Toronto’s Best Neighbourhoods, Deconstructed

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

Dineen Coffee

Caffeine Fix

There’s method to the madness at Sam James Coffee Bar, where the joe is crafted by pouring water over roasted, ground coffee beans contained in a filter. They call it drip brewing. We call it damn good. Dineen Coffee Co. sits at the nexus of Bay Street’s corporate culture and Yonge Street’s tourism. The hand-painted tile floors imported from South America put you one short step away from the Brazilian plantations where the beans were cultivated. – CM

À la Carte

An upscale food court sounds like something only Saks Fifth Avenue could get away with. Or maybe Pusateri’s. Figures then they’d team up for Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s, which highlights the country’s unique culinary culture. Get your fix of everything from ramen to pork buns to “crack pie” at Momofuku’s three-tiered Toronto offshoot. Leña Restaurante is Chef Anthony Walsh’s way of paying homage to his mother-in-law’s Argentinian heritage—it mustn’t be missed.  Though big names like Canoe and the newly redesigned Nota Bene still remain the apples of this neighbourhood’s eye, Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich’s Richmond Station is challenging the veterans. – CM


Happy Hour

By day, the Shangri-La Lobby Bar hosts a bespoke tea program featuring Canada’s largest tea menu—78 global varieties. And by night, the lobby lounge transforms into an electric environment. Don’t miss the champagne wall, featuring a fine selection of bubbly from the most prominent houses, including Dom Perignon, all curated by the hotel’s award-winning sommelier, Mark Moffat. Cin cin. – JK

Gallery Hop

Don’t be deceived by the sea of navy suits that flood Bay Street—there’s a whole lot of colour hidden inside the skyscrapers that populate this area. Take the BMO Project Room, nestled high above the streets on the 68th floor of First Canadian Place, for example. Each year, BMO commissions an artist and showcases their work in this hidden, by-appointment-only space. Nearby, on Wellington Street, the TD Gallery of Inuit Art provides a home to over 600 works from the bank’s extensive Inuit art collection, which it has been gathering since the 1950s. – WH


We Can’t Wait

Seattle-based Nordstrom descends on the city, making its downtown debut at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. We’re looking forward to the casual chic styles that you just know the luxury retailer will bring along with it when the doors open on September 16.

soho

See and be Seen

Alright, let’s address the elephant in the room: Soho House. While the members-only club in the historic Bishop’s Block is worth every bit the hype, it’s Drake One Fifty that’s got our attention this year. This power restaurant in the Financial District is a modern take on historic taverns that showcasing custom video art within the space.
– CM

“I used to shop at The Room as a young girl alongside my grandmother, and then my mother. It’s kind of like a family tradition. They have runway pieces comparable to what you’d find in Paris, Milan, or London—hidden gems that you’ll treasure and hold on to for life.”

– Jenna Naumovich, stylist at The Room