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Tantalising Toronto

From arresting arias to modern art, high fashion to never-ending nightlife, Toronto tantalises visitors with limitless metropolitan experiences.

Tantalising Toronto
Looking for dinner with a view? 360, the restaurant at the CN Tower, is the place. Fun fact: at 351 metres, its wine cellar is the highest in the world.

The first thing that grabs your attention at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto are the birds. These are not just any winged wonders; we are talking about the 22-tonne, multi-million dollar stainless-steel sculpture of birds in flight (dubbed Rising) created by Chinese artist Zhang Huan that stops people on University Avenue. 

Once inside, the hotel features 202 luxury guestrooms that are among the largest in Canada. Ask for a south-facing suite for a sprawling view of the downtown cityscape that includes the Rogers Centre (home of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays) and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the CN Tower. The stylish suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a Jacuzzi tub and spacious living room; there’s even an iPad to use to surf and play during your stay. 

The hotel is a perfect spot from which to explore Canada’s largest city and commercial and cultural capital. For music lovers, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada is just across the street, while Roy Thomson Hall (home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) is one block south. King Street’s Entertainment District, which offers world-class theatre and fine dining, is also just a stroll away. 

For those whose tastes lean more towards Rodin and Rembrandt, meander north to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Take time to marvel at the exterior design, recently reinvented by Frank Gehry, before going inside.

Lap of Luxury

Condé Nast Traveler recently named the hotel’s 64-foot swimming pool Number Six in its roundup of The Top 10 Most Beautiful Pools in the World. After a day exploring Toronto by foot, there’s nothing more relaxing than soaking in these still waters or sweating out your stress in the infrared sauna. Or take a catnap and lounge in one of the private cabanas that include plush pillows and a flat-screen TV. 

Savoury Scones and Classic Cocktails 

It’s high time for teatime. Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto offers high tea every afternoon from 2 to 5p.m. in the Lobby Lounge. What a way to while away a couple of hours. Choose from 68 teas paired with a towering three-tiered tray of scones, petit fours and delectable desserts. 

At night, the 90-seat Lobby Lounge transforms into a boisterous bar and live music venue. You might hear some jazz played on the Italian handcrafted Fazioli piano or perhaps some soulful R&B from the likes of Juno-Award winning singer Divine Brown; whatever the sounds, this is the place to see and be seen. Grab a copy of the five-volume drink book to pick your poison. Enjoy a Tom Collins, Singapore Sling or the hotel’s signature cocktail, Hong Kong Lemonade. Then, simply sip the night away and maybe make some new friends along the way. 

Shop Till You Drop

Bloor-Yorkville — think the Rodeo Drive of the Great White North — is the place for haute couture. It’s also home to many fine restaurants and modern art galleries.

Pedal Power

Looking to explore the city and don’t want to take a cab or streetcar? Rent a Bixi bike and start pedalling. With various drop-off points across the downtown core, you can pick up and return these two-wheelers at your leisure. Rates are reasonable and you can even download an app that shows the locations of all the stations. 

Wander along the harbour and take the ferry to the Toronto islands. Explore various neighbourhoods, such as Leslieville, Little Italy, Liberty Village, Roncesvalles and The Distillery Historic District. This historic area features cobblestone streets, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and Victorian-era buildings of the renowned Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery. If you enjoy craft beer, stop in at Mill Street where Brewmaster Joel Manning constantly creates new recipes.

Night Time is the Right Time 

At night, wet your whistle and eat oodles of noodles at Momofuku — Chef David Chang’s first non-US location that is attached to the hotel. Enjoy dinner one of three ways: the noodle bar on the main floor where you sit family style at long benches, the second floor bar or – for foodies and groups of between four to seven – give your palate a full workout with a tasting menu at the third floor restaurant, shōtō.

Just Eat It!

Try Bosk at the hotel for a breakfast that includes a wide variety of options – healthy, hearty or decadent. For dinner, venture out. Toronto is a world-class culinary destination. Top picks include: North 44, Bymark, Canoe and Scaramouche. Looking for dinner with a view? 360, the restaurant at the CN Tower, is the place. Fun fact: at 351 metres, its wine cellar is the highest in the world.

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