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Neighbourhoods

Queen West

No longer the hippest address in town, the original Queen West is now a retail strip fronting global brands like Zara, H&M and Lululemon mixed with sneaker shops and longtime indie favourites that continue to persevere despite sky-rocketing rents. Things get a bit more interesting and eclectic west of Spadina where locals favour spots like Tequila Bookworm, Fressen and The Cameron House. Not to be missed are the galleries and rooftop garden at nearby 401 Richmond.


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1 Love Kitchen / Restaurants

247 Queen St. West 647.350.5683 Website
1 Love Kitchen

1 Love Kitchen is a Caribbean takeaway counter taking over the former home of the Healthy Greek on Queen West. Like the fast food joint before it, the vision behind...


3rd Quadrant Comics / Bookstores

685 Queen St. W 416.974.9211
3rd Quadrant Comics

3rd Quadrant Comics opened in it's new location on Queen St. West just west of Bathurst (across from the Beer Store) in January of 2008. With a wide-variety of...


416 Snack Bar / Restaurants

181 Bathurst St. 416.364.9320 Website
416 Snack Bar

416 Snack Bar is an ode to Toronto. With a close eye for detail, owners Adrian Ravinsky and David Stewart have crafted a venue and a menu that pay tribute...


5th Element / Restaurants

506 Queen St. West 416.504.3213 Website
5th Element

5th Element is a contemporary Indian restaurant on Queen West serving up Bombay calamari fritters, chicken tikka and prawn pakoras....


A Space Gallery / Galleries

401 Richmond Street West Suite 110 416.979.9633 Website
A Space Gallery

A Space is an artist-run gallery that features politically engaged issue oriented programming that is inclusive of a wide range of media, disciplines and views. ...


Abbozzo Gallery / Galleries

401 Richmond St. 416.260.2220 Website
Abbozzo Gallery

Abbozzo is the only commercial gallery at 401 Richmond. It's a perfect, breezy gallery space featuring all Canadian artists, most of whom hail from Ontario. The space they occupy used...


Aboveground Art Supplies / Design Stores

74 McCaul Street 416.591.1601 Website
Aboveground Art Supplies

Aboveground Art Supplies just might be the largest art supply store in Toronto. Located steps from OCAD, the store is stocked full of paint, brushes, canvases, paper and other art...


Aeroplane / Fashion Stores

555 Richmond St. West 647.932.6565 Website
Aeroplane

Aeroplane is a vintage-only eyewear shop, showroom, and lens-crafter. Not only do they sell shades, they also design high spec lenses that add unique gradients and hues to any pair...



Affordable Textiles / Design Stores

531 Queen St West 416.504.4117
Affordable Textiles

Affordable Textiles certainly chose their store name well. The space is flooded with fabrics at tremendously low prices from floor to ceiling. Literally. Besides the cavernous atmosphere and the fact...


Aji Sai / Restaurants

467 Queen St W 416.603.3366
Aji Sai

Aji Sai is famous for their all you can eat sushi which actually includes a lot more than sushi. Fish is fresh and options include maki, nigiri, sashimi and hand...


Alexandra Hotel / Hotels

77 Ryerson Ave 416.504.2121 Website
Alexandra Hotel

The Alexandra Hotel is a six-storey building with basic rooms, and so are the amenities, which includes little more than WiFi and not much else. The location makes up for...


Ali Baba's (Peter St.) / Restaurants

126 Peter St. 416.537.0100 Website
Ali Baba's (Peter St.)

Ali Baba's on Peter Street is typically swarming with club-goers in the late hours (or early mornings) of the weekends. The portions are huge and the food is cheap, making...


Americo Original / Design Stores

456 Queen Street West 416.777.9747 Website
Americo Original

Americo Original is a Toronto-based fashion and supply store that combines its own line of South American inspired yarns and textiles with ready-to-wear clothing and home accessories...


Amoroso / Services

4 Saint Patrick Street 416.591.1313 Website
Amoroso

Amoroso specializes in buying and selling used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. The genres they have in stock include Classical, Jazz, Opera, Rock, R&B, Blues, World, Audiophile, Soundtracks, and Collectibles....


Analogue Gallery / Galleries

673 Queen St. West 416.901.8001 Website
Analogue Gallery

Analogue Gallery is a newish Queen West gallery that aims to exhume from the annals of music history the unpublished images of noted photographers. For music lovers, the small...


Arepa Cafe / Restaurants

490 Queen St. West 416.362.4111 Website
Arepa Cafe

Arepa Cafe has a steady stream of customers at the lunch hour. The narrow cafe is well-lit, and bright colours and beautiful, exposed brick walls line the room's length. A...



Aristotelis / Fashion Stores

438 Richmond St. West 416.593.0856
Aristotelis

A perennial favourite at Richmond and Spadina. Aristotelis Koukodimos learned his trade in the Greek army. Augmented by son Larry, who eschewed a career in civil engineering to join the...


Avenue Open Kitchen / Restaurants

7 Camden Street 416.504.7131
Avenue Open Kitchen

Avenue Open Kitchen is a tiny place on a garment district side street and has been left to wave the flag for diners since the Stem closed its doors. The...


BaBa Geddo / Restaurants

69 Duncan St. 416.901.4336
BaBa Geddo

BaBa Geddo is takeout spot for quick Egyptian eats. They serve up all the staples, shawarma, kosher plates, and falafel ($5.25). Egyptian falafel is made with fava beans instead of...


Babur / Restaurants

273 Queen Street West 416.599.7720 Website
Babur

Babur serves up Indian food on Queen West. The best bet is to go for their weekend lunch buffets. ...


Bacon Nation / Restaurants

170 Spadina Ave. 416.435.0800 Website
Bacon Nation

Bacon Nation. That's it. That's the review. That name alone should be enough to tell you if this is the type of establishment you would like to patronize. Any additional...


BakeryHaus / Baked Goods

238 Queen St. West 416.835.3181 Website
BakeryHaus

BakeryHaus is located in the Queen Street Market, across from the CHUM building. You know the one - it's always half empty or under construction, with a handful of 'upscale'...


Banh Mi Boys / Restaurants

392 Queen St. West 416.977.0303 Website
Banh Mi Boys

Banh Mi Boys have returned from a hiatus at the corner of Queen and Spadina. It seems the Boys have retreated during their winter break for a complete reno having...


BarChef / Bars

472 Queen St. W. 416.868.4800 Website
BarChef

Confession: I went into BarChef with a bad attitude, having already decided that I wouldn't like it. Touted as Toronto's answer to "cocktail culture" (whatever that is) and boasting drinks...



Barreworks / Fitness Clubs

625 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor 416.362.2773 Website
Barreworks

Barreworks studio offers "barre fitness" classes that are based on a popular exercise originating from New York and Los Angeles. Classes here promise dancer-inspired workouts that combine "fitness training, core...


Beverley Hotel / Hotels

335 Queen St. West 416.493.2786 Website
Beverley Hotel

The Beverley Hotel is a boutique hotel just steps from Queen and John. Find out more about it in our feature write-up here....


Black Bull / Bars

298 Queen Street West 416.593.2766
Black Bull

The Black Bull does ridiculous business during the summer as it's prime Queen Street patio (at Peter street) just packs people in. In addition to the sun and beer there's...


Black Market Vintage / Fashion Stores

256a Queen Street West 416.599.5858 Website
Black Market Vintage

Black Market Vintage is the punk rock granddaddy of Toronto vintage stores, both in age - at 34 years young - and in sheer size. Toronto's tinsel-and-string-lights-coated temple to all...


BLVD Interiors / Design Stores

707 Queen St. West 416.362.5222 Website
BLVD Interiors

BLVD Interiors has packed up from its long time home at the north east corner of Queen and Bathurst and moved, uh, a block west to the south side of...


Bovine Sex Club / Bars

542 Queen Street West 416.504.4239 Website
Bovine Sex Club

Rock, punk, and metal bands grace the Bovine Sex Club - a dark, eclectic space on Queen West. A neighbourhood institution since the early 1990's....


BQM Diner / Restaurants

354 Queen St. West 416.792.7792 Website
BQM Diner

BQM Diner opened last year in the old The Stem location on Queen, causing greasy spoon purists to question whether a local gourmet burger joint would tarnish this once classic...


Branded Boutique / Fashion Stores

161 Spadina Avenue 647.345.2325 Website
Branded Boutique

Branded Boutique may look like the new kid on the block, but the Spadina Ave. designer outlet has roots in the 'hood. For three years, Branded occupied the space below...



Brandy Melville / Fashion Stores

326 Queen St. W. 647.351.2611 Website
Brandy Melville

Brandy Melville caters to the teenybopper crew, and it wasn't just the gaggle of braces and backpacks that greeted me upon entering that led me to that conclusion (but let's...


