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Thompson Toronto

Photo by Michael Weber, courtesy of Thompson Toronto

The view from the Thompson Toronto's rooftop pool.

Scenester? Design Fan? Foodie? Culture Vulture? Fashionista? There's more than one way to discover Toronto.


SCENESTER

       
Weslodge Saloon. Photo by MangoStudios.
       

WHERE TO STAY // Thompson Toronto
The art deco furnishings are fab, but the rooftop pool and VIP bar are getting the most buzz.

AFTERNOON // The Distillery District
Once home to the largest whiskey distillery in the world, this 14-acre complex of shops, restaurants and art galleries is the city’s newest cultural hot spot.

DINNER // Colborne Lane
A favorite for its unusual Asian-influenced combos, this remains one of the city’s most coveted reservations.

LATE NIGHT // Weslodge Saloon
This packed bar mixes Prohibition-style cocktails such as the Canadian Mutt—Hennessey with cherry vanilla bitters.


DESIGN FAN

       
Momofuku's Noodle Bar. Photo courtesy of Momofuku.
       

WHERE TO STAY // Gladstone Hotel
This funky 37-room Queen West hotel features guest rooms designed by Ontario artists.

LUNCH // C5 Restaurant
Refuel with a lobster BLT salad and spectacular views at the new Daniel Libeskind-designed addition to the Royal Ontario Museum.

AFTERNOON // Queen West
Browse retro furniture, handmade jewelry and selvage denim at the trendy boutiques lining this art and design district.

DINNER // Momofuku
David Chang’s hot spot is like four restaurants in one. Before dinner, start at the Nikai bar for a Momoiro sour.


FOODIE

       
A peameal bacon sandwich at the St. Lawrence Market. Courtesy of the St. Lawrence Market.
       

WHERE TO STAY // The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
TOCA restaurant is one reason to stay here, thanks to the pastry corridor, glass cheese cave and global menu.

MORNING // St. Lawrence Market
This market features more than 100 local merchants selling everything from Malpeque oysters to the Carousel Bakery’s famous peameal bacon sandwiches.

AFTERNOON // Cheese Boutique
Sample unusual cheeses such as La Mont-Jacob (a hard, raw cow-milk cheese) at this 6,000-square-foot dairy lover’s haven on the city’s outskirts.

DINNER // The Harbord Room
Snag a patio table at this Harbord Street eatery and try the Japanese tacos with pork belly.


CULTURE VULTURE

       
TIFF Bell Lightbox. Photo by Charles Leonio.        

WHERE TO STAY // Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Toronto’s newest luxury hotel houses a Daniel Boulud restaurant, the city’s largest spa and an impressive art collection.

AFTERNOON // Art Gallery of Ontario
The Frank Gehry-designed museum boasts 80,000-plus works of art, including pieces by masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol.

DINNER // Nota Bene
This eatery near the new Opera House features local, seasonal ingredients in intricate dishes such as wild Digby sea scallops with curry paste.

EVENING // TIFF Bell Lightbox
Catch films of all stripes at this theater and cultural center, which serves as the official home base of the Toronto International Film Festival.


FASHIONISTA

       
Take time to shop in Toronto's Blor-Yorkville neighborhood.        

WHERE TO STAY // Templar Hotel
This hotel oozes style, with its Japanese-style spa, chef’s-table restaurant and eat-in Monk Kitchen.

MIDMORNING // Bata Shoe Museum
This is home to the world’s largest shoe collection, ranging from 19th-century Chinese silk slippers to Elvis Presley’s patent loafers.

AFTERNOON // Bloor-Yorkville
Window-shop in Toronto’s fashion mecca and stop by Holt Renfrew, stocked with local and international labels.

DINNER // ONE Restaurant
Dine on the street-side patio of this glitzy Yorkville restaurant, where the suede panels and leather ottomans are as sophisticated as Mark McEwan’s classic French and Italian cuisine.

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