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King West

King West has given itself a branding makeover in the last decade and is now a destination for stylish, high-end restaurants with names like Crush, Blowfish and Thuet, lounges and dance clubs including Cheval and Footwork and Toronto's best men's clothing store. A block south, Wellington is home to many of the city's top advertising agencies and more great restaurants while all around condo developers like Brad Lamb and Freed Developments battle it out to reign supreme as king of the 600 square foot loft style condos in the sky.

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259 Host / Restaurants

259 Wellington Street 416.599.4678 Website
259 Host

259 Host is the fourth Host restaurant in the Toronto area but unlike the other three the kitchen here adds a bit more creative flare to traditional Indian dishes. Witness...

2Cats Cocktail Lounge / Bars

569 King St. West 416.823.1065 Website
2Cats Cocktail Lounge

2Cats is a cocktail lounge located on King West, and equidistance between For Your Eyes Only and The One that Got Away World Famous Fish House, resulting in a Bermuda...

309 Dhaba / Restaurants

309 King Street West 416.740.6622 Website
309 Dhaba

Dhaba (also known as 309 Dhaba) is an Indian restaurant on King West. The second floor restaurant offers a tasting menu, prix fixe and a la carte. They also feature...

930 Sushi / Restaurants

930 King St West 416.603.9992 Website
930 Sushi

It's slim pickings along the dark stretch of King West by Stanley Park and the vast number of options on nearby Queen West easily draw locals away from neighbourhood eats....

ACE Nightclub / Bars

425 Adelaide St. W 416.504.1444 Website
ACE Nightclub

ACE is a new nightclub that touts itself as an elite place to play. Opened in the old Footwork space on Adelaide, a whole different vibe is cultivated. I visited...

Adelaide Hall / Bars

250 Adelaide St. W 416.205.1234 Website
Adelaide Hall

Adelaide Hall seems to capture the hearts of any music fan who enters it. A new venue for Toronto's live music scene, it offers coveted second floor balcony sight lines,...

Adrift / Fashion Stores

116 Spadina Ave 416.515.0550 Website

Adrift is a skate shop where you won't find that many boards. Instead, the focus here is shoes, clothing and other gear that can function as fashionable streetwear or give...

Anoush Shawarma / Restaurants

330 Front St West 416.585.7980
Anoush Shawarma

Anoush Shawarma serves decent enough falafel and shawarma from its cafeteria like restaurant just steps from the Rogers Centre....

Apple Self Storage / Services

530 Adelaide Street West 416.863.5050 Website
Apple Self Storage

Apple Self Storage near Adelaide and Bathurst is the place to go for storage needs as close to the downtown core as possible, . A 10x10 costs $285 but a...

Aroma Espresso Bar (King and Spadina) / Cafes

430 King St W 647.352.5430 Website
Aroma Espresso Bar (King and Spadina)

Aroma Espresso Bar on King St. is one of seven downtown locations. They have the standard selection of food and coffee that you would find at any Aroma. This location...

Aroma Indian Cuisine / Restaurants

287 King St. West 416.971.7242 Website
Aroma Indian Cuisine

Aroma is one of a handful of Indian restaurants on King West near John that offers a lunch time AYCE buffet as well as white tableclothed dinner service - mostly...

Atlas Espresso Bar / Cafes

550 Front St. West 416.472.8527 Website
Atlas Espresso Bar

Atlas Espresso Bar has quietly creeped into a neighbourhood that doesn't quite feel like one yet. The bright and minimalist room is on Front Street, just west of Portland in...

Bac Ky / Restaurants

567 King St. West 416.599.7468 Website
Bac Ky

Bac Ky is a Vietnamese canteen/health bar on King West, taking over the space formerly occupied by short-lived The Greek. Its name is a derogatory term for people from northern...

Bamboo Buddha / Restaurants

752 King Street West 416.504.9311
Bamboo Buddha

In a meeting this week, over particularly 'blah' sandwiches, a client of mine suggested a little spot down the street that had great Chinese. "It doesn't look like much from the...

Bar 244 / Bars

244 Adelaide St. West 416.599.2442 Website
Bar 244

Bar 244 is a two-level bar in the Club District. The upper level is designed to be more casual where the lower level is a hotbed of dancing, body heat...

Bar Buca / Restaurants

75 Portland St. 416.599.2822 Website
Bar Buca

Bar Buca has finally arrived at King and Portland. Wondering what took so long? The 14-month delay was mostly due to the red tape of acquiring a liquor license. And...

Bar Hop / Restaurants

391 King St W 647.352.7476 Website
Bar Hop

Bar Hop is an ambitious venture on King West, brought to the street by Rob Pingitore in the space that was once Libra Lounge. His mission, amongst other things, is...

Bar Wellington / Bars

520 Wellington Street West 416.341.8880 Website
Bar Wellington

Bar Wellington, at the corner of Portland and Wellington, has more than a dozen beers on tap and serves up tasty pub favourites like Guinness stew, grilled steak sanwiches and...

Barre3 / Fitness Clubs

325 King St. West 416.519.9638 Website

Barre3 is a new fitness studio on King West, the first franchise in Canada for the Portland, Oregon-based company. Barre classes are one of the current fitness trends, and this brand...

Beast Restaurant / Restaurants

96 Tecumseth Street 647.352.6000 Website
Beast Restaurant

Beast is tucked away at 96 Tecumseth, just North of King and West of Bathurst, on a quiet tree-lined residential street with ample shaded patio seating to cool off on...

Beauty Line Nail Spa (King West) / Fashion Stores

645 King St. W 647.436.8989 Website
Beauty Line Nail Spa (King West)

Beauty Line Nail Spa has two Toronto locations, but its King and Bathurst spa is the one that's particularly rave-worthy. While it's not unusually to find $30 mani/pedi deals at...

Belfast Love / Restaurants

548 King St. W. Website
Belfast Love

Belfast Love is an Irish pub, with an emphasis on the ish. Aside from the neon shamrock marking its entrance and a penchant for whisky, this public house is Irish...

Belly Buster Submarines (King West) / Restaurants

389 King St W 647.748.1588 Website
Belly Buster Submarines (King West)

Belly Buster Submarines has landed on King West, and it's already busy. About an hour after the place officially opened this morning, a line of people already reached to the...

Bibab Express / Restaurants

901 King St W 416.900.1687 Website
Bibab Express

Bibab Express is a fast food sushi and Japanese joint on King West in the block of buildings at 901 King West. With a big screen TV and several booths,...

Bier Markt / Restaurants

600 King Street West 416.862.1175 Website
Bier Markt

The Bier Markt has two locations: the original on the Esplanade and the newer one at King West and Portland. In general, the Bier Markt is best suited for a...

Big It Up / Fashion Stores

24 Ripley Ave. 416.591.0864 Website
Big It Up

Big It Up is a Toronto-based hat company with locations in the Eaton Centre, Missisauga's Square One, and a standalone store off the Queensway near High Park. They carry popular...

Big Smoke Burger (King West) / Restaurants

573 King Street West 416.596.6660 Website
Big Smoke Burger (King West)

The Big Smoke Burger location on King West is the original location of Craft Burger before it changed its name and opened locations all over the place....

Black Line Studio / Services

573 King St. West 416.850.8227 Website
Black Line Studio

Black Line Studio, as soon as you enter, exudes a different vibe than your average run-of-the-mill tattoo joint. For one, the window display is stuffed with local artwork. And upon...

Black Toe Running / Fashion Stores

95 Bathurst St. 416.792.7223 Website
Black Toe Running

Black Toe Running is more than just a place to buy a pair of new sneakers. With a name that invokes all the gruesome idiosyncrasies that long distance runners suffer...

Bloke / Bars

401 King St. West 647.927.3900 Website

Bloke is the newly renovated version of Bloke and 4th. Located in the Entertainment District. The new Bloke only operates as a nightclub and an event venue, no longer offering...

Blowfish / Restaurants

668 King Street West 416.860.0606 Website

Blowfish on King is now the only Blowfish in Toronto following a split between its owners. The location on Bay is now Kanata while the King Street restaurant has...