Brimz / Fashion Stores

321 Queen St W 416.598.4287 Website
Brimz

Brimz on Queen West has headwear fit for any occasion. The store has locally designed, and well-known hat brands covering the walls. They've got the Canadian market figured out, stocking...


Burger's Priest (Queen West) / Restaurants

463 Queen St. West 647.748.8108 Website
Burger's Priest (Queen West)

The Burger's Priest near Queen and Spadina is the latest iteration of the cult-burger chain. Check out our reviews of the uptown and original Beaches location. ...


Burrito Bandidos (Peter St.) / Restaurants

120 Peter St. 416.593.9191 Website
Burrito Bandidos (Peter St.)

Burrito Bandidos on Peter St. is where Toronto's burrito obsession was born. Formerly Burrito Boyz, the lower level spot still sees long lines after the clubs let out. Go for...


Burro Burrito (Richmond West) / Restaurants

388 Richmond St. 647.349.6688 Website
Burro Burrito (Richmond West)

Burro Burrito has opened yet another location, this one on Richmond St. across from 401 Richmond....


C Squared (Queen and Bathurst) / Fashion Stores

693 Queen St. West 647.350.1038
C Squared (Queen and Bathurst)

C Squared has opened a new, second location just a couple blocks west of its existing location on Queen West. C Squared the original is just east of Spadina, and...


Cabin Five / Bars

225 Richmond St. West 416.979.3000 Website
Cabin Five

Cabin Five bills itself as a "no-nonsense party bar that puts a premium on fun rather than worrying about velvet ropes". It's a lodge-themed club in the Club District that's...


Cafe Crepe / Restaurants

246 Queen Street West 416.260.1611
Cafe Crepe

Cafe Crepe, just steps from the corner of Queen and John, serves fresh sweet and savoury crepes. The kitchen is right by the sidewalk so there's ample opportunities to salivate...



Camden Spa / Fashion Stores

8 Camden Street, Suite 201 416.203.8858 Website
Camden Spa

Camden Spa recently changed hands, and along with the change in ownership is a change in focus, as the spa concentrates on skin care services. OPEN SINCE 2001, but with a change...


Cameron House / Bars

408 Queen Street West 416.703.0811 Website
Cameron House

The Cameron House is the first bar I ever went to in Toronto. I had just turned 19 and recently reconnected with a cousin of mine who was taking me...


Canadiana Backpackers Inn / Hotels

42 Widmer Street 416.598.9090 Website
Canadiana Backpackers Inn

The Canadiana Backpackers Inn is one of the top 3 youth hostels in Toronto. It's located on a small side street in the shadows of the giant Scotiabank multiplex. It's...


Canon Blanc / Fashion Stores

679 Queen St. West 647.346.5060 Website
Canon Blanc

Canon Blanc brings Parisian fashions to Toronto's streets months before they would have organically arrived. Snagging some superb Queen West real estate just west of Bathurst, the husband and wife team...


CB2 Toronto / Design Stores

651 Queen St W 416.366.282 Website
CB2 Toronto

CB2 opened its first Canadian store this week in the frame of what was once the Big Bop on Queen West. There are hints here and there of the place that...


Change / Fashion Stores

315 Queen St W 416.977.7667 Website
Change

Scandinavian lingerie mogul Change has opened their own storefront on Queen St W at John. Featuring classy, simply elegant designs (plus, the company managed to secure www.change.com, how impressive...


Cherry Colas / Bars

200 Bathurst St. 416.703.6969 Website
Cherry Colas

Cherry Colas Rock & Roll Cabaret Lounge is a hellish new spot with loud music and louder people. On Bathurst just North of Queen, co-owner Glenn Hughes, a former promoter...


Christine's Fitness / Fitness Clubs

457 Richmond Street West 416.603.0004 Website
Christine's Fitness

Christine's Fitness has three locations in Toronto including the one pictured above on Richmond Street near Spadina. Christine's is a women-only fitness club which offers weights, cardio, yoga, pilates and...



CJ Lunch Box / Restaurants

403 Richmond St. 416.913.9264
CJ Lunch Box

CJ Lunch box is a popular lunch time destination near Richmond and Spadina. The place has a cafeteria like feel but for the price you can't beat the quality and...


Club MoSheTa / Fashion Stores

697 Queen St. W. 647.350.3442 Website
Club MoSheTa

Club MoSheTa is a sister salon to the MoSheTa Salon and Spa just down the street at 534 Queen. It introduces a new "hair club for women" concept where the...


Club XS / Bars

261 Richmond St. West 416.598.1632 Website
Club XS

Club XS is a nightclub at the base of the Scotibank theatre complex at RIchmond and John. It was formerly known as Republik....


Coal Miner's Daughter (Queen St.) / Fashion Stores

744 Queen St W 647.381.1439 Website
Coal Miner's Daughter (Queen St.)

The Coal Miner's Daughter's new Queen Street location has been open since April 7th, and is so new that paint cans figure largely into its window display. Co-owner Krysten Caddy...


Come and Get It (Queen St.) / Restaurants

676 Queen St. 647.344.3416 Website
Come and Get It (Queen St.)

Come and Get It is back in business, now at a permanent location on Queen St. just west of Bathurst. Unlike the previous pop-up incarnation which was always designed to...


Come As You Are / Services

493 Queen St W 416.504.7934 Website
Come As You Are

Come As You Are (CAYA) has been Toronto's cooperative sex store for over 15 years, though now, it's offering its organic lubes and Fun Factory Dukes from a little further...


Condom Shack Toronto / Services

231 Queen St. West 416.596.7515 Website
Condom Shack Toronto

The Condom Shack has hours that are spontaneity-friendly, spilling light onto the sidewalk long after most of its Queen Street neighbours have closed shop. Don't judge it by its name,...


Cooney for Hair / Fashion Stores

441 Queen St W 416.348.9961
Cooney for Hair

Cooney for Hair is one salon in Toronto that's consistently looking east for inspiration. While Cooney himself is Chinese, the salon is decidedly Japanese in approach. I've surely past by the...



Core Studio / Fitness Clubs

553 Queen Street West 416.545.7743 Website
Core Studio

Core Studio boasts newly renovated studios for hot yoga, mat pilates and machine classes. There's something to be said for atmosphere, and apart from a beach, I can't think of...


Cosmos Records / Services

607A Queen St. West 416.603.0254
Cosmos Records

Cosmos Records on Queen St. is a simple room absolutely full of packed shelves and vinyl up every possible wall. The selection here is heavy on Soul, Hip Hop, Rock...


Cosmos West Records / Services

652 Queen St. West 416.861.9228
Cosmos West Records

Cosmos West Records is one of the two Cosmos stores that bookend Bathurst Street; the one on the east side came first, and this one followed when the owner discovered...


Crispy Roll / Restaurants

263 Queen Street West 416.599.7997
Crispy Roll

Crispy Roll on Queen Street is a casual place to cozy up to some sushi, maki or other Japanese cuisine. ...


Cube Nightclub / Bars

314 Queen St. West 416.263.0330 Website
Cube Nightclub

Cube Nightclub is a canvas. A pulsating, high-ceilinged, mirrored canvas, but a mere canvas nonetheless. For those who miss Ultra, Cube will be welcome news - it is its replacement,...


Cyclemotive / Services

156 Bathurst St 416.915.5551 Website
Cyclemotive

Cyclemotive is one of those bike stores where you get a bit of everything. Affiliated with the older Cycle Shoppe on Queen West, this larger space around the corner on...


David's Tea / Grocery Stores

336 Queen Street West 416.506.0653 Website
David's Tea

I like tea. A lot. It's awesome with my Saturday morning chocolate chip pancakes, and it even makes my Monday morning toast taste better. This is why I was so...


DeSerres / Design Stores

130 Spadina Avenue 416.703.4748 Website
DeSerres

DeSerres is a new name on the Toronto art supply store scene even though the company has been around since 1908. In its former incarnation, it was known as Loomis...



Design Republic / Design Stores

639 Queen St. West 416.603.0007 Website
Design Republic

Design Republic is a new furniture shop that opened in the Burroughes Building on Queen West. This welcome addition to the strip sells a wide mix of stools, chairs, sofas,...


Due West / Fashion Stores

431 Queen Street West 416.593.6267 Website
Due West

Due West stocks international brands like Diesel, J Lindeberg, Energie, Edwin, Seven and G-Star....


Duke's Cycle / Services

625 Queen St W 416.504.6138 Website
Duke's Cycle

Duke's Cycle is back at 625 Queen Street West — where it belongs. After a six-alarm fire destroyed it and nearby buildings in 2008, it's been a long and expensive...


