The Best Manicure in Toronto
The 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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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