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Canadian School of Lutherie / Musical Instruments

276 Carlaw Ave., Unit 105 416.333.7557 Website
Canadian School of Lutherie

Canadian School of Lutherie is a place you'll probably never come across, unless you're intentionally looking for it - and even if you do have the address, it's still a...


La Bicicletta / Bike Shops

1180 Castlefield Ave 416.762.2679 Website
La Bicicletta

La Bicicletta is one of Toronto's most established high-end bike shops, having occupied its spot on Castlefied Avenue for over 15 years. While the store carries a small selection of...


Tattoo People / Tattoo Parlours

1077 Bathurst St. 647.850.5977 Website
Tattoo People

Tattoo People is an airy, bright new tattoo parlour at Bathurst and Dupont specializing in various Asian design work. There are two locations already in Busan and Seoul, South Korea,...


La Carrera Cycles / Bike Shops

1611 Dupont St. 416.538.1203 Website
La Carrera Cycles

La Carrera Cycles moved from its previous Harbord St. location last year to a resurgent stretch of Dupont in the Junction Triangle. In contrast to the World Cup crazed street,...



The Pedal Stop / Bike Shops

127 Ossington Ave 647.352.3240 Website
The Pedal Stop

The Pedal Stop is nestled at the northeast corner of Ossington and Argyle, just south of Little Portugal's gateway, west of Trinity Bellwoods. Plain and unassuming from the outside, the...


Giant Bicycles / Bike Shops

650 Queen St. West 416.703.9990 Website
Giant Bicycles

Giant Bicycles has set up shop in what was once MissBehav'n, just a couple doors east of Palmerston on Queen. The international cycling company has transformed the storefront into a...


Silent Sports / Bike Shops

111 Doncaster Ave. Thornhill 905.889.3772 Website
Silent Sports

Silent Sports is not a shop you would ride by on your daily commute. Located just off of Yonge Street in Thornhill, this is a destination store. Doncaster Ave. is...


Bateman's Bicycle Company / Bike Shops

913 Bathurst St. 416.538.2453 Website
Bateman's Bicycle Company

Bateman's Bicycle Company expanded from their original Barton St. shop in 2012 to this 2,000 sq. ft.location that used to be home to Bathurst Cycle. "We cater to all rider...



Sweet Pete's (Brick Works) / Bike Shops

550 Bayview Ave. 647.341.7271 Website
Sweet Pete's (Brick Works)

Sweet Pete's Brick Works location opened just three weeks ago, their new digs annexed beside Bike Works in a refurbished building nestled within the revitalized heritage site. "It's a great...


Lifer Tattoos / Tattoo Parlours

1769 Danforth Ave. 647.351.3923 Website
Lifer Tattoos

Lifer Tattoos opened its doors on the Danforth at the end of last summer, and from what I can see, the shop comes by its name quite honestly. Lil Mamma...


Good Music / Music Store

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...


Play De Record / Music Store

357 Yonge Street 416.586.0380 Website
Play De Record

Play De Record, if nothing else, has proven itself. Situated right beside Zanzibar Tavern on Yonge St., this long yet slim shop has endured the test of time and watched...



Espresso Cycles / Bike Shops

521 Annette St. 647.344.2669 Website
Espresso Cycles

Espresso Cycles on Annette at Runnymede seems like the sort of place that would be half cafe, half bike shop. Based on its name, I pictured bikes and equipment set...


Kops Records (Annex) / Music Store

592 Bloor St. W. 416.593.8523 Website
Kops Records (Annex)

Kops Records new Annex location at Bloor and Markham is already bustling on Saturday afternoon just a couple of hours after their official opening last weekend. I stopped in looking...


Planet of Sound (West Queen West) / Music Store

1020 Queen St W 416.530.9703 Website
Planet of Sound (West Queen West)

Planet of Sound has just increased its orbit. With a new store along West Queen West, the purveyors of quality hi-fi sound systems are expanding their reach to audiophiles on...


Switchback Cyclery / Bike Shops

651 Queen St. E. 416.466.6776 Website
Switchback Cyclery

Switchback Cyclery is a bike shop in Riverside near Queen St. E. and Broadview, and they give back to the community in more ways than just hooking it up with...



Gallant Bicycles / Bike Shops

678 Bloor St W 416.572.2593 Website
Gallant Bicycles

Gallant Bicycles is a new Toronto-based company (and store) that offers highly customizable urban bikes at a price that belies the various options on offer. Co-owned by Jason Wood and...


