How to Spend a Relaxing Weekend in Downtown Toronto

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Toronto is perhaps best known for its film festivals, unique landmarks, and abundance of sports teams, but Canada’s largest metropolis is also a spectacular place to rest and relax.

Whether you’re looking to spend the day at the spa or treat yourself to a multi-course afternoon tea, here’s how you’ll want to spend a relaxing and stylish weekend day in downtown Toronto.

Have a light breakfast at Café Boulud

Nestled in the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in Yorkville, Café Boulud celebrates the childhood of chef Daniel Boulud in Lyon. The seasonal French brasserie opens at 7 a.m. sharp, but breakfast is served until 11 a.m. if you prefer to spend the morning in bed. Have a homemade croissant or opt for a full continental breakfast.

Pinkies for Afternoon Tea at the Shangri-La Lobby Lounge

Afternoon tea at the Shangri-La Lobby Lounge is the perfect recipe for a relaxing weekend in Toronto. Between the Veuve Clicquot rolling champagne cart that runs through the lobby, the wide selection of sweet and savory teas, and the literal tower of sweets and sandwiches, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more decadent experience in the city.

Treat yourself to a personalized facial treatment at Spa My Blend by Clarins

The renewal facial therapy at Spa My Blend by Clarins is the perfect antidote for city dwellers: it exfoliates, hydrates and massages to protect the skin from the effects of a busy and stressed life. The 60-minute facial also includes a non-invasive “cold” cryotherapy device that helps fight inflammation and a ColorBlend LED mask that will help naturally stimulate collagen production.

Watch the sunset over the Toronto skyline at Louix Louis

Louix Louis is located on the 31st floor of the St. Regis Toronto and, as such, is one of the best places in the city to enjoy breathtaking views of the skyline as the sun sets. The decadent restaurant and lounge is best known for its strong drinks, impressive selection of champagnes, and King’s Cake: a decadent chocolate cake with thirteen succulent layers of chocolate ganache and gold flakes. Sky High Restaurant also has an impressive selection of Atlantic oysters and seafood.

Treat yourself to a nightcap at the Library Bar

After a long day of rest and relaxation, what’s one more cocktail to top it off? The newly opened Library Bar in the Fairmont Royal York resembles a lavish lounge or a sweatshop with its velvet drapes and plush armchairs and sofas. The Library Bar is best known for its Birdbath Martini, served at the table with the hotel’s full-bodied QUILL gin.

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