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Corktown is one of the oldest neighbourhood's in Toronto. Found on Queen East from Sherbourne to the DVP, Corktown has been pegged as a neighbourhood to watch for the last decade but is now only slowly showing signs of progress. While empty storefronts still litter Queen East, there's always been the Old Dominion Pub, plus a handful of other stores and restaurants that make Corktown worth a look.

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290 ION / Fashion Stores

380 Queen East 647.283.5321 Website
290 ION

290 ION is a boutique on Queen East started by Sanghun Oh. She carries a lot of Canadian designers including Joeffer Caoc and Rosa Costanzo....

African Village / Restaurants

368 Queen St. East 416.504.7723
African Village

African Village is a small, basic Ethiopian restaurant on Queen East serving value-priced vegetarian and meat dishes. ...

Angst Salon / Fashion Stores

240 Queen St E 416.360.5942
Angst Salon

Angst Salon is a venerable Toronto salon thoroughly bred with juxtaposition. While Billy Angst may have the reputation as a celebrity stylist with regular stints on CityLine, his downtown salon...

Artik / Fashion Stores

314 Adelaide St. East 416.815.7770 Website

Artik opened in 1985, and has remained a Toronto favourite for customized merchandise ever since. They use Gildan, Bella and American Apparel blanks - just send in your artwork and...

B Espresso / Cafes

111 Queen Street East #102 416.866.2111
B Espresso

The last time I reviewed b Espresso, I had lots of good things to say about their service and drinks. Nothing in that department has changed, thankfully, but they...

Banknote (Adelaide) / Restaurants

474 Adelaide St E 416.367.7327 Website
Banknote (Adelaide)

Banknote now has a location on Adelaide. Though they have neon signs in the window, a black-and-white checkerboard tile floor, beer specials, and standard pub food, this location doesn't exactly...

Berkeley Church / Bars

315 Queen Street East 416.361.9666 Website
Berkeley Church

Built in 1871, The Berkeley Church was transformed into an event venue in 1999 and now hosts concerts, fashion shows and other events. ...

Big Jack's / Restaurants

179 Parliament Street 647.349.1200 Website
Big Jack's

Big Jack's at Queen and Parliament has a menu stacked with old and faithfuls like double cheeseburgers, steak sandwiches and milkshakes. There's also a smattering of Greek side dishes like...

Blonde Salon / Fashion Stores

82 Power St 416.361.3131 Website
Blonde Salon

Blonde Salon is a Corktown parlour specializing in care for blonde hair. Hidden in a brick building that houses several other businesses on Power Street near Parliament and Queen, in...

Bousada / Design Stores

2 River Street 416.367.9855 Website

Bousada is a Corktown destination for high quality wood, stone, cork and other flooring solutions. They work with all kinds of customers including large institutions and residential....

Charlie's Freewheels / Services

242 Queen St E 416.546.2200 Website
Charlie's Freewheels

Charlie's Freewheels was founded in memory of cyclist Charles Prinsep, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2007. The shop offers bicycle maintenance training to youth in and around...

Clara Obscura / Fashion Stores

295 Queen St. East 647.284.2449 Website
Clara Obscura

Far Away Eyes, which has been open for just three weeks, is owner Katelyn Joliat's long-time dream come true. During my visit, she tells me she's been aiming to open...

Cocina Economica / Restaurants

141 Berkeley St. 647.748.4777 Website
Cocina Economica

Cocina Economica in Corktown is the sixth member, and one of the smallest, of owner and chef Dave Sidhu's Playa Cabana family of restaurants. The space has totally been transformed...

Corktown Kitchen / Restaurants

354 King Street East 416.901.1188 Website
Corktown Kitchen

Corktown Kitchen is a King Street gastropub offering a menu filled with Canadian fare. The options are simple but delicious. ...

Dominion Pub & Kitchen / Restaurants

500 Queen St. East 416.366.5555 Website
Dominion Pub & Kitchen

Dominion Pub & Kitchen is the newest iteration of the Dominion on Queen, a landmark pub in Corktown that was first established in 1889 at the base of the Dominion...

Ethel 20th Century Living (Corktown) / Design Stores

327 Queen St. East 416.778.6608 Website
Ethel 20th Century Living (Corktown)

Ethel, a vintage furniture shop formerly located in Leslieville, has set up shop in Corktown. They take playful approach, with every Danish teak piece topped off with a seemingly-endless trove...