Body Blitz Spa / Fashion Stores

471 Adelaide St. W. 416.364.0400 Website
Body Blitz Spa

Body Blitz is one of few places in Toronto where you can walk in, get nekked, and not be arrested. Spa services are offered, but the highlight is the clothing-optional...

Boil King / Restaurants

333 King St W 416.596.0004 Website
Boil King

Boil King is a creole restaurant on King West that serves seafood surprisingly deliciously from plastic bags. Seafood boils of crayfrish, shrimp, lobster and crab are a Louisiana Cajun tradition...

Brassaii / Restaurants

461 King Street West 416.598.4730

Forget about the steel gates you have to walk through to get to Brassaii, or the cold, clammy minimalist interior - forget about all that. This restaurant knows how...

Brennen Demelo Studio / Fashion Stores

316 Adelaide St. West 416.301.1072 Website
Brennen Demelo Studio

Brennen Demelo Studio is about more than just hair. You can tell by looking at the classic Vogues on its magazine rack, the art on its wall, and the resumes...

Brioche Doree / Baked Goods

648 King St. West 416.364.5137 Website
Brioche Doree

Brioche Doree is a modern version of the quintessential French bakery and cafe. Baked goods, savory lunch items and a variety of coffees are readily available at individual counters. Both...

Bubble Mix / Cafes

263 Wellington St West 416.599.8811
Bubble Mix

Bubble Mix is a sleek little bubble tea place on Wellington West, a couple of blocks away from the Rogers Centre....

Buca (King West) / Restaurants

604 King St. West 416.865.1600 Website
Buca (King West)

Buca has been something of a buzzword lately thanks to Jamie Oliver's late November tweet about his experience at the restaurant, lauding Executive Chef Rob Gentile as a "humble genius"...

Buonanotte Toronto / Restaurants

19 Mercer St 416.599.7246 Website
Buonanotte Toronto

Buonanotte Toronto is a chic supper club modeled after the original Buonanotte location in Montreal. Leading the kitchen is executive Chef Davide Iannaci, who boasts an impressive global resume having...

Burger's Priest (Adelaide) / Restaurants

212 Adelaide St W 647.347.7757 Website
Burger's Priest (Adelaide)

Burger's Priest is a Toronto chain of restaurants specializing in diner-style burgers and fries. This Adelaide location has decorated one wall with a somewhat inscrutable biblical passage, but it gets...

Burrito Boyz (Adelaide St.) / Restaurants

224 Adelaide St. West 647.439.4065 Website
Burrito Boyz (Adelaide St.)

Burrito Boyz on Adelaide is one of the many Burrito Boyz shops in Southern Ontario. The menu boasts burritos, bowls, and quesadillas with tons of topping options. If you plan...

Byblos / Restaurants

11 Duncan St. 647.660.0909 Website

Byblos, located on the first two floors of the Storys Building, is the latest venture from Charles Khabouth and Hanif Harji, the same pair behind Weslodge and Patria. As I've...

Cake Nightclub / Bars

214 Adelaide St. West 416.599.2253 Website
Cake Nightclub

Cake Nightclub on Adelaide St. is two levels of VIP booths, lights shows and bottle service. Booze in on the cheaper side for a club (only $4 mixed drinks). Music...

Calii Love / Restaurants

367 King St W 416.792.5683 Website
Calii Love

Calii Love serves up Californian-style poke and health-based dishes on King West. With an emphasis on organic and healthy ingredients that are vegan and gluten-free, there's lots to feel good...

Campechano / Restaurants

504 Adelaide St. West 416.777.2800 Website

Campechano means no fuss. It's also a taqueria on Adelaide where the menu features half a dozen tacos, four quesadillas, a gauc, a ceviche, and a single dessert. Owners Raena Fisher...

Candyland / Bars

619 King St. West 647.347.6400 Website

Candyland is a burlesque bar-meets-supper club-meets experimental theatre on King West, though even those three descriptors don't really accurately describe what Candyland is. Candyland serves fancy cocktails alongside circus-esque acts....

Carver / Restaurants

101 Peter Street 647.748.1924 Website

Carver is a compact glass and concrete, standing room-only take-out restaurant that's devoted to serving up slow roasted meats. This is the first outlet from Rob Bragagnolo, the former executive...

Cibo Wine Bar / Restaurants

522 King St. West 416.504.3939 Website
Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo Wine Bar (Pronounced Chee-bo) on King West is not a resto-lounge or supper club. Supper clubs don't bake their own bread and cure their own meats in house, and...

Clarence Castle / Hotels

8 Clarence Square 416.260.1221
Clarence Castle

Clarence Castle occupies a quaint early 19th century building on Clarence Square near Wellington and Spadina. One of the smaller hostels on this list, there's an almost bed and breakfast...

Coco Rice / Restaurants

669 King Street West 416.504.9434 Website
Coco Rice

Authentic Thai lunches and dinners. Vegan and vegetarian options available....

Colette / Restaurants

550 Wellington St. West 647.348.7000 Website

Colette Grand Cafe is the newly-opened restaurant at the base of the Thompson Hotel. Taking over from Scarpetta, the new 150-seat restaurant operates independently from the hotel, helmed by the...

Copacabana Restaurant (Adelaide) / Restaurants

230 Adelaide St. West 647.748.3211 Website
Copacabana Restaurant (Adelaide)

Copacabana is a lively, 320-seat Brazilian rodizio split over two floors. While it's not exactly the first of its kind (there's one on Eglinton West and another in Niagara Falls),...

Cora's / Restaurants

277 Wellington St West 416.598.2672

For those who've discovered brunch at Cora's, the weekend will never quite be the same. Now, a quintessential Sunday brunch involves waiting in long line with other hungry strangers...

Corned Beef House / Restaurants

270 Adelaide Street West 416.977.2333 Website
Corned Beef House

The Corned Beef House has been operating in the same location for over 30 years. The most popular sandwich here is, no surprise, their corned beef; although they do a...

Corrado's / Restaurants

118 John Street 416.267.7236 Website

Corrado's serves up cheap Greek and Italian fare on John Street and largely specializes in arancini. It definitely wins the prize of most eye-catching sign in the area, sporting a...

Craft Kitchen / Restaurants

410 Adelaide Street West 416.603.0600 Website
Craft Kitchen

Craft Kitchen serves up grab-and-go eats such as sandwiches, wraps and salads, plus a few breakfast bites. ...

Crocodile Rock / Bars

240 Adelaide Street West 416.599.9751 Website
Crocodile Rock

Crocodile Rock, if the name doesn't give it away, should best be avoided unless you're up for a night of drunken revelry with a bunch of 21 years old just...

CYKL / Fitness Clubs

68 Bathurst Street 416.504.2955 Website

CYKL is home to former RPM instructor Kim who branched out on her own with CYKL in February. Professionalism and hospitality are paramount here, and CYKL is the only downtown...

Cynthia Findlay Antiques / Design Stores

284 King St. West 416.260.9057 Website
Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Cynthia Findlay Antiques is located in King West's theatre district. While there's a broad focus on antiques, jewellery is the main event - from antique and vintage to contemporary items....

Dark Horse Espresso (John St.) / Cafes

125 John St 647.748.7700 Website
Dark Horse Espresso (John St.)

Dark Horse (John) is the the newest, smallest, tin-tiled espresso bar to join Toronto's Dark Horse empire. Though I'm not sure if four locations - the one on Spadina, Queen...

Davido Afnani / Fashion Stores

766 King St. West 647.213.4824 Website
Davido Afnani

David Afnani specializes in chic, luxury fashion for men. At this boutique, it's all about men. Men's fragrances. Bags. Clothes. Think one-stop-shop for the Bay St/King West kinda guy. The...

Delysees / Baked Goods

780 King St. W. 416.360.0095 Website

Delysees opened early last week on King West, billing itself as an authentic modern French bakery. A tempting claim, for sure, which motivates me to endure biking through rush-hour traffic...

