Named for entrepreneur Joseph Bloor, this tony thoroughfare is the city’s chicest spot for shopping. Dubbed the “Mink Mile” for the many designer retailers who call this stretch between Yonge Street and Avenue Road home, the fashionable district is where you’ll find both visiting celebrities and Toronto’s upper echelon.
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PROUDLY CANADIAN Leather goods and comfortable casualwear are mainstays at Roots, which was founded in 1973. The iconic Canadian brand offers a selection of supple handbags, weekender bags and wallets in a rainbow of colours, plus versatile jackets, hoodies and sweats for men, women and kids.
DAZZLING GEMS A little blue box from Tiffany & Co. is one of the world’s most instantly recognizable and coveted items. Within the trademark-hued parcels are sparkly little somethings that are sure to delight—from glittering diamonds and precious pearls to radiant gemstones and polished silverware. At this hushed boutique, you’ll find not only Tiffany-designed rings, earrings, necklaces and cufflinks, but also collections by Toronto-born Frank Gehry, as well as Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso and Jean Schlumberger.
GENTLEMEN PREFER SUITS The city’s well-groomed males have made Harry Rosen a destination for more than 50 years. The five-floor, 48,000-square-foot flagship location is a luxe temple of marble floors, black glass chandeliers and Asian walnut and features a curated collection of clothing from the likes of Tom Ford, Hugo Boss, Etro, Robert Talbott and Brioni. A footwear shop, as well as jewellery, fragrance, skincare and bespoke tailoring departments, ensure one-stop splurging for the busy man.
TOAST OF THE CITY Shop, dine and sip your way through the Manulife Centre, a 51-storey building with a mix of condominium apartments and retail space. At street level and below, find esteemed jeweller Birks, book dynamo Indigo, china dealers William Ashley and Canadian shoe shop Ron White. For a bite of Provençal flavour try the Bloor Street Diner, and for a memorable view of the skyline, go up—way up—to the 51st floor for nighttime hot spot Panorama.
FLIGHTS OF FANCY Marked by a row of fuchsia flags flapping from the front facade, famed department store Holt Renfrew is a four-level designer den brimming with men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, accessories, cosmetics and fragrances from the likes of Oscar de la Renta to Rock and Republic. Overwhelmed by the selection? Personal shoppers can assist while you relax in one of five suites. An on-site spa offers pampering treatments, while Holts Café—known for its tartines made with Poilâne bread—serves hearty fare such as seafood stew, and salads if you’re watching your girlish figure.
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The Hudson’s Bay Centre is home to Canada’s oldest corporation, the Hudson’s Bay Company, which can trace its roots back to the fur trade in 1670. At The Bay, peruse a vast selection of brand name attire for the whole family as well as jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances, shoes, housewares, and the Heritage collection, which includes the signature multi-stripe blanket.