Durumi & Chocolate Shoes / Fashion Stores

416 Queen St. 647.727.2591 Website
Durumi & Chocolate Shoes

Durumi & Chocolate Shoes are two stores sharing a new space on Queen Street just west of Spadina. Though they are two separate businesses, the pretty flats and heels from...


Early Bird Espresso / Cafes

613 Queen St. West 647.962.4204 Website
Early Bird Espresso

Early Bird Espresso & Brew Bar is a new cafe on Queen West just east of Bathurst. They just opened this week, but they're attracting plenty of folk from the...


East / Restaurants

240 Queen Street West 416.351.3278 Website
East

East, brought to you by the friendly Spring Rolls restaurant chain, is much like their brethren, a stylish, contemporary (and affordable) spot to dig into some tasty Southeast Asian cuisine. ...


EKO / Fashion Stores

288 Queen Street West 416.593.0776 Website
EKO

EKO, on Queen between John and Peter Streets, sells unique and one of a kind contemporary jewellery including necklaces, rings and earrings. ...


Elle Hardware / Fashion Stores

695 Queen St. West 416.360.0333 Website
Elle Hardware

Elle Hardware is a boutique jewelry and accessories store where every item comes with a back-story. On Queen Street West near Bathurst, this sister-owned shop has been on the scene...



Ematei / Restaurants

30 St Patrick Street 416.340.0472
Ematei

Two summers ago I took a trip to Japan, partly to connect with a family and culture I never really knew I had, but also... to eat tons of amazing...


Enzo Pizza Bar / Restaurants

646 Queen St W 416.366.0009 Website
Enzo Pizza Bar

Enzo Pizza Bar owner Ryan Menchella opened this new shop on Queen West as an extension of the family businesses he grew up around. He has family in Woodbridge making...


Epicure Cafe / Restaurants

502 Queen Street West 416.504.8942 Website
Epicure Cafe

Tempting French and Italian dishes and an enticing atmosphere. Brunch served Saturday and Sunday....


EuroFab / Design Stores

432 Queen West 416.504.2866 Website
EuroFab

EuroFab has an extensive selection of high quality, imported fabrics for interior decorating, as well as design consultants to speak with should you need a second opinion on how to...


Everest Restaurant / Restaurants

232 Queen St W 416.977.6969
Everest Restaurant

Everest Restaurant lets you enjoy traditional Tibetan and Indian dishes in a modern setting right in the heart of downtown. Sit in the prime real estate that is their patio...


Exotix Studios / Services

163 Spadina Avenue 416.259.9361 Website
Exotix Studios

Exotix Studios know exactly what they're doing when it comes to both tattoos and body piercing; they're concise and precise — two things anyone who handles sharp objects should be....


F As In Frank / Fashion Stores

418 Queen St W 647.341.6606 Website
F As In Frank

F As In Frank has arrived from Vancouver, bringing its collection of vintage urban wear and '80s and '90s-inspired design. It's a special moment that first time you see a...


Fashionably Yours / Fashion Stores

632 Queen Street West 647.802.9687 Website
Fashionably Yours

Fashionably Yours is consignment shopping at its most couture. All the brands and designers you never thought you could ever afford are suddenly in your price range--and in abundance....



Fifth Grill / Restaurants

225 Richmond St. West 416.979.3005 Website
Fifth Grill

The Fifth Grill & Terrace is a hidden gem. Literally: Its entrance is situated in an alley that leads through the bustling first floor pub, and up an ancient concierge-attended...


Five on Queen / Fashion Stores

627 Queen St. W. 416.871.4431
Five on Queen

Five on Queen offers discount prices on the usual Queen West brands like Seven for Mankind, Citizens, Fidelity blah blah blah. Prices are usually cheap enough to make you think...


Fly Queen West / Fitness Clubs

489 Queen St. W 647.745.1404 Website
Fly Queen West

Fly Queen West offers small classes in aerial and suspension yoga and reformer pilates. Aerial yoga is indeed different from suspension yoga, and hanging about in silk is great fun...


Food Palace Gelato / Restaurants

217 Bathurst St. 647.351.0988
Food Palace Gelato

Food Palace Gelato is located on a business-desolate stretch of Bathurst, north of Queen. If you didn't know it was there, you wouldn't expect to come across it (although it...


Football Factory / Restaurants

164 Bathurst St. 416.368.4625 Website
Football Factory

The Football Factory prides itself as a "true Canadian soccer bar". Flags and banners float proudly alongside Bob Marley paraphernalia. Devotees of Toronto FC congregate here each weekend during regular...


Fraiche / Fashion Stores

348 Queen St. West 416.341.8606
Fraiche

Owners Alex and Maria Michot are in their eighth year of business and still deliver quality fashion at affordable prices. The boutique stocks brands from all over the world...


Fresh Off The Boat / Restaurants

404 Queen St. West Website
Fresh Off The Boat

Fresh Off The Boat is a newly open seafood-centric sandwich shop with an Asian skew. Irreverently named, with tongue firmly planted into cheek, it appropriates the derogatory term and embraces...


Fresh on Spadina / Restaurants

147 Spadina Avenue 416.599.4442 Website
Fresh on Spadina

Fresh on Spadina is the smallest of the three Fresh restaurants in Toronto. Like the Annex and Crawford locations, this Fresh serves up a long list of rice bowls, smoothies,...



Freshii / Restaurants

140 Spadina Avenue (on Richmond) 416.203.8456 Website
Freshii

Lettuce Eatery devotes themselves 100% to making a salad just the way you like it. Choose your greens, your toppings, your toppings' toppings and, of course, your dressing. Five...


Freshly Baked Tees / Fashion Stores

557 Queen St. West 877.241.8337 Website
Freshly Baked Tees

Freshly Baked Tees makes creating custom T-shirts so easy, they swear it only takes five minutes. A single shirt will run you $29.75, but like all T-shirt shops, the more...


Freshly Squeezed (Queen West) / Restaurants

238 Queen St W 416.581.1616
Freshly Squeezed (Queen West)

Freshly Squeezed at Queen and John is one of the many locations of this juice bar throughout the city. They offer bubble tea ($4.50), freshly squeezed juices ($2.50), smoothies and...


Fuel Training Club / Fitness Clubs

45 Camden St. #100 647.352.3835 Website
Fuel Training Club

Fuel Training Club opened a couple weeks ago near Queen and Spadina offering expert instruction and small group classes to those who (to paraphrase the website) work hard, play hard,...


Fusaro's Kitchen / Restaurants

147 Spadina Avenu 416.260.8414 Website
Fusaro's Kitchen

Neighbourhood Italian eatery serves grilled panini, pasta, fresh salads & pizza. A great lunch spot....


Fuzz Wax Bar / Fashion Stores

701 Queen St. W 647.748.3899 Website
Fuzz Wax Bar

Fuzz War Bar is to waxing what Blo is to dries or Doll Bar is to extensions. The new, trendy Queen West spot does waxing, and only waxing. Owners Jessica...


FY Ink Tattoos / Services

522 Queen St. West 416.792.5670 Website
FY Ink Tattoos

FY Ink Tattoos has relocated from Yonge St. to Queen St. just east of Bathurst. With the move they changed their name from the short-sighted Forever Yonge Ink to the...


Gafas / Fashion Stores

561 Queen Street West 416.601.4786 Website
Gafas

Gafas carries edgy labels like Dutz, Salt and Chrome Hearts, but made its name with a huge inventory of vintage frames from the '70s and '80s. With over 800 frames...



Gallery 44 / Galleries

401 Richmond Street West Suite 120 416.979.3941 Website
Gallery 44

Founded in 1979, Gallery 44 is a non-profit artist-run centre that features contemporary photography exhibits. ...


Gallery Moos / Galleries

622 Richmond Street West 416.504.5445 Website
Gallery Moos

Contemporary Canadian, American and European painting, sculpture and works on paper....


Gandhi Roti / Restaurants

554 Queen Street West 416.504.8155
Gandhi Roti

Who makes Toronto's best roti? Ask most people and they'll say Gandhi at 554 Queen West. The ten-seater roti restaurant has been serving up super-fresh, made-to-order lunches and dinners for...


Gangster Burger / Restaurants

607 Queen St. West 647.352.3375 Website
Gangster Burger

Gangster Burger has been open just under a week on Queen West, taking over the former location of a shawarma spot. It's the brainchild of Lee B. and Will Nguyen...


Gelato Pizza (Queen West) / Restaurants

200 Queen St W 416.516.4000 Website
Gelato Pizza (Queen West)

Gelato Pizza in Queen West offers fresh gourmet pizzas and homemade gelato. Pizzas are customizable with a choice of classic, thin crust, deep dish, or whole-wheat crusts. They offer vegan...