Diaz Contemporary / Galleries

100 Niagara Street 416.361.2972 Website
Diaz Contemporary

You could drop this gallery unmolested into any of the great contemporary art centres of the world and you wouldn't have to change a thing. Owner Benjamin Diaz...

Door Three / Bars

667 King St. West 647.923.6673 Website
Door Three

Door Three is a lounge above the Wheat Sheef Tavern that operates on the second and third floors of the historic bar on Friday and Saturday nights. At other times,...

Dublin Calling / Bars

250 Adelaide St. West 416.452.7317 Website
Dublin Calling

Dublin Calling is a new party pub from the same people behind Rock 'n' Horse Saloon, The Porch, and Adelaide Hall. Located on sleepy Colborne Street where Switch used to...

Early Mercy / Bars

540 King St. West Website
Early Mercy

Early Mercy is a bar/lounge located on King West run by the same people behind The Stirling Room. The space used to be a Grand & Toy, and thankfully, the...

Edulis Restaurant / Restaurants

169 Niagara Street 416.703.4222 Website
Edulis Restaurant

Edulis Restaurant has taken over the former home of the Niagara Street Cafe. Sharing a name with a wild mushrrom, the restaurant features seasonal ingredients brought to life as shareable...

EFS / Bars

647 King St W 416.477.5460 Website

EFS is a new rooftop patio servicing businesspeople and trustfund 20-somethings in the King West area. Inspired by a piece of art, EFS stands for Everything's For Sale , though...

EFS Nightclub / Bars

647 King St. West 416.477.5460 Website
EFS Nightclub

EFS is a new nightclub underneath the identically-named rooftop patio on King West. I visited EFS (the nightclub) late on a Wednesday evening. Though I've been to EFS (the rooftop...

El Caballito / Bars

220 King St. W 416.628.9838 Website
El Caballito

El Caballito opened earlier this month at King and Duncan. Offering a range of tequilas (and related cocktails), as well as bar snacks like tacos with scratch-made tortillas, the aim...

Elephant & Castle (King St.) / Restaurants

212 King St. W. 416.598.4455 Website
Elephant & Castle (King St.)

Elephant & Castle is a chain of 'British Pubs' that serves the quintessential items one might expect to find in such an establishment: fish and chips, Shepherd's Pie and Yorkshire...

Europe Bound / Fashion Stores

383 King St W 416.205.9992 Website
Europe Bound

Europe Bound may not compare with its neighbour to the north in terms of size, but many swear by the high end brands the Mountain Equipent Co-op competitor carries. Also...

Fat Bastard Burrito (Adelaide) / Restaurants

254 Adelaide Street West 647.345.8835 Website
Fat Bastard Burrito (Adelaide)

Fat Bastard on Adelaide is one of many locations in the city. The grab-and-go eatery serves up burritos, quesadillas and bowls with all the standard fixings....

Fat Bastard Burrito (King West) / Restaurants

628 King St W 647.748.4586 Website
Fat Bastard Burrito (King West)

Fat Bastard Burrito on King West is one of many locations of this chain in the city. The menu includes burritos, quesadillas, and an assortment of fried snack foods....

Fiction Club / Bars

180 Pearl Street 647.352.5505
Fiction Club

Fiction Club (formerly Park Lane) is sandwiched between Grace O'Malley's and Tequila Jack's. The three lines of people that snake from those respective venues are indistinguishable from one another, and...

Figo / Restaurants

295 Adelaide St. West 647) 748-3446 Website

Figo is an Italian-inspired restaurant but it doesn't entirely rest upon regional representation. While pizzas and pastas are plentiful, the menu embraces ingredient-driven, seasonal cuisine. The restaurant from Hanif Harji and...

Firkin on King / Restaurants

461 King St W 416.979.5464 Website
Firkin on King

Firkin on King is one of several Firkin pubs throughout Toronto, and their ground-level patio is great for people-watching. You'll find typical pub fare such as deep fried pickles, a...

Fit Factory Fitness / Fitness Clubs

373 King St. West 416.900.0362 Website
Fit Factory Fitness

Fit Factory Fitness just opened its new studio on King West, east of Spadina, after making a move from Yonge and Wellesley. The club is the brainchild of Tony Austin,...

Flock / Restaurants

330 Adelaide St. West 647.483.5625 Website

Flock is a fast food counter devoted to chicken and salad at Adelaide and Peter. It's the latest joint from Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room, and the quick service,...

Foggy Dew / Restaurants

803 King Street West 416.703.4042 Website
Foggy Dew

Foggy Dew is the original King West Irish pub. It lost some steam when the Brazen Head moved in just down the road, but it seems the most local, intimate...

For Your Eyes Only / Services

563 King Street West 416.585.9200 Website
For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only, with valet parking and a King West location, is the strip club for the upwardly mobile. There's a coat check, but on second thought thanks but...

Forget Me Not Cafe / Cafes

506 Adelaide Street West 416.848.0057 Website
Forget Me Not Cafe

Forget Me Not Cafe is a teeny and adorable coffee house and gift emporium at Adelaide and Portland just north of King West. Get inspired in this cozy atmosphere with...

Forno Cultura / Baked Goods

609 King St W 416.603.8305 Website
Forno Cultura

Forno Cultura is fresh goods on Toronto's baking scene. The Italian bakery opened two weeks ago at King and Bathurst in a warehouse-like space beneath WVRST. While the bakery has...

Fox and Fiddle (John St.) / Restaurants

106 John Street 647.748.0369 Website
Fox and Fiddle (John St.)

The Fox and Fiddle on John touts the familiar menu offered at all F&F pubs. This location has the draw of an expansive sidewalk patio, which makes for the perfect...

Fred's Not Here / Restaurants

321 King Street West 416.971.9155
Fred's Not Here

After a few year's of Winterlicious attendance, there have been good meals and not-so-good meals, but one thing always remains the same... I make a reservation at Fred's Not...

Freda's / Fashion Stores

86 Bathurst Street 416.703.0304 Website

Ladies casual, suiting and eveningwear from sizes 4-20. Designer imported brands & Freda's private label....

Fring's / Restaurants

455 King St. West 416.979.9696 Website

Fring's has caused a lot of excitement in this city since word first dropped that Susur Lee and his sons Levi and Kai Bent-Lee were opening a restaurant with Drake...

Fune Japanese Restaurant / Restaurants

100 Simcoe 416.599.3868
Fune Japanese Restaurant

Fune translates to vessel, or boat in Japanese, and that's exactly the first thing you see when you walk into this classic downtown sushi restaurant. At the corner of Adelaide...

Fynn's of Temple / Bars

489 King Street West 416.586.1331 Website
Fynn's of Temple

Fynn's of Temple is a favourite post-work hangout for the King West crowd. Inside is a modern cosmopolitan Irish pub embracing the history and culture of Temple Bar in Ireland....

Ganto Sushi / Restaurants

565 King Street West
Ganto Sushi

Ganto Sushi took over the King West spot that once housed Toshi Sushi. The menu boasts all the standard maki, sushi and teriyaki options....

Good Hearts Salon & Spa / Fashion Stores

789 King St W 647.351.4663 Website
Good Hearts Salon & Spa

Good Hearts Salon & Spa on King West cuts and styles men's and women's hair and offers unique expert colouring. You can add olaplex to any colour service starting at...

Gotstyle (Bathurst) / Fashion Stores

60 Bathurst St. 416.260.9696 Website
Gotstyle (Bathurst)

Gotstyle is a menswear shop that filled a much-needed shopping gap for Toronto's dapper male-folk. I gotta say, guys, you really get ripped off in the fashion department. Unless you...

Grace O'Malley's / Bars

14 Duncan Street 416.596.1444 Website
Grace O'Malley's

Grace O'Malley's (or Gracie's, as the locals call it) is located on Duncan Street, a stone's throw from Adelaide and John streets. Gracie's is a chain with three different locations,...

Greco Fitness / Fitness Clubs

12 Blue Jays Way 647.748.5326 Website
Greco Fitness

Greco Fitness offers that rush of adrenaline that stays with you long after the workout is done. Amy Secor and her partner, Nathan Farrell own the studio located on Blue...

