10 places locals
like in downtown Toronto...
start at the Delta Chelsea
Vegetarian Restaurant (655 Bay Street but
main entrance is on Elm Street) — An award winning
restaurant that offers wonderful veggie delights sold by
weight. Eat in, order take-away or plan to enjoy their Sunday
Spa (18 Elm Street) — This urban spa
was named one of Toronto’s Top 5 Spas. Their treatments
are topnotch, facilities spotless and the Lunch on the Terrace
Cafe serves an interesting three-course luncheon that is
easy to recommend. Website: www.elmwoodspa.com.
Books (10 Edward Street) — This small
shop selling used and remainder books had the courage to
locate themselves next door to what is called, ‘The
World’s Biggest Book Store.’ Yet, despite their
big neighbour’s proximity BMV holds their own offering
book bargains galore. It’s great for browsing or picking
up gifts for pals back home. Open until 11:00 PM every evening.
(220 Yonge Street Eaton Centre) — The quintessential
Canadian clothing shop. They have been the outfitters for
the Canadian Olympic Team and one of their team hats was
made famous when Princes Harry and William of England were
photographed wearing them. P.S.
Their sweatshirts are almost indestructible.
6. Holy Trinity Church
(10 Trinity Square) — Hidden in a tiny space adjacent
to the Eaton Centre is one of the oldest churches in the
city (c. 1847). It’s a quiet spot made for contemplation,
the interior and stained glass windows are outstanding.
Look for free concerts listed on their website: www.holytrinitytoronto.org
7. Nathan Philips Square
(intersection of Queen and Bay) — No matter the season
this urban plaza in front of Toronto’s City Hall is
filled with locals and tourists alike enjoying concerts,
art displays, farmers’ market and other public events.
In warmer weather there’s a reflecting pool to sit
by, in winter the space becomes a free ice skating rink.
Check out the three arches over the rink. A piece of the
Berlin Wall was placed at the south base of the central
8. The Hudson Bay Department
Store (176 Yonge Street) — Go straight
to the eighth floor where you will find a very ordinary
cafeteria called, Bon Appetit. In days gone by it was called,
‘City View’ and was a very popular spot for
ladies of Toronto who lunched. Today you can still snag
a slice of lemon crusted berry pie and coffee for just $3.99.
Find a window seat and look down on Toronto’s old
city hall and the activities taking place on Nathan Philips
(444 Yonge Street) — Yes, Yonge Street is filled with
shopping opportunities from small boutiques to large department
stores. However, Journeywoman recommends Winners (444 Yonge
Street) for interesting discount clothing and home decorations.
Not only will you find great deals but this store is located
in what is called, College Park, still considered to be
one of Toronto’s Art Deco masterpieces.
10. Carleton Cinema
(20 Carlton Street) — Leave large movie houses behind
and instead head to this tiny art house cinema, which has
small screening rooms and large servings of popcorn. They
show excellent films that have already hit the major theaters.
You’ll love their $5.00 Tuesdays.