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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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1812 Bar in the Thompson Hotel / Bars

550 Wellington Street W 416.601.3586 Website
1812 Bar in the Thompson Hotel

1812 Bar in the Thompson Hotel is presumably so named for its proximity to Victoria Memorial Square, a King West cemetery turned park in which many of that war's casualties...

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 more of an apparel and skate culture spot than a bona fide skate shop. A pretty slick operation, it's a tucked away basement studio at Spadina and Richmond....

Agra Fine Indian Cuisine (King West) / Restaurants

365 King Street West 416.977.8500 Website
Agra Fine Indian Cuisine (King West)

Agra Fine Indian Cuisine on King West is a branch of the original restaurant located in North York. It Ffatures a high-quality lunch buffet spread at a very reasonable price...

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...

Atelier Cafe Lounge / Cafes

510 King St. West 416.594.0007 Website
Atelier Cafe Lounge

Atelier Cafe Lounge is in the midst a branding overhaul and is hoping to emerge as a daytime meeting space for King West designers, people in finance, and budding young...

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...

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...

Bavette / Restaurants

488 Wellington St. West 416.979.1990 Website

Bavette, Marben's cooler and more fun-loving sister, has opened its doors in the basement of 488 Wellington St. West. While Bavette has the same menu as Marben, it turns into...

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...

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...

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 Daddy's / Restaurants

212 King St. West 416.599.5200 Website
Big Daddy's

Big Daddy's Bourbon Street Bistro & Oyster Bar is exactly as it sounds - a casual restaurant serving seafood and other Louisiana favourites like cajun fried alligator, seafood gumbo and...

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 / Restaurants

573 King Street West 416.596.6660
Big Smoke Burger

I think winter might just last forever this year. It honestly wouldn't surprise me the way things are going right now. But whether you're someone who either loathes or embraces...

Black Line Studio / Services

577 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

I'm no sushi snob - if the sushi/sashimi craving hits, I'll be feasting at an all-you-can sushi place and leave two hours later, fully satiated and ten pounds heavier. But on...

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...

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 Brats / Restaurants

254 Adelaide St. West 647.352.4786 Website
Burger Brats

Burger Brats is situated between John and Duncan on Adelaide Street, fittingly sandwiched between Hooters and Crocodile Rock. The rock 'n' roll style street sign with kitschy photos of massive...

Burrito Boyz (Adelaide St.) / Restaurants

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

Some say the best burritos in the city. Now with three locations, Burrito Boyz still makes the burritos - grilled, pressed and made to order - just like they've always...

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...

C Lounge / Bars

456 Wellington Street West 416.260.9393 Website
C Lounge

C Lounge is an Indoor and outdoor space best for summer "pool parties" in the back patio surrounded by cabans and comfy couches. ...

Cabal / Restaurants

782 King St. W. 647.342.8866 Website

Cabal is the recent reincarnation of Sazerac. Still under the same management, the bar will stick to the classics as it did before, with a focus on Cajun-inspired dishes...

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...

Canadian Salvaged Timber / Design Stores

440 Dufferin St. 905.237.1529 Website
Canadian Salvaged Timber

Canadian Salvaged Timber is a haven for lumber lovers. As both a design shop and reclaimed wood wholesaler, CST serves a whole range of clients including homeowners, restaurateurs, interior designers...

Cheesewerks / Restaurants

56 Bathurst St 416.243.3327 Website

Cheesewerks is the city's newest, quirky grilled-cheese specialty shop, giving Kensington Market's The Grilled Cheese and the also recently opened Construction Site a little competition. Located in the relatively sparse...

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...

Cove Thirtyone / Bars

31 Mercer St 416.979.0131 Website
Cove Thirtyone

Cove Thirtyone gets me thinking of The Little Mermaid - or at least a song that you're bound to get stuck in your head. "Under the sea, darling it's better, down...

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...

Crown Bar and Lounge / Bars

393 King St. West 416.341.2345 Website
Crown Bar and Lounge

Crown Bar and Lounge may be situated on a King, but does it have the jewels necessary for it to truly become Toronto royalty? I arrived at Crown right around...