Figs / Restaurants

344 Queen St. East 416.913.7205

Figs is a small, sunny restaurant near the corner of Queen and Parliament that draws in locals for breakfast, brunch and lunch. As someone who loves brunch, but sometimes works...

Float Suspension Yoga / Fitness Clubs

236 George St. 416.886.6954 Website
Float Suspension Yoga

Float Suspension Yoga is nestled in the basement of a George Street town house. Cozy, yet smartly decorated, the space is equipped with state-of-the-art Omgym Suspension Systems. If you're new...

Fuse / Restaurants

366 Queen St E 647.347.3873 Website

Fuse is a two-floor live venue and dining experience on Queen East. They play host to many different and glamorous events, and have space that can be rented out for...

Fusilli / Restaurants

531 Queen Street East 416.214.5148 Website

Fusilli is where you go when craving Southern Italian cuisine in Corktown. They serve both lunch and dinner and, yes, there is fusilli on the menu along with a variety...

Gallery 260 / Galleries

260 Richmond Street East 416.777.0260 Website
Gallery 260

Gallery 260 specializes in Fine Art and classic cars although you won't find any of the latter kickin' around their Richmond St. East gallery space. ...

Haven Toronto / Fashion Stores

145 Berkeley St. 780.441.9818 Website
Haven Toronto

Haven is the latest addition to Corktown. This is Haven's third location, with two other successful stores in Edmonton and Vancouver. The open-concept store is bright and organized by brand,...

Henry's Camera / Services

119 Church St 416.868.0872 Website
Henry's Camera

Henry's remains the go-to camera and video shop for many Torontonians. The huge space at Church and Queen covers the complete range of photo equipment from point and shoots all...

Impact Kitchen / Restaurants

573 King St. East 416.305.2484 Website
Impact Kitchen

Impact Kitchen is a lofty restaurant that aims to be an all-in-one source for clean eating at breakfast, lunch and dinner while also dispelling the common belief that healthy food...

Island Hot & Spicy (Queen East) / Restaurants

106 Queen St. E. 416.368.8282
Island Hot & Spicy (Queen East)

Island Hot & Spicy on Queen Street East is a small spot that serves up curry goat, akee and salt fish, chicken roti and dinners with rice and peas for...

Jal Gua / Restaurants

175 Queen Street East 647.343.7419 Website
Jal Gua

Jal Gua is an organic cafe in Corktown that wants to revolutionize the way you eat. This spot provides everything from a super healthy lunch on the go to thirty-day...

Keeffaa Ethiopian / Restaurants

368 Queen St. East 647.349.0900
Keeffaa Ethiopian

Keeffaa Ethiopian is part coffee house, part restaurant. This tiny spot in Corktown serves up organic Ethiopian coffee based drinks, organic teas and a variety of Ethiopian eats for breakfast,...

Leaves of Trees / Fashion Stores

177 Queen St. E. 647.391.0177 Website
Leaves of Trees

Leaves of Trees is a modern, all-natural apothecary in Corktown. It boasts a number of unique natural beauty products, including frankincese hand and body lotion and eucalyptus mint deodorant. ...

Lift Salon / Fashion Stores

129 Queen Street East 416.367.5438 Website
Lift Salon

Lift Salon and Spa has moved into its new digs... right beside an auto shop. Yes, beyond the rows of stacked tires and signs for muffler repair are blushing brides...

Logomagik Custom T-Shirt Shop / Fashion Stores

371 Queen St. E 416.364.6177 Website
Logomagik Custom T-Shirt Shop

Logomagik has been printing on t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters and other forms of apparel in the city for over the past fifteen years. The shop has tons of options for printing,...

Longboard Haven / Fashion Stores

183 Queen St E 416.603.9702 Website
Longboard Haven

Longboard Haven is a destination shop for longboarders to get quality gear and information they need in order to get themselves started with the essentials to attempt things like downhill...

MADE (King East) / Design Stores

394 King St. East 416.607.6384 Website
MADE (King East)

MADE just recently opened the doors of its new store in Corktown having spent almost nine years at its original Dundas West location. The move puts them alongside other high-end...