LP's LPs / Music Store

104 Ossington Avenue Website
LP's LPs

LP's LPs has a note hanging on the door when I first stop by. "Be back at 5:30. Go grab a coffee. I had to run an errand. I'll see...


Victory Industries Tattoo and Apparel / Tattoo Parlours

1695 Dundas Street West 647.347.3324 Website
Victory Industries Tattoo and Apparel

Victory Industries is the mom and pop version of a Toronto tattoo shop. Which is to say that the quote-unquote mom and pop in question are into a '50s aesthetic...


June Records / Music Store

662 College St. 416.516.5863
June Records

June Records is the latest record store addition to College St., and it's taking over the old Ammo Video space. Located between local favourite Soundscapes and the new thrift store/record...



Red Tent Sisters / Sex Stores

810 Danforth Avenue 416.463.8368 Website
Red Tent Sisters

Red Tent Sisters falls somewhere in the categorical realm of sex shop-meets-women's health boutique. The east end store offers books on fertility, an assortment of natural feminine hygiene products, and...


Grasshopper Records / Music Store

1167 Dundas St West 416.534.0184
Grasshopper Records

Grasshopper Records doesn't have a storefront sign yet. Just milk crates chock-full of records sitting out font, unassumingly. Oh, and Wu-Tang's "Protect Ya Neck" debut single resting in the window....


Broom Wagon Cyclery / Bike Shops

701 Danforth Ave 647.352.6200 Website
Broom Wagon Cyclery

Broom Wagon Cyclery has been open for four days when I first walk in. But they sold a bike on their second day, so that's a good start, right? Nestled...


Okey Doke Tattoo Shop / Tattoo Parlours

790 Dundas St. West 416.538.0303 Website
Okey Doke Tattoo Shop

Okey Doke Tattoo Shop is a good jog from Cabbagetown. When I get to the shop, located at College and Ossington, and gracefully dismount from my bike, I have a...



Come As You Are / Sex Stores

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...


Sonic Boom (Annex) / Music Store

782 Bathurst St. 416.532.0334 Website
Sonic Boom (Annex)

Sonic Boom, Toronto's biggest independent record shop, can now be found on Bathurst just south of Bloor, less than a minute-long walk from its former location. As promised back in...


Sonic Boom (Kensington) / Music Store

201 Augusta Avenue 416.901.8854 Website
Sonic Boom (Kensington)

Sonic Boom records recently announced they were vacating the premises at 512 Bloor West, to be replaced by not one but two new locations. While the store in the...


Cycle Couture / Bike Shops

926 College St 647.694.0542 Website
Cycle Couture

Cycle Couture is the type of bike shop that could only open in a city that's at least somewhat cycling friendly. Even if our bike lane infrastructure isn't where it...



Duke's Cycle / Bike Shops

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...


Speakeasy Tattoo / Tattoo Parlours

299 Harbord Street 647.378.2481 Website
Speakeasy Tattoo

Speakeasy Tattoo puts you at ease when you enter. No pretense -- just art, a fluffy Pomeranian named Wilma and traditional-style tattoos. And as I make myself comfortable in the...


Cyclemotive / Bike Shops

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...


Racer Sportif / Bike Shops

2214 Bloor St. W 416.769.5731 Website
Racer Sportif

Racer Sportif is one of Toronto's oldest high-end bike shops, specializing in performance road, track and mountain bike sales. Located just east of Runnymede on Bloor, the long, narrow store...



Liberty Street Cyclery / Bike Shops

171 East Liberty Street 416.516.8880 Website
Liberty Street Cyclery

Liberty Street Cyclery is a small shop that specializes in speedy repairs and custom builds. Opened by Ed Tsui last spring, the space has a casual everyone-knows-your-name type vibe, which...


Wheels of Bloor / Bike Shops

2007 Bloor St. W 416.762.9119 Website
Wheels of Bloor

Wheels of Bloor is where to go if you're a road cyclist looking to buy a dream bike. Although not the only shop in Toronto that carries bikes that cost...


Black Line Studio / Tattoo Parlours

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...


Broadway Cycle / Bike Shops

1222 Bloor St W 416.531.1028 Website
Broadway Cycle

Broadway Cycle differs from many of the other stores I've been visiting in that it doesn't try to cater to only one type of cyclist. Instead of targeting urban utility...



Riders Cycle and Board / Bike Shops

80 Geary Avenue 647.349.5649 Website
Riders Cycle and Board

Riders Cycle and Board is your quintessential neighbourhood bike shop, right down to the full service coffee bar that entices locals to linger and talk shop with owners Jeff Ubalde...


