25 Things We Love About Vaughan & Beyond
As the city steps out of its sundress and into a cosy fall sweater, the new season inspires new adventures. Be sure to check these must-tries off your early autumn to-do list!
You might catch us stuffing our faces here with a lemon and Baci chocolate ice cream. Whatever flavour entices your palate, La Paloma serves up traditional Italian gelato often hailed as a go-to treat after dinner.
After a long workweek, kick back and relax with a case of local beer from Lake Wilcox Brewing Co. Created by Richmond Hill’s very own David De Ciantis and Ray Nicolini, their brew blends distinct flavours, making it favourable sipping material on a day off.
Take a hike on one of Kortright Centre’s beautiful trails. There’s something for everyone, including forest survival skill classes and corporate venue spaces. Upcoming nuptials? We love that you can tie the knot here in a forest ceremony.
With its Tiffany-blue colour scheme, this vegan bakeshop and café feels as carefree as it is gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free and preservative-free. Its menu is as stylish as its vibe, making Sorelle and Co. a poetic setting for catching up with dear friends over artisan lattes and melt-in-your-mouth treats.
5. Il Piccolo Forno Pasticceria Bakery & Cafe
40 Innovation Dr., Unit 12, Vaughan
Nothing’s quite like a fresh batch of cannoli, ready to share with friends over cappuccinos after a quick lunch. We can’t help but swoon over Il Piccolo Forno’s creamy pastries when we’re in the mood for something sweet.
6. Peartree and Clover
Greater Toronto Area
This gifted artisan’s work brings sweetness to any type of event. Peartree and Clover will equip you with beautiful papercraft in the form of invitations, signage and other décor to bring your celebration to the next level.
Go on and pamper yourself! Visit Tony Prochilo and his team of stylists at Studio One Salon and let them push the refresh button on your hair. You’ll be walking out of there with a stunning new cut and colour for fall.
Beauty specialist Melissa Piazza loves sharing her expertise and knowledge of the beauty industry with those around her. With an educational background in esthetics and makeup, she’ll make you look photo-shoot-worthy in no time!
Celebrating its first anniversary this summer, XXI Chophouse continues to excite diners with first-rate meals and an upscale vibe. The modern steakhouse in Kleinburg, led by owners Ben and Marc Graci, offers patrons premium aged beef, fresh seafood and an extensive wine and scotch collection.
2354 Major Mackenzie Dr. W., Unit 9, Maple
WaffleU is everyone’s dream come true: imagine Nutella drizzled over fresh ice cream, juicy strawberries and a made-to-order Liège waffle. Did you know that owner and trained pastry chef Alex Puzo only makes 99 of these fresh waffles per business day? Once they’re gone, you’ll have to wait until next time.
Tee off on an impeccable golf course during the summer, and then hit the slopes in the winter! Uplands Golf and Ski Club has versatile amenities to keep everyone entertained, no matter the season.
Everyone remembers school trips to Black Creek Pioneer Village. It’s an educational yet fun experience for people of all ages to brush up on history, learn how things were made as well as acknowledge life without modern inventions such as electricity (gasp!).
A getaway without the jet lag? Yes, please! Check in at the top-notch Novotel hotel in Vaughan, which boasts a salt-water pool and the luxurious Trio Restaurant, plus complimentary parking and free Wi-Fi (yay!).
There are floral arrangements, and then there are Edible Arrangements. Masterpieces crafted with colourful fruits dipped in chocolate are definite smile-makers for anyone receiving these as gifts. P.S.: Edible Arrangements make great corporate snacks at meetings too.
There’s a reason why brides gush over the beauty, elegance and overall design of these custom creations. Fine Cakes by Zehra makes towering wonders of extravagant detail, looking all too pretty to cut and serve to guests.
Own your party with a personalized dance floor decal or bright marquee lights with your initials. Event Graffiti dominates customization with a wide range of décor to add extra flair to any wedding or milestone celebration.
Hate seeing cars with rims that don’t match? Yeah, neither do we. SimplyTire will help you pick out the right set of rims and tires so you can hit the road in style. There’s an abundance of selection and price points to choose from, which earns SimplyTire its stars.
Imagine eating dinner every night on a beautifully crafted, live-edge table, or enjoying a cup of tea upon a one-of-a-kind bench. Looking for furniture to complete your space? Artemano is the spot for timeless, eye-catching pieces.
Who knew healthy and organic food had its own delivery service in the Greater Toronto Area? Say hello to Mama Earth Organics, a service providing local and organic yumminess to feed everyone’s tummies.
And they’re off! Exhilarating horse races at Woodbine Racetrack bring families together as they cheer on the horse they predict to win, all while enjoying a Sunday afternoon eating soft pretzels and pizza slices.
21. A1 Autostrada
3255 Rutherford Rd., Vaughan
905-760-8338 / @a1autostrada
Have you seen the dishes at A1 Autostrada? It’s almost as if Leonardo Da Vinci himself designed the various plates, which range from mouth-watering smoked duck breast to porcini and mixed mushroom risotto.
Alleluia! The Burger’s Priest delivers big on premium ground beef and delicious toppings. What more can you ask for? Well, maybe a secret menu … but our prayers have already been answered!
You can’t cheer on Italy without wearing an Azzurri jersey — it’s just not heard of. Angelo De Luca, the face of Toronto Italians Boutique, will assist you with just that. He’s got everything to help Italian Canadians show off their cultural pride.
Unleash your inner Hawkeye or Katniss Everdeen while playing archery tag with your squad. Currently, The Archery Game is the only facility of its kind in York Region, offering the perfect fusion of archery with dodgeball.
Every girl needs to have her nails done — especially during a spa party. It’s only natural, then, that groups of tweens come together to celebrate with Glama Gal’s array of fun spa services.