Girlfriend Getaway: How To Sip, Shop & Selfie In Toronto

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Spending a girl’s weekend in Toronto? From high-end shopping to delicious dining experiences under the stars, discover the charm of Canada’s largest city. Check out our guide for all the best places to sip, shop and selfie your way through a weekend in Toronto.

Selfie Stays

Check-in to one of Toronto’s most luxurious hotels complete with skyline views, perfect for that ultimate selfie! If a spa day is in order then Hotel X is a great bet. However if you want to be right in the action then The St. Regis Toronto is calling your name.

Hotel X

Hotel X is a luxury hotel on the Lake Ontario Waterfront in Downtown Toronto, featuring spacious rooms, restaurants, cafés, bars and rooms with a view. They also have a 55-foot partially indoor, partially outdoor rooftop pool. The hotel is also home to Guerlain Spa; the first of its kind in Canada for the renowned French luxury perfume, cosmetics & skincare house, offering ten treatment rooms, gorgeous pre and post-stay lounges and spectacular lake views.

The St. Regis Toronto

Trendsetting and boundary-breaking, The St. Regis Toronto soars 65-stories above Canada’s international enclave for business and culture, and offers remarkable views of Toronto’s most famous downtown landmarks including the CN Tower, and Scotiabank Arena. A visit to LOUIX LOUIS is a must, as it soars 31 floors above the Toronto skyline, and has a glamorous two-storey high grand bar showcasing over 500 dark spirits.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Looking to explore? If high-end shopping and cobblestone streets are on your list, then Yorkville is your place! If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous (and budget friendly) then head to Graffiti Alley in Queen West for the ultimate Toronto selfie.

Shop Until You Drop In Yorkville

Yorkville is one of Toronto’s most iconic neighborhoods, a charming 19th century village nestled in the heart of North America’s fourth-largest city, stroll along it’s cobblestone streets and take in style, culture, art, and wellness, all within a few must-visit blocks. With over 700 world-class designer boutiques, restaurants, hotels, and galleries there’s truly no other place like it.

Explore Graffiti Alley

Located within Toronto’s Fashion District, Graffiti Alley runs parallel to the trendy stretch of Queen Street West. It encompasses three city blocks and is a popular spot to view some of the best examples of Toronto’s vibrant street art and mural culture. It is also often used for photoshoots, popups, music videos, street festivals and more.

Step Into A Movie Scene

Toronto has one of the largest film industries in North America, and has been doubling for New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago and other international cities for decades. While almost every part of this city has been used in a movie at some point, these are 2 of our favorites spots. Casa Loma will require admission (and is definitely worth it) but the budget friendly might just want to grab lunch at the photogenic Lakeview.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma was first built in 1914 by financier Sir Henry Pellatt. Throughout the year you can tour the estate, gardens, and stables. Casa Loma has served as a location for movies such as X-Men, Chicago, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Vow and Ready or Not.

The Lakeview Restaurant

The Lakeview (as it’s known to locals) is a popular hangout to grab a milkshake or burger, but it’s also a popular film location.

Stop in for brunch and re-create scenes from Cocktail, The Boondock Saints, Max Payne or The Shape Of Water.

Say “So Long” Under The Stars

An evening under the stars is the perfect way to end a girlfriend getaway. If you want those late night CN Tower views then California inspired Kōst is the perfect spot. However if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed (and Italian) then we highly suggest Gusto 101.

Kōst

44 stories above Toronto’s bustling entertainment district sits Bisha Hotel’s rooftop restaurant Kōst. Kōst offers a quick escape to the California coastline, with al fresco dining, a world-renowned infinity pool and unparalleled city views. Featuring seasonal menus, guests are welcome seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, midday snacks and dinner. It’s also the perfect spot for a nighttime selfie with the CN Tower.

Gusto 101

Gusto (pronounced Goo-sto) means tasty in Italian. Located in a repurposed garage in the heart of downtown Toronto, Gusto 101 has been serving up modern takes on Southern Italian classics since 2012.

Whether you’re craving the warmth of a wood-fired grill or a glass of wine on their rooftop patio, they do their best to merge the everyday with the exceptional.

As Toronto slowly re-opens, please check visitor information for Covid-19 rules and guidelines: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19

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