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The Best Manicure in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 25, 2014

best manicure torontoThe best manicure in Toronto is a perfect mix of polish artistry, attentive care, a relaxing environment - and, ideally, value for cash. Toronto is filled with manicure options, from mom-and-pop shops to highest of the high-end luxury spas, but the best in Toronto have managed to set themselves apart, each in their own ways.

Some have hopped on the nail-art bandwagon, treating clients' fingers like tiny canvases for the latest trends; others throw in little extras and bonuses as a treat for their visitors (hello, mini-massages). Many of them, however, pride themselves on simply doing nails cheaper, faster, and better than the next guy. Whatever you're looking for in a nail salon, you're going to leave looking like a perfect 10.

Here are the best manicures in Toronto.

See also:

Cheap manicure pedicure bars in Toronto
The Best Spas in Toronto
The Best Waxing Salons in Toronto
The top 10 places to get your makeup done in Toronto

Tips Nails Bar

Tips Nails Bar

Toronto’s best nail salon is found on the Danforth, where Tips, beloved by fashion editors and magazine stylists, turns out perfect manicure after perfect manicure (the basic “speedy” is $22). They do it all, including special treatments and cutting-edge nail art, with a precise, steady hand. More »

Pinky Nails

Pinky Nails

Not to be confused with the outrageous nail-art mecca by the same name on Richmond St., this nail spot at Church and Shuter offers a warm, cozy atmosphere (no sterile-looking white walls here) and thorough $18 manicure service. They’ll even throw in a complimentary shoulder rub while your nails dry. (Magic.) More »

Lucy Nails

Lucy Nails

Lucy is one of the city’s best-kept manicure secrets (or maybe not, since it’s often packed). The Junction shop offers a basic manicure for a bargain $8; pedicures will set you back $18. (Shellac is an unheard-of $20.) Despite the price, it’s not entirely spartan - the space is clean, the staff are friendly, and the pedi stations are outfitted with massage chairs. More »

Urban Nails

Urban Nails

Located at Broadview and Danforth, Urban Nails is the undisputed king of manicure salons in a neighbourhood already saturated with options. The modern decor (and free tea or water) add wow factor, but the real appeal lies in the scrupulous cleanliness of the salon and the handiwork of the 15 or so technicians on staff. A basic manicure will run you $15. More »

Yeti Nails

Yeti Nails

This duo of abominable snowman-free salons (one near Richmond and Spadina, the other at College and Bay) is a favourite for quick, efficient manicures (starting at $15). Though it's not the most luxurious nail spot around, staff are pleasant and friendly, and the service is mega-efficient. More »

Nailsense

Nailsense

Nailsense is a modern, minimalist nail salon at Yonge and Glencairn. Regulars love the place for its quiet, relaxing vibe and thorough nail techs. Shockingly enough, considering the uptown location and atmosphere, a basic manicure will run you just $15. More »

Gee Beauty

Gee Beauty

This upscale salon and beauty supply store rounds out the list with a little Rosedale luxury. They’re best known for waxing and brow threading, but their manicures ($25 and up) are a local fave. If your hands need a little more love than the basic buffing, shaping and polishing their 30-minute manicure covers, they also offer paraffin treatments and a chemical peel treatment. More »

Get Gelled

Get Gelled

Get Gelled, located just off Yonge north of Wellesley, does a brisk trade in gel manicures, with formulations and colours specially imported from the owner's native South Korea. But they're also a major hot spot for nail art, with a portfolio that ranges from skulls to florals to ombre fades. Basic manicures start at $16. More »

Buffer

Buffer

This screaming-lime green salon offers a clean, affordable nail option on Ossington, livened up by the fun, friendly staff. (Basic pedicures are $20 and shellac manis for $25; throw in a scrub for another $7.) They also offer a free lip wax with any service, if that’s something you’re into. More »

Discussion

11 Comments

Lee / August 25, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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I have only been to Urban Nails out of the 9 on this list and I can say that it's definitely the best nail salon that I have ever been to (I tried many other nail salons prior to Urban Nails). I've been a faithful customer for the past 3 years and I doubt I'll ever leave. If you're super picky about details, Tom is the way to go (he's amazing and gives the best hand and feet rubs), and if you're a gel/artificial nail type of person, then Kevin is the way to go. The staff here is sweet and Alex is hilarious and just so nice. Super clean too... not sketchy at all!!!
EC / August 25, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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I. LOVE. NAILSENSE.

The muted-with-subtitles chickflicks on the screen put you in a trance. Before you know it, your shellac is ready...if only Channing Tatum was there to see it IRL :(
bd / August 25, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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The Nail Boutique at Yonge and St. Clair is my favourite.
CVG / August 25, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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Cozy Nails on Yonge just north of Lawrence is my fave. Great colour selection and your mani-pedi comes with a complimentary smoothie :) Plus they play some great movies and have a candy bar at the drying station.
sophiak / August 25, 2014 at 04:15 pm
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It would be useful to state what was considered as a "good manicure" when this list was made, because some technicians at some of these places can't even hold the nail file correctly, so what's left for the rest?
Jane / August 25, 2014 at 06:12 pm
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Star Nails at Kingston Road and Victoria Park is a great place if you're in the east. Super clean/modern, and they pay a lot of attention to detail/never let you leave with sloppy work. I go there to get my eyebrows waxed as well and they do a way better, faster and cheaper job than Fuzz Wax Bar (and only $8!)
Miss Swan / August 25, 2014 at 09:36 pm
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Always go to a Salon that doesn't understand that "Nail" has a plural.

eg. "Pretty Nail"
Alice / August 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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I've tried Urban Nails and it was a nice environment, always on the go but it was a hit and miss. I recommend Beauty Room if you are in the Liberty Village area. You get a one on one service by the super talented Amanda, who also owns the business. She's soooo patient and does amazing Shellac. I've super tiny nails and always hate it when nails aren't painted close enough to cuticles. Amanda also offers facials and other services. Very convenient for a one stop for beauty needs!
erica / August 26, 2014 at 02:18 am
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:eft out Hard Rock nails!! They do some really cool work, the salon has a cool vibe and the staff is very friendly :)
hair salons toronto / August 27, 2014 at 04:37 pm
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Oh, yes, Pinky Nails on Church in Downtown it is actually always packed and I believe they do a good job, there are several friends of mine that go there.
NStyle / November 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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HYGIENE FIRST.

A lot of people do not think about hygiene when it comes to choosing where to get their nails done. To me this is number 1 criteria. There salons out there offering cheap manicures and pedicure but ladies everything in life come at a price. a cheap pedicure might end up costing you a fungal infection. Nail salons with such low prices have to cut corners in order for them to pay their bills. So be careful

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