GET HOOKED In an intimate setting, Catch serves up sophisticated, sustainable fish and seafood brought in daily by Ocean Wise-accredited suppliers. Chef Nigel Finley’s menu focuses on Mediterranean flavours in such offerings as oysters, pan-seared Arctic char and market-fresh whole fish like trout and striped bass.
MEATY FARE Toronto isn’t known as a barbecue mecca, but some joints, like The Stockyards, do stand out. At mealtimes it fills up quickly with locals savouring all sorts of meat smoked over hickory and apple wood, and served with a South Carolina–style sauce.
CLAY MATTER The husband and wife duo behind Kosoy and Bouchard have been creating elegant home decor pieces for more than 12 years. Handcrafted in ceramic and glass, the functional and ornamental items are offered in two collections—“Everyday” cups, bowls, trays and vases, and more artistic “Studio” lamps, sculptural glass and other vessels.
FRENCH FAVE La Boutique Parpar is a perfect place for browsing and buying sundry little fashion and home accessories. Displayed on antique tables and illuminated by lovely chandeliers are unique costume jewellery, stylish hats, candles, children’s clothing and more from a variety of Euro-chic labels.
SUMMER DELIGHT Get that kid in a candy store feeling at Dutch Dreams. Adorned with trinkets from the owners’ homeland, this ice cream shop has served such flavours as red velvet cheesecake and “moose droppings” for nearly 30 years. It’s all made in house, from the ice cream to the cones to the poffertjes—Dutch waffles and pancakes.
COLOURFUL COMFORT The supermarket is no longer just for groceries. Since its introduction six years ago, Loblaws clothing brand Joe Fresh has become a hit for its affordable, on-trend apparel. Though primarily sold inside Loblaws stores, the fast-fashion label has a standalone boutique on St. Clair, featuring women’s apparel, shoes and accessories direct from the runway.