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Feel like you've stepped into the French countryside when you visit this Toronto shop. Featuring fine French linens, tableware, and home decor, the simple white washed beauty of these items are sure to add the perfect finishing touch to your home. Personal fragrances, ornate jewelry, and delicate children's clothing and toys can also be found here. Find stunning antique glass lamps, and ostrich feather throws to cozy up your living room or pearl napkin rings and silver serving platters to wow your dinner guests. You're sure to find something that strikes your fancy.
The Gabardine is bring back the 1940s vibe. The decor here is a bit campy, elegant and furnished with booth seating, comfortable to accommodate larger groups. The service is friendly and being attentive comes to them naturally. The Gabardine's burger is one Toronto's most popular burgers because of its mighty-sized patty which is made from the most tender meat, infused with bacon, cheese and aioli and accompanied with fries which are seasoned in rosemary for an unique flavor. Along with gourmet burgers, the place serves heavenly a heavenly mac 'n cheese rendition, sandwiches with interesting fillings, pork and poultry specials, tacos, etc. For desserts try one of their pies with ice-cream or whipped cream. In a true sense, The Gabardine has mastered the art of cooking and serving comfort food.
The name “Châtelet” means “little castle” in French. Let your inner queen find expression at Châtelet, replete with pristine white vintage furniture fit for Parisian aristocracy. This furniture and vintage boutique is big on styles where shabby chic, Hollywood glam, French country and Paris apartment home decor styles come alive with a bang. Walking into this store, you might be deluded into thinking you are on the sets of a classic French film. Shop for mirrored furniture that reflects and bathes the room in light, crystal and beaded chandeliers in leafy and floral patterns, soft quilts, ornate mirrors, vintage clocks with minute detailing, and quirky wall art sourced from eclectic flea markets. And if your heirloom needs repainting, this place will paint and polish it to restore it to its former grandeur.
Bakerbots Baking opened in 2011 and is the brainchild of artist and baker, Rosanne Pezzelli. It is considered to be the best place in town for ice cream sandwiches. This tiny shop also has yummy cookies, macarons, cupcakes and cakes in their menu. You can choose your cookie and ice cream for your sandwiches that includes flavors like Ginger Molasses, Oatmeal and The Everything in cookies and French Mint, Maple Bacon and Guinness Stout in their rotating ice cream selection. The best option would be to check out their blackboard for combinations. It is indeed a nice stopover for sweet indulgences.
Au Lit Fine Linens, as its name suggests, is all about luxury linen comprising of duvets, pillows and pillow covers, bath towels, featherbeds, bedsheets, throws, pillow protectors and cushions. The bedding ranges from 220 thread count percale to ultra-luxurious 1000 thread count cotton satin. One can also shop for monogrammed robes and loungewear in muted shades like pale blue, purple and gray, stitched from soft fabrics for maximum comfort. Other products include scented shea butter soaps and candles with flowery aromas of lavender or peony. So shop at this store for a deluxe experience so that you can bathe and sleep like a king or queen.
Occupying a small, intimate space on Queen Street West, Poutini's House of Poutine offers delicious renditions of Canada's favorite snack. In a white cup that is designed for the on-the-go-goodness, Poutini's fills it up with hand-cut fries, locally sourced fresh cheese curds, and tops it off with incredible homemade gravy. Choose from a list of creamy poutine varieties, ranging from Traditional Poutine and Layered Poutine, to meaty options like Smoked Meat Poutine and BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine
If you are craving delicious breakfast and brunch, then School is the place for you. The trendy, urban restaurant serves creative food options. Their menu features innovative versions of crepes, crunchy toasts, pancakes, souffle, salads, burgers and more. Try dishes like Caramelized Banana-Nutella Crepe, Cheese Omelette Souffle, Double Smoked Bacon. Their Cheddar Chive Biscuits are are a huge hit among their regular patrons, so don't forget to munch on those. The restaurant also has a full bar, so the venue is perfect even if you want to have a couple of drinks with friends. The School also has various offers and regular specials, and if you're lucky you might just get a free treat!
The Kitten and the Bear is the perfect place for afternoon tea, or morning tea, or evening tea, or tea anytime! Step inside this charming and tiny store and tea house to enjoy the friendly and cozy atmosphere along with amazing treats. Pick from their delightful selection of tea and try some of their delicious selection of jams and preserves, the perfect compliment to their tasty homemade scones. The tea house only has a few tables, making this a true hidden gem, though you're welcome to take their amazing products to-go. The Kitten and the Bear also serves delicious coffee.
Bunner’s Bake Shop is the brainchild of Ashley Wittig and Kevin MacAllister and opened in 2009. This organic, gluten free, vegan bakery offers delicious sweet pastries and savories, defying traditional baking methods. Their products are low on glycemic index and are suitable for everyone. These include yummy cupcakes such as Red Velvet, Carrot and French Toast, Cinnamon Buns, Creamies, Cookies, Muffins, Date Square, Pies, Butter Tarts and Savoury Pockets. Treat yourself without any guilt trip.
Tori's Bakeshop is the labor of love of Tori Vaccher. Located in The Beaches, this vegan, organic and gluten-free bakery and cafe is a hit among the non-vegan crowd as well. It is also the first of its kind in the city. Opened in 2012, this dainty eat-in with its cute light fixtures is a great place to dig into baked goodies without any sort of guilt trip. Relish their Vanilla Donut, Cinnamon Bun, Lemon Cupcake, Oatmeal Cookie, Chai-Spiced Pear Muffin, Blueberry Lemon Scone, Butter Tart, Chocolate Croissant and Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti. Enjoy your treats with lattes and Americanos with coconut, soy or almond milk.