Get Fresh Company / Fashion Stores

498 Queen St. West 416.848.1159 Website
Get Fresh Company

Get Fresh Company is a high-end streetwear store on Queen West and Portland that doesn't have a sign (yet) and likely, doesn't need one. The store sits in plain view...


Get Outside / Fashion Stores

437 Queen Street West 416.593.5598 Website
Get Outside

Get Outside is one of the most popular sneaker shops in the city with brands like Adidas, Ben Sherman, Birkenstock, Clarks, Converse, Evisu, Puma, Tsubo and Royal Elastics....


Ginger (Queen West) / Restaurants

212 Queen St W 416.977.8778 Website
Ginger (Queen West)

Ginger has traditional Vietnamese food with nothing over $10 on the menu. With such low prices for their pho noodle soup or banh-mi Vietnamese subs, you can pay your downtown...



Good Music / Services

256 Queen West 416.506.4663 Website
Good Music

Good Music is down the familiar black and white striped staircase of the Black Market on Queen Street, where I can already hear the early 80s punk music blasting over...


Goorin Bros. / Fashion Stores

320 Queen St. West 416.408.4287 Website
Goorin Bros.

Goorin Bros. is not your typical downtown hat store. For one, none of its pieces come with stickers on the brim, nor it is not recommended that you keep tags...


Grasslands / Restaurants

478 Queen St W 416.504.5127 Website
Grasslands

Grasslands is the newest incarnation of the Queen West space that was until recently Fressen, a pioneer vegan destination of 12 years. Although ownership remains the same, everything else (staff,...


Gravity Soundbar / Bars

296 Richmond St W 416.977.8900 Website
Gravity Soundbar

Gravity Soundbar is a nightclub located in the Entertainment District. It hosts themed events most nights, such as Wayback Wednesday and She Likes It Saturdays (a vast improvement over He...


Groovy / Fashion Stores

323 Queen Street West 416.595.1059
Groovy

Groovy is one of Toronto's best sneaker stores. They carry stuff that's impossible to find elsewhere in Toronto. There's a good selection of Puma and Adidas sneakers; and there's also...


Hair By David / Fashion Stores

477 Richmond St. W, Suite 501 416.913.2146 Website
Hair By David

Hair By David (Newman) is tucked into the 477 Richmond Street building (#501). Complimentary consultations. ...


Hero Certified Burgers (Queen and Spadina) / Restaurants

441 Queen St. West 416.581.1149 Website
Hero Certified Burgers (Queen and Spadina)

Hero Burger at Queen and Spadina is open 24 hours because some people like to eat goat cheese-topped beef burgers at 7:30 in the morning. More likely for this location,...


Hideout / Bars

484 Queen Street West 416.910.2015 Website
Hideout

The Hideout programs local rock and blues bands. It also has a full menu (lunch, dinner) and offers brunch on weekends. ...



Hilton Garden Inn / Hotels

92 Peter Street 416.593.9200 Website
Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is a new hotel located smack-dab in the heart of Toronto's Club District. Stay here if you plan to hit the clubs and are looking for...


Home Craft Decor / Design Stores

600 Queen St. West 416.364.4497 Website
Home Craft Decor

Home Craft Decor, having moved one door east into the former space of macFAB fabrics at Queen and Bathurst is a fun, mishmash of furniture and design styles, certain to...


Homebase / Design Stores

11 Camden St 647.352.2271 Website
Homebase

Homebase is a mecca for anyone interested in graffiti culture. The little shop on Camden Street near Queen and Spadina can't be easily classified — it's part gallery, part arts...


Horseshoe Tavern / Bars

370 Queen Street West 416.598.4753 Website
Horseshoe Tavern

The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Legendary isn't an adjective that one just throws around every day, and yet there it sits comfortably in front of one of Toronto's oldest and most...


HoSu Bistro / Restaurants

254 Queen Street West 416.848.9456 Website
HoSu Bistro

I admit that sometimes I order menu dishes just because I find the names intriguing. "Chicken Bibim Bop" sounds more like a (possibly painful) dance move to me, but it's...


Hourglass Workout / Fitness Clubs

475 Queen St. West Website
Hourglass Workout

Hourglass Workout is a new fitness studio on Queen West, owned by fitness competitor and personal trainer Lyzabeth Lopez. Lopez has been featured on numerous television shows and was named...


I Love Sushi / Restaurants

494 Queen Street West 416.364.8833 Website
I Love Sushi

I Love Sushi is one of the many sushi options on Queen West. Open for lunch and dinner, they also have an AYCE sushi menu....


India Palace / Restaurants

257 Queen Street West 416.593.7272
India Palace

India Palace is one of the many Indian restaurants along Queen between University and John streets....



Ja Bistro / Restaurants

222 Richmond Street West 647.748.0222 Website
Ja Bistro

JaBistro opened three weeks ago in the Club District and is announced by a playful, illuminated front sign against blackout windows. At its helm is James HyunSoo Kim, who also...


Jacob & Sebastian / Fashion Stores

622 Queen St. West 647.345.0478 Website
Jacob & Sebastian

Jacob & Sebastian is a Queen West oasis for the under-pampered and overwhelmed. Stepping into the airy bath and beauty shop is a reminder that certainly most of us don't...


Java House / Restaurants

537 Queen Street West 416.504.3025
Java House

Sitting on the corner of Queen West and Augusta, Java house is a ragged-yet-lovable little cafe/resto hang-out with a big patio, tiny kitchen and cheap eats menu that sees no...


JC Mart / Grocery Stores

136 Simcoe Street
JC Mart

JC Mart is a grocery store that also caters to those in need of dry cleaning and sushi. This one stop shop is located in King around the corner from...


Jerk Spot (Peter St.) / Restaurants

120 Peter St. 416.599.5375
Jerk Spot (Peter St.)

This Jerk Spot location in the midst of the Entertainment District is a sure thing if you're looking for late-night Caribbean food. They offer a variety of curries,...


John Fluevog Shoes / Fashion Stores

242 Queen Street West 416.581.1420 Website
John Fluevog Shoes

John Fluevog Shoes on Queen West is the ideal backdrop to display the classic Fluevog style, with contrasting colours, bizarre shapes and stitched leather, against a minimalist black and white...


Jules Bistro & Cafe / Restaurants

147 Spadina Avenue 416.348.8886 Website
Jules Bistro & Cafe

Delicious French comfort food in authentic French bistro. 3 course prix fixe $24.95....


Kanga / Restaurants

65 Duncan St. 416.324.9174 Website
Kanga

Kanga Aussie meat pies were, until now, only available at a handful of retailers or at the occasional food fest or pop-up market. Now with a bricks and mortar address...



Kenzo Ramen (Queen West) / Restaurants

671 Queen St. W. 647.498.2922 Website
Kenzo Ramen (Queen West)

Kenzo Ramen on Queen West by Bathurst is the fifth Toronto outpost of the OG ramen chain in this city (with two additional locations in Mississauga and Waterloo). Taking over...


Kind Exchange / Fashion Stores

611 Queen St W 647.349.5463 Website
Kind Exchange

The Kind Exchange helps to solve one of the biggest problems you face when it comes time for that inevitable wardrobe clean out — where to dump the decent clothes...


King Textiles / Design Stores

445 Richmond West 416.504.0600 Website
King Textiles

King Textiles has thrived in the Fashion District for over 20 years. Its size boasts 22,000 square feet, filled with thousands of all kinds of fabrics and fabric-related accessories. And...


Kinton Ramen 3 / Restaurants

402 Queen St. West Website
Kinton Ramen 3

Kinton Ramen near Queen and Spadina is the third Toronto location of the burgeoning west-coast ramen empire. Smaller than the other two locations, the restaurant is largely made up of...


Kops Records / Services

229 Queen St. West 416.593.8523 Website
Kops Records

Kops Records is committed to keeping 45s in circulation, with boxes of singles in every genre, stocked next to used and new vinyl. Kops has evolved over the years, from...


Korean Grill House (Queen St.) / Restaurants

214 Queen St W 416.263.9850 Website
Korean Grill House (Queen St.)

Korean Grillhouse lets you show off your grilling skills without any of the prep or inclement weather worries. Marinated beef, pork and seafood are ready to grill right at your...


KWT Contemporary / Galleries

624 Richmond St W 416.646.2706 Website
KWT Contemporary

KWT Contemporary is the only gallery I know of that's owned by an elected official. Formerly known as XEXE Gallery, active since 2004 and founded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, the...


