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Fashionably late breakfast
The scene: L’Ouvrier Kitchen Bar, 791 Dundas St. W.
The vibe: Stark white minimalist walls centered around a 12-seater bar. Hot pink accents (tables, aprons) break up the monochrome aesthetic.
The look: Sharp lines—think an all-black or white suit ensemble—with a bright yellow or orange clutch for a poppy burst of colour.
The dish: Fried egg sandwich, aged cheddar, house-smoked bacon, fries ($13)
Final word: “I love to catch a quick brunch at hipster hot spot L'Ouvrier, where it's perfectly acceptable to wear your Ray-Ban Wayfarers over French-press coffee and scones. –Alannah O’Neill, associate editor.
The scene: O&B Canteen, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 330 John St.
The vibe: Traditional marketplace fare with an upscale twist; the bustling sounds and bright lights of the outside King West strip add to the urban ambiance.
The look: Studded heels—did someone say Alexander McQueen?— paired with a sleek blazer.
The dish: Baked goat cheese ($11) and a glass of Pinot noir ($11)
Final word: “Last season, I grabbed a pre-show bite and glass of vino with ELLE Canada editor-in-chief Noreen Flanagan at Canteen in the TIFF Lightbox building, which is just a short walk away from the tents.” –Alannah O’Neill.
Grabbing a late-night bite during Toronto Fashion Week? Read on for our favourite hot spots...
Casual post-show eats
The scene: Cheesewerks, 56 Bathurst St.
The dish: Original grilled cheese—Balderson aged and double-smoked cheddars between two slices of cracked peppercorn sourdough bread ($7)
The vibe: The celebrated indulgence of this childhood staple served with the artisanal delicateness of the joint’s cheese connoisseur-owners, lends to its urban, foodie cred.
The look: Black leather leggings, oversized silk blouse, wedge booties.
Final word: “I’ll head straight to this low-key Toronto hot spot from the runway in my bright blue vintage YSL pumps. I like to stand out!”— Noah Lehava, web editor.
The scene: Blowfish, 668 King St. W.
The dish: Spicy tuna roll with rock shrimp ($18) and a Ginger grapefruit saketini ($15)
The vibe: Bathed in hot pink and cobalt blue lighting, this swanky sushi joint is the ultimate post-runway hangout.
The look: Anything loud: bright, colour-blocked outfits, leopard prints and bold, red lips—all at the same time.
Final word: “Even though I'm not a big sushi person, I love the tempura and hot plates at Blowfish. Plus nothing beats good sake!” –Jennifer Weatherhead, senior web editor
The scene: TOCA Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, 181 Wellington St. W.
The dish: Thunder Oak risotto ball with truffle mayo ($3) and a Bitter Bombay Bee ($16)
The vibe: This chic watering hole for the after-work crowd maintains its fashionable edge (and luxe cocktails) late into the night.
The look: A mix of Michael Kors-uptown—the ultimate Upper East Side Gossip Girl—with the elite downtown stylings of Tory Burch and Opening Ceremony.
Final word: “I love a hotel bar for its constantly evolving—and often surprising—mix of people. In that way, it’s a lot like Fashion Week! The Bitter Bombay Bee is a carefully crafted mix of gin, bitters, lemon peel and honey. Beyond delicious.”—Laura deCarufel, executive content editor
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