Meghan Markle moved to Toronto in 2011 to play Rachel Zane in Suits. The actress, foodie, blogger and humanitarian made the Canadian city her adoptive home along with her two rescue dogs. The California native created a cozy home that showed off her effortless elegant style and made a tight group of friends that eventually introduced her to Harry.
A Normal Life
“We shot the pilot for the show in New York, and then they told us the series was going to shot [in Toronto], and we were all surprised. You’re getting your bearings, figuring out your new neighbourhood, and all those things…and now it’s just home. I’m an Annex girl, I love it… as you experience with Canadians, you know—just the nicest people in the world!” Meghan said of adjusting to life in Toronto.
"It's really funny because I think as much of a big city as Toronto is, it's so different from L.A. or New York," Meghan Markle said. "There is no paparazzi so it’s really easy to just have a normal life where you are not getting dressed for the day and worried about that element of it.”
For several months of the year from 2011 until 2017 Meghan Markle rented 10 Yarmouth Road in the Annex neighbourhood. She had 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a 2-car garage and a fully furnished basement to call her own.
The Foodie Scene
Meghan was pleasantly surprised by the Toronto foodie scene. “It’s a solid food scene. Coming from L.A. I was worried about not being able to have all those same flavours I love so much and that level of dining, but it’s very comparable in the melting pot of it all here, and how diverse Toronto is, which I love, especially being biracial, I love that there’s so much culture and diversity.
When asked about her favorite restaurants Meghan listed “The Harbord Room, Bar Isabel, Union, and Fresh (where I get my green juices and vegan fare).” She also frequented the exclusive Soho House on Adelaide Street West.
“Hands down, my favorite restaurant in Toronto (and beyond), is The Harbord Room. That kitchen puts out consistently amazing food. Everything from their burger (which is my last meal kind of meal), to their beautiful seafood and seasonal dishes, it’s just a perfect dinner in the most craveable setting. It’s where I send everyone who comes to town – from editors to friends and family.”
Moksha Yoga Lover
Meghan’s daily routine while living in Canada and shooting Suits was “I always try to squeeze in a hot yoga class or good run in the morning before work (unless I have a 5am call time, in which case, I relish the extra sleep). And post work, you can generally find me in a bath tub with a glass of wine.”
Meghan is a lover of yoga following her mother’s example, a yoga teacher, and said that in Toronto she fell in love with Moksha yoga. It started in Toronto and I love Moksha, I am devoted to it. Now they have it in New York and L.A. too, so I’m done.”
Meghan often posted pics of her two adorable dogs Bogart and Guy when she was still on Instagram.
She would bring her beloved dogs to the Trinity Bellwoods Park in the trendy West Queen West neighbourhood.
She frequently shared photos of her meals on Instagram. Food lover and writer of the now defunct blog The Tig not only ate up the food scene, but loves to cook at home. “I make lots of soups. I’ll sautée a mirepoix, add some vegetables and stock and either have a chunky vegetable soup or purée it in the Vitamix. Changing the vegetables and seasoning makes this transition from a spicy Latin soup to something with a more Asian flare so I don’t get bored. It’s so easy and satisfying.”
Who would make up her dream dinner party? “Anthony Bourdain, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, and my best friend Lindsay. Those are solid chefs and foodies that I would be in awe of eating with, but that wouldn’t feel intimidating to cook for because they seem fun. And I would just want Linds there to giggle about all of it with me.”
While neighbours helped Meghan maintain her privacy even as news of her Royal Romance spread, they swear they once saw Meghan dressed up for Halloween with Harry.
Photos of Meghan’s Toronto home reveal a taste for beachy Gray Malin photography.
“My mom bought me my first Gray Malin print 7 years ago but Coogee Beach Horizontal is the specific piece that felt like the ray of sunshine I needed in my Toronto pied-à-terre to warm the space especially on chilly days.”
Meghan shares an affinity for travel with this globetrotting photographer. “We both embrace a life of wanderlust! There’s that amazing quote; “Traveling is about the glorious feeling of teetering in the unknown.” I feel that is a huge part of both Gray and my ethos; so, there’s a lot of synergy here.”
Meghan commissioned this custom sketch from artist Inslee Fariss and hung it in a spare room.
Candles, Books and Flowers
Meghan loves neutrals in her wardrobe and to decorate her home.
Despite her two dogs, she chose white furniture and cream-colored throws.
She also used gilded gold antique mirrors to add a royal gleam.
She once spent a sick day organizing her shoes.
Punctuated with fresh flowers, tall plants, scented candles and her books, Meghan added color with her favorite things.
Meghan’s mother nicknamed her Flower.
She often treated herself to fresh flowers and posted pictures of her roses and peonies on Instagram.
Her favorite books include Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington, The Kinfolk Table, and The Little Prince.
In her backyard, Meghan grew hydrangeas and put them in jam jars.
Her dogs also enjoyed the space like any other humans.
BONUS: [PICS] Meghan Markle’s Toronto House