"Toronto," said Steve Martin on 30 Rock, "is just like New York, but without all the stuff." He was only partly right. Thanks to its Victorian roots, the city has, for a long time, actually had stuff—it just wasn't very exciting. In the past decade, however, the capital of Ontario has shed its provincial sensibilities. It's now teeming with modern-art galleries, high-concept restaurants, and fashion-forward boutiques, making for a cosmopolitan weekend of northern exposure.
Where to Shop in Toronto
At Klaxon Howl, owner Matt Robinson sells vintage military gear that comes with backstories: When you buy a pair of double-buckle boots, you'll learn they were made in the 1960s for the French Foreign Legion. That shawl-collar denim utility coat? There's a photo of it draped on its original owner at an alpine base camp in 1944. The store's new products, which include Belstaff jackets and an in-house line of chambray shirts (designed with tobacco pockets) and Japanese selvage denim, feel equally authentic. 694R Queen St. W., 647-436-6628; klaxonhowl.com