The Bike Joint / Bike Shops

290 Harbord Street 416.532.6392 Website
The Bike Joint

The Bike Joint is where you go when your beater bike needs fixing. Don't get me wrong, the store can handle all sorts of bikes, but it really comes into...


Urbane Cyclist / Bike Shops

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...


Curbside Cycle / Bike Shops

412 Bloor Street West 416.920.4933 Website
Curbside Cycle

Curbside Cycle does indeed have its roots on the curb, when owner Don Watterson first set up shop outside of the Brunswick House over 15 years ago. If this were...



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  • Planet Storage I need to storer all the contents of a large apartment, effective thus weekend, can you help me? Can you also recommend some movers yo help me as well.
  • Urbane Cyclist I was coming down to buy a bike , but after reading these comments well maybe i will just invest in a metro pass instead. Sorry.
  • Bateman's Bicycle Company This cannot be one of the best bike repair shops in Toronto - let alone the THIRD best. I went in to fix a flat. Picked up my bike in...
  • Okey Doke Tattoo Shop You should really take away commenting then. If commenting is censored against naming someone for their poor work then why bother?
  • Okey Doke Tattoo Shop Hi Aubrey, So you can only name an artist when it's a positive comment? I've ready many negative reviews on your site that name artists or whatever they are in. Seems...
  • Okey Doke Tattoo Shop Hi Jon, please don't name artists by name when leaving your experience at the shop or we have to remove the comments according to our comment policy.
  • Okey Doke Tattoo Shop *did a poor job on my tattoo
  • Bikes on Wheels Oh Please, so dramatic!!!
  • Bikes on Wheels who is this "Guy"; does he have a name????
  • All Canadian Self Storage U-Haul, Storage, Boxes! What a great service! I visit the location on Weston road, not only was I greeted by 2 beautiful ladies that stood up upon my arrival....
  • New Tribe Tattoo I went to New Tribe for the first time to get a big tattoo and the first person that I saw was the lady at the front desk, she was...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I have rented storage space as well as U haul trucks many times from the Scarborough location and ever time has been a pleasure. They have a great staff and...
  • TCB Tattoos GOOSE--Are you sure you are talking about this tattoo shop? Just got my 5th tat yesterday, and, as always, my tattooer, James--the guy with the beard--was fantastic, skillful, kind,...
  • Beach Sound Records The pricing is on the inside of the sleeve using a dot system. Each dot is $5. Typically they explain this but perhaps it was an off day. A...
  • Bike Depot Thanks Derek , I won't go there now, in toronto for 11 days looking for bike acces., from the west coast. I can't stand rip offs, and ignorance
  • Wheels of Bloor I, and 3 of my friends have bought bikes from these guys and yes, they are busy but they go above and beyond to help us out. They've let me...
  • Broadway Cycle Everyone's experience is different. I realize that, so take this for what's it's worth. My experience with Broadway Cycle was very positive. Having been to nearly all the big bike...
  • Definitive Studios I got my nose pierced there the other day and it was amazing, im a huge wuss when it comes to needles but one of the staff Georgia really talked...
  • Bike Sauce We've moved up the street - please update the address to 341 Broadview Ave.
  • My Little Bike Shop @ Jonas I think your embellishing your comment, cause I think if it was that simple to fix, why hell didn’t you just fix it yourself ? I have been...
  • D'Ornellas Bike Shop Have my bikes serviced by D'Ornellas bike shop and very happy with the services. Friendly and experienced people, reasonable pricing with well done serviced jobs. This is my bike...
  • For Your Eyes Only A few of my coworkers and I came by here and it was a great time. The server was amazing and the women were top notch. It was nice to...
  • Vortex Records I am looking for Michael Ruff - speaking in melodies, does anybody know if they have it? thanks!
  • Seven Crowns Tattoo Seven Crowns is no good. Look at the way they deal with their customers. You want to chance a mediocre tattoo? Then head on down to Seven mutha fuckin...
  • Cask Music Friendliest music store in the city and one of the few reasons to head to the East side.
  • Centron Self Storage Stay away from the Dawes location. My stuff was riddled with mouse crap and they didn't do anything for me except provide me with a glue trap once I...
  • All Canadian Self Storage I tried the Pack and Store container because my garage needed roof repair. We kept it on the driveway and used it for 3 weeks. It was a...
  • Beach Sound Records This store is a joke. No prices on the the lp's. You half to ask to get a price.The place smells and dirty. This dump is a eye sore...This ...
  • Bike Sauce I went to the new location looking for help in getting my bike back on the road after a couple of years sitting idle in the garage. It was...
  • LP's LPs Great store. He just re-opened at the very north end of Roncesvalles.


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