Crush Wine Bar / Restaurants

455 King Street West 416.977.1234 Website
Crush Wine Bar

Crush Wine Bar is a King West fixture and one of the best wine bars in the city. On Mondays you can bring your own bottle for a one dollar...

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 (John St.) / Cafes

125 John St 647.748.7700 Website
Dark Horse (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...

Dolce Social Ballroom / Bars

647 King St. West 416.361.9111 Website
Dolce Social Ballroom

If we can infer musical taste by dress style and vice-versa - one person's wallet chain and septum piercing may scream Black Flag, for example, while another person's beard says...

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...

F Correnti Cigars / Grocery Stores

606 King Street West 416.504.4108 Website
F Correnti Cigars

F Correnti Cigars is hidden away in an alley near King and Portland. To find it, walk north on Portland from King and take the first alley left. There's a...

F-Stop / Bars

420a Wellington Street 416.901.9990 Website

F-Stop has taken over from the former Hyde Lounge on King West....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

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....

Gilt / Bars

31 Mercer St. 416.979.0131 Website

Gilt opened over the summer in the Entertainment District. Boasting bottle service and themed nights, the nightclub bills itself as Toronto's hottest patio. I visited Gilt on a Thursday evening in...

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,...

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...

Hogtown / Fashion Stores

401 King St. West 416.598.4192 Website

Hogtown Extreme Sports is an institution in Toronto, if they have anything to say about it. And it's hard to argue with that. Having been around for 26 years -...

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...

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...

Indochino / Fashion Stores

425 King St. West 416.260.6665 Website

Indochino has brought its online custom-suiting system to a two-floor space on King West. The showroom, which began life as a pop-up last year, brings the online retailer and its...

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...

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...

Khao San Road / Restaurants

326 Adelaide St. West 647.352.5773 Website
Khao San Road

Khao San Road, Bangkok's infamous backpacker ghetto, isn't what I immediately think of when I'm jonesin' for an authentic taste of Thailand. The neighbourhood has long been a pit...

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....

L'eat Express / Restaurants

410 Adelaide Street West 416.601.9226 Website
L'eat Express

L'eat Express has recently set up shop in a cavernous space near Adelaide and Spadina. Billing itself as a quick service cafe with lots of seating, housemade food and free...

La Merceria / Cafes

506 Adelaide Street West 416.848.0057 Website
La Merceria

This is one of those times when writing a review tests your moral mettle. I don't want to tell you about La Merceria, because I don't really want you...

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, from celebrity chef Susur Lee, features sharable plates and a heavy emphasis on unique cocktails....

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 / Fashion Stores

116 Spadina Avenue 416.360.5483 Website

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...

LoKi Lounge / Bars

577 King St. West 416.977.7080 Website
LoKi Lounge

LoKi Lounge is a long time fixture on King West that features regular DJ nights and an extensive bottle service menu....

London Tap House / Bars

250 Adelaide St. West 416.205.1234 Website
London Tap House

The London Tap House draws Club District revelers to its massive rooftop patio - one of the best in the area. But expect to run into drunken 905ers, a giggly...

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...

Lou Dawg's Southern Sandwiches / Restaurants

589 King St. West 647.347.3294 Website
Lou Dawg's Southern Sandwiches

Lou Dawg's has a curiously rustic menu. Specializing in meat, other kinds of meat and more meat, this newish King West sandwich joint is not the place to take vegetarian...

Luce / Restaurants

791 King St. W 647.748.5464 Website

Luce is a new neighbourhood joint that's bound to feel familiar to King West locals. The casual Italian eatery and bar occupies the former address of Angelo's and is owned...

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....

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...

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...

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 Kensington old school - not much interested in impressing you as much as getting the job...

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,...

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,...

Moore Gallery / Galleries

80 Spadina Avenue 416.504.3914 Website
Moore Gallery

Features paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Canadian contemporary artists....

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,...

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. ...

Oliver Gordon Gallery / Galleries

80 Spadina Ave, Suite 501 416.603.3555 Website
Oliver Gordon Gallery

Found on the 5th floor of the 80 Spadina building, Oliver Gordon is a new photography gallery that grew out of the successful stock photography house. The gallery showcases...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. A wide range of natural products in-store include brands like Dr....

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...

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. ...

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

793 King 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 --...

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 is an institution on King West and one of the most popular oyster houses in the city....

