Places to eat, shop and see before or after seeing Anne of Green Gables—The Musical.
—By Amy Baker
EAT Anne’s rousing nature and appetite for adventure on Canada’s East Coast may inspire a hankering for some fresh seafood delicacies. Within walking distance from the Elgin Theatre, Bâton Rouge serves delicious tuna steak, seared rare and drizzled with lime and ginger dressing, while nearby Superior prepares steamed mussels and pan-seared spicy calamari for appetizers. If you’re in the mood for Italian, try the rustic offerings at Osteria Ciceri e Tria (106 Victoria St., 416-955-0258), and for a memorable, upscale dining experience, order chef Lorenzo Loseto’s tasting menu at George. After the show, unwind with a premium cocktail in the refined yet casual environs of Pantages Martini Bar & Lounge.
SHOP At the prominent crossroads of Yonge and Queen streets, the Elgin Theatre is just steps away from some of the city’s top shopping destinations. The Bay offers a true-north retail experience. Part of the country’s oldest corporation (the Hudson’s Bay Company has been thriving since 1670), this large retailer stocks women’s and men’s apparel, electronics, beauty products and more. Connected to The Bay by a pedestrian overpass is the Toronto Eaton Centre, which takes up an entire city block and features more than 230 high-end retailers, restaurants and services—Coach, Pottery Barn, Lacoste, M.A.C. Cosmetics and Apple among them.
SEE As one of the last functioning double-decker theatres in the world, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is a must-see. On Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m., a guided 1.5-hour tour of the gloriously restored facility includes a look at an original dressing room, the backstage area with artifacts from the 1900s, plus original vaudeville scenery. Another behind-the-scenes theatrical peak is available most Saturdays at noon, at Canada’s only purpose-built opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. A block north, Yonge-Dundas Square (southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas streets) hosts Arts at the Heart, an outdoor market for arts and crafts every Friday to Sunday in May.