Celebrating nearly 130 years in the business, this venerable Canadian jewellery house is still going strong. Occupying a stately corner of the upmarket ManuLife Centre, this branch is the most pleasant. In an attempt to shed its conservative reputation, the company recently hired noted fashion journalist Holly Brubach (former style editor of the New York Times Magazine) for a revamp. The 'new Birks' now offers more bling, from diamond-studded strands to glittering glam charm bracelets to sleek everyday silver. An ever-changing selection of fine vintage jewellery and homeware is also a draw.