Come film festival time, Hollywood A-listers flood Toronto, attracting faithful followers and swarms of snap-arazzi. With plenty of faces to see and places to be, we’ve narrowed down the city’s top spots to scout a starlet (or two).
The Thompson Hotel (550 Wellington St. W.)
It’s no secret that the brand-new Thompson Hotel and its Scarpetta restaurant are sure to attract an eclectic mix of young stars this September. Expect to find ingénue beauties such as Natalie Portman and Carey Mulligan, as well as Canadians like director Xavier Dolan, mingling around the rooftop pool.
Sotto Sotto (116 Avenue Rd.)
Nestled in Yorkville, Sotto Sotto restaurant is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. Past diners include Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Drake and (one-time rumoured girlfriend) Rihanna, and Jason Bateman. Fun fact: It’s even got Oprah’s seal-of-approval. She hosted a dinner party for the entire cast of Precious there last year.
ONE Restaurant and The Hazelton Hotel (116 Yorkville Ave.)
Mark McEwan serves up five-star classic French and Italian creations to all-star celebrities at this Yorkville hotel. Everyone from Brad and Angelina to George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts have frequented this hotspot.
The Room at The Bay (176 Yonge Street)
This airy Yabu Pushelberg-designed space is fast becoming Hollywood’s hautespot. Top Canadian labels like Jason Wu and Erdem abound while footwear-philes can stock up on Brian Atwood’s fall line. Former FLARE cover girl Diane Kruger and her Canuck cutie Joshua Jackson recently visited to pick up a Roland Mouret frock.
Ossington Strip (Ossington Ave. between Dupont and Queen St. W)
Far from the Yorkville scene, the Ossington strip is an under-the-radar celeb paradise. Packed with cool vintage shops, hole-in-the-wall bars and petite cafes, Ossington is the perfect escape. Mark Ruffalo, Gael Garcia Bernal and Adrian Brody were spotted whooping it up at the Dakota Tavern last year, and Drew Barrymore has frequented Sweaty Betty’s back patio on more than one occasion.
RAC Boutique (124 Cumberland St.)
The opening of this new Cumberland boutique is timed perfectly with TIFF. Featuring fashion’s most hard-to-find goods like Vivienne Westwood, RAC is sure to be a hot spot.
The Drake (1150 Queen St. W.)
Though well-known to Toronto’s key players, this Queen West bar (and boutique hotel) is still catching on with Hollywood, so it’s a key spot for young stars such as Michael Cera and his Superbad co-star Emma Stone. Scott Speedman and Rachel McAdams have also been known to check-in.