We asked our friends at local showrooms in the King East neighbourhood where best to eat, drink and discover. Because who knows better than the city’s curators of great design?
Head to King East for European design showrooms, Soma chocolates and the TD Centre by Mies.
Word of Mouth
1 “Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie (35 Tank House Ln) has beautiful design, great food and the best bread selection. I always take out-of-town clients there, and even the discerning Europeans like the food.” – Golbou Rad, Radform
Morning Glory (457 King St E) has great breakfast, and it’s almost anti-design, which I prefer. They also have a secluded patio in the back, which is nice and low key.” – Klaus Neinkämper Jr, Klaus
4 “I eat at Mangia & Bevi (260 King St E) practically every week. Where else can you rub shoulders with the editors of The Globe and Mail and the local design community at the same time? Plus, they make a fantastic aperol spritz.” – Stefan Sybydlo, Bulthaup
5 “Cocina Economica (141 Berkeley St) – being off the beaten path is what makes this a gem. The food is good, but the magic is being able to sneak in a couple of tequilas during lunch without getting caught.” – Fraser Greenberg, Relative Space
Must-Stop Shopping Spots
6 “Best-looking establishment: Haven (190 Richmond St E). This 2nd-level store has a great vibe in its loft-like space hidden away above an old renovated garage. The shop is bright and airy and I love their selection of curated Japanese clothing brands for men.” – Phillip Hatherly, Jardin de Ville
Sights Worth Seeing
8 “We are so lucky to have St. James Park (120 King St E) in our city of ever-decreasing greenspaces. The gardens in the spring and summer are well-planted; it’s a pleasure to walk through.” – Phillip Hatherly, Jardin de Ville
9 “Feheley Fine Arts (65 George St) represents some of the best Inuit artists in Canada, such as Annie Pootoogook. It shares space with Pierre-François Ouellette, a Montreal gallery that often puts on shows here, so if you keep up with the exhibition schedule you can enjoy two shows at once.” – Stefan Sybydlo, Bulthaup
10 “There is a block of historic row houses on Berkeley Street; it feels like stepping into a different era. I also love Corktown Common Park (155 Bayview Ave) for its beautiful flowers, diverse ecosystem and cute hidden spots that provide a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown.” – Maria Raco, NewWall House