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Female-friendly Toronto -- 32 Fabulous Tips

Thai food to suit a student budget...

My all time favorite is a Thai restaurant that is a Toronto institution with the university crowd and alumni. It's called Salad King and it's located one block north of the Eaton Centre (Yonge and Dundas) on Gould Street off of Yonge Street. The food is tasty and inexpensive and served at communal, brushed-metal tables. If you're looking for a quieter setting just go upstairs to Linda's -- same food in a more upscale setting. Salad King serves the best Phad Thai ($7.50) I have every tasted in my travels.
Shirley, Toronto, Canada

Delicious lunch in historical surroundings...

Combine some history and a delicious lunch by dining at the Law Society of Upper Canada's Dining Room at Osgoode Hall Court House, the home of the Ontario Court of Appeal. Despite the name, it's open to the public, located in the downtown core, situated in a beautiful old room with stained glass, wood floors and chandeliers, and one of the best lunch deals in town.

Before you eat, take the time to stroll around the grounds, tour the inside of the court house, and stick your head into the Great Hall Library. Once that's done, you simply nip across the way to the Dining Hall where you can rub shoulders with gowned barristers and judges while feasting on gourmet food at prices that can only be described as a steal.
Dale, London, Ontario, Canada

Fabrics, fabrics, fabrics...

The best fabric buying experience in Toronto that I know of is Designer Fabrics on Queen St. W. near Dufferin. It is a huge shop offering one-of-a- kind fabrics, upholstery materials and trims. You'll actually find this place is like a textile museum but of course here you can buy any of the goodies. I make a trip to Toronto a couple of times a year to shop there. I have sent numerous women over the years to look for that certain fabric for their furniture and clothing and they are simply blown away by the place.There are always some great deals to consider but it is the handmade silks, imported brocades and exotic fringes that make it more than just a shopping experience.
Kay, Ontario, Canada

Hi to all the other heath nuts...

Check out The Carrot Common, a circle of shops, cafes and yoga studios on The Danforth in Toronto's Greektown. Carrot Common features a large health food store, The Big Carrot, which carries only GE-Free foods and features a deli, cosmetic section a holistic dispensary and juice bar. Beside The Big Carrot is The Yoga Sanctuary, a serene studio offering a variety of classes. Run by sisters Cynthia and Kimberley, the Yoga Sanctuary features two studios, one indoors and one on the rooftop terrace. The area also features clothing and crystal shops, a variety of cafes, an herbalist, a shiatsu school with discounted treatments by students, counselling services, a Bikram yoga studio, Scaravelli yoga studio and Grassroots, a store full of things to make your life environmentally friendly. All this and more is steps from the Chester subway station on the Bloor line. Take the TTC, (the Toronto Transit Commission) known as the subway, for a real Toronto experience. Enjoy!
Kathryn, Ontario, Canada

Spaahing in Toronto...

I recommend The Elmwood Spa. I always thought it was only for the rich and famous until I was given a gift certificate. I honestly waited months until I got up the nerve and finally made an appointment. What a great gift it turned out to be! I was made to feel welcome immediately and given all the information I'd need so at no time did I feel uncomfortable. As a much larger woman I was nervous to see everyone walking about in the Spa's bathrobes but surprisingly it fit. Since then I have made many trips back and in fact am going with some girlfriends tomorrow for a group pedicure.Address: 18 Elm Street Tel: 416. 977.6751.
Debbie, Toronto, Canada
Ed. note: I've heard that Cai Lin, a (male) massage therapist at Elmwood Spa supposedly has magic hands and a gentle strong approach to a stressed out body.

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