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10 No-Fail Spots to Treat Mom on Mother’s Day in Toronto

By CAROL SPODE

Mothers Day Toronto

Mother’s Day in Toronto could include charming mid-afternoon refreshment at the Red Tea Box (Photo: Nathal)

No one can take a mother’s place, but you can take her places in Toronto this Mother’s Day that are as special she is. The following is a list of Toronto destinations that have been tried and tested by an actual mom. You probably can’t get to all of these on Mother’s Day, so keep the list handy for future family outings!

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MOTHER’S DAY IN TORONTO: Best for Breakfast
As any mother will tell you, no day out in Toronto can get off the ground without a decent breakfast. You can find one in the city’s west end, at Nadège Patisserie. The brainchild of fourth-generation pastry chef Nadège Nourian, this pastry shop is especially delightful in the spring, when you and mom can make your choice of scrumptious made-on-site croissants and melt-in-your-mouth macarons, then sit on the shaded patio overlooking charming Trinity Bellwoods Park.
• Nadège Patisserie, 780 Queen St. W., 416-368-2009, nadege-patisserie.com
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MOTHER’S DAY IN TORONTO: Best Museums
Toronto is lucky to have not one, but two museums that are perfectly suited to mothers and Mother’s Day: the Bata Shoe Museum and the Gardiner Museum. The Gardiner is the only museum in Canada devoted exclusively to ceramics. A gleaming collection of beautifully displayed ceramics spans three floors, and there are always thought-provoking exhibitions passing through. Bonus: if your mom fancies creating a pot or two herself, make sure you are in the lobby on Mother’s Day at 1 p.m. for some on-site training.
• Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8080, gardinermuseum.on.ca
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Which fictitious secret agent had a telephone built into his shoe? You can find out at this one-of-a-kind museum near the University of Toronto. It’s a shoe heaven, spanning 4,500 years over four floors in a sleek, award-winning building. Check out everything from chestnut-crushing clogs to the celebrity shoes of John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Napoleon (to name but a few).
• Bata Show Museum, 327 Bloor St. W., 416-979-7799, batashoemuseum.ca
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MOTHER’S DAY IN TORONTO: Best Spas
Caudalie’s Miraj Hammam Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel is a wildly exotic space, where you can book a private hammam for just you and mom this Mother’s Day. What makes this a special treat is the tented opulence of the Hammam lounge—think draped chiffon, Persian rugs and jewel colored raffia pouffes. A nice touch after your treatment is the baklava, grapes and sweet mint tea served on brassware to your private nook.
• Miraj Hammam Spa, Shangri-La Hotel, 180 University Ave., 416-599-0333, mirajcaudaliespa.com
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More down to earth, but just a blissful in terms of treatment options, is the Aveda Concept Spa at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre. The spa area offers views of the Toronto skyline, an intimate ambiance and an inviting waiting area complete with Aveda tea, fresh fruit and infused waters on tap. Mom will love the hot tub and large pool (complete with tiny waterfall) fringed with inviting loungers.
• Aveda Concept Spa, Intercontinental Hotel, 225 Front St. W., 416-646-5838, thespaintercontinental.com
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MOTHER’S DAY IN TORONTO: Best for Afternoon Tea
The Red Tea Box is comprised of two shabby-chic tea rooms sandwiching an enchanting garden patio—the perfect spot to spend a sunny Mother’s Day afternoon. The front of the shop is packed full of creatively decorated cakes that are light, iced to perfection and almost too beautiful. For lunch, dip into the menu of imaginative sweet and savory Bento boxes, sandwiches and soups.
• The Red Tea Box, 696 Queen St. W., 416-203-8882
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MoRoCo’s delectable afternoon tea comes with a couple of twists—namely, chocolate and champage. Standard finger sandwiches and tea are complimented with the shop’s signature sipping cocoa, scones, Piper-Heidsieck bubbly and house-made chocolate finery. Moms will love the intoxicating smells and tasteful Parisian boudoir décor of dark paint, white moulded walls, chandeliers and plush seating. Please note, though, that you must book ahead for the tea, which you can do online here.
• MoRoCo Chocolat, 99 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-2202, morocochocolat.com
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MOTHER’S DAY IN TORONTO: Best for Cocktails With a View
For the highest possible cocktails, the top of the CN Tower (that’s 350 metres into the sky) wins hands-down. Tipple with mom either as part of a meal at the spectacular 360 revolving restaurant or as quick stop at the Horizons Restaurant Bar, just below. Be sure to visit just before sunset to watch Toronto change into a dazzling tapestry of lights.
• CN Tower, 301 Front St. W., 416-362-5411 (360 Restaurant), 416-601-3834 (Horizons), cntower.ca
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Panorama Lounge in the Manulife Centre in Yorkville allows guests to sit on their 55th-storey balcony and take in the unobstructed panoramic view of Toronto and lake. Though high-heel worthy, this chic venue is not so uptight as to turn its nose at a great smart-casual Mother’s Day outing.
• Panorama Lounge, Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. W., 416-967-0000, panoramalounge.com
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MOTHER’S DAY IN TORONTO: Best for Jazz
From at 12:30 to 3 p.m., the Jazz Bistro on Victoria Street serves brunch and soothes souls with some cool afternoon vibes. On Mother’s Day, Toronto vocalist Ori Dagan performs with his band, showing off how he became named Canada’s Next Top Crooner by CBC Radio. Resurrected from the remnants of the Top o’ the Senator club, Jazz Bistro has taken the business of jazz suppers to new levels in Toronto (think Ronnie Scotts in London or Birdland in New York), and is the perfect stop for the musical mother.
• Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St., 416-363-5299, jazzbistro.ca
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— Carol Spode runs Tailor-Made Toronto—http://britgirlintoronto.wordpress.com—which offers Toronto-based itinerary planning tailored to a client’s interests and time frame. If you are a visitor, have visitors coming to stay or simply want to find out how exciting and diverse Toronto can be, then leave a comment on Carol’s blog. Contact: britgirlintoronto@wordpress.com.

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