If Toronto had a centre, it’d be the corner of Bloor & Bay. From your place at 44 Charles Street West, all of downtown is within reach by foot, starting with the three floors of retail and entertainment at the attached Manulife Centre.
Step out of the elevator and onto three floors of shopping, services, restaurants and Toronto’s best movie theatre, the Varsity. Other Manulife Centre highlights include Independent City Market for specialty groceries, Indigo, the LCBO and Canada’s first Eataly.
You also have easy access to both subway lines, proximity to Bloor-Yorkville, the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Toronto, Chinatown, the Village, the financial district and the Don Valley Parkway for easy access in and out of the city.
Bloor Street, from Bay Street to Avenue Road, is home to the biggest names in Canadian and international fashion. Start at Manulife Centre, cross the street to Holt Renfrew, then continue west to stroll in and out of Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Boss, Hermes and more.
Head a few blocks south and you can be on the University of Toronto campus or in the middle of the Discovery District surrounded by the city’s best hospitals and research centres, including MaRS, one of the world’s foremost innovation hubs.
Toronto’s original hippie enclave morphed into the yuppie capital of Canada in the ‘80s. Today, it’s become a hybrid of the two, with high-end boutiques and bistros alongside cool clothiers and cafés, and it’s all around us.
Walk east along Bloor Street for about ten minutes to Church Street, turn right and join the party. The strip is lined with fun funky bars, delicious restaurants and great shopping. Be sure to make the walk at the end of June for Toronto’s Pride Parade — it’s among the biggest in the world.