Gusto 101 / Restaurants

101 Portland St. 416.504.9669 Website
Gusto 101

Gusto 101 is the latest Italian eatery to open its doors in and around King West, located on Portland just south of Adelaide. As the name implies, the restaurant gets...

H & Co. / Fashion Stores

83 Portland Street 647.247.2190 Website
H & Co.

H & Co. is a hair salon on Portland St., just off of King West, run by Hayley Bloomfield. Bloomfield's mother was a hairdresser as well, so it was a...

Hammam Spa / Fashion Stores

602 King Street West 416.366.4772 Website
Hammam Spa

Hammam means "spreader of warmth", and Hammam Spa models itself after traditional Turkish baths. OPEN SINCE October 2005 PRICE POINTS Signature Hammam Manicure: $55Signature Hammam Pedicure: $70Dermalogica Custom Facial: $120 PACKAGES & DISCOUNTS All Hammam services...

Her Majesty's Pleasure / Fashion Stores

556 King St. West 416.546.4991 Website
Her Majesty's Pleasure

Her Majesty's Pleasure is a destination spot for women before a night out on the town, hence the somewhat cheesy - yet very fitting - name. The King West space...

Hey Lucy (King West) / Restaurants

295 King St. West 416.979.1010 Website
Hey Lucy (King West)

Hey Lucy on King West is the original location of this mini-chain. Like its newer Annex sibling, this Hey Lucy is known for its cheap martini nights and tasty Italian...

Hibachi Teppanyaki & Bar / Restaurants

550 Wellington St. W 416.367.3888 Website
Hibachi Teppanyaki & Bar

Hibachi Teppanyaki & Bar is a large hibachi restaurant in the King West neighbourhood. It's around the corner from classy Colette. Great for big groups, this Japanese style of performative...

Home of the Brave / Restaurants

589 King St W 416.366.2736 Website
Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave is now open on King West, heralding the sophomore effort from Andrew Richmond, the street food hustler come art dealer, TUM alum, and owner of College...

Hotel Le Germain / Hotels

30 Mercer St. 416.345.9500 Website
Hotel Le Germain

The Hotel Le Germain was founded in Montreal and its first Toronto branch on Mercer St. has euro style to match its luxury, and a chauffeur service to boot. Partnered...

Hush Restaurant / Restaurants

303 King St. West 416.979.9799 Website
Hush Restaurant

Hush restaurant is nothing new. Well, that's not exactly fair, it has only been open 4 weeks, but following the popular Moxie's formula, you feel like you've been here before....

Hyatt / Hotels

370 King Street West 416.343.1234 Website

The Hyatt Hotel on King Street is a re-branding of what used to be the Holiday Inn. The hotel is centrally located amid the King West restaurants, Theatre and Club...

Il Fornello (King West) / Restaurants

214 King St W 416.977.2855 Website
Il Fornello (King West)

Il Fornello is a semi-casual pasta and pizza joint just west of Simcoe on King, one of several locations in Toronto. With expansive seating, wraparound windows, and white tablecloths, this...

Imprint Pilates / Fitness Clubs

101 Spadina Ave 416.939.9545 Website
Imprint Pilates

Imprint Pilates is a small, independent and private boutique studio which focuses on private and semi-private classes. It has an upstairs and downstairs studio. The group pilates and yoga classes...

Independent City Market / Grocery Stores

1022 King Street West 416.596.0665 Website
Independent City Market

Independent City Market is a King West grocery store selling everything from fresh produce to frozen foods. ...

Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse / Restaurants

12 Brant Street 416.366.0200 Website
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse

Jacobs & Co. is one of Toronto's most distinguished steakhouses. It's the type of powerhouse restaurant where pro hockey players, celebrities and suits hold court and celebratory crowds gather to...

Jimmy's Coffee / Cafes

107 Portland Street 416.901.2289 Website
Jimmy's Coffee

Jimmy's Coffee is a cozy little spot that serves as a refreshing hideaway from the more trendy joints found on King West. 10 year coffee veteran Ashleigh "Max" Waters, formerly of...

Joe Mamas / Restaurants

317 King St W 416.340.6469 Website
Joe Mamas

Joe Mamas on the King St. Restaurant Row serves up a Southern style menu including steaks, seafood and ribs. There's live Motown and rhythm and blues entertainment on Tuesday through...

John Steinberg & Associates / Fashion Stores

585 King Street West 416.506.0268 Website
John Steinberg & Associates

One of Toronto's (surprisingly few) cult of the stylist salons, John Steinberg and Associates sits in the heart of King West. (That's John above, opening the blinds on a...

JZ's Pizza / Restaurants

232 Wellington St. W. 647.347.2727 Website
JZ's Pizza

JZ's Pizza is a casual Italian joint in the Entertainment District where pizzas, pastas and subs are all on the menu. The signature is topped with tomato sauce, minced garlic,...

Kama / Restaurants

214 King St W 416.599.5262 Website

Kama offers lunch and dinner buffets featuring the full range of clay oven cooked breads, meats and curries. Prices fall between $14 to $21 depending on the day of the...

Kibo Sushi (Oxley) / Restaurants

36 Charlotte Street 647.748.8887 Website
Kibo Sushi (Oxley)

Kibo Sushi's location on Oxley is on the smaller side, with only a few tables available for dine-in customers. The menu is stacked with budget-friendly maki and sushi, tempura and...

King Rustic / Restaurants

926 King Street West 416.792.5910 Website
King Rustic

King Rustic is a restaurant and lounge located in the heart of the King West neighbourhood. It serves up comfort food like burgers, tacos and cajun fries. ...

King Street Social / Restaurants

370 King St. West 647.260.0481
King Street Social

The King Street Social cooks up a little bit of everything. Asian influences about in dishes like green curry chicken skewers and Phuket chicken and noodles. But then Italian makes...

King West Club / Fitness Clubs

266 King Street West 416.260.9911 Website
King West Club

I used to sweat at the King West Club when I worked in the Financial District. Located at the corner of King and Duncan, the gym finds its membership base...

King West Flowers / Design Stores

720 King Street West 416.203.1258 Website
King West Flowers

King West Flowers always has a good selection of fresh cut flowers and bouquets. The prices are decent too....

Kings Table / Grocery Stores

793 King St West 647.748.5464 Website
Kings Table

Kings Table Fine Foods is a small grocery store offering a variety of fine foods and local produce. They also offer pre-made meal options and a catering service. Well known...

Kit Kat (King St.) / Restaurants

297 King St West 416.977.4461 Website
Kit Kat (King St.)

Kit Kat is a long time fixture on King St. popular with the theatre crowd for its pasta, osso buco and other Italian eats....

La Carnita (John St.) / Restaurants

106 John St. 647.348.1166 Website
La Carnita (John St.)

La Carnita has dubbed its third location LC Central to distinguish itself from its predecessors on College St. and Queen East. It's the latest expansion from Andrew Richmond and Amin...

Lavelle / Restaurants

627 King St W 647.347.9353 Website

Lavelle is a rooftop pool, patio, bar and restaurant situated on top of 627 King Street West. It's meant to be an oasis for residents of the condominium underneath, but...

Le Neuf Cafe / Cafes

9 Clarence Square 647.351.6855 Website
Le Neuf Cafe

Le Neuf Cafe is a serene little cafe and patisserie in a busy area of downtown Toronto. Though I generally like to think I'm quite familiar with the city's downtown core,...

Le Select Bistro / Restaurants

432 Wellington Street West 416.596.6405 Website
Le Select Bistro

Le Select Bistro is a classic Parisian Bistro that cooks up favourites like entrecote steak frites and pied-de-cochon....

Lee Restaurant / Restaurants

603 King Street West 416.504.7867 Website
Lee Restaurant

Lee Restaurant is one of Toronto's most venerable dining institutions, headed by star chef Susur Lee. The food here is meant for sharing so prepare to order a lot and...

Lids + Laces / Fashion Stores

404 Adelaide Street West 647.523.4207 Website
Lids + Laces

Lids + Laces carries pieces from the shop's own streetwear label including sweatpants, snapbacks and tees. ...

