What $500 Buys in Toronto

Steven Noble

And in Toronto, a host of new establishments have sprung up downtown, especially around the entertainment district, home of the annual Toronto International Film Festival. There’s the TIFF Bell Lightbox theater, which debuted for the event last fall, and the much-anticipated Ritz-Carlton, opening this month.

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The VIP after-hours tour for four of the “Maharaja” exhibit at the Frank Gehry–redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario. Henry Royce’s last custom Rolls-Royce and Cartier’s largest single-commissioned diamond necklace are two of the treasures on display. Through April 3; ago.net.

One night in a Lake View Deluxe King room, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Ontario, at the new Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. The 53-story hotel has 267 rooms, a 13,000-square-foot spa and a restaurant featuring Canadian-inspired cuisine helmed by Tom Brodi, formerly of celebrated Toronto dining spot Canoe. ritzcarlton.com.

Two oxygen facials at Gee Beauty along with the purchase of a Le Labo candle and perfume at the owners’ new concept store next door, 6 By Gee Beauty. The four-month-old shop offers a carefully edited selection of beauty and travel items, plus Canada’s only Le Labo fragrance bar. 6bygeebeauty.com.

Two rounds of Hot Toddies (there are four types) and pecan pie for ten people at Sixteenth Floor, the Thompson Toronto’s über-exclusive private rooftop bar. The 102-room hotel—the first international location from the Thompson brand—opened in Central King West Village in June. thompsonhotels.com.

Dinner for six, plus two bottles of Pinot Noir from Canadian winery Tawse, at Quatrefoil in Dundas. The ten-month-old French eatery serves inventive twists on dishes like grilled quail and roasted scallops in an elegant former Victorian home. quatrefoilrestaurant.com.

As of January, 1 Canadian dollar = $1.