Spots to bring the girls in Toronto's Yorkville

There are few hints left of Yorkville’s legacy as a hippie hangout in the ’60s. Today, it’s an elitist fashion enclave, filled with elegant restaurants and world-class shopping. On your next girls’ night out, hit these spots for an amazing time.

Park Hyatt Toronto

4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

Take the elevator straight up to the 18th floor and don’t look back, just out and across for one of the most incredible views of the city skyline. During warm weather, the outdoor terrace is open and you can kick back with the girls over a round of drinks. When the mercury starts to dip, the patio’s heated so you can still enjoy the panoramic view. And, when the temperature really drops, curl up with your cocktails by the fire.

Blu Ristorante

90 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2H2

Toronto doesn’t have a single Michelin star restaurant but you’d have to believe that when the pros come to assess Toronto’s restaurant scene, Blu makes it into the conversation. The restaurant has a chic, intimate atmosphere with food that surprises and delights, like their wild mushroom risotto and crème brûlée. If you bring the girls here on a Friday or Saturday night, musician John Campbell will serenade you – and if you ask nicely, he just might sing your favourite songs.

Cibo Wine Bar - Yorkville

133 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4

During the winter, take the girls to an awesome meal during Winterlicious and, do the same when the weather’s warmer for Summerlicious. The atmosphere is lively but sophisticated, with a vibe that lets you relax and immerse yourselves in conversation, good food and laughter. As the name implies, this is a special destination for wine lovers. The impressive list includes something to please every palate and match every dish.

The Spa At The Windsor Arms Hotel

18 Saint Thomas St, Toronto, ON M5S 3E7

There’s so much to do here, you can easily turn your girls’ night out into a full day out. Start by booking time at the spa and indulge in massages and facials. Once you’re fully relaxed, move on to high tea in the Russian Red Tea Room, dinner in The Living Room or authentic French cuisine in the Ici Windsor Arms bistro. Cap off your evening with cocktails in the 15-seat private screening room.

The One Eighty

55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5

You could spend hundreds of thousands on a downtown condo or come here for the same amazing view at a fraction of the price. It’s 51 floors up and offers the best sightlines, vibe and girls’ night out experience anywhere aside from the CN Tower. Your group can choose from four different rooms but the real magic happens on the south patio. Snack on lobster mac and cheese paired with an Electric Limeade frozen cocktail.

With its cobblestone streets, beautiful stone buildings and appreciation for fine cuisine, Quebec City is a refined place. What better setting to treat yourself to a glass of champagne? Whether you want a cozy vibe or the grand rooms of an old hotel, Quebec City is just the place for you.
Toronto’s posh Yorkville neighbourhood may sometimes seem intimidating, but you'll find there are plenty of welcoming places where you can relax with a fine beer. The area's robust patio offerings make post-work pints a must. Don’t forget that it's also a prime hood for a little casual TIFF-ing – people-watching here might result in a few celebrity sightings.
Hitting the TIFF morning events and in search of a pre- or post-show breakfast? These classy-meets-casual brunch joints are steps away from the Bell Lightbox, on bustling King West. Whether you’re a Bay Street local or a film buff in search of some morning grub and daytime cocktail, these spots will keep you fuelled during the festival. [Image credit:]
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