MADE Clothing / Fashion Stores

145 Berkeley St. 1.888.427.9352 Website
MADE Clothing

MADE Clothing Co. is a made-to-measure and bespoke tailoring studio worthy of every Toronto man's attention. To find it, you need take an elevator up to the fifth floor of...

Marhaba Lebanese Cuisine / Restaurants

236 Sherbourne St. 647.349.6338
Marhaba Lebanese Cuisine

Marhaba Lebanese Cuisine is a small takeout spot at the sketchy intersection of Dundas and Sherbourne, but don't let the locale dissuade you from trying the shawarma and falafel here....

My Salon / Fashion Stores

474 Richmond St. East, Toronto 416.573.6193 Website
My Salon

My Salon is a modern Corktown salon specializing in cuts and colours. They also stock professional salon products if you're looking to elevate your hair care routine....

Nella / Design Stores

433 Queen St. East 416.847.1112 Website

Nella pays its rent selling commercial grade kitchen equipment and supplies to the restaurant industry, but their store on Queen East is open to the public. There are an amazing...

Odin / Cafes

514 King St. East 647.350.6346 Website

ODIN is a Corktown spot that's more than just a simple cafe. Rather, it's a hybrid space that slings out espresso, cocktails, snacks and craft beer. It's a concept straight from...

Oriental Taste / Restaurants

329 Queen Street East 416.361.6331
Oriental Taste

Oriental Taste is where to go for Chinese food when in Corktown. The prices are reasonable and they do take-out....

Parker Gallery / Galleries

244 Queen Street East 416.554.9088 Website
Parker Gallery

Parker Gallery on Queen East is a mattress store and art seller - all in one. Two separate businesses owned by the same owner in one location, art and mattresses...

Qlix Studios / Galleries

228 Queen St. East 416.270.6306 Website
Qlix Studios

Qlix Studios is a multipurpose art space that provides many services and functions. Like the photography and videography service. Or, the art gallery and event space rental. The studio has...

Redline Coffee and Espresso Bar / Cafes

354 Queen St. East 647.344.3865
Redline Coffee and Espresso Bar

Redline Coffee and Espresso at the corner of Queen and Parliament in Toronto's east end is a breath of fresh air for this part of Corktown, but still needs a...

Roselle Desserts / Baked Goods

362 King St. East 416.368.8188 Website
Roselle Desserts

Roselle Desserts is a pastry shop born from a love story. Co-owners Stephanie Duong and Bruce Lee first met at George Brown College; he was in culinary arts, she was...

Schnitzel Queen / Restaurants

211 Queen Street East 416.861.9793
Schnitzel Queen

Schnitzel Queen is truly the queen of Toronto schnitzels. The food here is greasy, cheap and plentiful....

Second Voyage / Design Stores

246 Queen St. East 647.464.9769 Website
Second Voyage

Second Voyage is a thrifters dream. The Corktown shop near Queen and Sherbourne opened a standalone storefront after a successful run at the Arts Market. This cozy shop has a...

Soloway's Hot dog Outlet / Grocery Stores

79 Richmond St. E 416.350.8385 Website
Soloway's Hot dog Outlet

Soloway's Hot Dog Outlet has been located at 79 Richmond Street East for the past 18 years. You've probably walked by it numerous times without ever giving it a second...

Souk Tabule / Restaurants

494 Front Street East 416.583.5914 Website
Souk Tabule

Souk Tabule is part of a family of several Tabule locations throughout Toronto serving high end Middle Eastern food. Souk means "market" in Arabic, indicating the fast casual concept behind...

Souvlaki Express (Queen East) / Restaurants

348 Queen St. East 416.637.6777 Website
Souvlaki Express (Queen East)

Souvlaki Express on Mount Pleasant has branched out to a second location (seen here) at the corner of Queen and Parliament. Like the uptown location, this Souvlaki Express specializes in...

Space Furniture / Design Stores

479 Queen St. East 416.955.4559 Website
Space Furniture

Space Furniture in Corktown carries a range of modern furniture for the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom....

Studio Pazo (Corktown) / Design Stores

219 Queen St East 416.507.0000 Website
Studio Pazo (Corktown)

Studio Pazo is a homeware lover's paradise in Corktown. It's a one stop shop for home furnishings, stocking everything from seating to storage. ...