Lifestyle Shop / Design Stores

64 Spadina Avenue 416.599.5433 Website
Lifestyle Shop

The Lifestyle Shop sells custom sofas, blinds, lighting, tables, shelves and other design accessories....

Livestock (Spadina) / Fashion Stores

116 Spadina Avenue 416.360.5483 Website
Livestock (Spadina)

On my way into Livestock, a premier Toronto streetwear store I see a lineup of streetwear lovers there over 16 hours before the store is set to open the next...

Livsstil / Fashion Stores

445 Adelaide St W 416.703.2916 Website

Livsstil is a men's and women's apparel and home shop located on Adelaide between Bathurst and Spadina. It's inside an 1870's Victorian town house, with pristine items in various shades...

Locals Only / Bars

589 King St W 416.520.4753 Website
Locals Only

Locals Only is a snack bar located below the venerable Home of the Brave on King West. The chill industrial hangout serves food and drinks until 2 a.m. Inside, the...

Lone Star (King West) / Restaurants

212 King Street West 416.408.4064 Website
Lone Star (King West)

Lone Star is a US-based restaurant chain that offers Tex-Mex and BBQ staples. The menu is chock full of indulgent eats like country-fried steak, fajita enchiladas, and crispy calamari....

Los Colibris / Restaurants

220 King St. West 416.979.7717 Website
Los Colibris

Los Colibris is perched on top of sister restaurant El Caballito at the same address on King West. The top tier restaurant is more refined than the downstairs, focused less...

Luckee / Restaurants

328 Wellington St. West 416.935.0400 Website

Luckee, renowned chef Susur Lee's latest restaurant, is an all-day dim sum spot situated at the base of the Soho Metropolitan Hotel. Formerly Senses, the restaurant has been dramatically redesigned...

Luma / Restaurants

330 King St. W 647.288.4715 Website

Luma is Oliver & Bonacini's upscale offering at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Under the guidance of Executive Chef Jason Bangerter (formerly at Auberge du Pommier), the restaurant seats around...

Maison Mercer / Bars

15 Mercer Street 416.341.8777 Website
Maison Mercer

Maison Mercer is a massive 12,000 square foot club on Mercer Street with a state of the art sound system, LED screens and a swank rooftop terrace....

Maki My Way / Restaurants

293 King St. West 416.599.8828 Website
Maki My Way

Maki My Way is a King West sushi haven serving up every type of maki and handroll imaginable. On the menu you'll find old stand-bys like California rolls as well...

Marben / Restaurants

488 Wellington Street West 416.979.1990 Website

Marben on Wellington at Portland is a restaurant constantly in flux, reinventing itself every couple of years with a cosmetic reno and evolving menu. In its current incarnation, a street-side...

Mascot Brewery / Restaurants

31 Mercer St. 416.979.0131 Website
Mascot Brewery

Mascot Brewery and Beer Garden occupies the rooftop above Odd Thomas on Mercer St. It's positioned perfectly to attract condo dwellers, Jays fans and clubs goers, but unlike its chic...

Masseria / Restaurants

577 King St W 416.263.9999 Website

Masseria is an Italian restaurant at King and Portland in an area known for its abundance of drinking and dining options. Already home to Buca, Wvrst, Home of the Brave...

Michael's on Simcoe / Restaurants

100 Simcoe St 416.260.5100 Website
Michael's on Simcoe

Michael's on Simcoe is an ideal place to dine if you enjoy the finer things in life - namely, a top-quality steak or an expertly made Italian dish (it also...

Michaels / Design Stores

142 John St. 647.317.3706 Website

Michaels at Richmond and John (the one attached to the Scotiabank Theatre) has officially opened. The Pinterest-inspired condo of your dreams is literally within reach as this new craft emporium...

Mike the Bike / Services

306 Adelaide St. West 416.595.5596 Website
Mike the Bike

Mike The Bike owner Mike Wilson's affably grungy little shop is the essence of old school - not much interested in impressing you as much as getting the job done....

Milagro / Restaurants

5 Mercer Street 416.850.2855 Website

Milagro is a Mexican cantina on Mercer Street that features more contemporary (and pricier) Mexican food than found elsewhere in the city. On the menu are favourites like tortilla soup,...

Milano Coffee / Cafes

266 Adelaide St. West 647.344.6566 Website
Milano Coffee

Milano Coffee is the first Toronto location for what's already a Canadian coffee institution. The company's operated three branded cafes in the Vancouver area for years - but, before that,...

Millie Patisserie & Creamery / Baked Goods

12 Oxley St. 416.596.0063 Website
Millie Patisserie & Creamery

Millie Patisserie & Creamery is the sister shop to Millie Creperie in Kensington Market. Located on a small side street off Spadina just north of King West, this place specializes...

Mindzai / Design Stores

11 Camden St 416.737.2711 Website

Mindzai, a new toy shop tucked away just off Spadina, shares an already tight space with street art supply store Homebase, so it's no surprise every wall is stacked floor-to-ceiling...

Moksha Yoga (King West) / Fitness Clubs

577 Wellington St. West 416.361.3033 Website
Moksha Yoga (King West)

Moksha Yoga's Wellington studio has a decidedly different vibe from their old space on Richmond West where I was formerly a member. It has chilled out considerably and the spirit...

Montecito / Restaurants

299 Adelaide St. West 416.599.0299 Website

Montecito is a sleek new 400-seat restaurant situated at the base of the Daniels Cinema Tower just behind the TIFF Lightbox. Owned by director Ivan Reitman and chef Jonathan Waxman,...

Mountain Equipment Co-op / Fashion Stores

400 King St W 416.340.2667 Website
Mountain Equipment Co-op

Mountain Equipment Co-op, or MEC as it is more often called, offers gear made with eco-friendly, sustainable materials, emphasizes low-impact production in the making of its products, and even its...

Nawlins / Restaurants

299 King Street West 416.595.1958 Website

N'awlins is a New Orleans inspired Jazz bar on King West. There's live music nightly to accompany an Italian and Cajun inspired menu....

Nicholas Metivier Gallery / Galleries

451 King Street West 416.205.9000 Website
Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Features painting, drawing, graphics arts, sculpture and photography by international contemporary artists....

Noah's Natural Foods (King and Spadina) / Grocery Stores

430 King St. W 416.260.8900 Website
Noah's Natural Foods (King and Spadina)

Noah's Natural Foods has four locations in the GTA including this one at King and Spadina. They have a wide selection of natural health products including some freshly prepared food...

Nook / Cafes

469 King Street West 416.595.5155

Formerly Bakerberry's Cafe, Nook is a sub-level cafe serving a variety of drinks, snacks and lunch items....

O & B Canteen / Restaurants

330 King St. West 647.288.4710 Website
O & B Canteen

O & B Canteen, located at King and John, right in the entertainment district's restaurant strip, is the latest venture from the ever-expanding Oliver & Bonacini company. The airy cafe,...

Odd Thomas / Bars

31 Mercer St. 416.979.0131 Website
Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas is a nightclub and a beer bar - a combination that just might make it the first of its kind in Toronto. You'll find it sandwiched into the...

Old York / Bars

167 Niagara Street 416.703.9675
Old York

The Old York Bar and Grill on Niagara Street is a friendly neighbourhood bar. It's a chilled place to sit back and have a few pints with friends. ...

Oniwa / Restaurants

214 King St. West 416.971.9222 Website

Oniwa joins the list of crowded options for pre-theatre far near King and Simcoe. Bento boxes, sushi, sashimi, maki and all the usual raw fish faves are on the menu...

Orchid Nightclub / Bars

82 Peter St. 416.906.2117 Website
Orchid Nightclub

Orchid Nightclub is a new "multi-themed super club complex." Located where Tryst used to be, the space combines club, lounge and venue for an unforgettable party experience. I visited Orchid late...

Ovest / Restaurants

788 King St. West 416.214.6161 Website

Ovest Cucina e Vineria is a massive (4,700 square foot) Italian restaurant on King West helmed by Sicilian chef Luca Stracquadanio (ex-Terroni) and general manager, Marco Celio (ex-Buca). The 120-seat restaurant...

