to the vibrant Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood of Toronto with its food, fashion, and chic hotels. Next stop, Fleurs de Villes NOËL December 7-11, 2022. Here are some of our favourite stops.

SHOP

Known as the premium destination for all things denim since 1975, fashion forerunner Over the Rainbow at Manulife Centre also has a highly curated lifestyle section with items such as unisex body care from Salt and Stone. The ’90s pinch-waist high-rise jean from AGolde is the silhouette du jour. It doesn’t get any more Canadian than La Canadienne, where you’ll find shearling-lined boots and an upscale down coat fittingly called “February.” And Holt Renfrew is our go-to for its PUREBEAUTY salon and spa and a stellar array of top fashion brands. 

STAY

Many a business deal has been done over drinks at the cozy and high-powered The Hazelton Hotel. Its Spa By Valmont is as refined and elegant as the hotel itself. For a fun-focussed stay, the new W Toronto Hotel (graced with a $40 million makeover) houses Public School, a vegetable-forward restaurant, a Champagne vending machine, and nightly DJs in The Living Room. The newly renovated Park Hyatt Toronto is home to The Writer’s Room, a 17th floor bar with a storied history and view of the Toronto skyline. 

EAT

Hotel picnics don’t get much better than picking up provisions at two of the city’s foodie destinations: Pusateri’s has been an upscale institution in the city since 1963, while newcomer Eataly takes take-out to the next level. Ladies who lunch head to Holt’s Café Bloor Street, and for dinner, AloBar Yorkville shines like its new Michelin star with a selective raw bar and elegant takes on classic steakhouse dishes.

Holt’s Café Bloor Street
Holt’s Café Bloor Street
Toronto Botanical Garden
Toronto Botanical Garden

DO

Flower enthusiasts will want to take a detour to the Toronto Botanical Garden which has a new Woodland Walk and Flower Habitat, perfect for its forest bathing program, that draws people out of the busy urban landscape with its natural pathway lined with native plants. A Trial Garden is planted with annuals and meant to give the home gardener design ideas.

Toronto Botanical Garden
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