Sumach Espresso / Cafes

118 Sumach St. 416.553.3833 Website
Sumach Espresso

Sumach Espresso is the sibling cafe to Broadview Espresso. Owner Mike Cullen seems to have a knack for turning formerly sketchy spots into coffee havens; Broadview Espresso used to be...

Surmesur Custom Menswear / Fashion Stores

108 Queen St. East 416.214.2840 Website
Surmesur Custom Menswear

Surmesur Custom Menswear is a men's formalwear store founded in Montreal that recently opened in Toronto. They use 3D body scanning to get accurate measurements, which help them to tailor...

Sweetgrass Spa / Fashion Stores

111e Queen Street East 416.368.5300 Website
Sweetgrass Spa

Sweetgrass Spa first opened as "Verity" in 2004. After extensive renovations, the revamped Sweetgrass Spa at Verity relaunched in April 2008 as a women's day spa. OPEN SINCE 2008 PRICE POINTS sweetgrass massage: $130...

Tacorrito (Sherbourne) / Restaurants

320 Richmond Street East 647.350.8226 Website
Tacorrito (Sherbourne)

Tacorrito is the place to go in Corktown if your jonesing for some tex mex. The menu has all the standard mexican fare: tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas. Most menu...

TCJ Restaurant / Restaurants

64 Queen St. East 416.368.9988
TCJ Restaurant

TCJ Restaurant opened its doors at Queen and Church about a month ago. It's similar to most other AYCE sushi joints except for one little twist - its menu is...

The Carbon Bar / Restaurants

99 Queen St. E 416.947.7000 Website
The Carbon Bar

The Carbon Bar is the latest offering from Nota Bene owners Yannick Bigourdan, David Lee, and Franco Prevedello. Given their shared history with venues as illustrious as Splendido, it's no...

The Dirty Inc. / Fashion Stores

396 King St. East 416.943.4789 Website
The Dirty Inc.

The Dirty Inc. is a bespoke suiting studio founded by Garrison Bespoke's former creative director JS Vann. Quite the dapper dude himself, this Corktown spot is best suited (pun intended)...

The Extension Room / Fitness Clubs

30 Eastern Ave 647.352.7041 Website
The Extension Room

The Extension Room has found a new home in a non-descript industrial building on Eastern Avenue, just east of Parliament. Step inside, and the bright, airy space evokes images of...

The Groomery / Services

120 Sherbourne St. 647.477.1683
The Groomery

The Groomery might be a relative newbie on the Toronto pet spa scene but owner and top (dog) stylist Lawrence Le Voir certainly is not. With his trusty pal and...

The Healthy Road / Grocery Stores

518 King St. E 416.361.2043 Website
The Healthy Road

The Healthy Road is a new health food and supplement store on King East surrounded by the burgeoning Corktown condo scene. The four owners have been hard at work morphing...

The Ivy at Verity / Hotels

111 Queen St E 416.368.6006 Website
The Ivy at Verity

The Ivy at Verity is a well hidden 1850's chocolate factory re-imagined into a sumptuous, utterly luxurious boutique hotel located on Queen Street, just east of Church. I must have...

Turco Persian Rug Company / Design Stores

452 Richmond St. East 416.366.0707 Website
Turco Persian Rug Company

Turco Persian Rug Company boasts a huge showroom of rugs from all over - Iran, Pakistan and even China. Prices vary from $50 to $200,000 (semi-antiques and antiques), and the...

Urban Gallery / Galleries

400 Queen Street East 647.460.1278 Website
Urban Gallery

Urban Gallery is an art gallery, event space and rentable venue in the Corktown neighbourhood. Their vibe doesn't exactly scream edgy, but that means their reputation and the artist they...

Vistek / Services

496 Queen St E 416.365.1777 Website

Vistek, located further east along Queen Street, rivals Henry's for the comprehensiveness of its product lines and tends to be ever so slightly cheaper overall. Whether it be Nikon, Canon,...

YMCA Cherry Street / Fitness Clubs

461 Cherry St. 416.928.9622 Website
YMCA Cherry Street

The YMCA on Cherry Street, which goes by the proper name of the Cooper Koo Family Centre, is probably best known as the training facility at the Pan Am Games....

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