Best of Toronto
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By admin June 08, 2009
Bloor-Yorkville’s charming labyrinth of cobblestone courtyards and lanes is a veritable jewel box bursting with fashion’s biggest names. From Hermès to Tiffany to Canada’s own Holt Renfrew, you’ll find the latest collections from all of your favorite designers. Nestled among antique stores and art galleries, the shops of Bloor-Yorkville transform high-end boutique-hopping into a quaint and memorable experience.
At red hot C5, audaciously situated in the expanded Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and designed by acclaimed modern architect and artist Daniel Libeskind, Chef de Cuisine Ted Corrado revels in Toronto’s cultural diversity with dishes such as Prawn Tempura and Kingsview Farms Lamb Vindaloo Pie, while the seductive lounge welcomes the savvy socialat hours that exceed the museum’s closing time. ROM is just north of Queen’s Park, with its own “collection” of historical monuments.
Best buys in the Old Town Toronto and Distillery districts include home decor, custom furniture, and art. Peruse the art galleries and boutiques on King Street East for inventive interior design cues. Stop to savor the city’s world-renowned St. Lawrence Market with over 120 specialty merchants and vendors. Continue east to the historic Distillery district, a pedestrian-only village featuring restaurants, shops, and artists’ studios. It’s also popular with the locals for live music, outdoor exhibits, and festivals.
Executive Chef Kennedy’s new restaurant in the Gardiner Museum extols the bounty of Canada with a menu comprising seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients (names such as Monforte Dairy Cheddar are announced in dish titles), complemented by a proudly all-VQA wine list and panoramic views of Toronto. On the way to, or from, the Gardiner, visitors can indulge in exceptional shopping in the city’s fabled Yorkville district.
With an action-packed calendar featuring the biggest stars in Canadian design, Toronto’s semi-annual Fashion Week establishes the city as a power player on the global style scene.
Party from sundown to sunrise. Dubbed Toronto’s “free, contemporary, all-night art thing,” Nuit Blanche (October 3, 2009) brings contemporaryart to the masses. Experimental light shows, interactive zombie experiences, and a waterfall made from recyclable plastic bottles are just a few of the past installations.
Courageous, bold and just a little insane. Designed by acclaimed British architect, Will Alsop, this addition to the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) has quickly become one of the most exhilarating architectural landmarks in Toronto.
Witness a rebirth. In 2007, world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) was unveiled. Architectureenthusiasts will want to check out what is one of the most complex construction projects ever in North America; art lovers will want to see the six million objects in the collections inside.
Cosmopolitan and international, Toronto is an A-list destination for those serious about play. This urban oasis is just a quick trip away — so see for yourself the best of Toronto.Read More ↓