Toronto might be best known for its film festivals, unique landmarks, and abundance of sports teams—but Canada’s largest metropolis is also a spectacular spot to indulge in a little rest and relaxation.
Whether you’re looking to spend the day at the spa—or you want to indulge in a multi-course afternoon tea, here’s how you’ll want to spend a relaxing—and stylish—weekend day in downtown Toronto.
Grab a light breakfast at Cafe Boulud
Tucked into the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in Yorkville, Cafe Boulud is a celebration of Chef Daniel Boulud’s childhood in Lyon. The seasonal French brasserie opens at 7am sharp—but breakfast is served until 11am if you prefer to spend your morning in bed. Grab a house-made croissant or go all-in with a full continental breakfast.
Pinkies up for afternoon tea at the Shangri-La Lobby Lounge
Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La Lobby Lounge is the ideal recipe for a relaxing weekend in Toronto. Between the rolling Veuve Clicquot champagne trolley that circulates through the lobby, the wide selection of sweet and savory teas, and the literal tower of sweets and sandwiches—you’d be hard-pressed to find a more decadent experience in the city.
Treat yourself to a custom facial at the Spa My Blend by Clarins
The renewal facial therapy at the Spa My Blend by Clarins is the perfect antidote for city dwellers: it exfoliates, moisturizes, and massages to protect the skin from the effects of a jam-packed, stress-filled life. The 60-minute facial also features a non-invasive ‘cold’ cryotherapy device that aids with inflammation and a ColorBlend LED mask that’ll help naturally boost collagen production.
Take in sunset views of the Toronto skyline at Louix Louis
Louix Louis is located on the 31st floor of The St. Regis Toronto—and as such is one of the best spots in the city to take in unparalleled skyline views at sunset. The decadent restaurant and lounge is best known for its stiff drinks, impressive champagne selection—and for its King’s Cake: a decadent chocolate cake with thirteen succulent layers of chocolate ganache and gold flake. The sky high restaurant also boasts an impressive offering of Atlantic oysters and seafood.
Indulge in a nightcap at the Library Bar
After a long day of rest and relaxation—what’s one more cocktail to cap it off? The newly opened Library Bar in the Fairmont Royal York feels like a sumptuous little sitting room or speakeasy with its velvet drapery and plush lounge chairs and couches. The Library Bar is best known for its Birdbath Martini, served tableside with the hotel’s own full-bodied QUILL gin.