Luxury Travel Tips for the Toronto International Film Festival

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Staying in a luxury hotel while attending the Toronto International Film Festival is luxury travel at its finest. However, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the number of films, venues, restaurants, and shops in Toronto. Here are some expert recommendations for luxury travel to Toronto during tiff.

Where to Stay

If you want to stay near celebrities then you’ll want to be either in the heart of downtown or in Yorkville. Yorkville is the heart of luxury travel, shopping, and dining in Toronto. Bloor Street is the main shopping avenue, but be sure to check out the stylish boutiques along Cumberland Street, Yorkville Avenue, Avenue Road, and Bay Street. The downtown core is also a popular dining and shopping destination. During tiff, many celebrities frequent hotels like the Ritz Carlton, the Drake Hotel, and the Four Seasons. Speaking of celebrities…

Where to Spot Celebrities

One of the best places to spot celebrities is directly outside the tiff Bell Lightbox. The Princess of Wales Theatre hosts some of the festival’s highest profile film premieres, which also tend to have the biggest stars. Many stars attend the premieres, so the red carpet outside The Princess of Wales Theatre is another great place to spot celebs. Luxury travel is just so much better with celebrities.

Where to Party

The most exclusive parties are usually held at Soho House. These parties are typically guest-list only, and even Soho House members can’t usually get in. One way to try to get around this is to befriend someone with a press pass and see if they will take you in with them.

The renowned DJ Nikki Beach also sets up at The Spoke Club for a tiff weekend (typically the first one). Celebrities have been known to stop in to hang out on The Spoke Club’s luxurious rooftop patio.

Where to Relax

Even luxury travel can be extremely tiring, especially if you’re traipsing across Toronto to catch films at different venues. Yorkville spas offer the height of luxury. Toronto has a wide variety of spas that cater to every desire and price point. Check out for reviews and prices.

Where to Shop

Luxury travel in Toronto must include a serious shopping spree. For designer brands check out Bloor Street (Yorkville) and don’t miss Canada’s luxury department store Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street. For great indie boutiques and vintage fashion, check out Queen Street West, and don’t stop at Bathurst, West Queen Street West is an upcoming area with amazing coffee shops and jewellery, furniture, and vintage shops. If you want to enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of a mall, both Yorkdale (at Yorkdale subway station) and Eaton’s Centre (at Dundas subway station) are destination shopping centres. Both malls offer a variety of mid-market and upscale designer stores, so they cater to every taste. Eaton’s Centre has the added advantage of being across from The Ryerson Theatre and the Elgin Theatre, so if you have some time to kill in between films, you can zip in for a quick look.

Ensure that luxury travel in Toronto is truly luxurious and enjoy the best of tiff and the city.