Female-friendly Toronto -- 32 Fabulous
Shopping short in Toronto...
you're a woman of slight proportions and have difficulty finding clothes
that fit, I empathize. At five foot nothing, 95 pounds, I know petite. Having
lived and worked in downtown Toronto for over 25 years, I also know where
to shop. My favorite spot for sophisticated, classy-with-an-edge suits and
dresses is Price & Roman,
a small boutique from a husband and wife Canadian design team. Located at
(267 Queen) on the edge of the trendy Queen St. West strip, it's the only
place in town I've been able to walk out the door, outfit in hand. No alterations
needed. For casual and dressy gear, Muskat
& Brown, (2528 Yonge) stocks many of the top designers
in small sizes. If time is short (no pun intended) head to the Eaton
Centre mall (Yonge & Dundas). There are also at least
three specialty boutiques in the mall.
Anne, Toronto, Canada
Take a ferry to Wards Island...
lived in Toronto all my life except for the past eight years when I moved
to the UK. Reading your latest newsletter and planning to visit Toronto
I started reminiscing about the city. What I miss the very most is Lake
Ontario and the community on Wards Island.
On hot humid summer days or evenings I would take the ferry over to Wards
and just walk the neighbourhood looking at the gardens and feeling the organic
energy. This is such a lovely spot -- a village tucked away with the skyline
of Toronto in full view. Another excellent ferry stop is Hanlon's Point
(for a more country feel). Or just stay on the ferry back to Toronto and
feel the breeze and watch the skyline. For info about the island and how
to get there visit: http://torontoisland.org/index.html
Andrea, Coventry, Britain
Wards Island fan writes...
Enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner
at The Rectory Cafe on Wards Island.
Open Wednesday to Sunday: 11AM to 5PM. Located a five minute walk from the
Ward's Island Ferry. Reservations are recommended. Website:http://torontoisland.org/rectorycafe/index.htm
Catherine, Toronto, Canada
Bra Bar in Yorkville...
Want to see what the latest
trends in clothing are? Simply take a stroll in Yorkville where the city's
fashion conscious folk congregate to see, be seen and do their shopping.
One boutique that attracts visitors and Toronto locals alike is the Bra
Bar. Their offerings go from absolutely sexy, gorgeous expensive
wear to practical bras in hard-to-find sizes. Ask for the bra that Oprah
loves (Le Mystere) and they've got that, too. When Russell Crowe shot one
of his films in Toronto, his wife Danielle picked up her lingerie here.
This spot gets a gold star for service and fitting -- there's absolutely
no attitude in sight. Address: 15 Hazelton Avenue
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada
Fashion with a difference...
you are looking for elegant, Asian-inspired gorgeous shirts and suits you'll
enjoy a browse through the offerings at Kamina
(112 Yorkville Avenue). Created and marketed by the Korean sister-brother
team of Yong Chang and Kimin Zang, each garment is a pleasure to look at.
Mandarin collars dominate displays of wearable soft wools, crisp cottons,
comfy linens and gorgeous silks. Perfect for day or evening wear --I always
pop a few pieces into my JW suitcase.
P.S. While I dry clean the
wool pieces -- all others can be washed by hand or in the gentle cycle of
your washing machine.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada
Architectural walk that won't cost you a penny...
'progress' cost Toronto many fine old buildings. But some survived - and
they're worth a visit. My favorite is stately St.
Anne's Church on Gladstone Avenue (Dundas and Dufferin).
Murals on its soaring Byzantine dome, painted by members of the Group of
Seven, are endangered by a leaking roof and a depleted building fund. Hurry
- its days may be numbered. Another great ceiling atop a superbly proportioned
space is the great hall at Union Station.
Slip through the underground passage to admire the Royal
York Hotel's magnificent lobby. Now head eastward to aptly
named Church Street where St. Michael's,
St. James and Metropolitan
United bespeak this city's Victorian wealth. And finally,
walk north toward Gerrard and Sherbourne to the exotic tropical greenery,
(mixed with lovely seasonal flowers), of Allen
Gardens greenhouses. That's my Toronto!
Isobel, Toronto, Canada
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