If you want to stay and play in one of Toronto’s top neighborhoods for arts, culture, and shopping plan your stay in Yorkville. You’ll find a bountiful stretch of galleries, eateries, and designer boutiques nestled in between iconic Canadian department stores like Holt Renfrew. Beyond the Bloor-Yonge intersection, duck in to twinkle light lined streets for more cute shops, cafes, and independent art galleries.
For an ideal retreat to call home in the center of it all, plan a relaxing stay at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. This sophisticated venue will ensure you have out-the-door access to all of Yorkville’s attractions while guaranteeing a restful sleep. In addition to a spacious guest suite—no doubt with incredible city views from your floor-to-ceiling windows—you’ll have access to The Spa, currently wrapping up a major renovation to offer even more deluxe pampering. Services include facials, massages, and body treatments. Also on-site, enjoy Café Boulud to sample Michelin-Starred Chef Daniel Boulud’s classic and contemporary creations.
Located at 60 Yorkville Avenue, the Four Seasons is the ideal location for strolling through Yorkville’s nooks and pathways. You’ll be surrounded by an abundance of eateries and cafes, like Calii Love just down the block. Go here for a handcrafted espresso or fresh smoothie in a funky vibe. Then there’s Balzac’s Coffee Roasters around the corner at the Toronto Reference Library. This local coffee is a favorite of mine for their artisanal roasts and cozy atmosphere. For a warm-your-soul meal, head to Utsav Indian Cuisine for soothing butter chicken and chicken masala.
Then start your culture tour with a visit to Royal Ontario Museum for a wild assortment of galleries and exhibitions. Current offerings include a Vikings and a Christian Dior exhibit, though check the schedule to see what’s most current when you’re in town. If you’re a fan of fashion, be sure to pop into nearby Bata Shoe Museum for a stroll through fashion history. A little further downtown, visit Art Gallery of Ontario for a stellar collection of visual arts and installations. Take a break for a quick bite and glass of wine at AGO Bistro before joining a Pop Up on the Dot art talk.
If you plan to visit several area attractions, consider a Toronto CityPASS for bundled savings. Packaged together, guests can visit five Toronto attractions at a steep discount. Plus, the Toronto CityPASS now has a mobile ticket option so you’ll always have your access pass on hand. Toronto CITYPASS includes entrance to CN Tower, Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium Canada, and your choice of Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre.
For a luxurious getaway in Toronto, head to Yorkville and explore all this neighborhood has to offer. Rest up and recharge at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto for the ultimate pampering experience. For more travel planning tips and ideas, visit SeeTorontoNow.com.
Lori A. May is a Seattle-based travel writer.
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