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The Best Card, Paper and Stationery Shops in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / February 10, 2014

Stationery TorontoThe 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.

See also

The Best Art Supply Stores in Toronto
The Best Stores to Buy Greeting Cards in Toronto
The Best Places to Buy Unique Gifts in Toronto

The Paper Place

The Paper Place

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. More »

The Papery

The Papery

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. More »

Essence du Papier

Essence du Papier

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. More »

Wonder Pens

Wonder Pens

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. More »

Hanji Handmade Paper

Hanji Handmade Paper

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. More »

Write Impressions

Write Impressions

This Leaside store (at Bayview and Davisville) has become a neighbourhood fave for its mix of luxurious and whimsical wrapping paper, stationery, cards and gifts. (Farther-flung paper hounds, you're in luck - they also have locations in Oakville, Waterloo and Hamilton.) More »

Above Ground Art Supplies

Above Ground Art Supplies

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. More »

B&J Trading

B&J Trading

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. More »

Discussion

25 Comments

Sarah / February 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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Great. List I have shopped at most of these places, I also go to the Japanese Paper Place in Parkdale.
http://www.japanesepaperplace.com/
m / February 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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why are you recycling this old list? some of these places don't even exist anymore
Cliff S replying to a comment from m / February 10, 2014 at 01:46 pm
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to generated more pageview's, duh!
sk / February 10, 2014 at 02:05 pm
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Kid Icarus is NOT on here? Wow.
Natalia replying to a comment from m / February 10, 2014 at 02:07 pm
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This is a new list, from a recent reader poll; sometimes we re-do old lists to update listings or get rid of places that have closed down. I mentioned in the story that most of Essence du Papier's Toronto stores have closed; other than that, everywhere else is definitely still there.
Ted / February 10, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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I can't believe you missed LAYWINE'S, in Yorkville. The original pen and accessories store, and still Toronto's best! You better check your self.......
TBIT / February 10, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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I, for one, am glad you occasionally recycle these lists. I missed the first time and the fact it generates comments with missing gems is always nice. And I second the Kid Icarus suggestion --- that place will make a paper fiend happy.
David Hayes / February 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm
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How is TOWN not on that list?????
mel / February 11, 2014 at 09:19 am
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You missed Bizzy B's in High Park. They make custom stamps there as well, which I find quite useful.
Duck H. / February 11, 2014 at 09:31 am
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I agree with Mr. Hayes. I am quite baffled that TOWN on Bloor W. (near Brock) is not on this list. I wouldn't get cards or gifts anyplace else.
Duck H. replying to a comment from David Hayes / February 11, 2014 at 09:50 am
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Agreed. TOWN is an incredible store, a veritable treasure trove.
Karen / February 11, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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Laywine's, Kid Icarus
Jennifer / February 12, 2014 at 11:15 am
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Paperboy at Yonge & St.Clair has a great selection of cards for everyone, they have lots of great funny cards and serious ones as well(beautiful sympathy cards if u need one), really
neat gifts, if u are near yonge/st.clair, check it out!!, I live nearby and I am in all the time, they always are getting
new stuff to check out!!
numbersix / February 12, 2014 at 04:27 pm
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Wonder Pens is a great well stocked shop and the staff are very knowledgeable. I am now going to have to investigate the others on the list. Thanks
Liz / February 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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Outer Layer on Queen West is my go to card store!
Alison / February 14, 2014 at 11:19 am
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Thanks for the shout out for The Japanese Paper Place, Sarah, but we don't really sell our stationery papers directly - you can get them through the Paper Place. We do sell our better printmaking and bookbinding papers by appointment. We also host Washi Wednesday the last Wednesday of each month with select items for sale, and free demos.
R / March 4, 2014 at 11:09 am
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You definitely need to add Bizzy B's Stamp & Scrap to this list! They're the only scrapbooking and rubberstamping store in Toronto, with lots of supplies for many types of papercrafting and mixed media projects. They also have a variety of classes. And, as someone else mentioned, they can make custom stamps, which are great for businesses, weddings, and more. They don't carry much in the way of stationery, but they have a wide selection of patterned papers and cardstock.
Leslie Klett / March 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm
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Stop by William Ashley Stationery at 55 Bloor St W. They offer a great selection of letterpress cards for every occasion. You can also get custom stationery.
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Toronto Wedding Photographer / April 22, 2014 at 11:26 pm
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This is great. I have many wedding clients always asking if we can provide wedding invitation cards. Since I don't, I can refer them to this list
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Ellen / October 19, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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Where is Keep me posted on this list? Great
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