Your Holiday Entertainment Guide at 123 Portland
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we’ve put together the ultimate guide on how to celebrate and prepare for holiday entertaining at 123 Portland. Our boutique luxury mid-rise condo in the heart of Toronto’s King West neighbourhood is located near both the Fashion District and Entertainment District, putting you steps away from some of the city’s best dining, shopping, and grocery stores. From 123 Portland’s artfully designed amenities, perfect for socializing and entertaining, to the many charming shops and attractions in the King West neighbourhood, you have everything you need nearby and at home to get in the festive spirit and prepare for the holidays. Connect with loved ones while celebrating holiday festivities and traditions, enjoy the city’s holiday light shows, and hit up holiday markets. Get ready to feel the festive cheer in the air at our favourite go-to spots near 123 Portland, perfect for the holiday season.
123 Portland’s ideal location in the heart of the Fashion District means you’re close to a plethora of trendy shops and boutiques. You can pick up the perfect gift right on Portland St at the Portland Market. Portland Market is a plant-based shop with biophilic arts and botanical plant supplies. Support this neighbourhood business by shopping their selection of plants, pots, food, and gift items like candles, gemstone bracelets, and essential oils. Portland Market gives you the opportunity to shop conveniently online and pick up in store or make an appointment to browse in person with their limited store hours.
For the person in your life who loves fashion, check out Livestock on Spadina, Canada's source for designer footwear, apparel, accessories & homeware, or head to Mama Loves You on Queen St W, a vintage clothing boutique. There are also many shops in the neighbourhood where you can find unique gifts and cards, such as Outer Layer on Queen St W and the TIFF Shop on King St W.
When you need a break from holiday shopping, you can fuel up and warm up with a cup of coffee and adaptogen-focused eats from Beatrice Society Café on Richmond. Located just a 3 minute walk from 123 Portland, Beatrice Society Café’s welcoming space is the perfect place to grab high-quality coffee during your midday shopping break. Beatrice Society Café is great for all things wellbeing. Shop online or offline for an assortment of curated, evidence-based wellness products to gift this year.
To get your home ready for the holidays, you can visit CB2 on Queen St W. This modern furniture store in old Toronto has all your holiday decorating needs covered. CB2’s holiday collection features Hannukuh decor, Christmas decor (like ornaments, trees & wreaths, tabletop & bar pieces, and fireplace & mantel decor), as well as holiday gifts. CB2 offers a variety of services to make your home decor shopping experience seamless, from free design consultations to in-store shopping appointments to video appointments with a personal shopper who can walk you through the store.
Stocking up for a holiday feast? Head to Rowe Farms, located right on Portland! Rowe Farms is a sustainable market that sells sustainably raised, locally grown, minimally processed, organic foods. Rowe Farms offers a variety of products, including frozen foods and pre-prepared foods, helping take the stress out of holiday cooking.
If you’re in charge of hosting your family and friends this year for a holiday party, The Kitchen Bar + Dining Room at 123 Portland is just the spot. The showstopping amenity space features both a kitchen and bar and its functional layout is perfectly adaptable for private events. You can easily book the space using your Minto Intelligence app on your smartphone. Want to make your night extra special? Hire a private chef or have your event catered. For something a little more lowkey, The Lounge, which features seating, an embellished fireplace, and a mounted TV, is a great hangout spot for relaxing and socializing.
Though a joyous time, the holidays can also be a busy and stressful time. If you need a break from cooking, take yourself out for lunch or dinner at one of the many foodie destinations in the area around King West. Some favourites in the area include Oretta, which serves Italian fare and modern day classics, and Lapinou, a roomy bistro serving French fare for dinner and brunch. After all that holiday cooking and baking, it’ll feel nice to be waited on for a change! We also recommend visiting Forno Cultura’s King West location to experience delicious Italian breads and sandwiches and pick up some artisanal pastries to bring with you to your next holiday party.
To top off the holiday activities, take a drive or easy streetcar ride over to The Distillery Winter Village. It’ll be hard not to feel the magic of the holiday season while strolling the cobblestone streets and gazing at the twinkling lights at this annual holiday event. Along with The Distillery Historic District's 65+ local shops, restaurants, and cafés, the Distillery Winter Village also features vendor cabins offering specially curated seasonal items and gifts, and delicious food cabins.
When you live at 123 Portland, in one of the city’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, you have easy access to the best of Toronto’s art, culture, entertainment, dining, and shopping!
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