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Besides being pristine, easy to navigate and unparalleled in safety, Toronto’s ethnic communities, street fairs and theater venues rival that of the most versatile cities. Visitors in the winter will find that escaping the cold is easy with the PATH walkways connecting to underground shopping and sizzling performance venues, like the Air Canada Center. In the summer, revel in block parties and neighborhood soirees under the perfect blue skies, or saunter down to the Harbourfront Centre for a stroll and a cocktail. Humble and unassuming, Toronto is a big city that just isn’t quite aware of how fabulous it has become. Get there before it finds out and gets a big head.
301 Front Street West
The unmistakable CN Tower is listed in the Guinness Book of World’s Records as the world’s tallest freestanding structure. The tower boasts three decks with views of the Toronto skyline, Lake Ontario and – on clear days – Lake Simcoe and the mists of Niagara Falls. The slightly lower observation deck sports a glass floor, where strolling feels like cloud walking. There is also a revolving restaurant on the top floor, showing off the city of Toronto from all angles.
The Distillery Historic District
55 Mill Street
Once upon a time, the Gooderham and Warts Distillery was the largest in the British Empire. Now, it’s Canada’s largest center for arts and culture. Sitting on 13 acres, the village was unveiled in 2003 as a pedestrian-only arts and entertainment district. Fifteen art galleries and several theaters call the Distillery District home. The village has functioned as the set for various Hollywood films, as well as the backdrop for a number of music and cultural festivals.
The Harbourfront Centre is a fun recreation and cultural center on the banks of Lake Ontario. You can dine and shop at the Queen’s Quay Terminal, a former shipping warehouse turned unique shopping complex in the 1980’s. Check out wonderful art and design exhibits at the Power Plant or show off your ice skating skills at York Quay Centre, the largest artificial skating rink in the world.
894 Queen Street East
Talk about hospitality: this Asian Pub hands out complimentary martini shots when you’re seated. Kubo Radio is a laid back restaurant with a passion for Asian cuisine, surpassed only by their talent for creating it. Try out the Kubo prime ribs with wasabi mashed potatoes or miso steamed salmon in a banana leaf.
1033 Bay Street
Inspiring Mediterranean and Indian cuisine with a catchy moniker make 5th Elementt noteworthy. Get tandoor, lentils, or enjoy unique dishes like crespelle rosa – light lemon-scented crepes filled with spinach and feta cheese.
122 Avenue Road
Opened in November 2005, MoDo is the latest brainchild of Philobes and Fillipo, who opened La Vecchia in Midtown. Classic elements of well-groomed Mediterranean design make this the ideal atmosphere for mushroom-stuffed pheasant breast, monkfish, or linguini with shrimp and calamari. Reservations here are recommended.
St. Lawrence Market
92 Front Street East
This 19th century brick structure is the city’s largest market. Catch the farmer’s market on Saturdays, where gourmet wines, cheeses, organic foods and dry goods are in abundance. Buskerfest, the Toronto International Street Performer’s Festival as well as Woofstock, the largest festival for dogs, make the streets around the St. Lawrence thrive in the warmer months.
1236 St. Claire Street West
Need a new evening gown for that theater outing you planned last minute? Christian Boutique has a plethora of choices: Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Catherine Malandrino, Anna Sui, Philosophy, Mariella Burani and more in sizes 6 through 14.
457 Adelaide Street West
A national retail specialty store, Holt Renfrew features fine designer brands. Get the latest Armani Collezioni, Rebecca Taylor, Robert Rodriguez and more—not to mention the stores are located all over Canada, so getting your hands on these garments should be a breeze. Check out the high-end natural fragrances from Jo Wood while you are browsing.
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The Official Website of the City of Toronto
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Toronto’s Underground walkway connects shopping and entertainment options throughout the downtown area through a 27 km (16 mile) network. More than 50 office buildings, five subway stations, two department stores and six hotels are connected by the PATH as well as nearly all major attractions. This is a great option for staying out of the cold winter months while getting all your shopping and sightseeing done.
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Bruce Bell Tours
Take an intimate, humorous and well-guided tour in downtown with one of the city’s most respected historians.
The Docks’ recently remodeled DJ booths were individually designed by world-class DJs. The nightclub also features a brand new soundstage to complement its collection of bars and clubs in varying themes, from quiet VIP rooms to infinite, thumping dance floors.
217 Richmond Street West
Fluid has been a club-goers institution since 1995, hosting theme nights 5 days a week. Check their Web site for current DJs and performers, then call and reserve your place in one of the VIP areas, complete with bottle service.
132 Queens Quay East
Skybar is situated on the roof of the explosive concert and club venue, Guvernment. Sited on the lakefront, it’s the ideal place for well-dressed women to mingle with handsome men while gazing out at views of the city and Lake Ontario. Skybar’s liquor selections are top shelf and the experienced bartenders mix up nothing but the best in cocktails and high balls.
Toronto Canadian Opera Company
145 Queen St. W.
Newly open, the Toronto Canadian Opera Company shows some of the most loved of all opera including Faust, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, La Traviata and Elektra. Check the performance schedule on the website for the 2006 – 2007 season.
2409 Yonge Street
The club scene might be great here, but nothing is cooler than the hippest jazz venue in town, daddy-o. Alley Kats has an outdoor garden, plus martinis to go with the soulful grooves. Mediterranean cuisine is a nice addition to the music and spirits and is served late.