There is nothing better than stepping into a restaurant that is so beautifully designed it has your eyes glowing before you’ve even seen the menu. If you’re looking for chic and elegant spaces to enjoy delicious food Toronto definitely has some noteworthy addresses. Whether it is brunch, dinner or cocktails this city does not disappoint when it comes food in fabulous environments. From ritzy contemporary aesthetics to art deco (and everything in between!) Toronto’s vibrant restaurant scene proves sophistication comes in all colours and styles. I’ve rounded up a list of the best designed restaurants in Toronto if you’re looking for places that are feminine, fun and elegant…excellent food and amazing Instagram opportunities guaranteed!
With its candy coloured pastel interior, Cafe Cancan is pure bliss for anyone looking for a playful, quirky culinary escape. Cafe Cancan was designed by Tiffany Pratt and features confetti tiles, flamingo wallpaper and charming pillows. The menu is a contemporary take on classic French bistro fare with some of the best dishes including chilled seafood, french onion soup and signature burgers served on house made milk-buns.
Location: 89 Harbord St, Toronto
Colette Grand Café
Situated at the base of the Thompson Hotel, Colette Grand Café can be perfectly summed up in one word: lavish. The interior designer Gianpiero Pugliese took inspiration from Parisian cafes and bakeries and hence the restaurant has a distinctly European vibe. Rich drapery and sparkling chandeliers help elevate the space making guests feel like they are in the lap of luxury. The menu is purely French featuring everything from dreamy deserts to divine dinners and of course brunch can’t be missed!
Location: 550 Wellington St W
Lavelle is located 16 stories above the city in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood. The sky high views make this restaurant one of the most glamorous and trendy places to see and be seen while the formal 150 seat dining room offers an alluring environment to enjoy chef Romain Avril’s artful dishes. If you’re looking for a foodie hangout spot that is glitzy and opulent this is it.
Location: 627 King St W
Kitten & The Bear
If you’re looking for a teashop that is charming and cozy with a vintage twist look no further than Queen Street West’s Kitten & The Bear. Famous for their traditional buttermilk scones, local artisan jam and delicious assortment of teas this feminine little bakery and cafe will steal your heart in no time. The menu at Kitten & The Bear is all about tradition, quality and hominess and these values are more than reflected in the design. Complete with antique wooden chairs, white walls and the most darling cups and saucers for afternoon tea this lovely little spot will steal your heart in no time.
Location: 1574 Queen St W
Figo is a contemporary Italian inspired restaurant by Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth who can include Weslodge, Patria, Byblos and Nao in their restaurant empire. The look and feel of Figo is decidedly more feminine and soft than the duo’s other venues. Designed by Studio Munge, Figo is bright and features layered patterns and textures to heighten the sensory experience in the restaurant. The best feature in Figo is the sweeping bar which features soft curving lines. Special design features are also hidden throughout the restaurant so don’t keep your eyes glued strictly to your pizza or pasta. The ceiling is embellished with beautiful pale pink florals sure to put a smile on your face.
Location: 295 Adelaide St W
The interior design of Kiin was inspired by royal houses of Thailand. The room, which was designed by Steven Fong Architect, is eclectic and sweet. Although the restaurant has a very narrow space the thoughtful decorations add charm and a sense of magic. The walls are decked out with historical photos of the King of Thailand while the ceiling features mouldings inspired by decorations that would have been chosen for the homes of Asian royalty. Despite the majestical inspiration of aristocracy, Kiin has a decidedly cozy vibe.
Location: 326 Adelaide St W
La Palma is a sleek takeout cafe by day and chic cocktail bar by night. La Palma’s menu is clean, healthy and fresh and this is reflected in the design. The restaurant has a distinctly summery fresh energy. Interior designer Alexandra Hutchison took inspiration from Venice Beach which is evident through the playful pale green mural and marble tables. The fashion-forward vibe of La Palma isn’t just restricted to the seating area, Kim Newport-Mimran of Pink Tartan designed the staff’s uniforms to keep the La Palma experience pure aesthetic bliss.
Location: 849 Dundas St W
Take one step inside Oretta and it is clear you’re in for a treat. This fun art-deco Italian restaurant features a bold and beautiful design that will make your eyes shine. The focal point of the space is the soaring ceilings and dramatic arches. The airiness of the space balances the rich jewel tones and gorgeous light fixtures that create a feeling of luxe serendipity. As far as Italian food on King Street West goes, Oretta is the place to be for sophisticates.
Location: 633 King St W
Leña is a richly decorated South American restaurant located behind Saks Fifth Avenue. The look and feel of Leña is luxury art deco with bold design choices helping to make dining experiences here even more enticing. The centre piece of the room is a glittering black and a gold octagonal shaped bar which is accented by luscious velvet booths and leather chairs. Detail is everywhere from the patterned tiled ceilings to the wallpaper in the bathrooms. Leña features multiple stories and each one will make you say “I love this!” The unique combination of Latin styled meals and Gatsby-esque designs make this restaurant a personal favourite.
Location: 176 Yonge St
Wish is a classic as far as brunch near Bloor Street goes. Beyond just their yummy-liscious menu, the shabby chic design of the restaurant is perfection. The spirit of Wish is very bohemian with mismatched pillows and blankets scattered around the interior to add a cozy feel. Wish is very warm and inviting and as soon as you step inside you will not want to leave. In the winter a fire pit keeps the enclosed patio warm for breakfast and brunch and at night adorable candles are strewn everywhere for an evening that feels like it was it by fairies.
Located: 3 Charles St E
All of these restaurants serve amazing food and fabulous atmosphere! Now all you need to do is make a reservation.