Toronto’s Best Neighbourhoods, Deconstructed


Tiff Bell Lightbox

Something to Remember

The epicentre of the festival, TIFF Bell Lightbox is bound to satiate your hunger for all things Hollywood. The five-storey cultural centre hosts a selection of flicks, and there’s often a lineup out front… even not during the Festival. Two on-site restaurants—O&B Canteen on the street level and Luma tucked upstairs—and rotating exhibitions complement the five public cinemas. – JK

Thompson Hotel

Sleep Like a Baby

A perennial King West film fest favourite, the Thompson Toronto has attracted A-list stars including Bill Murray, Brad Pitt, Drake, and Meryl Streep since opening in 2010. Last year the property hosted Entertainment Weekly’s junket, which saw Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Tom Hiddleston, and Sandra Bullock stroll through the doors. The brand has grown so synonymous with King West living that the newly erected Thompson Residences has been cited as one of the city’s most impressive new developments. -JK

À la Carte

Given its proximity to everything TIFF, King West is home to many of the popular celeb haunts, with something for every craving. For Mediteranean, visit Byblos on Duncan; for Spanish, drop into Patria on King; or for Italian, the neighbouring Cibo. If you follow the foodies, you may end up at Edulis on Niagara for some authentic Canadian dishes, or at Bar Buca on Portland for the best small-plate Italian offerings in the city. If you fancy French instead, Colette Grand Café, at the base of the Thompson Hotel, serves the most divine goat cheese soufflé. Further west in Liberty Village, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, known for their famous weekend brunch, now offers up ‘blunch’ during the weekdays. For rooftop cocktails, there’s nothing like Gusto 101, where they serve wine on tap. Or you could always go Drakespotting, Toronto’s own version of Pokémon Go, with Frings—the homegrown superstar’s culinary collab with Chef Susur Lee—being one of the city’s prime spots to catch ‘em all. – JK & CM


Feel the Burn

A musical and physical journey that will change your body and mind, Spokehaüs looks to reinvent your typical spin class. The classes blend low impact with high intensity sets for a full-body experience with a specially curated playlists to push you out of your comfort zone. For the price of one single session, first-timers get three spins, good for you and a friend. – CM

Eat, Party, Relax, Repeat

Another ultra luxe, wildly exclusive hot spot is just what King West needed, right? Lavelle makes it so. The sky-high, urban playground offers something for everyone, from divine cuisine to upscale nightlife, spa services, pools, a garden, as well as a fresh juice bar, an ice cream parlour, and an Instagram-worthy swing set that overlooks the city. Launched by Trademark Hospitality—a new lifestyle branch of Freed Developments, the firm that revitalized King West—this is one space you’ll want to spend some time in. – CM

’til you Drop

You’ve either got style or you don’t. And King West has got it. One of Canada’s top men’s clothing stores, GOTSTYLE offers a range of collections to turn you into a sartorial star, from formal to business to casual. – CM

Coldstream Fine Art

Gallery Hop

Shedding light on both upcoming and established artists, Coldstream Fine Artthe new kid on the block—presents mostly solo exhibitions, each with impressive, show-stopping pieces. Diaz Contemporary, meanwhile, one of the first galleries to anchor the area, continues to host thought-provoking shows, like that of First Nations’ artist Joseph Tisiga, whose powerful pieces are on display now until October 8. – WH

Caffeine Fix

460 King West is an address with a storied past. Once upon a time it was the Hotel Spadina, then the Spadina House, then the Hotel Falconer, then the Richardson House, and then the iconic Global Village Backpackers. The destination’s latest chapter: Quantum Coffee. And unlike most other Toronto landmarks cleared for a glass tower, the original building was restored into a place for java fiends to gather. Quantum offers a thoughtful selection of single-origin beans from some of the best coffee producers across the globe. Try the 460 brew, a crowd-pleasing multi-roast blend suitably named for the locale’s address. – CM

We Can’t Wait

Valdez once doled out some of the best Latin street food in the city, but the vibrant spot closed its doors to start a new venture down the road: Baro. Chef Steve Gonzalez promises to bring a more refined approach to the fare, not to mention an all-season patio. Because who doesn’t fantasize about slurping a cilantro-muddled mojito with a side of crispy croquetas in November? – CM