By MICHAELA RITCHIE
Calgary’s vibrant Kensington neighbourhood is known for its eclectic shopping, artisanal dining scene, and prolific street festivals. (Photo by Jason Dziver.)
Kensington maintains a charming, bohemian vibe while also hosting some of Calgary’s best restaurants and boutiques. The pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood is easily reached from downtown by foot or the CTrain’s Sunnyside station while bustling street festivals occur at all times of the year. (more…)
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Quaint Crescentwood streets, lined with historic homes built for the city’s original blue blood contingent, are perfect for a quiet weekend wander with stops at chic boutiques.
Start at These Four Walls, for an aspirational glimpse at dream décor, and pick up charming accessory pieces for the home.
Nearby Girl Candy Shop has luxe looks for fashionistas, like sharply tailored leather coats.
Around the corner, Gravity Lingerie offers a personalized shopping experience while indulging in lingerie from top European brands.
Travel two blocks to Lilac St, and gather all the ingredients for prime pampering from Maison S, a cozy nook filled with bath and beauty products.
Cap off this opulent shopping trip with reading material from Whodunit? Mystery Bookstore, which has tons of titles to put some thrill into ‘me’ time.
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Gastown, Vancouver (Photo: Junichi Ishito)
You may not realize when you’re window shopping one of a city’s most fashionable streets that you’re also treading in the footsteps of its first settlers. Many of the most historic neighbourhoods in Canadian cities are now populated by trendy, modern boutiques and restaurants in restored historic buildings. (more…)
If our earlier picks for Wellington Street’s coolest joints have you jonesing for more, read on for six bonus hot spots situated on this downtown strip. (They’re all restaurants, so bring your appetite!)
RITZY FARE Within of the glitzy Ritz-Carlton Hotel, chef Tom Brodi’s Toca is a study in elegance (and decadence!). Appetizer portions of B.C. Dungeress crab marrow paired with fennel foam are as layered as the mains, such as beef tenderloin alongside oxtail and truffle bread pudding. Natural materials and warm wood tones will whet your appetite for Toca’s hearty “Canadian” fare, and the menu will deliver.
EASTERN INFLUENCE Indian food with modern Western flair—cheese croquettes are made from panir and brie, and rack of lamb comes smothered in spicy vindaloo sauce—is the specialty of 259 Host. Brothers Jay and Sanjeev Sethi envisioned multi-level space as a meeting place, bar, and destination for quality ethnic cuisine in one. Mission accomplished. (more…)
Cutting through the Financial District, this street can seem like home to little more than corporate skyscrapers. But delve deeper and you’ll find fine dining, shopping and entertainment destinations, all epitomizing downtown Toronto’s polish.
Roy Thomson Hall (photo by Neill Sturgess)
MUSICAL MONOLITH A bowl of inverted glass encases Roy Thomson Hall, one of Canada’s finest performance stages. Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the venue also features an eclectic year-round lineup of shows—from classical and contemporary music to comedy, lectures and more—in an acoustically grand setting.
SEA AND STEAK A fixture in Ottawa and Vancouver, The Shore Club now offers its high-end surf and turf in Toronto, too. An interior that evokes the art deco ocean liners of yore sets an elegant tone for indulging in seafood staples, flawless steaks and inventive cocktails. (more…)
1. Bannock (photo by Garrison McArthur Photographers)
1 Connecting with Canada’s culinary heritage with comfort food served up at Bannock.
2 The mix of abstract painting, graffiti and cartoon animation in Pascal Paquette’s mural outside of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
3 Gussying ourselves up with fashionable finds from Lavish & Squalor.
4 Learning how April showers can make for superior May flowers at Canada Blooms.
5 Listening to the new versions of pop classics performed by Jann Arden at Massey Hall on March 9 and 10. (more…)
Our writer's going to miss the friendly confines of Roncesvalles Avenue
Each week, our intrepid interns reflect on life
and times in the big city.
For some time now there’s been talk of a housing shortage in Toronto, particularly when it comes to rental units, so when my boyfriend and I began our search for a new place, we were spooked. And yet, fortune smiled on us and gave us not only a (light-filled, two-level) space, but the very one that we’d fallen for head over heels. After a great deal of whooping and hugging, we decided to celebrate by walking from our current nabe, Roncesvalles, to our future ‘hood, Queen Street West at Trinity Bellwoods Park. (more…)