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One Great Street: Queen Street West

Article by Betsy Kroll 05.31.2016 Illustrations by Julia Rothman

Illustration of Queen Street West in Toronto

For The Home

  • Morba (665–667) Purchase one of this shop’s Scandinavian-style furniture items and clever home accessories, or just come to be inspired.
  • Neat (628) Furnish your home the clean, simple way with this store’s collection of irresistible, well-designed housewares.
  • Romni Wools (658) Hobbyists and knitting aficionados alike will devour this store’s rotating stock of luscious colored yarns, needles and other tools.
  • Art.27 (899) Find unbleached organic cotton towels and organic-certified shampoo at this modern and spacious natural-living shop.


For the Closet

  • Nomad (819) Find forward-thinking menswear labels like Comme des Garçons Homme Plus lesser-known names like Swedish label CMMN SWDN.
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter (744) Browse through this feminine boutique chock-full of Canadian fashions and accessories.
  • Gaspard (913) Hard-to-find fashions and accessories like Iosselliani jewelry, Carré Royal wallets and Mercy clothing are the stock-in-trade.


For a Polished Look

  • Anne Sportun (742) This jewelry designer’s locally crafted trinkets, mostly combinations of yellow gold and colorful stones, make lovely mementos.
  • Cutler and Gross (758) Buck the trend for local with this fashionable British eyewear brand that still makes frames by hand in Italy.
  • Nadège Patisserie (780) This dessert delight, nestled on a corner between an outsized brick church and the Trinity Bellwoods Park, is run by a fourth-generation French pastry chef.


For a Quick Bite

  • Dufflet (No. 787) Stop by this must-see (and must-smell) baked goods and local pastry institution that has been running for nearly 40 years.
  • White Squirrel Coffee (907) Fair-trade coffee and empanadas are offered alongside Toronto’s famous Greg’s Ice Cream.


For the Whole Family

  • Type (883) This charming independent bookstore offers an impressive children’s section.

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