Top spots for a hot shave in Toronto

For the average fella, few things remain more fulfilling than a proper barbershop hot shave. Whether priming your mug for a Movember masterpiece or merely taking some manly me-time, Toronto is stacked with steady hands skilled at the old school straight-razor.

Crows Nest Barber Shop

1
2 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2J7

When a barbershop’s walk-in wait time is at least two or three hours, they’ve gotta be doing something right – although at $35 for a world-class hot shave, who’s complaining? The lads and ladies slanging the Barbasol certainly meet the minimum tattoo requirements, but they’re also experts in turning first-timers into perpetually baby-faced repeat customers. Come for the jocular repartees, stay for the Dwight Yoakam soundtrack.

Garrison's Barber Shop

2
254 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M6J 2L8

Overlooking Trinity Bellwoods from the second floor above Queen West’s White Squirrel café, this stunning shop looks like it’s straight out of an Instagram filter. But the care and consideration the team takes into their hot shaves make it a prime spot for all facial-hair aficionados in the know.

Terminal Barber Shop

3
150 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C6

Stepping into Terminal is tantamount to time travel and winning the lottery at the same time – gilded to the teeth and sprinkled where it counts with leather and mahogany, it’s the scents, sounds and swift elegance of this steadfast Bay Street shop that will have you feeling like you’re rubbing shoulders with CEOs and the like – that, and the fact that you probably are.

Original Grooming

4
477 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3E7

A little less boys club, and a little more low-key boutique, these self-professed experts of the art of male grooming take trimming up your mouth-brow with all the solemnity of a master craftsmen. Plus, their $55 hot shave happens to be one of the most transcendent experiences you’ll find in the city ;)

Little London Barber

5
391 Donlands Ave, East York, ON M4J 3S2

What’s a hot shave when it’s not steeped in sardonic wit? Certainly not worth two bits. The real-life Brits behind these barber chairs know that a bit of banter is what makes a shop, a shop – not to mention the just darlingest English Bulldog named Winston who serves as shop mascot.

Long lines, entry fees, the same bric-a-brac you see at every other dang city market –yup, sounds like Christmas Market season in Toronto! This year, try straying off the beaten path and check out some festive pop-ups and alternative markets across the city, each promising truly unique, one-of-a-kind, and handmade holiday gifts. Yup, Santa would definitely approve.
You know those super-active outdoorsy types? Every group’s got one: lycra-clad, cheeks aglow, uttering inanities like “dontcha just love winter?” Shudder. If that perpetual positivity starts harshing your nightly Netflix-pizza binge this year, try walking a mile in their showshoes. Because if you can’t beat them, (and believe us, we’d really like to) join them, and start making tracks to these TO outdoor gear retailers.
Ah, fall in Toronto: that magical season for pumpkin-spiced sweater-weather and cottage-country leaf-turning treks. And, for the first time since the crack of Joe Carter’s bat thrilled the nation in ‘93, the Blue Jays are in playoff baseball again. Bandwagon? Bah! Parade your post-season pride with unique apparel from these local TO retailers. [photo courtesy of The Drake Hotel]
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