Pai / Restaurants

18 Duncan St. 416.901.4724 Website

Pai is the latest restaurant from Nuit and Jeff Regular, the duo also behind Sabai Sabai and Sukhothai, who named their newest spot after a town in northern Thailand. Located a...

Parcae / Restaurants

348 Adelaide St. West 416.479.0847 Website

Parcae is the newest resident at the Templar Hotel taking over the former Monk Kitchen, a sub level dining room hidden in the basement of this secretive boutique hotel. The concierge...

Parlour / Bars

270 Adelaide West 416.408.3666 Website

Parlour bills itself as a mecca for socialites seeking habitual enlightenment...a destination for those seeking refuge from the main.. Was I right to feel justified in my initial apprehension? Now,...

Patagonia (King West) / Fashion Stores

500 King St. West 416.861.1102 Website
Patagonia (King West)

Patagonia is well known for their outdoor apparel, however, look for Patagonia's King Street store to start carrying some footwear as well. Although their retail store has typically only...

Patria / Restaurants

478 King St. W, # 114 416.367.0505 Website

Patria is now officially open to the public after a 2-month-long soft opening that's had food enthusiasts drooling in anticipation since a sneak peak during TIFF. After opening American comfort...

Pearl King / Restaurants

291 King St W 416.506.8886 Website
Pearl King

Pearl King is a dim sum and tapas lounge on King East right across from TIFF Bell Lightbox. With ample seating in and outdoors and a classic dim sum checkbox...

Penelope Restaurant / Restaurants

225 King Street West 416.351.9393 Website
Penelope Restaurant

My favourite dish at Penelope's: the roast lamb, no question. The one time I dined at this Greek restaurant and they were out of the lamb, it took several tries...

Penguin Shop / Bookstores

320 Front Street West 416.882.0743 Website
Penguin Shop

Penguin Shop is located in the Atrium of 320 Front Street West. It's a teeny tiny store that holds a deceptive amount of literature and other bookish goodies: what look...

PetPod / Services

766 King Street West 416.815.8188

PetPod is a modern alternative to the traditional pet store, with sleek designs and the most fashionable litter boxes this side of Manhattan. Local, hand made doggie coats and sweaters...

Pizza Rustica / Restaurants

270 Wellington St. West 416.260.2200 Website
Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica serves up pizza just steps from the Rogers Centre. On the menu you'll find fan favourites like Margherita and pepperoni as well as a few unique options like...

Pizzaiolo (King West) / Restaurants

521 King St. West 416.599.9995 Website
Pizzaiolo (King West)

The Pizzaiolo at King and Portland offers a break from the swanky lounges and upscale restaurants decorating the strip. You can decide if that's a good or bad thing. This...

Pizzeria Libretto (King West) / Restaurants

545 King St. West 647.352.1200 Website
Pizzeria Libretto (King West)

Pizzeria Libretto on King West is the fourth outpost for the chain of Neapolitan pizzerias. It doesn't have much street presence but can be found next to the new Porchetta...

Polish'd Nail Bar / Fashion Stores

130 King St West 647.748.1713 Website
Polish'd Nail Bar

Polish'd Nail Art is known around the city for its nail art. The staff can handle anything from basic manicures to more complex nail art designs. Photo by Polish'd Nail Bar....

Porchetta & Co. (King West) / Restaurants

545 King St. West Website
Porchetta & Co. (King West)

Porchetta & Co. now boasts a second location, this time on King West. It's an industrial-looking utilitarian takeout joint fronting a serious kitchen uncharacteristic of a typical sandwich shop. Now equipped...

Portland Variety / Cafes

587 King St. West 416.368.5151 Website
Portland Variety

Portland Variety has taken over the coveted spot at the corner of Portland and King formerly occupied by KiWe Kitchen. The cafe (and soon to be launched restaurant in the...

Poutini's (King West) / Restaurants

617 King St W Website
Poutini's (King West)

Poutini's on King West and their original location on Queen Street are one-stop shops for great handmade poutine. They're known for their gigantic portions, as well as their late hours:...

ps by Pretty Sweet / Baked Goods

848 King Street West 647.352.3318 Website
ps by Pretty Sweet

ps by Pretty Sweet is a bit hard to find--those expecting a typical boxy storefront will be surprised by its location in a walk-up house, with the trio of simple...

Pulp & Press / Restaurants

833 King St. West 416.546.3033 Website
Pulp & Press

Pulp & Press is the brand-new Toronto offshoot of a London, Ont.-based juice company. What began as a plan to do a juice cleanse quickly turned into a business late...

Pure + Simple / Fashion Stores

725 King Street West 416.366.8558 Website
Pure + Simple

Pure + Simple's focus is on matching products to people, with a services menu that largely consists of facials....

Quad Spin / Fitness Clubs

580 King St. West 416.203.1811 Website
Quad Spin

Quad Spin on King West is one of three Quad studios. This central location is as swanky and hip as its King West surroundings. Themed music spins keep it fun...

Quantum Coffee / Cafes

460 King St. West 647.494.4429 Website
Quantum Coffee

Quantum Coffee opened inside the newly restored heritage building at 460 King Street West - you may remember the space as being home to Global Village Backpackers, or else as...

Quesada Mexican Grill / Restaurants

234 Wellington Street West 416.644.0876
Quesada Mexican Grill

Never having met a burrito joint I didn't want to visit at least once, I headed over to Quesada last night for my fill of rice, beans and flour tortilla....

RaviSoups (Adelaide) / Restaurants

322 Adelaide West 647.435.8365
RaviSoups (Adelaide)

RaviSoups offers a little refuge. Alas, autumn is upon us again and it's time to pack up picnics and patios for yet another year. As a balmy summer shifts to...

Residence Inn Marriott / Hotels

255 Wellington Street West 416.581.1800 Website
Residence Inn Marriott

The Residence Inn Marriott is centrally located near the Rogers Centre, Club District, King West bars and restaurants and the Financial District. It's a clean, modern hotel. ...

Reviv / Fashion Stores

626 King St. West 647.352.1800 Website

Reviv is a clinic offering vitamin-wellness infusions via intravenous drip or intramuscular injection. It's the first medical-based organization in Toronto to offer an almost-instantaneous way fill your body with vitamins...

Riant Boutique / Fashion Stores

35 Bathurst Street 416.367.4567 Website
Riant Boutique

Riant Boutique gets its name from a word tied to joy, cheerfulness, and laughter. "This sounds really corny," owner Maxine Waters says after we escape to a back room...

Ritual / Fashion Stores

571 Wellington Street West 416.306.0040 Website

Ritual is hot pink, white and concrete. Home of the insightful aestheticians: best skin diagnosis, best hair diagnosis, best unsolicited but-way-better replacement nail polish suggestion. It's a GTD salon --...

Ritz Bar / Restaurants

181 Wellington St. West 416.585.2500 Website
Ritz Bar

Ritz Bar has undergone a quiet transformation. Although the decor and service remain that of a polished hotel bar, the cuisine has dramatically shifted from sushi into a modern Peruvian...

Rock 'n' Horse Saloon / Bars

250 Adelaide St. W 647.344.1234 Website
Rock 'n' Horse Saloon

The Rock 'n' Horse Saloon opens today in the former London Tap House site on Adelaide St. West. Going head to head with Boots & Bourbon in the east end...

Rodney's Oyster House / Restaurants

469 King Street West 416.363.8105 Website
Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House has been a Toronto institution since 1987 and is one of the most popular oyster spots in the city. Not only has the restaurant established itself as...

Roxy on King / Bars

285 King St. West 416.599.7699 Website
Roxy on King

Roxy on King is the reincarnation of the Roxy Bar. The King West hangout boasts pool tables, ping-pong, and pub food. I visited Roxy on King on a Tuesday night...

Ryerson Gallery / Galleries

80 Spadina Avenue 416.703.2235 Website
Ryerson Gallery

Student and faculty run gallery programmed by Ryerson's School of Image Arts....

