Meandering Through Toronto

December 21, 2006 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

We started out with an aggressive agenda. Queen’s West, Yorkville, Little Italy, Kensington Market, the Garment District, Downtown TorontoBloor-Yorkville, Yonge Street. I wanted to be sure to visit Holt Renfrew and really wanted to get to the Holt Renfrew Last Call (outlet). Had some vintage stores on my list, a much-touted (on the Web at least) shoe markdown store and the Reservoir Lounge. All in two days! Every section of town held some fascination that we didn’t want to miss.

Garment District.
So like a whirlwind, we set out to the Garment District along Spadina Avenue between Dundas and Front Street.
Along the way we ran across Dream Home Fashions at 215 Spadina. Very cool leather furniture and a large discounted linens & bedding section. I saw an awesome black leather futon in a Mies van der Rohe design. Just $650. If only it would have fit into my suitcase! I’m still thinking of making a return trip for that sofa/futon.

The Olde Hide House/Acton Leather Company is on King Street West, just off Spadina. Very nice styling in leather coats, blazers, jackets. Excellent quality. Reasonable prices.King Street Also had a great selection of fine leather furniture. If you’re looking for a leather jacket that has gorgeous styling and color, don’t go to the mall. Try this store instead.

Little Italy.
Had lunch in Little Italy — north and west of the Garment District. College Avenue, some blocks west of Bathurst Street. Stopped at a nice little place called Vivoli at College and Beatrice. Woodfired pizza was a specialty. Our Margharita pizza had the most beautiful presentation I’ve ever seen on a pizza. As we were dining, the waiter told us they had just received word that they were voted Best Pizza by Toronto Life. I’d agree, it was the best and just $11.95.

NEXT: Fabric, Button, Bead and Hat Stores

Study the subway and streetcar routes. You can save a lot of walking. Because Toronto streets are designed in a grid system, it’s relatively easy to find your way around town. Streets with streetcar service: Spadina (N&S), King Street and Queen Street (E&W). The two main subway routes are the Yonge/University/Spadina route (N/S loop through the city) and the Bloor-Danforth route (E&W). We took the Yonge route south from Bloor street back to Union Station a few blocks from our harborfront hotel. Clean, quick, efficient.

2) PATH — Toronto’s Underground. PATH is the world’s largest underground walkway linking 27 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. Access the subway, traverse the city, shop, dine and be entertained by city-approved street musicians. (We only saw a small portion of PATH as we exited Holt-Renfrew. Looked like some very nice shops down there. Will explore it more on my next trip.)

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