LA Fabrics / Design Stores

495 Queen Street W 416.901.2390 Website
LA Fabrics

LA Fabrics near Queen and Augusta is one of many boutique fabric shops along the West Queen West shopping strip. They have rows upon rows of fabric selection, including silks,...



La Palette / Restaurants

492 Queen St. West 416.929.4900 Website
La Palette

I've never eaten horse although regrettably fed it to my dog when I was a kid. Like the common terrier, horse falls into a category for me of foods that...


Lamesa Filipino Kitchen / Restaurants

669 Queen St. West 647.346.2377 Website
Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen has been open on Queen St. for just over a year now, so it feels long past due when I finally made my way over recently to...


Lavish and Squalor / Fashion Stores

253 Queen Street West 416.599.4779 Website
Lavish and Squalor

Lavish and Squalor on Queen west of John stocks men's and women's jeans, tops and other clothing. Brands on the racks include LA Salvage, Chip & Pepper, Hudson and Spy...


Le Gourmand / Cafes

152 Spadina Avenue 416.504.4494 Website
Le Gourmand

Le Gourmand has re-opened its flagship location near Richmond and Spadina after shuttering its doors in the wake of some financial problems. Photo by notpeppermintpatty on Flickr...


Leigh & Harlow / Fashion Stores

634 Queen Street West 647.430.7774 Website
Leigh & Harlow

I keep thinking it's too early to be daydreaming about the Toronto International Film Festival. The Brange. The parties. The paparazzi. Then I realize it's almost August and the celebrity-filled...


Lisa Marie / Restaurants

638 Queen St. W 647.748.6822
Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie is the newly opened Queen West restaurant from Toronto's pop-up king, Matt Basile. The new restaurant does double duty as a permanent address to find his always inventive...


Little India / Restaurants

255 Queen Street West 416.205.9836 Website
Little India

Little India restaurant (not to be confused with the Little India neighbourhood on Gerrard Street East), is one of the many Indian restaurants that dot the south side of Queen...


Little Nicky's Coffee / Cafes

375 Queen St. West 416.260.0500
Little Nicky's Coffee

Little Nicky's Coffee has a retro feel with muted colours, soft lighting, checkered tiles and glass cookie jars. Owner Renee Bonise opened the Queen and Peter cafe only a few...



Lo Zingaro / Restaurants

571 Queen St. W 416.361.6154 Website
Lo Zingaro

Lo Zingaro is the latest pizza joint to hit Queen West, but it distinguishes itself from the pack by offering a Roman-style pie. The seven-month-old restaurant houses 70 people and...


Loft Hair Lounge / Fashion Stores

620 Richmond St. West 416.703.8686 Website
Loft Hair Lounge

Loft Hair Lounge at Richmond and Bathurst - not related to the salon just around the corner on Queen - is known for edgy styles. They've turned out head after...


Lot St. / Restaurants

685 Queen St W 416.367.8800 Website
Lot St.

Lot St. is a Canadian restaurant, or so I'm told, but you won't find any peameal bacon here. Canadian food, at least to owner Tenny Bhutia, is an eclectic blend...


Lou Lou's Shawarma and Falafel / Restaurants

273 Richmond St. West 647.351.8788
Lou Lou's Shawarma and Falafel

Lou Lou's Shawarma and Falafel specialized in two things. Can you guess what they are? Both are pretty good and draw regular lunch time crowds. ...


Loving Hut / Restaurants

140 Spadina Avenue 647.351.7618 Website
Loving Hut

Loving Hut is a casual vegan restaurant with two locations in Toronto including this one on Richmond St. just west of Spadina. All the items on the menu are vegan,...


Lumieres de Baia / Fashion Stores

639 Queen St. W. 647.351.2399 Website
Lumieres de Baia

Lumieres de Baia is a Brazilian bikini shop that occupies the back half of the ground floor of the Burroughes Building next to Design Republic, sharing a space with various...


Mad One Barber Shop / Fashion Stores

256a Queen St. West Website
Mad One Barber Shop

The Mad One Barber Shop is tucked away in Black Market Vintage's basement space on Queen West. If you walked quickly past the northeast corner of the store and didn't...


Malabar Theatrical Costumes / Fashion Stores

14 McCaul Street 416.598.2581 Website
Malabar Theatrical Costumes

Malabar Theatrical Costumes is one of Toronto's leading costume stores, and has been around for about a century. Although the renowned establishment offers theatrical costumes year round, their Halloween display...



Mama Loves You Vintage / Fashion Stores

541 Queen Street W. 416.603.4747
Mama Loves You Vintage

Mama Loves You Vintage carries a wide selection of finely curated vintage pieces from the 1900s to the ever-popular 1990s. Mother-daughter duo Melo and Mahro run this shop, combining their...


Mamma's Pizza (Richmond and Spadina) / Restaurants

405 Richmond St. West 416.598.8886 Website
Mamma's Pizza (Richmond and Spadina)

Mamma's Pizza at Richmond and Spadina has a bit of a hole-in-the-wall feel, but if you're keen on a quick pizza Mamma's certainly delivers (no pun intended). Strategically located by...


Mankind Grooming Studio / Fashion Stores

477 RIchmond St. West 416.551.1113 Website
Mankind Grooming Studio

Mankind Grooming Studio bills itself as an urban salon and spa for men offering modern haircuts, straight razor shaves, skin care, body treatments and massage therapy. ...


Manpuku / Restaurants

105 McCaul St. Unit 29-31 416.979.6763 Website
Manpuku

It's Friday night, and there's a line of hungry patrons streaming out the door of Manpuku, the new-ish Japanese eatery in the Village Grange complex. I think there's something in...


Marcato / Fashion Stores

395 Queen St. West 416.599.8882
Marcato

Marcato has opened its doors for its second unveiling in less than a year, derailed by plumbing problems that seem to plague this strip of old buildings on Queen West....


Me Va Me Kitchen Express / Restaurants

240 Queen St. W 416.546.3770 Website
Me Va Me Kitchen Express

Me Va Me Kitchen Express is the new downtown offshoot of Thornhill's most prolific chain of Eastern Mediterranean restaurants owned by Albert Nachomov. Distinguishing itself from the family restaurants north...


Mecha MMA / Fitness Clubs

610 Queen Street W. 647.717.9072 Website
Mecha MMA

Mecha MMA at Queen and Bathurst is where aspiring fighters go to train. We're talking serious, champion fighters, specializing in MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Kickboxing and Judo. Mecha gives...


Melt Grilled Cheese (Richmond St.) / Restaurants

300 Richmond St W 647.347.8412 Website
Melt Grilled Cheese (Richmond St.)

Melt Grilled Cheese serves up ooey gooey sandwiches and subs fast, and even late night. They have peameal bacon grilled cheese, hot dog heaven, or healthier gluten free and vegan...



Mission Burrito / Restaurants

109 McCaul Street 416.598.4300
Mission Burrito

Mission Burrito is the latest entrant in the ongoing burrito battle taking over this city, but they're the first burrito place to be as bold as to claim to offer...


Mokuba / Design Stores

575 Queen Street West 416.504.5358
Mokuba

Mokuba is Toronto's one-of-a-kind design centre featuring over 27,000 high-end ribbons, trimming and lace....


MOOG Audio / Services

442 Queen St West 416.599.6664 Website
MOOG Audio

MOOG Audio is the only purely digital age store in Toronto, selling vinyl and DJ discs alongside turntables and studio gear for the "made it on my laptop" artists out...


Morba / Design Stores

665 Queen St. West 416.364.5144
Morba

It's a furniture store. No, it's a home design store. No, wait - it's a furniture and home design store on drugs, a lot of different drugs at the same...


MoSheTa / Fashion Stores

534 Queen Street West 647.344.3442 Website
MoSheTa

MoSheTa Salon and Spa does nails, hair, Brazilian waxing and plenty of other spa options inside its salon near Queen and Bathurst....


Mr. Burrito / Restaurants

69 Duncan St. 416.901.4336
Mr. Burrito

Mr. Burrito is part of the Quick Pita/King Tut's corner operation on Duncan just south of Queen. ...


Mucho Burrito (Queen St.) / Restaurants

263 Queen St. West 416.335.4533 Website
Mucho Burrito (Queen St.)

Mucho Burrito on Queen is pretty fair for a chain burrito joint, though some would say charging extra for guacamole pretty much amounts to blasphemy. This location has a prime...


Music Gallery / Bars

197 John St. 416.204.1080 Website
Music Gallery

The Music Gallery is one of Toronto most loved venues for live music. Located in an old Church on John Street just north of Queen, The Music Gallery has amazing...



Musideum / Services

401 Richmond St W #133 416.599.7323 Website
Musideum

Musideum, with its careful displays and dramatic lighting, makes it easy to forget that it's a store, and that the exotic instruments - kotos and koras, shenais, santurs, tablas, hurdy-gurdies,...


