1. Bloor Street is fondly recognized by shoppers for its designer labels: Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton among them. Now, Cartier and Gucci boost the glam quotient with their recent renovations. Ensconced back along the mile of mink, Cartier’s dramatic 40-foot bronze exterior is the gateway to this polished palace, which boasts a private viewing room plus separate watch and bridal salons, and showcases a broader selection of jewellery, watches, accessories and fragrances that have made the 162-year-old French company famous. Across the street, a facade of ribbed bronze panels and rose gold mullions welcomes shoppers to Gucci. Inside, polished gold and smoked mirrors nod to the art deco era alongside touches of dark rosewood and marble—a luxurious setting for the Italian brand’s collection of handbags, luggage, footwear and ready-to-wear apparel for men and women.