Designer’s Travel Guide: Toronto

Evelyn Eshun’s Toronto Travel Guide

Toronto is a quickly evolving city that has gained a well deserved reputation for having fabulous restaurants, shopping and sights. Toronto’s most unique trait is that it is somewhat of a chameleon; you can drive through various interesting neighbourhoods which have their own  character and cultural influence.

Here are some of my favourite jaunts in the city.

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The Distillery District is fantastic for a Sunday afternoon especially if the craft market is there. Jazz and various artists make it a fun sensory experience. The refurbished buildings take you back to the past century. For a Designer, there are many Artists and Craftspeople selling their wares. Biltmore Domicile is a great source for both antiques and unique new items. You can find everything from old light fixtures and furnishings to unique architectural elements.

This is a set of chairs I saw there last week. I love the design for these chairs.
This is a set of chairs I saw there last week. I love the design for these chairs.
The Stirling Room in the Distillery District is a lounge you can go to for evening entertainment, great for dancing or just a drink. The interior is visually inspiring and luxurious.
The Stirling Room in the Distillery District is a lounge you can go to for evening entertainment; great for dancing or just a drink. The interior is visually inspiring and luxurious.

 

King St. East
King St. East

Along King St. East between Jarvis and Parliament you can take a stroll to discover a variety of design and décor shops offering unique furnishings and accessories. This area is developing into a district with some of my favourite stores; Peloso Alexander Interiors, Studio B and UpCountry among others.

Elegant Garage Sale
Elegant Garage Sale

Another great spot for super finds is Elegant Garage in Leaside, one of my favourite neighbourhood. This consignment shop carries an ever changing array of unique items.

Fashion Crimes
Fashion Crimes

If you want to find one-of-a-kind, truly unique fashion items you must go to Fashion Crimes on Queen St. West.  I love this store for everything from hats and dresses to jewelry and other accessories.

Lastly for more design shopping, the Summerhill neighbourhood has a few of my favourite stores; Department of Interiors for fantastic fabric selections, Decorum and Decorium (not to be mistaken as the same store), Putti for that authentic French touch and more. You will find lots of quaint cafes and bistros in this neighborhood as well. You will want to stop at the LCBO for the best selection of wine and alcohol in the city; even a bottle of Cognac worth thousands of dollars!

Putti
Putti

Finally, to rest your head, you can choose from many quality hotels. The Park Hyatt on Avenue Road is a great stay and located close to Yorkville where you can spend all your money on purses, shoes and clothes that will tempt you to take them home. Have afternoon tea at Annona Restaurant for that British experience in the City of Toronto.

The Park Hyatt
The Park Hyatt
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Evelyn Eshun has been providing creative Interior Design solutions for her Residential Clients in the Toronto area for over a decade. Principal Designer at Evelyn Eshun Interior Design, Evelyn has participated in various Television programs over the years in addition to her Design business. With a passion for design and travel, Evelyn has translated her extensive and various experiences into a design philosophy which puts the Client’s needs and functional needs first. Always striving for a unique and personalized solution for each Client, Evelyn prides herself on creating interiors which will stand the test of time. Whether transforming an old and tired property into a vibrant home or simply finishing a home with the decorating touches which make a house a home, the goal is always to collaborate with Homeowner, Trades and Suppliers to finish the project successfully.

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