Naz's Falafel House / Restaurants

118 John Street Toronto 416.593.7386
Naz's Falafel House

Naz's Falafel House has given themselves a face lift. Their late night falafel destination is popular with club-goers but also does brisk lunch business to those working in the area....


Neurotica / Services

642 Queen St. West 416.603.7796 Website
Neurotica

Neurotica is a fixture on Queen St. west of Bathurst. This music store always has cheap vinyl by the door to beckon passerbys inside to take a look at its...


New Tribe Tattoo / Services

232 Queen Street West 416.977.2786 Website
New Tribe Tattoo

New Tribe Tattoo is hard to miss. Sitting across from MuchMusic on Queen West, New Tribe is a 4,000 sq. ft. body art kingdom. And with six full-time tattoo artists,...


New York Subway / Restaurants

520 Queen Street West 416.703.4496
New York Subway

You either love or hate New York Subway. Their version of burritos doesn't work for everyone but they still do a brisk lunch business every day. ...


Niche / Cafes

626 Queen Street West 416.203.0458 Website
Niche

Pardon the pun, but I have to do it: Gail Hawkins has found her niche... in NICHE ESPRESSO BAR, THAT IS. (You can't suppress innate cheesiness, people). Open for about...


Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment / Design Stores

629 Queen Street West 416.504.6411
Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment

Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment is a jam-packed restaurant supply store with everything you need to prepare for a dinner party or stock one of Toronto's finest restaurants. An outpouring of support...


Nora Shawarma / Restaurants

141 Spadina Avenue 416.598.3900
Nora Shawarma

Nora Shawarma is a casual shawarma and falafel restaurant at the southeast corner of Richmond and Spadina. It's a popular weekday spot for the area's lunch crowd....



Norman Felix Gallery / Galleries

445 Adelaide Street West 416.366.6676 Website
Norman Felix Gallery

Norman Felix Gallery is an independent art gallery located in Queen West. They offer an array of contemporary paintings, photographs, illustrations, and sculptures by both emerging and established artists. The...


North of Brooklyn Pizzeria / Restaurants

650 1/2 Queen St W 647.352.5700 Website
North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria opened relatively quietly last week on a quiet stretch of Palmerston just north of Queen (don't let the address fool you). A partnership between Halifax-native...


Nota Bene / Restaurants

180 Queen St. West 416.977.6400 Website
Nota Bene

Nota Bene is the brainchild of Splendido chef David Lee. The menu features a lot of local and seasonal produce and ingredients with recent options like a Yucutan Hot and...


Ohhh Canada / Services

721 Queen St. W., Suite 201 647.288.1118 Website
Ohhh Canada

Ohhh Canada may sound like it sells Canadian paraphernalia and souvenirs to tourists if you don't note the two extra h's. What started off as an online-only, all-things-sexy retail business...


OhSo Nightclub / Bars

137 Peter St. 416.477.1474 Website
OhSo Nightclub

OhSo Nightclub opened just over two months ago at 137 Peter Street, a space that was formerly home to Reign (and before that, Budo). Most of the decor in this...


Open Studio / Galleries

401 Richmond Street West Suite 104 416.504.8238 Website
Open Studio

Open Studio is one of Canada's leading printmaking centres. Part studio, part gallery space, it's dedicated to the production, preservation and promotion of contemporary original fine art prints. ...


Original / Fashion Stores

515 Queen St. West 416.603.9400 Website
Original

Original takes over in the expansive space formerly home to F/X. In fact, the original owner of F/X owns the store and has reinvigorated both the fashions on the racks...


Original Grooming Experts / Fashion Stores

477 Richmond St. W 647.352.5649 Website
Original Grooming Experts

Original Grooming Experts walks a fine line. The biggest problem facing high end barbershops is convincing potential clientele that the experience won't be too uncomfortably spa-like for men used to...



Osmow's (John St.) / Restaurants

155 John Street 647.748.4878 Website
Osmow's (John St.)

Osmow's is a chain of Mediterranean restaurants that first started in Mississauga. Now with five locations, this location in downtown Toronto serves up their popular dishes, such as the ever-popular...


P&L Burger / Restaurants

507 Queen St. W 416.603.9919 Website
P&L Burger

P&L Burger, the new burger shop offshoot of Parts & Labour, already claimed a win at the recent CMT Burger Wars, and now after only a month of construction has...


Paddock / Bars

178 Bathurst Street 416.504.9997 Website
Paddock

The Paddock has a little something to please everyone. Whether you're looking for a stiff Manhattan or simply a tall cold beer, the tenders of this dark art...


Pamier Kabob / Restaurants

119 Spadina Avenue 647.352.2623 Website
Pamier Kabob

Pamier Kabob is a new Afghan restaurant near Spadina and Adelaide that serves wraps, salads, lamb, beef, fish and chicken kabob....


Papaya Island / Restaurants

516 Queen St. West 647.748.8330
Papaya Island

Papaya Island near Queen and Bathurst is a juice bar that also serves healthy eats like wraps....


Pat's Homestyle / Restaurants

558 Queen St West 416.304.0767
Pat's Homestyle

Formerly the Albert's Jamaican location near Queen and Bathurst, Pat's Homestyle might be a new name but the food hasn't really changed. Best is their jerk chicken, baked with traditional...


Peach Beserk / Fashion Stores

507 Queen Street West 416.504.1711 Website
Peach Beserk

Peach Beserk is a women's clothing store on Queen where owner Kingi Carpenter and her staff make fun and vibrant dresses, skirts, pants and tops. ...


Pinky's Nails / Fashion Stores

688 Richmond St. West 647.787.9521 Website
Pinky's Nails

Pinky's Nails dubs itself "Toronto's first professional nail art studio," and gauging by the wealth of designs on offer--from Movember themes, to feminine prints, to simple nautical accents--they certainly have...



POP Hair / Fashion Stores

471 Richmond St. West 416.363.7007 Website
POP Hair

POP Hair has moved from its former location on Spadina to an inside corner space set back from Richmond St. But despite the change of address it's still one of...


Product Nightclub / Bars

364 Richmond St 416.351.1100 Website
Product Nightclub

Product Nightclub is a new addition to the Entertainment District. Owned by Charles Khabouth, the entrepreneur behind the Guvernment, Koolhaus, La Societe, and Weslodge (amongst others), simply having his name...


Queen Mother Cafe / Restaurants

208 Queen Street West 416.598.4719 Website
Queen Mother Cafe

My friend and I have been having lunch at Queen Mother Cafe for years now. The ritual remains the same each time, as does our order: Ping Gai. The interior...


Quick Pita (Duncan St.) / Restaurants

65 Duncan St. 416.599.7482
Quick Pita (Duncan St.)

Quick Pita on Duncan is one of those spots you really need to know about. That said, this shawarma spot has thoroughly been discovered by the weekend clubbing crowd. A...


Red Eye Espresso / Cafes

29 McCaul St 416.598.0598 Website
Red Eye Espresso

Red Eye Espresso is tucked away in a little space just off of McCaul Street. Clearly designed to catch the OCAD crowd, it's white as gessoed canvas, with little flashes...


Red Head Gallery / Galleries

401 Richmond Street West Suite 115 416.504.5654 Website
Red Head Gallery

Located inside 401 Richmond, The Red Head Gallery has been presenting challenging contemporary visual art for over seventeen years. ...


Red Star Cafe / Cafes

639 Queen St West
Red Star Cafe

Red Star Cafe is the new Design Republic-owned coffee shop in The Burroughes Building near Queen and Bathurst. Opened since early July, Red Star has taken over the area inside...


Rex Hotel / Hotels

194 Queen St. West 416.598.2475 Website
Rex Hotel

Rex Hotel is part of The Rex Jazz & Blues bar at Queen and St. Patrick. It has a convenient 3-minute walk to the subway as well as affordable rates,...



Rivoli / Bars

334 Queen Street West 416.596.1908 Website
Rivoli

The Rivoli is one of Toronto's not-so-hidden gems. It stands amidst the sea of chain stores that has become Queen West and offers refuge to anyone with an appetite...


Rivoli (Poolhall) / Bars

334 Queen Street West (2nd Floor) 416.596.1908 Website
Rivoli (Poolhall)

On the second floor of the Rivoli, pay by the hour pool tables and accompanying bar with scattered TVs showing the night's sports action....


Rock Lobster (Queen West) / Restaurants

538 Queen St. West 416.203.6623 Website
Rock Lobster (Queen West)

Rock Lobster's new location is now open and I'm not talking about the spot on Ossington that isn't even a year old. Taking over the address from popular diner, Shanghai...


