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Best Hidden Gems in Toronto

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Novo Spa

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, and Novo Spa understands this. So if you're going to set a schedule for yourself, you might as well pencil in a little self-pampering in the form of massages, facials, body therapies, waxing, pedicures, or manicures. Novo Spa has practically every treatment your heart and body could desire to relax and indulge in. So sail away on seas of serenity and give yourself a little break - you deserve it.

Toronto, ON, Canada
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Toronto Police Museum

Located in the atrium of Toronto Police headquarters, this 278 square meter (3,000-square foot) museum stands as a tribute to the men and women who risk their lives to protect the community. Educational interactive displays within this space allow visitors to grasp the importance of trust and understanding between the city's citizens and the police force. On display are historic vehicles, past and present uniforms, badges, weapons and facts about infamous cases. The Toronto Police museum theater also features videos of police operations.

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Textile Museum of Canada

One of a kind in Canada, the Textile Museum opened in 1975, features an international collection of quilts, garments, carpets and ceremonial objects. First shown in a small area in Mirvish Village, the collection is now located in a 25,000 square feet space. Exhibits include textile arts from such places as China, Japan, Africa, South East and Central Asia, South and Central America, Europe and the Pacific, as well as Canada and the U.S.

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shopAGO

ShopAGO is the museum shop of the famous Art Gallery of Ontario. It stocks curated artwork, archival prints, unique art, craft and design products, luxury gift items and jewelry. Albeit expensive, its merchandise is rich in visual appeal and culture, making it worth a visit for both, the casual shopper and the serious art collector. The products include prints of popular Canadian Impressionist and landscape paintings, puzzles crafted by both Canadian and international designers, stationery, headphones, iPhone covers, umbrellas, caps and water bottles. Fashionistas will find chic crocheted bags and totes, cufflinks, watches and earrings. One can even shop for kitchen and gardening equipment such as watering cans, decanters, garlic crushers, bowl sets and jewel jars. Whet your appetite for the art world with a range of books on art history, fashion design and architecture among others topics.

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Paradise Bound

Paradise Bound is a unique shop that sells Japanese woodblock prints, wall art, antiques, collectibles and hanging scrolls. Its merchandise dates back to the 16th Century right up to the mid 20th Century. It also sells classic vinyl records in genres such as Synthpop, Electronic, Jazz, Pop Rock, Soul and Funk. It specializes in Kakejiku, which is a form of hand-painted or calligraphed Japanese hanging scroll with edges made of silk fabric. Shop for old landscape paintings depicting the Far East Asian countryside in muted tones, and woodblock prints with floral patterns or street scenes. This shop also purchases old vinyl record collections from customers.

Toronto, ON, Canada
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Sweetgrass Spa

Located inside the magnificent Ivy at Verity, this gorgeous spa takes luxury to another level. With a beautiful decor and pleasant staff, the spa successfully creates a serene ambiance. Frequented by hotel guests and outsiders alike, the SweetGrass spa has a lot more to offer than just beauty treatments. Among the long list of services they offer, the 24 Karat Gold Facial, Lomi Lomi Massage and the Medico Oxygen Facial remain to be signatures, as well as client favorites.

Toronto, ON, Canada
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Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm is a place that will have you experiencing the country life, even while you're still in the city. This attraction is open for visitors everyday, and features expansive farms that are lined with woods and small water features. The farm was built on a former zoo site, and one can visit farm animals such as ducks, goats, pigs and sheep now, instead of wild animals. The historic barn on the farm must be visited, and the farm grounds are often the venue for local cultural events as well.

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Toronto Dominion Gallery of Inuit Art

The Toronto Dominion Bank has been collecting artwork from Canada's Inuit people from the Arctic region since the mid-1960s. That collection has grown considerably over time and is now housed in its own gallery in the Aetna Tower of the Toronto Dominion Centre, which opened in 1987. The permanent collection now consists of more than 200 pieces, encompassing artistic styles from all over Canada's vast Arctic territory. There are an estimated 10,000 visitors each year. Admission is free.

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Soundscapes

If music is food for your soul, then enter the melodious environs of Soundscapes. It is the mecca of records from all over the world. Whether you want to give your eardrums a hard rock workout or please them with jazz music, this place assures you with well-stocked sounds of all genres. A polite staff will help you browse through all the sections and even fish out the very album you have been looking for! Besides, it is also doles out tickets for all happening music concerts. Call for more information.

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Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley, formally known as Rush Lane is a treasure trove of graffiti art located in the heart of Toronto. The graffiti art stretches on for over a kilometer, and is a thoroughly enjoyable experience for those who enjoy arts. The artworks change from time to time, with new ones accommodated on a frequent basis. Don't forget to carry your camera along if you're passing by the area.

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Distill Gallery

Distill Gallery is a unique shop with ever-changing artistic merchandise. It changes the concept of a traditional shop by turning it into a unique visual space and art gallery. It displays artwork, craft, apparel sewed from eco-friendly materials, accessories and hand-made trinkets. All items are hand-crafted by local Canadian artists. Shop for funky hats, soft toys, charms, bracelets, ceramics, glassware, metal and wood work, shoes and mixed media artworks at this eclectic art store. The bags and apparel come in unique prints, dyes and splashes of floral patterns. You will also have the satisfaction of having supported upcoming local artists. Keep an eye out on their website and social networking sites for regular exhibitions, giveaways, contests and secret sales.

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Redpath Sugar Museum

The Redpath Sugar Museum presents a collection of memorabilia from the Canadian sugar industry and the Red path family. This unique museum screens films and videos about sugar and the sugar industry. Special guided tours are offered for school children as well.

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