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Oh, Toronto, home of the skyline-piercing CN Tower, the perpetually disappointing Maple Leafs – the hockey team, not the foliage – and an International Film Festival. There’s no shortage of stylish homes you can stay in while visiting Drizzy’s hometown. From the shores of Lake Ontario to the vintage shop-packed Queen Street West, book into one of the coolest vacation rentals in Toronto with Culture Trip.
With stained-glass windows salvaged from the iconic Honest Ed’s discount store a couple of blocks down Bathurst Street, this one-bedroom apartment has history woven into its architecture. Heated floors, a metallic feature splashback and plenty of bespoke woodwork add contemporary comforts to this turn-of-the-century property, which is typical of the Annex, a bohemian neighborhood on the northern edge of downtown. You’ll be within walking distance of the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum and the grand Casa Loma mansion.
You’re only a 20-minute walk east of the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto, here. However, when you’re nestled on the comfy leather couch with your feet up in front of the roaring fireplace, you could swear you were hiding in some remote log cabin in the Rockies. This tiny one-bedroom loft boasts more exposed timber than a virgin forest, an old-school log fire and a breezy outdoor hammock for summer. This cottage’s cozy feel extends to the neighborhood it calls home – laid-back Leslieville is littered with organic grocers, relaxed cafes, plus artisanal butchers, bakeries and cheese shops.
This is an updated version of an article originally created by Sahar Aman.