"Toronto is a dynamic, multicultural city with a lot of European influence," says Sara Rooney, district manager for Cambria Canada in Toronto. She recommends the Yorkville neighborhood for strolling, with department stores like the flagship Holt Renfrew, and boutiques and cafés along Yorkville and Bloor Streets. Best explored on foot, "charming courtyards and alleyways make you forget you're in the city." Another top pick: The Distillery District (above) is a pedestrian only neighborhood of brick-lined streets and restored Victorian industrial buildings jam-packed with theaters, boutiques and galleries.
DISTILL GALLERY - 55 Mill Street, Link Building 416-304-0033 www.distillgallery.com, See the work of more than 100 emerging Canadian artists and craftspeople under one roof.
TEATRO VERDE - 98 Yorkville Ave. 416-966-2227 www.teatroverde.com, From curios to couches, this Toronto original houses a wide selection of gifts, accessories and furniture.
LOW PROFILE BOWLS - www.katherinemorley.com, Artist Katherine Morley created this series of cameo-like bowls honoring "great but under-celebrated" Canadians, such as author Pierre Berton, $120.
AROMACHOLOGY FRAGRANCE - www.myaromachology.com, Create a custom-blended perfume based on your personality and favorite scents, from $60.
RADIO CANADA KIT BAG - www.redcanoebrands.com, Red Canoe honors Canadian heritage with aviator-inspired clothing and bags, Can$130.
ONE RESTAURANT - Hazelton Hotel 116 Yorkville Ave. 416-961-9600 www.onehazelton.com, Try the "Lobster Spoons" and an updated Chicken Cobb Salad on the patio at One, in Yorkville's stylish, five-star Hazelton Hotel.
TAPPO WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT 55 Mill Street, Building 3 647-430-1111 www.tappo.ca, Sit at the bar and sip wines from around the world, or sample Italian and Mediterranean fare in this soaring, rustic space in the Distillery District.