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Ten Places Locals Like in Downtown Toronto...


10 places locals like in downtown Toronto...

1. Let’s start at the Delta Chelsea Hotel.

2. Commensal 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 Jazzy Brunch.

3. Elmwood 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:

4. BMV 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.

5. Roots (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:

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 arch.

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 Square.

9. Winners (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.

Toronto is Journeywoman's hometown. The places she picked for this article are 10 of her favorite haunts. Please wave if you see her. She'll that!





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