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....

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...

Sense Appeal / Cafes

96 Spadina Avenue 416.907.8524 Website
Sense Appeal

Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters is the coffee shop I've been waiting to find. Some of the most delicious coffee I've ever had, a groovy bare brick space and an impressive...

Shibui Robata Bar / Restaurants

230 Adelaide St. West 647.748.3211 Website
Shibui Robata Bar

Shibui Robata Bar, situated on the lower level of the flamboyant Copacabana, shares a common address, and even a hostess station. When entering from Adelaide, you'll be forced to choose...

Smoke's Poutinerie / Restaurants

218 Adelaide St. West 416.599.2873 Website
Smoke's Poutinerie

Fries. Gravy. Cheese Curds. Simple. That's what goes into poutine. Yet considering how passionate people are over this humble Quebecois concoction you'd think there was some thing more; some...

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...

St. Tropez / Restaurants

315 King Street West 416.591.3600 Website
St. Tropez

Le St. Tropez on King West serves up classic French food to hungry theatre goers and tourists. It's also home to rabid French fans every four years during the World...

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...

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. ...

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 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 Charlotte Room / Bars

19 Charlotte St 416.591.1738 Website
The Charlotte Room

The Charlotte Room fulfils most stereotypes of the quintessential pool hall. It's slightly off the beaten path, stocked with a great selection of beer, and always seems to be showing...

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 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 Detox Market / Fashion Stores

367 King Street West 416.548.9879 Website
The Detox Market

The Detox Market is one of King Street West's newest additions. True to its name, this quaint boutique specializes in all natural and organic products, with top of the line...

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 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 Ultimate Cafe / Restaurants

293 King Street West 416.977.9690
The Ultimate Cafe

The Ultimate Cafe is a tourist-oriented restaurant in the heart of Toronto's theatre district....

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...

Theatrix Costume House / Fashion Stores

165 Geary Ave. 2nd floor 416.977.3113 Website
Theatrix Costume House

Theatrix Costume House is a high-end costume shop known for their rental costumes and custom creations. The storekeepers boast the shop's "full service" concept, as the devoted team aims to...

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 is the first Canadian outpost of the growing Thompson Hotel chain empire. Found on Bathurst south of King, the Thompson is already re-invigorating the area...

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...

TIme Nightclub / Bars

81 Peter St. 416.581.1118 Website
TIme Nightclub

TIME Nightclub on Peter St. gets packed most Friday and Saturday nights. It draws a typical Club District crowd for dancing, booze and good times....

Toshi Sushi / Restaurants

565 King Street West 416.260.8588
Toshi Sushi

Toshi Sushi is a proudly Japanese owned and operated restaurant on King West near Portland. It's a popular lunch spot for the advertising crowd who works in the area....

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...

Tryst Nightclub / Bars

82 Peter Street 416.588.7978 Website
Tryst Nightclub

Tryst Nightclub is a swanky lounge/dance club in the Club District popular among 905ers and the bottle service set....

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. ...

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....

Valdez / Restaurants

606 King St. West 416.363.8388 Website

Valdez is the newly opened 90-seat eatery on King West taking over the address once home to Cheval nightclub. The restaurant from Steve Gonzalez (Top Chef Canada, Origin) is a...

Wabora / Restaurants

550 Wellington St. West 416.777.9901

Wabora is a Japanese restaurant located inside the Thompson Hotel on Bathurst. It's well known for having a variety of creative and unusual rolls....

Wagamama / Cafes

766 King St. West 416.603.0369

In Japanese, "wagamama" means selfish, which is what Miwa Yamada's parents called her as a child. So when she grew up, she was like, "yeah that's right, I'm so...

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...

WVRST / Restaurants

609 King St. West 416.703.7775 Website

WVRST, a vowel-less wonder pronounced verst, is a sausage party if there ever was one. Owner Aldo Lanzillotta was inspired by the legendary beer halls of Munich and his own...

Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation / Galleries

778 King Street West 416.603.2227
Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation

More info coming soon....

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...

Zoe's Bakery Cafe / Cafes

548 King Street West 416.504.4174 Website
Zoe's Bakery Cafe

In the heart of King West, Zoe's serves gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups and creative weekly lunch selections....

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