Now that the holiday season is over and done with, we’re in need of some serious R and R. Whether you spent it frantically hunting down last-minute Christmas gifts, stressing about cooking grand meals for your unexpectedly large parties, or looking for that perfect New Year’s Eve party, it’s safe to say we are tuckered out. And rightfully so! That means some winding down is in order and believe it or not, Toronto is the best place to do it.
Facials, spa days, nature walks, or low key bars, there’s a lot to discover in Toronto that will surely rejuvenate your soul this winter season.
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It’s a great idea to head outside and stretch those legs as much as you can. Thankfully, believe it or not, Toronto is full of peaceful hiking trails that are enjoyed by locals all year round, especially in the colder months.
Be one with nature and explore its natural wonders. Take some time out of your day to breathe, and clear your mind – these walks can help you do just that.
Where: Across Toronto
This relaxing spot is beautifully designed with influences from Paris, Marrakech and Istanbul. Their treatments are inspired by the rituals of the Middle East and include things like Hammam & Gommage (a steam and body exfoliation), a clay body masque, and a Turkish bath ritual.
Where: 188 University Ave
Toronto’s bar scene is one of the best in the world. Home to world-renowned cocktail bars and beloved local hot spots, the city clearly knows what it’s doing. But what about those low-key, hidden bars? If you’re looking for an escape from the busy city streets, check out some of these hidden bars and speakeasies in Toronto. Bar Bowie, Bar Dem, Sous Sol and so much more!
Where: Multiple spots across Toronto
With two locations, Formula Fig has made its mark as a top spot for the ultimate facial. Whether you decide to drop in, book in advance or even get a membership, Formula Fig will aid you in your skincare journey and you’ll leave rejuvenated every single time. What a way to unwind.
Where: 50 Ossington Avenue & 1238 Yonge Street
Eager to try something new? Perhaps you’re looking for a new coffee shop, something low-key, and really knows its stuff. Though Toronto is home to what feels like an endless number of coffee shops, picking where to go is possibly the most difficult task.
Why not opt for something less… typical and check out some of the hidden cafes scattered across the city.
Where: Multiple locations in the city
If there’s one thing Sous La Face is known for, it’s their trademarked treatment, the RRR. This treatment “naturally stimulates the facial muscles to release the tension that builds up over time in the soft tissue pulling our facial muscles downward. This stimulation boosts collagen production, increases skin elasticity, facial blood flow, and lymphatic drainage to bring life back to your face,” according to its site. It’s worth the splurge!
Where: 182 Davenport Road
Boba enthusiasts, you’re in luck. Toronto is home to so many incredible bubble tea spots with fresh and chewy tapioca, decadent milk flavours, and refreshing fruit creations that will satisfy all of your cravings.
And if you’re looking for a perfect excuse to catch up with a friend this new year, a bubble tea run is a must.
Where: Multiple spots across the country
Looking for a hot stone massage? This is one of the best Toronto spas for exactly that. This gorgeous chain specializes in your rest and relaxation through its many massage types available. Just take a peek at their extensive menu to see what we’re talking about. They’ve got Swedish massages, deep tissue massages, sports massages, trigger point massages, prenatal massages, and more. Whew, that’s a lot of massages.
Where: Find your nearest location here.
Winter can be depressing but it doesn’t have to be! Lift your spirits up and enjoy a happy hour deal. Grab some friends and chow down on some delicious eats, sip on cocktails and live for the company. It’s a great way to end your work day post NYE.
Where: Bars and restaurants across the city.
Enjoy your relaxing time in the city!