Rose City Kitchen / Restaurants

406 Queen St. W 416.603.8102 Website
Rose City Kitchen

Rose City Kitchen is a newly opened Middle Eastern snack bar on Queen at Spadina. Occupying the tiny corner lot once home to The Big Fish, the new fast food...


Sadie's Diner / Restaurants

504 Adelaide Street West 416.777.2343 Website
Sadie's Diner

Breakfast and brunch restaurants have a special place in North American culture. They provide an experience, not to mention a meal, that is of a decidedly different flavour than...


Saffron Spice Kitchen / Restaurants

459 Queen St. West 416.203.0222 Website
Saffron Spice Kitchen

Saffron Spice Kitchen has found a choice but super competitive lunch spot near the corner of Queen and Spadina so it's a good thing that the restaurant's owner, Chef Johnny,...


Sauvage / Fashion Stores

644 Queen St. West 647.770.0443 Website
Sauvage

Sauvage is unabashedly not about sourcing local. This pop-up-turned-permanent boutique scours the globe for its honed collection of women's clothing and accessories, looking to cities such as Berlin, Paris, and...


Showroom / Fashion Stores

278 Queen Street West 416.977.3888 Website
Showroom

Showroom used to be a hole in the wall on Queen West with crappy change rooms and cluttered shelves. But last year Showroom opened up and now boast a two...



Siam #1s Old School Muay Thai / Fitness Clubs

225 Richmond St. West 416.436.0226 Website
Siam #1s Old School Muay Thai

Old School Muay Thai is really old school but they do it in the most refreshing way. Like the name suggests there is nothing fancy about this gym. It's a...


Sido Shawarma / Restaurants

388 Richmond St West 647.347.6700
Sido Shawarma

Sido Shawarma is a Middle Eastern restaurant near Richmond and Spadina. Some of their more popular offerings include shawarmas, pitas, and baklava....


Slinky Music / Services

442 Queen Street West 416.603.2600 Website
Slinky Music

Slinky Music is a record store nestled amidst Moog Music's selection of synths, samplers and recording gear. Unlike Play De Record's dizzying overstock, Slinky's record bins feel far more curated,...


Smoke's Poutinerie (Queen and Bathurst) / Restaurants

578 Queen St. West 416.366.2873 Website
Smoke's Poutinerie (Queen and Bathurst)

Smoke's Poutinerie at Queen and Bathurst devotes little to ambiance (with just a few stools for seating), and instead focuses on what new terrible-for-your-diet food it can add to your...


So Hip it Hurts / Fashion Stores

323 Queen Street West 416.971.6901 Website
So Hip it Hurts

So Hip it Hurts holds legend status in Toronto having been around for 20-something years. Like the other classic, long-term shops, So Hip stocks up on the hard-to-get brands and...


Social Bar Cafe and Desserts / Restaurants

620 Queen St. W. 416.855.5601 Website
Social Bar Cafe and Desserts

Social Bar Cafe and Desserts is the new rebranded version of Chococrepe Cafe Cocktails & Co., which in turn was a rebranding of its first incarnation, Chococrepe. The original's crepe-making...


Specs & Specs / Fashion Stores

311A Queen Street West 416.979.3937
Specs & Specs

Specs & Specs has been on Queen West for 16 years and selling fashion forward frames to hipsters since grunge still sold records. Their selection of labels avoids the obvious...


Steve's Music / Services

415 Queen Street West 416.593.8888 Website
Steve's Music

Steve's Music is a Queen West institution with cavernous, guitars hanging in ranks like shiny, multicoloured bats, and amps of every size and wattage squatting beneath them like stalagmites. There...



Sushi Queen / Restaurants

204 Queen Street West 416.979.2288
Sushi Queen

Sushi Queen serves up fresh shashi, generous portions, and real sliced steak in the steak bento box. We'll have a full review soon, but in the meanwhile, add your own...


Sushi Xtra / Restaurants

423 Queen Street West 416.599.2688
Sushi Xtra

Sushi Xtra is a casual sushi restaurant near Queen and Spadina that serves up a variety of sushi and sashimi. ...


SVP Sports / Fashion Stores

468 Queen St. West 647.351.7402 Website
SVP Sports

SVP Sports has resurfaced on Queen West after a 2-3 year hiatus. Inside is sneakers. Lot's of them. All the familiar brand names are here including Puma, Nike and Adidas....


Swipe Books / Bookstores

401 Richmond Street West 416.363.1332 Website
Swipe Books

As I repeatedly circled around Richmond and Adelaide in search of the new location of Swipe Books, I began to wonder how a store so difficult to find could have...


Tattoo / Bars

567 Queen Street West 416.703.5488 Website
Tattoo

Tattoo Rock Parlour opened in late 2007 in the former home of the Left Bank. Check out a slideshow of the mid-January throwdown with MSTRKRFT and Steve Aoki....


Tavern by Trevor / Restaurants

147 Spadina Ave. 416.546.3447 Website
Tavern by Trevor

The Tavern by Trevor is the latest project from Trevor Wilkinson, of Trevor Kitchen & Bar, and Mike "Yuker" Yaworski, of neighbouring Spadina bar Wide Open. The duo had noticed...


TCB Tattoos / Services

618 Queen St. West 416.203.1615 Website
TCB Tattoos

TCB Tattoos has walls that are splashed with art. And tattoo designs. That's the first thing I notice. Second thing I notice is that it's a narrow store, but this...


Tequila Bookworm / Cafes

512 Queen St West. 416.504.2334
Tequila Bookworm

Earlier this month I mentioned that one of Queen West's great cafe's, Tequila Bookworm, had closed its doors and moved to a new location along the strip. While that...



Thai Express (Queen and Bathurst) / Restaurants

580 Queen St. West 647.748.9088 Website
Thai Express (Queen and Bathurst)

One of many Thai Express locations throughout Toronto, this spot at Queen and Bathurst has the reputation for being fairly consistent and efficient. This is not upscale Thai cuisine, mind...


Thai One On (Queen West) / Restaurants

500 Queen St. West 416.430.1111 Website
Thai One On (Queen West)

Thai One On looks to put an end to the string of unsuccessful Thai restaurants at 500 Queen St. West. At the same time it's quietly becoming Toronto's foremost Thai...


The Ballroom / Restaurants

145 John St. 416.597.2695 Website
The Ballroom

The Ballroom is more than just a bowling alley. The former Montana's space has two floors, 52 TVS and an upscale pub fare menu featuring braised pork pot pie, fried...


The Cabinet Salon / Fashion Stores

577 Queen St W 647.344.3132 Website
The Cabinet Salon

The Cabinet Salon is an old-fashioned style salon in a new-fashion part of town. Young stylists and friends Emma Rose and Alex MacDonald bring their old-fashioned approach to hair...


The Chickery / Restaurants

130 Spadina Avenue 647.347.2222 Website
The Chickery

The Chickery has opened near Richmond and Spadina. Go here for roast bird, sauces made from chef David Adjey's secret recipes and creative sides like steamed squash, collard greens and...


The Cure Apothecary / Fashion Stores

719 Queen St West 647.350.8274 Website
The Cure Apothecary

The Cure Apothecary, Queen West's latest in all-natural beauty boutiques, is a haven for the city's eco-maniac skincare buffs. The newly opened shop--replacing TSOQ's former location--is an organic-only zone stocked...


The Fifth Cafe / Cafes

225 Richmond St. West 416.979.0390 Website
The Fifth Cafe

The Fifth Cafe, the newest addition to the Fifth Complex on Richmond, is smack dab in the middle of the Club district, but man, what a bore. Dressed up like...


The Fifth Pub House / Restaurants

225 Richmond St. W 416.979.0930 Website
The Fifth Pub House

The Fifth Pub House is the latest addition to the Fifth Complex, which already boasts a social club, a French-inspired steakhouse, a bar and a recently added cafe. In other...



The Fifth Social Club / Bars

225 Richmond St. West 416.979.3000 Website
The Fifth Social Club

The Fifth Social Club (formerly Easy & The Fifth) is part of the same family of venues at Duncan and Richmond street that also includes Cabin Five and The Fifth...


The Jerk Joint / Restaurants

238 Queen St. W. 647.748.7011 Website
The Jerk Joint

The Jerk Joint is a friendly stall in the Queen Live fresh food market at Queen and McCaul. While they do specialize in jerk chicken and burgers, they have a...


The Loft Hair Salon / Fashion Stores

663 Queen St. West 416.868.0202 Website
The Loft Hair Salon

The Loft is a hair salon near Queen and Palmerston that does both men's and women's cuts. They also offer highlights, blowouts and other hair treatments....


