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One Great Street: Queen Street West

Article by Betsy Kroll 05.31.2016 Illustrations by Julia Rothman

The westernmost stretch of Queen Street West is the uncontested nexus of discovery in Toronto. Its unpolished atmosphere and funky low-rise buildings promise an afternoon adventure. Follow along at the street numbers provided for a memorable stroll.

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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