Same Nightclub / Bars

510 King St. West 647.970.7263 Website
Same Nightclub

Same Nightclub is a new club located in the space where previous bars Cobra and West used to be. Boasting bottle service and DJ beats, Same is open Thursdays to...

Second City / Bars

51 Mercer St 416.343.0011 Website
Second City

Second City lies unobtrusively at 51 Mercer. From a performer's perspective, this venue provides a completely different experience compared to all of the other comedy clubs in Toronto. The lights,...

Second Cup Coffee Co. / Cafes

287 King St. West 416.340.9386 Website
Second Cup Coffee Co.

The Second Cup Coffee Co. at King and John, located in the heart of Toronto's Theatre District, is the first location in the Second Cup chain to receive a complete...

Shawarma's King (King West) / Restaurants

214 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 3S6 416.977.9167
Shawarma's King (King West)

Shawarma's King serves up quick and easy Middle Eastern fare on King West. On the menu you'll find all the tried and true options, like falafel on a pita and...

Shoeless Joe's / Restaurants

276 King Street West 415.596.4203 Website
Shoeless Joe's

Shoeless Joe's offers Club District crowds a menu filled with pub fare standards like wings and prime rib burgers. The big draw of this location is its outdoor patio, which...

Simit & Chai / Baked Goods

787 King St. West 647.352.4161 Website
Simit & Chai

Simit & Chai is a Turkish bakery and cafe where bagels and tea are the specialty. Owners John (Candeniz) and Dee (Duygu) Ulgen took over the King Street address that...

Smoke's Poutinerie (Adelaide) / Restaurants

218 Adelaide St. West 416.599.2873 Website
Smoke's Poutinerie (Adelaide)

Smoke's Poutinerie is not just about fries, gravy and cheese curds. Instead, poutine here is all about overindulgence. Apparently I wasn't the only one makin' a b-line for Smoke's when they...

SoHo Hotel Metropolitan / Hotels

318 Wellington Street West 416.599.8800 Website
SoHo Hotel Metropolitan

The SoHo Hotel Metropolitan falls somewhere between a boutique and luxury hotel experience. It's too big to really be considered boutique but it's also lacking the the overall feel, quality...

SOMA Chocolate / Grocery Stores

443 King St. West 416.599.7662 Website
SOMA Chocolate

SOMA Chocolate on King West is the second and newest SOMA location in Toronto, and I find it already buzzing on its very first day in action. Perhaps it's the free...

Sparks Salon / Fashion Stores

1004 King St W 647.351.8982 Website
Sparks Salon

Sparks Salon is a women's spot devoted to anything and everything beauty. Options include the traditional services like mani/pedis, hair cuts/colour and waxing. But the super fun may dabble in...

SPAW Boutique / Services

852 King Street West 416.366.7729 Website
SPAW Boutique

SPAW Boutique on King West offers a sophisticated and classy alternative to being left home alone through their doggy day care, plus posh spa services including a "mani and pawdi"...

Spice Route / Restaurants

499 King St. West 416.849.1808 Website
Spice Route

Spice Route brings a bit of Southeast Asia to King West. With statues of buddha, wall hangings depicting ancient ruins and a 16 foot waterfall, this stylish asian-bistro bar...

SPiN Toronto / Bars

461 King St. West 416.599.7746 Website
SPiN Toronto

SPiN Toronto has quietly opened on King West, bringing the game of ping pong out from rec rooms across the nation. When I first spoke to Ryan Fisher about his...

SpiritHouse / Bars

487 Adelaide Street West 647.277.1187 Website

SpiritHouse is rather non-descript from the outside, announced by a wooden sign and steps heading downwards. When I stop by, the bar has been open for just an hour and...

Spoke Club / Restaurants

600 King Street West 416.368.8448 Website
Spoke Club

The Spoke Club is a private, invite-only members club at King and Portland. Inside, there's an art gallery, screening room, lounge, library, restaurant, private dining rooms and one of the...

St. Louis Bar & Grill (King West) / Restaurants

720 King St. West 416.203.2883 Website
St. Louis Bar & Grill (King West)

There are no surprises at St. Louis. Big, plump, tasty wings in a basket with excellent fries and pre-packaged dill sauce. Good pub fare in food, atmosphere and service. I...

StriveLife / Fitness Clubs

849 Adelaide Street West Website

Strivelife offers unique full-body workout classes. This isn't your typical gym, but rather a long and narrow space that holds four different workout services. ...

Studio 180 Hair Design / Fashion Stores

550 Front Street West 416.598.2100 Website
Studio 180 Hair Design

Studio 180 Hair Design is a unisex hair salon which is spearheaded by siblings Marco and Mona Ghasabani, who have a background with L'Oreal. The salon offers free consultations as...

Studio Event Theatre / Bars

333 King St W 416.500.5125 Website
Studio Event Theatre

Studio Event Theatre is a half club, half event venue hybrid (clevenue?) on King West. Directly across the street from Bell Lightbox, Studio already has some upcoming TIFF events in...

Studio KO / Fitness Clubs

788 King St. West 647.349.4788 Website
Studio KO

Studio KO is a King Street West gym that offers workouts inspired by rigorous boxing training sessions. With three Box-Fit levels, beginners and advanced students can learn traditional boxing moves...

Studio67 / Fashion Stores

67 Portland Street 416.979.1336 Website

Studio67, formerly Fringe Portland, is a hair salon located in the King West neighbourhood. The stylists here can tackle formal updos, balayage highlights, simple trims and more. It also operates...

Superfood Eateries / Restaurants

268 Adelaide St W 647.827.9656 Website
Superfood Eateries

Superfood Eateries are all about serving nutritious food conveniently, and for great value. Superfoods are nutrient dense, with easily digestible energy sources. All of their homemade recipes include at...

Sushi and Bento / Restaurants

579 King Street West 416.506.0996
Sushi and Bento

Sushi and Bento is a favourite among the King West lunch crowd. Account Executives and Art Directors flock here for tasty bento boxes and maki rolls. ...

Sweet Jesus / Restaurants

106 John St. 647.348.2266 Website
Sweet Jesus

Sweet Jesus occupies a corner unit squished between Union Juice and the third outpost of La Carnita (which can also be found on College and Queen East). Follow the trail...

T Sushi / Restaurants

263 Wellington St 416.599.5838 Website
T Sushi

T Sushi is a teeny tiny sushi shop on Wellington between Blue Jays Way and Windsor. It's separated from the pop-up shop next door by a mere partition, and the...

Templar Hotel / Hotels

348 Adelaide St. W. 647.933.5546 Website
Templar Hotel

Templar Hotel marries luxury with the intimacy of a boutique hotel, with just 27 rooms touting minimalistic decor. The spot also features an on-site restaurant (Monk Kitchen), and a...

Thai Princess / Restaurants

387 King Street West 416.977.8222 Website
Thai Princess

Thai Princess has been a stalwart on King West for the past 13 years. Their phad thai is always made the same way thanks to the owner who is the...

The Addisons Residence / Bars

456 Wellington St. 416.260.9393 Website
The Addisons Residence

The Addisons Residence is a lounge-meets-club that has taken over the former C Lounge space on Wellington, just south of King West. Inspired by a retro home in Beverly...

The Banknote / Restaurants

663 King Street West 416.947.0404
The Banknote

Located in a former bank, the aptly named Banknote is well-known for its huge servings of mussels....

The Citizen / Restaurants

522 King St. W 416.703.2800 Website
The Citizen

The Citizen is the newest iteration of the Brant House, a casual 200-seat hangout geared towards the King West professional set. Designed by Ian Rydberg of Solid Design & Build,...

The Cloak / Bars

488 Wellington St W 416.710.7697 Website
The Cloak

The Cloak is a secretive bar located under chic restaurant Marben on Wellington. Serving delightful spirit-forward cocktails and noshes in an ultra-hip atmosphere, be prepared to do a tiny bit...

The Coffee Bar / Cafes

346 Front St. West 416.792.8840 Website
The Coffee Bar

The Coffee Bar is right on trend with the moment we're having where country has suddenly taken hold in Toronto. Following in the footsteps of late night spots like Boots...