The Office Pub / Restaurants

117 John St. 416.977.1900 Website
The Office Pub

The Office Pub says they specialize in upscale bistro dining. They have 17 beers on tap and a menu heavy on pub staples like burgers, caesar salad, pasta, pad thai...


The Outer Layer / Design Stores

577 Queen St. West 416.869.9889 Website
The Outer Layer

The Outer Layer has two stores in Toronto - one near Queen and Bathurst and the other one in the Annex. The store specializes in humorous greeting cards and wacky...


The Rex / Restaurants

194 Queen St. West 416.598.2475 Website
The Rex

It's no secret that The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar (Queen & St. Patrick St) is a musical institution in this city. With 2-3 (mostly free) shows every day,...


The Roastery (401 Richmond) / Cafes

401 Richmond West 416.597.8822 Website
The Roastery (401 Richmond)

The Roastery Coffee House inside the 401 Richmond building is one of two Roastery's in Toronto - the other being in Liberty Village. It's a good, secluded spot near a...


The Rum Exchange / Bars

67 Richmond St. W 416.941.0000 Website
The Rum Exchange

The Rum Exchange aspires to be Toronto's No. 1 destination for the Caribbean's ubiquitous spirit. With over 55 varieties available, and owner Rumen Dimitrov ('Toronto's Rum Ambassador') on hand to...



The Store on Queen / Fashion Stores

662 Queen Street West 647.748.8767
The Store on Queen

The Store on Queen (or TSOQ, for short), popped up on a whim. Longtime friends Angela and Valentina spotted a "For Rent" sign in the window of a shop on...


Thoroughbred / Restaurants

304 Richmond St. West 416.551.9221 Website
Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred is a newly-opened bar and eatery with a house party vibe and a menu featuring snack foods and large-format feasts. Owned by Ariel Coplan and Jacob Fox, the spot...


Timeless Apparel / Fashion Stores

394 Queen St W 416.850.9129 Website
Timeless Apparel

Timeless Apparel is CTS reborn, though the new store bears little resemblance to its former vintage nouveau self. CTS on Queen at Spadina, was, for about four years, very much a...


Toika Lounge / Bars

471 Richmond St. West 416.868.6452 Website
Toika Lounge

Toika Lounge is located at 471 Richmond Street just west of Spadina. The music is mainly Hip-Hop, R&B, soul, and house depending on the DJ or event going on....


Tone Sushi / Restaurants

414 Queen St West 416.866.8200
Tone Sushi

Tone Sushi takes over from Sushi 2 Go on Queen west of Spadina. ...


Tortilla Flats / Restaurants

458 Queen Street West 416.203.0088 Website
Tortilla Flats

Tortilla Flats has been serving Tex-Mex for 20 years. Famous for their $2.99 Margarita Thursdays....


Touhenboku Ramen / Restaurants

261 Queen St. W 416.596.8080 Website
Touhenboku Ramen

Touhenboku Ramen might look like any other ramen shop in Toronto. But look closer and you'll see a world of difference. To begin, all chopsticks, ramen spoons and porcelain bowls,...


Tribal Rhythm / Fashion Stores

248 Queen Street West 416.595.5817
Tribal Rhythm

Tribal Rhythm sells men's and women's vintage clothing on Queen West. They're located right beside the Starbucks across from Much Music....



Trimurti / Restaurants

265 Queen Street West 416.645.0286 Website
Trimurti

Trimurti, On Queen west of John has an extensive menu of moderately priced Indian specialties. They also offer a lunch buffet seven days a week. ...


Trinity Square Video / Galleries

401 Richmond St W 416.593.1332 Website
Trinity Square Video

Trinity Square Video is Toronto's long-running centre for all things video art. Beginning in a basement in downtown's Trinity Square in 1971, the centre has retained its original name and...


Tryst Lingerie / Fashion Stores

559 Queen Street West 416.484.6678 Website
Tryst Lingerie

You can now find Tryst at two locations: their original store at 465 Eglinton Ave W., and their new home at 559 Queen Street West. They carry bras...


Tula / Fashion Stores

30 Duncan St. 416.599.8852 Website
Tula

Tula Spa is attached to the Tula Hot Yoga studio. Now with a Tula West location at Bloor and Ossington. PRICE POINTS Rejuvenating Facial: $65 | 60min Manicure: $25 | ...


Umbra / Design Stores

165 John Street 416.599.0088 Website
Umbra

The Umbra Concept Store opened in June, 2007 on John Street just north of Queen. The massive pink-clad store pays homage to Canadian designer Karim Rashid and features Rashid's creations...


Urbane Cyclist / Services

180 John Street 416.979.9733 Website
Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist is the reigning champion in our best bike stores post, and for good reason. Over the 14 years the store has been open, it has attracted a loyal...


Urbanspace Gallery / Galleries

401 Richmond St 416.495.5900 Website
Urbanspace Gallery

Urbanspace gallery, as its name promises, hosts exhibits that explore urban issues, many of which focus on Toronto in some way. Located on the first floor of the 401 Richmond...


Velvet Underground / Bars

508 Queen Street West 416.504.6688
Velvet Underground

Though not just a haven for the goth crowd anymore, "the Velvet" is still adorned with jagged metal cherub sculptures behind the bar, lest you forget that an alternative-music bend...



Voluptuous (Queen West) / Fashion Stores

636 Queen St. W. 416.533.5253 Website
Voluptuous (Queen West)

Voluptuous sells sassy clothes to women with curves. Angela Samuels, a former plus-sized model, founded the company in 2000 after she noticed how unflattering and conservative (read: boring) most plus-sized...


Wanda's Belgian Waffles (Queen St.) / Restaurants

252 Queen St West 416.593.0999 Website
Wanda's Belgian Waffles (Queen St.)

Wanda's serves fresh Belgian waffles, Illy espresso, and toasted sandwiches. You can grab a sweet treat on the street that's less than $3, with flavours like vanilla, cinnamon, maple or...


What A Bagel (Spadina) / Baked Goods

130 Spadina Avenue #102a 647.347.7222 Website
What A Bagel (Spadina)

The What A Bagel location near Richmond and Spadina gives off a new edge compared to its nine sister locations in Toronto. With ceiling to floor windows overlooking lower Spadina,...


Wide Open / Bars

139A Spadina Avenue 416.727.5411
Wide Open

Wide Open is a local neighbourhood watering hole on Spadina. A good spot to grab a couple of pints on a weekday night....


Wildhagen / Fashion Stores

575 Queen St. West 416.830.8589 Website
Wildhagen

Wildhagen owners David Greig and Sheri Wildhagen use three words to describe why they design hats: for shelter, comfort, and confidence. The husband-and-wife duo own a shop on Queen West...


Wynick/Tuck / Galleries

401 Richmond Street West Suite 128 416.504.8716 Website
Wynick/Tuck

The Wynick/Tuck is a 2000 square foot contemporary art gallery in 401 Richmond with three separate spaces called the Large Gallery, the Small Gallery, and the Project Room. ...


XEXE Gallery / Galleries

624 Richmond Street West 416.646.2706 Website
XEXE Gallery

Showcases emerging and established contemporary artists in a variety of styles and media....


Yoga Tree / Fitness Clubs

140 Spadina Avenue 416.603.9642 Website
Yoga Tree

Yoga Tree has multiple locations in the Toronto area including their newest studio at the corner of Richmond and Spadina....



Young & Tae / Fashion Stores

630 Queen St. W 416.901.9887 Website
Young & Tae

Young & Tae might be situated on Queen Street (a.k.a. a hub for the best shoe stores in Toronto), but it isn't your average women's footwear boutique. You can tell...


Your Feel Good Soap Company / Fashion Stores

616 Queen St. W 647.834.9347 Website
Your Feel Good Soap Company

Your Feel Good Soap Company is something of a one of a kind in Toronto. Even as places like Sweet Flour Bake Shop, Yogurty's, and Enzo Pizza foster the create-it-yourself...


Yuk Yuk's / Bars

224 Richmond St W 416.967.6425 Website
Yuk Yuk's

Yuk Yuk's has hosted the world's best and most popular stand-up comics, from Dave Chappelle to Dustin Diamond. Shows range from $11-20, and their roster of comedians ensure that the...


YYoga / Fitness Clubs

333 Queen Street West 416.792.2211 Website
YYoga

YYoga is a Vancouver import that now has a studio near Queen and John. Class styles include YRide (indoor cycling), YHot (hot yoga), Power, Flow, Yin and Restorative....


YYZ / Galleries

401 Richmond Street West Suite 140 416.598.4546 Website
YYZ

Located in 401 Richmond, YYZ is dedicated to the support of work by contemporary artists working in all media including video, film and performance. ...



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