Over the past odd year that I have been reading Maritime Shopaholic, I have learned that Canada’s East Coast (Saint John in particular) is not just a series of historical coastal towns – they’re up-and-coming fashion hubs! Whether you’re reading about the ample-stocked Je Suis Prest Boutique or collaborations between Saint John’s best-dressed personnel, Chelsea is always (fashionably) providing the lowdown on the latest and greatest happenings in Canada’s oldest city! This time, however, the focus of this post will not be on the Atlantic-bordering provinces. Instead, we’ll move the spotlight onto a more central area of the True North, one that I like to call home: Toronto, Ontario.
From a fashionista’s perspective, Toronto has a lot to offer – whether it be luxe designer labels, hole-in-the-wall vintage gems, chic restaurants, or a Cosmopolitan in the lobby bar of a four star hotel. Of course, everyone has a different approach to traveling. Whether you’re a local or an aspiring visitor, I’m here to give you the lowdown on some of my favourite areas of the city – whether they’re tourist staples or hidden treasures. Without further adieu, here is how I would spend an ideal day in Toronto:
Wake-up call! Head down to King St. West and take the 504 streetcar to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna Avenue) for poached eggs and butter croissants or blueberry buttermilk pancakes (my fave!). The ultra-trendy eatery, named after Mildred Pierce, has been a brunch favourite for Toronto locals for a few years now. While taking in the sleek, minimalistic decor, ask for an Americano or a tea from the menu’s great selection. In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with the Green Kombucha Lime tea!
Head up to the west end of Queen Street West for shopping and strolling. If you feel like relaxing, take a walk through Trinity Bellwoods Park. Trust me, the pedestrians are trés fashionable. To satisfy your literary cravings, pop into Type Books (883 Queen Street West) for internationally-distributed magazines, rare novels, and pretty stationary. Totter further west to Jonathan+Olivia (49 Ossington Ave) for some trendy albeit very luxe designer pieces. Think youthful lines such as Rag & Bone, Pamela Love, T by Alexander Wang, and Etoile by Isabel Marant mixed with cult favourites such as Opening Ceremony and Acne Jeans. Are these brands not exactly suited towards your budget? Check out the 900-square foot TOPSHOP mini-boutique in the back of the store! There are also a handful of AMAZING vintage and re-sale stores in this area. In the store adjacent to Jonathan+Olivia, I scored a pair of never worn Marc Jacobs jeans for 30 dollars!
Take the streetcar (or walk!) eastbound towards Queen Street West and University Avenue for lunch at the Queen Mother Café (208 Queen Street West)! The kitschy Brit decor certainly does not match the absolutely superb, moderately priced menu! If you’re hungry, try the Pad Thai – it’s some of the best in the city! The burgers are also divine.
You deserve a break! Take a nap or chillax in your hotel room for a little bit. Once you’re satisfied, get all gussied up (perhaps with some new purchases!) for a night on the town!
There you have it! Whether you’ll take this guide to heart next time you make a trip down to Canada’s version of the Big Apple or merely just enjoyed reading about my personal stomping grounds, I hope that I’ve introduced you to some new and unique places in the city! I’d like to thank Chelsea for offering me the opportunity to write a guest post on her blog! I hope that our favourite Maritime Shopaholic’s big day is filled with numerous happy memories that will last a lifetime!