The Best Card, Paper and Stationery Shops in Toronto
The best card, paper and stationery shops in Toronto are absolute paradise for crafters, scrapbookers, artists, collectors of shiny things, and anyone who just wants to send a great-looking letter.
Toronto's paper and stationery shops fall mostly into two categories: Artsier shops with all the raw materials to make a fabulous paper creation of your very own, or high-end stationery stores stocked with luxurious letterheads and gilded envelopes. But they often tend to meet in the middle on items like gift wrap, journals and notebooks, artist-designed greeting cards, and a few fun office supplies and last-minute gifts.
All of this means binge-shopping is hard to resist: You walk in for, say, a sheet of black cardstock, and inevitably walk out with a dozen different patterned sheets, some wrapping paper, a pack of coloured Sharpies, fancy twine, and a rubber stamp or twelve. If anything, that's a solid reminder of the joys of paper in an increasingly digital world.
Here are the best card, paper and stationery shops in Toronto.
It's been open on Queen St. over 20 years, and the Paper Place is still the first stop for Toronto's paper-workers and stationery-seekers. Shelves are stocked high with paper of all weights and patterns, including numerous Japanese designs (true to its former life as 'The Japanese Paper Place'). The store's rounded out by bookbinding and invitation/card-making supplies, fun add-ons like washi tape, and whimsical gifts like a squirrel-shaped tape dispenser.
The Papery's two locations (Yorkville and Yonge & St. Clair) offer a range of cards, stationery and gift wrap. There's a healthy selection of journals, organizers, scrapbooks and albums, as well as some colourful boxes to pack everything away in. (Eco geeks, take note - they're one of the few places in town that stocks plantable paper festooned with seeds.) Prices aren't the lowest, but the selection's good and the service is friendly.
The Montreal paper chain's presence has shrunk in Toronto - of several locations only one, on Bayview, still remains - but its appeal is still strong. In addition to reams (literally) of paper, they've got a collection of greeting cards by 88 Canadian artists. Their graphics shop can also print, emboss, or foil-stamp custom messages or designs onto that gorgeous paper for you.
Sure, this Dundas West store is a shrine to all things ink-filled and pointy, but what's a pen without paper? In addition to a slew of calligraphy pens and multicoloured inks, Wonder Pens carries a variety of stylish notebooks and journals, dotted and graph paper, and fine stationery brands from Japan and France.
This Koreatown mom-and-pop, named for the Korean word for mulberry paper, was inspired by a neighbourhood in Seoul filled with shops bearing gorgeous handmade goods from local artisans. At Hanji, that translates into racks filled with sheets of the eponymous paper in various ornate designs, as well as greeting cards, book-making materials, and extra decorations like ribbons.
This art supply shop's original location, a massive split-level store near Dundas and McCaul, might as well be OCAD's official shop; now they've spread to the far corners of the city with locations in the Junction and the Beaches. Their paper offerings, naturally, are geared toward visual artists, with all manner of sheets and sketchbooks available. If you can't find it here, it probably doesn't exist.
A lot of stores on this list pitch a few novelty gifts and knick-knacks in with the stationery, but Chinatown's B&J Trading is overtaken by a huge assortment of home goods, tableware and decorations. Paper fans, make straight for the gift wrap section - their wrapping paper even earned B&J a nod from Frommer's travel guide.
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