The Best Manicure in Toronto
The best manicure in Toronto, first and foremost, is determined by the quality of the treatment. You can be lavished with bottomless mugs of rosemary tea and swathed in the soothing sounds of the latest in generic jazz, but if you don't walk out with your nails looking top-notch, you're inevitably going to feel as though you've wasted your money.
Customers of the following nail salons know no such sentiments. While they all have stellar reputations when it comes to their manicures and pedicures, many go above and beyond in creating relaxing atmospheres where you really feel like you're being pampered. Floating rose petals can have powerful effects, it seems.
Here is where to get the best manicure and pedicure in Toronto.
There is no shortage of reasons why Tips Nail Bar on the Danforth is one of the best places to go for a mani/pedi in Toronto. Its polish selection is fantastic, its space is warm and relaxing, and the quality of service is bar none. Some repeat customers say their manicures can last for weeks, though my affinity for guitar hand strumming usually puts this claim to the test. In retrospect, not the best choice of activity after a professional manicure ($25). More »
Beauty Line Nail Spa has two Toronto locations, but its King and Bathurst spa is the one that's particularly rave-worthy. While it's not unusually to find $30 mani/pedi deals at nail places around the city, Beauty Line's summer offering is a definite steal considering the quality of its treatments. More »
The Ten Spot (with locations on West Queen West and in Leslieville) touts the anti-spa experience that comes with its manicures and pedicures. That is, no footbath jets, no clunky massage chairs, and no honey-lavender-aroma-therapy treatment or anything else you don't really need for a mani/pedi on the go. It's quick, easy, and a quality job at $60 for a pair of quickies. More »
Lily of the Valley in Little Italy, on the other hand, is more about the little spa pleasures. Delicate decor, a view of the front Palmerston garden, and leather and teak chairs in which to recline as you're pampered. Manicurists are known to take their time, but usually it's well worth it. A mani/pedi at Lily of the Valley is $65. More »
And then, there's total luxury. The Stillwater Spa at the Park Hyatt goes beyond the conventional manicure and pedicure to offer specific, personalized treatments. There's its Age-Smart Manicure for, uh, well-worn hands ($83), its River Stone Pedicure with Latin American riverbed stones ($97), and its City Foot Rescue for damaged feet (sign me up, and get out the blade) for $105. More »
Fabulous Manicure Bar excels in ambiance and friendliness, and even I have trouble scoffing at a basin full of floating rose petals. Fabulous is one of those places where someone is quick to offer you a tea or terrible gossip magazine (yes please) before you sink into one of its chairs and soil the rose petals with your toes. Manicures and pedicures are in the $20 and $40 ranges respectively. More »
I love Cozy Nails for its smoothies, so forgive me if I tend to pay more attention to my drink than my nails. But the end product usually is quite satisfying, and definitely on the low end of the cost scale at just $15 for a manicure and $28 for a pedicure (or $40 together). The Yonge and Lawrence spa operates like a well-oiled machine. More »