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.
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.
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.
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.
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.