Posted July 10, 2017

News From the 6ix: Kimpton Comes to Toronto


It’s impossible to resist the appeal of Toronto, the cosmopolitan cultural and entertainment hub that seamlessly blends international flare with classic Canadian geniality.

We certainly couldn’t, which is why we’re thrilled to announce that Kimpton will arrive in the city’s posh Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood in mid-2018. Here’s a look into what we’ve got our eye on:

It’s awe at first sight with the glittering Michael Lee-Chin crystal facade at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Downtown Sophistication with a Boho Edge

We loved the idea of putting down roots in a part of the city where artistic cool and luxury intermingle for a totally distinctive vibe. We think of our 189-room hotel, steps away from both the Royal Ontario Museum and Yorkville’s renowned high-end shops, as the kind of social gathering space that will capture the spirit of this chic, dynamic neighborhood.

Our hotel’s central downtown location will allow for full advantage of the countless diversions to discover all around the city, like…

A Flourishing, Globally-Influenced Dining Scene

Polpo e vongole at Buca Yorkville (Photo credit: Rick O’Brien)

Toronto is gaining international recognition for its vibrant multicultural identity, which has also been a boon for its burgeoning reputation as a foodie destination. A quick walk from the hotel will bring you to some of the city’s most celebrated French (Chabrol), seafood (Buca Yorkville) and of-the-moment (Brothers Food & Wine) restaurants. Comprised of more than 130 neighborhoods, including Little Italy, Koreatown, Little Portugal, Greek Town and multiple Chinatowns, there are endless cuisines to be sampled throughout the city.

Markets, Boutiques and More

St. Lawrence Market holds down the grocery court with fresh produce and seasonal fare.

A browser’s paradise, the uber-hip West Queen West strip is brimming with indie galleries, boutiques and furniture stores, and was recently lauded by Vogue as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world. The hipster-meets-hippie enclave of Kensington Market, which features an eclectic mix of vintage shops, cafes, independent grocers and restaurants, makes for a truly unique shopping experience. If cruising farmer’s markets are more your thing, stop by St. Lawrence Market in Old Toronto or the Evergreen Brick Works Farmer’s Market (Saturdays only) in Rosedale.

Outdoor Recreation Fit for All Energy Levels

Canadians love the outdoors, so even their cities feature an embarrassment of riches when it comes to getting fresh air. Kick back and relax in the lush green spaces of Trinity Bellwoods or High Park, or stroll along The Beaches neighborhood for that “laid-back-beach-town-within-a-city” vibe. A quick ferry ride from downtown brings you to Toronto Island, which offers a myriad of open-air activities like kayaking, bike rentals and nature paths.

Cultural and Artistic Attractions

Ontario indie rock band Constantines pump up the crowd (Photo credit: Malcolm Cook/Massey Hall)

Music fans can rock out, or listen politely, at local-approved venues, like the Danforth Music Hall or the iconic Massey Hall. For museum enthusiasts, the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario or the Design Exchange seriously inspire. Film buffs may want to catch an indie flick at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the buzzy home base for the Toronto International Film Festival each September.

Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something to love in this diverse, lively city to the north.