The Everleigh / Bars

580 King St. West 416.368.0014 Website
The Everleigh

The Everleigh is a brand new club on King West just east of Portland. The Everleigh's Facebook page notes that the Everleigh is a fresh take on Canadian nightlife interpreted...

The Hoxton / Bars

69 Bathurst St. 647.400.4788 Website
The Hoxton

The Hoxton is the new club and event venue occupying what was Sixty-9 on lower Bathurst. The velvet curtains, antique-esque mirrors and stripper pole (alas) have all been taken away,...

The Hydrant / Services

23 Brant Street 416.562.5499 Website
The Hydrant

The Hydrant offers a flat rate for daily boarding, as well as dog walking, outdoor playgroups and in-home boarding. Overnight stays are available for an additional fee. ...

The Independent / Cafes

96 Spadina Avenue Website
The Independent

The Independent is a grab-and-go cafe in an office building right at Spadina and Adelaide, but with a vibe that makes you want to find your spot at the bar...

The Keg (King West) / Restaurants

560 King St. W 416.364.7227 Website
The Keg (King West)

The Keg is a nationwide institution that operates 100 or so steakhouses coast to coast and even a few in the States. It's been around since 1971, and it's more...

The Line / Design Stores

49 Spadina Ave. Suite 100 647.215.3464 Website
The Line

The Line sells contemporary furniture representing an array of artists from all over the world. Lee Brown is the curator of the gallery which combines design, fashion, and a strong...

The One That Got Away / Restaurants

581 King Street West 647.351.6153 Website
The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away World Famous Fish House at King and Portland is the newest addition to the King West block of tiny fast-food-but-fancier restos including the likes of...

The Patron Saint / Fashion Stores

550 Wellington St West Website
The Patron Saint

The Patron Saint is a gift and travel accessory shop - gone chic - located inside The Thompson Hotel. With a focus on Canadian brands, this kiosk sells skincare, sunglasses,...

The Peacok / Bars

365 King St. West Website
The Peacok

The Peacok is a dark and narrow hallway situated in the remains of beloved King West establishment The Underground Garage. Unlike the Garage, which wore its dive bar status proudly...

The Underground Garage / Bars

365 King St. West 647.330.6635 Website
The Underground Garage

The Underground Garage is a self-described "urban saloon" located in the Club District. I recently visited the Underground Garage on one wintery Thursday evening. I was directed up to the...

Thompson Diner / Restaurants

550 Wellington St West 416.640.7778
Thompson Diner

The Thompson Diner (formerly, The Counter), the Thompson Hotel's new 24-hour diner, is a swankier take on the classic diner theme. Just south of King on Bathurst, this restaurant is...

Thompson Hotel Toronto / Hotels

550 Wellington Street West 416.640.7778 Website
Thompson Hotel Toronto

The Thompson Hotel in Toronto has been open since June 2010, setting up shop at the corner of Wellington and Bathurst. The international chain, with locations in the US, UK...

Thor Espresso Bar / Cafes

35 Bathurst St. 416.451.8736 Website
Thor Espresso Bar

Thor Espresso Bar pulled its inaugural shot for the public last Wednesday after a three-month-long construction delay. Rather than twiddle their anxious fingers, co-owners Patrick Tu and Tom Junek used...

Toronto Image Works / Galleries

80 Spadina Avenue 416.703.1999 Website
Toronto Image Works

Toronto Image Works is primarily a photography printing studio but it also has a small gallery space that show photo-based work....

Totum / Fitness Clubs

445 King Street West 416.979.2449 Website

With three locations in Toronto, Totum must be doing something right. At King and Spadina, the largest of the three battles Diesel Fitness for the hearts and wallets of the...

Town Crier / Restaurants

115 John Street 416.204.9588
Town Crier

Town Crier takes over where The Fat Belgian left off, offering a menu that consists of bar food through a European lens (think Moules et Frites ($13.00) or Pork Schnitzel...

Tutti Matti / Restaurants

364 Adelaide St. West 416.597.8839 Website
Tutti Matti

Tutti Matti just might be the best restaurant in the Club District. Located on Adelaide near Charlotte, the small trattoria serves excellent pasta and other Italian fare. ...

UG3 Live / Bars

77 Peter St. Website
UG3 Live

UG3 Live is a new live music bar on King West. The third addition to the Underground Garage family, UG3 Live occupies the space where Media Bar used to be....

Uniun Nightclub / Bars

473 Adelaide Street West 416.603.9300 Website
Uniun Nightclub

Uniun Nightclub is almost self-consciously a nightclub. Brought to you by "nightlife king" (and you know he must be growing weary of that title) Charles Khabouth and Ink Entertainment, it...

Urawa Japanese Restaurant / Restaurants

254 Adelaide St W 647.797.2023
Urawa Japanese Restaurant

Urawa Japanese Restaurant is a decent option for AYCE sushi in the Club District. They also do take-out....

Victor Restaurant / Restaurants

30 Mercer St 416.883.3431 Website
Victor Restaurant

Victor Restaurant is a dining establishment located inside the Hotel Le Germain. The menu boasts comfort food classics like burgers, salads and pastas with an upscale touch. ...

Wahlburgers / Restaurants

46 Blue Jays Way 416.489.8922 Website

Wahlburgers is not just a fast food outlet - it doubles as a sports bar, and despite its celebrity pedigree, the chain founded by the Wahlberg brothers (chef Paul, actor...

Walnut Contemporary / Galleries

201 Niagara St. 416.271.6599 Website
Walnut Contemporary

Walnut Contemporary is Walnut Studios' new new affiliated commercial gallery and event space. It's also blessed with a great origin story: it replaces the defunct Canadian Corps Legion Hall (a...

Wayne Gretzky's / Restaurants

99 Blue Jays Way 416.979.7825 Website
Wayne Gretzky's

As a rule, I don't dine in restaurants that have a gift shop, but for fans looking to get a bit closer to the Great One (or at least his...

Weslodge Saloon / Restaurants

478 King St West 416.274.8766 Website
Weslodge Saloon

Weslodge Saloon announces its entrance with an illuminated, slab-lettered marquee and electrifying yellow doors. The restaurant, which opened last week at the base of the soon-to-be-complete Victory Condos, occupies the...

Wheat Sheaf / Bars

667 King Street West 416.504.9912
Wheat Sheaf

At the corner of King and Bathurst, the Wheat Sheaf is one of Toronto's oldest pubs. It's a good place to grab a burger and a beer and watch the...

Wilbur Mexicana / Restaurants

552 King St. West 416.792.1878 Website
Wilbur Mexicana

Wilbur Mexicana is a taco joint on King West named after Wilbur Scoville, the chemist responsible for creating the Scoville scale, the measure of heat used to gauge the pungency...

Wild Wing (King West) / Restaurants

675 King St West #101 416.777.9464 Website
Wild Wing (King West)

Wild Wing has several locations of its beer n' hot wings franchise throughout Toronto, and this one is right at home in King West. Half-price wing specials that come in...

Wildflower / Bars

550 Wellington St. 416.640.7778 Website

Wildflower is the latest edition to the Thompson Hotel's nightlife scene. I visited the club late one Friday evening after navigating down several flights of stairs and around some corners (great...

Wvrst / Restaurants

609 King St. West 416.703.7775 Website

Wvrst hasn't changed too much since Aldo Lanzillotta opened it back in 2011 - sausages, craft beer and fries are still its raison d'etre. And this second-floor space on King...

Yuzu No Hana / Restaurants

236 Adelaide Street West 416.205.9808 Website
Yuzu No Hana

Yuzu No Hana is a Japanese restaurant in the Club District created by the owner of the ever-popular Japango. The fish here is fresher and high quality than the average...

Zaza Espresso Bar (Simcoe) / Cafes

200 King Street West 416.204.1112 Website
Zaza Espresso Bar (Simcoe)

Zaza Espresso Bar at the corner of Simcoe and King serves up the usual range of caffeinated drinks. There are some tables so you don't need to take the drinks...

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