Hot Stops: Spring Edition

March 22, 2022

We tour you through Toronto’s latest and greatest retailers and restaurants. —Lauren Walker-Lee

smythe. What began as a goal to perfect the woman’s blazer has turned into a global brand of suit-ing, dresses and separates available in 250 doors worldwide—and, now, Smythe has a store all its own. Located on a perfect strip in Summerhill, the boutique is a vision of soothing colours and materials boasting locally made furniture and fixtures and includes the introduc-tion of SmytheHouse—a new collection of archetypal silhouettes reimagined in season-less hues and fabrics. The label is also celebrating its new flagship with the launch of its first fra-grance and interior perfume: a captivating scent of tailored wood and feminine notes. 116 Yonge St., 647-352-9737,

moscot. N.Y.C. eyewear brand Moscot has opened its first Canadian outpost in Yorkville. Shop the brand’s bold-rimmed opticals and sunglasses along with cool-yet-classic shapes taken from the archives while you check out the tchotchkes and vintage family artifacts that fill the Cumberland corner space. 153 Cumberland Ave., 437-837-1201,

fable. Shopping for your dreamy table-scape just got easier. Concepted in Vancouver and made in Portugal, Fable has opened its first outpost in Toronto, adjacent to Aesop in Trinity Bell-woods. The brand’s collections of sustainably crafted tableware collections are thoughtfully considered, with colours that seamlessly interchange and compliment your home—think creamy hues of dove grey, speckled white and blush. The aesthetically pleasing organic shapes of Fable’s stoneware, coupled with beautiful Belgian linens, two-tone flatware and sophisticated glassware, sets the stage to entertain and make memories around your table—and Pinterest-perfect posting. 878 Queen St. W., 437-291-2099,

gia. Here is plant-based Italian that cannot be missed. Adding to the already cosmopolitan eating mecca of Dundas West, this new favourite amongst the “veg” crowd re-opened its doors after undergoing a transition. Jenny Coburn, who turned her former Ufficio into this new establishment along with partner Stacey Patterson, knew that it was time to shed the pescatarian skin of her former space and go full plant-forward, with food that’s swoon-y for both the eyes and the palette. Try vegan crab cakes with bagna càuda, herb salad and lemon vinaigrette, or papardelle Bolognese with pasta made in house, with a glass of biodynamic or all-natural wine. 1214 Dundas St. W., 416-535-8888,

restaurant le melon. When life hands you melons … what do you do? Chef Brandon Olsen of La Banane fame took the plight of the pandemic and turned it into a sold-out fine-dining experience for guests in the comfort of their own homes. He and wife Brittany (who works the “front of house”) bring the chef’s table to you with their mobile full-service Restaurant Le Melon. Embark on a “loosely French” multicourse menu custom created to cater to the desires and vibe of the gathering. Available for eight-plus people, the experience comes with wine. Dishes have included marble squid ink lobster ravioli, Brandon’s much loved fried chicken and, commonly, the BC Tuna Crudo. @lemelonresto


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