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With a new hotel in Prince Edward County and a freshly opened Toronto restaurant, Drake Hotel founder Jeff Stober is a busy man. The culture lover takes a breather to tell us about his favourite hot spots.

Jeff StoberPhoto: Kayla Rocca

01. Sydney’s
I’m shopping here so much these days, you could call it my own private label: well-tailored, bespoke menswear and shoes at really good price points. I mix what I get here with T-shirts from our own line called Shared, available at the Drake General Store.

682 Queen St. W., 416-603-3369,

02. Trattoria Giancarlo

You know everyone here – it’s like coming home. They have excellent beef carpaccio and outstanding pastas, and I love the fact that you walk through the kitchen line en route to the table.

41 Clinton St., 416-533-9619,

03. Drake One Fifty

It’s kind of like the Drake without beds; it’s a Canadian brasserie with art and music going from morning to night. The menu has grilled sardines, a ton of oysters, rotisserie chicken – the classics.

150 York St., 416-363-6150,

04. Equinox Gym

Because I split my time between here and NYC, I was thrilled when they opened a new Equinox at Bay and Wellington. They’ve got great spin classes, and there’s a very uptempo vibe and good equipment – and a New Yorker’s attitude.

199 Bay St., 647-497-5158,

05. Design Exchange

Since Shauna Levy took the helm, they’re simply hitting it out of the park. They are curating great shows and throwing great parties; they’re acting as a virtual town square for the design community of Toronto. We’re having an important cultural moment in Toronto, from interior design and architecture to web and fashion design.

234 Bay St., 416-363-6121,

06. The Power Plant

It’s a leading contemporary gallery-slash-museum with really strong curation. They’re bringing important contemporary artists from around the world into our city. Plus, the location on the lake is really appealing.

231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949,




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