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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...

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. ...

Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon / Restaurants

235 Queen St. East 416.261.5890 Website
Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon

Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon is an working man's canteen situated at the corner of Queen and Sherbourne. Despite being just a block from the newly minted food...

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...

Dominion on Queen / Restaurants

500 Queen Street East 416.368.6893 Website
Dominion on Queen

Dominion on Queen is a great neighbourhood pub that features jazz and blues music during the week, as well as occasional comedy and poetry nights. There are 16 beers on...

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...

Far Away Eyes / Fashion Stores

295 Queen St. East 647.284.2449 Website
Far Away Eyes

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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 haven for longboards. Owned and operated by genuine skaters, this place sells gear and boards. Safety-first skaters will enjoy the safety equipment like helmets. This place...

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...

Magic Oven (Corktown) / Restaurants

360 Queen St E 416.868.6836 Website
Magic Oven (Corktown)

Magic Oven has several locations throughout Toronto, and is known for its organic pastas, and pizzas with spelt and gluten-free crusts and vegan cheeses that suit those with dietary restrictions....

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....

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...

No Bull Burgers / Restaurants

179 Parliament St. 647.349.1100 Website
No Bull Burgers

No Bull Burgers at Queen and Parliament is the latest restaurant to join the Toronto gourmet burger frenzy. And good news! When it comes to satisfying that insatiable craving for...

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

237 Queen St. East 416.861.9793
Schnitzel Queen

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

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....

Steeped and Infused Tea Bar / Grocery Stores

338 Queen St. East 416.955.4791 Website
Steeped and Infused Tea Bar

Steeped and Infused inside Adornments on Queen recently opened after changes to the city's Regent Park plans saw the introduction of mixed income properties and an opportunity to plant a...

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...

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 Black Lodge / Galleries

226 Queen Street East Website
The Black Lodge

The Black Lodge is a 'private creative club' that caters to the Queen East art scene. Aiming to promote the Queen East art space, The Black Lodge hosts events like...

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 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...

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,...

White Elephant / Restaurants

366 Queen St E 416.364.9999 Website
White Elephant

White Elephant started out by Bangkok natives who missed authentic Thai food. Their aim was to bring some real deal Thai street food to Toronto. The specialty is the Guay...

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