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Summer’s a blast in Toronto especially when you hone in on the neighborhood scene as so many serve up unique attractions or have cool restaurants opening or just a fabulous urban vibe.
My favorite stroll for high-end shopping is Bloor-Yorkville. Not only is this the spot for exquisite Chanel, Tiffany and Hermes finds but the restaurant scene has also seen some fabulous executive chefs strut their stuff.
For that cottage feel where you swear you can still hear the old front screen door spring open, the Beaches is the place to mellow by the sandy shoreline and kick back some pints with old friends along the main hub of Queen Street East. Home to Kew-Balmy Beach and the Kew Gardens Pavilion, one of the hottest anticipated events is the upcoming Beaches International Jazz Festival, celebrating 25 years.
When I feel like exploring the artsy community and feel ultra trendy, I head to West Queen West. This stretch includes terrific contemporary art galleries and has funky clubs and hotels under one roof like The Drake plus plenty of eclectic shops and coffee shops.
Bloor-Yorkville -- Bloor-Yorkville is the area of Toronto where you can indulge in some of the finer things in life, combining the best of fashion, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. You’ll find stores like Chanel and Harry Rosen and eateries include fine dining restaurants like Sassafraz and Amber.
King West -- King West is Toronto’s answer to New York City’s SoHo. The urban area is the perfect spot for young professionals, with a myriad of businesses, dining options and stores in the area. The area has also become a hotspot for nightlife with popular venues like Brant House and C Lounge.
Bloor West Village -- Bloor West Village is like a little town situated in the city. The area is the place to find local markets, boutiques and flower shops, while also providing great places to eat. Just west of the city and minutes from High Park, this area is a great place to spend a day with friends or with the whole family.