Julio is one of Canada’s top fashion bloggers with a foot in Toronto’s fashion and cultural scene.
I guess it wouldn’t be a Toronto visit without mentioning the city’s most iconic landmark, the CN Tower. Completed in 1976, it was the world’s tallest free standing structure for years. It’s now trumped by the Burj Khalifa (Dubai); but the tower serves as a cultural landmark for Torontonians and tourists alike. Living in Toronto, it never gets old, most of us see it daily and when you’re at it’s base you can’t help but marvel in its grandeur. Surrounded by the Rogers Centre (Skydome) the Air Canada Centre (ACC) and Union Station the immediate area serves as a bustling nook of commuters coming into the city and major sports fan in town to watch a game.
Neighbouring areas include the city’s Financial District, each with their own unique characteristic, from boutique restaurants like Bymark (66 Wellington St. West) to bespoke tailors, Garrison Bespoke (26 Wellington St. East).
Zip along west and you’ve reached one of my favourite spots in the city, West Queen West. (AKA West Queer West for the large LGBT community and Queer friendly establishments in the area). There are always arguments as to where West Queen West actually starts; but I like to think from Trinity Bellwoods Park straight across to Dufferin Street bordered by the Village of Parkdale.
A fairly recent name to an area of one of the city’s longest streets, the West Queen West neighbourhood is literally littered with places to eat, drink, party and shop. With historic hotels, cutting edge art galleries, vintage boutiques and if you’re like me – dive bars! Stand outs include contemporary boutique, Jonathan & Olivia (49 Ossington Ave.), retro 69 Vintage (1100 Queen St. West) hole-in-the-wall must, Sweaty Betty’s (13 Ossington Ave.) and sometimes cafe/sometime bar/crazy party, The Beaver (1192 Queen St. West).