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The Best Cigar Stores in Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / November 21, 2013

Cigar Stores TorontoThe best cigar stores in Toronto are in somewhat shorter supply these days on account of the fact that the last great cigar craze peaked somewhere between grunge and the end of the first dotcom boom. At the time, Toronto still had corner stores with humidors and old-fashioned tobacconists, but they were joined by an explosion of upscale cigar bars with walk-in humidors and big selections for men (and a few women) who wanted to live large, in a black-and-white movie kind of way. Some of the stores on this list date from this time, but they're all survivors, selling big wands of premium tobacco in a hostile world.

Successive financial crises might have had something to do with the waning of the cigar craze, but it was really done in by anti-smoking by-laws that made it impossible to enjoy a cigar anywhere but on your own porch, or in a room designed solely for the purpose, away from the public gaze (or respiration). More than not, Toronto's cigar stores can be found either near the city's business towers or in neighbourhoods with solid real estate values, which says all you need to know about who smokes cigars these days. Serious smokers will know where to find them; the curious will need a guide.

Here are the best cigar stores in Toronto.

The Smokin' Cigar

The Smokin' Cigar

The Smokin' Cigar recently moved a block south on Bayview to new, bigger digs with a sidewalk patio for enjoying what you've bought in the open air. There's a wall of humidors for sale, some at very reasonable prices, and a glass-walled walk-in humidor of epic proportions - the biggest in the city, the third largest in Canada. This makes for an epic selection of cigars, Cuban and non-Cuban, including their best-selling house brand, made in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. More »

Thomas Hinds Tobacconist

Thomas Hinds Tobacconist

The grand old man of cigar stores has been open for four decades now in the Yorkville area, selling a wide selection of premium cigars for the last twenty-five of them in its dark, woody, creaky store on Cumberland. It has a clubhouse feel, with wingback armchairs and photos all over the walls, and does a great business with the hotel trade, thanks to its seven days a week business hours. More »

Frank Correnti

Frank Correnti

The only cigar manufacturer left in the city, Correnti is a legacy of a time when cigar smoke was the Axe body spray of its day. Down an alley behind King West's club and restaurant strip, Correnti's is up a set up stairs and back about a century, to a long, dim room where, at a small group of tables, cigars are hand rolled by a few of the tiny number of people who still have the skill. Made from imported Cuban leaf, Correnti cigars range in price from under ten bucks to around sixty. More »

Cigar Studio

Cigar Studio

Opened in 1996, Cigar Studio owner Jerry says that the vast majority of his clientele lives within a 10 minute drive of his shop, which is also surrounded by five of the city's best golf courses. He has a house brand that sells for under 10 bucks, as well as the Cuban, Honduran and Dominican smokes that drive the business - brands like Montecristo and Macanudo - as well as a reasonably prices selection of humidors and other accessories that you'll need if the odd stogie becomes a habit. More »

Casa del Habano

Casa del Habano

Open for over 20 years in and around Yorkville, Casa del Habano - as its name infers - specializes in Cuban cigars, which it currently sells out of a sleek basement storefront with a few cafe tables out front to enjoy what you buy in the spring and summer. Like all of the cigar stores, it had to weather the effects of Bill 194, which banished smoking from most public places, but judging from the swanky minimal decor in its new location, it's still doing well selling everything from petit coronas for the smoker sneaking one on a balcony or patio to the Cohiba Behike at over a hundred bucks for the big celebration. More »

B. Sleuth & Statesman

B. Sleuth & Statesman

Opened in First Canadian Place in 1987 as Winston & Holmes (the new name is a pun on the original,) it was taken over by in 1999, who admit that it's a "phenomenal location" for a cigar store. In the heart of Bay Street's towers, it's convenient for the white collar worker on their way home or to the cottage, or on their way to the golf course where the owners say most big deals are closed - and celebratory cigars are smoked. You'll find the full range of Cuban and non-Cubans here, with personal storage for (store-bought) cigars for rent in their humidor. More »

Metro Cigar

Metro Cigar

Open since 1996, this little storefront on Yonge south of Bloor is a classic, no-nonsense tobacconist selling a decent range of stogies, including best-selling "easy smokes" like the Dominican Macanudo and the Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey. Also - hookahs! A huge selection of hookahs that the owner began selling a decade ago, ranging from $35 to five hundred bucks. Literally at the centre of the city, Metro's celebrity clientele includes Drake. More »

Casablanca Tobacconist

Casablanca Tobacconist

On Yonge Street just by the business district, Casablanca sells cigars alongside clocks, globes, crystal figurines and a whole lot of what we used to call head shop stuff. They rely on the local banks and towers for their clientele, but have been around long enough (11 years) to pull in regulars from as far away as Kitchener and London. The well-stocked humidor includes the usual suspects, but also features new cigar labels like Nub, CAO and Black Market that prove that, smoking laws aside, there's still growth in the cigar business. More »

La Casa de Fuma

La Casa de Fuma

The new kid on the block, Casa de Fuma opened in 2011 on a stretch of Yonge in North Toronto, and has already attracted a loyal clientele that, on a nice day, you'll find hanging out on the sidewalk outside the store. It's the kind of scene where you might be invited to admire someone vintage Jag or new BMW, and where the walk-in humidor is filled with the usual suspects - Cohiba Behikes, Partagas and Romeo y Julieta - as well as new brands like Paul Stulac, Alec Bradley and Quesada that owner Fawzi Asmar loves to promote. More »

Discussion

15 Comments

bikeroo / November 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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Good to see Thomas Hinds and Casablanca on the list. When I visited both for the first time I looked like a high-school punk but they treated me with respect and helped me pick out some fantastic tobaccos.
K. C. / November 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm
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I really enjoy being at the Smokin' Cigar. The people working there all know their cigars and they have helped me more than once choosing from their vast selection.
They have several events per year definitely worth visiting.

See you there!
puffpuff / November 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm
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Althought slightly different, you forgot

http://www.havanahouse.com/
4ChanApologist / November 21, 2013 at 02:45 pm
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Sleuth and Statesman also has an actual cuban cigar roller working outside their storefront occasionally, amazing to watch how skilled they are.

The article says "In the heart of Bay Street's towers" but it's actually at King+York streets in the exchange tower.
fsdfsdfsf / November 21, 2013 at 07:41 pm
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I second bikeroo - workers at Thomas Hinds treat all of their customers very respectfully. First time I visited their store I was very underdressed as well and thought I made a mistake by entering. They didn't hesitate to tell me all about their cigars and made some recommendations and I left the store very happy with a bunch of cigars.
Yo replying to a comment from puffpuff / November 22, 2013 at 01:18 am
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Havana House and Casa del Habano are actually the same company, Havana House is the head office of the store and a holding company with the rights from the Cuban Government to distribute the brands they sell.
Marquis Cubano / November 22, 2013 at 08:01 am
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That snaggle-toothed woman in the burka at Sleuth and Statesman scares me.

Winston and Holmes was much, much better. Michael and Allan were both better than Aqeel and Moutarza.
Zobelle / November 22, 2013 at 04:04 pm
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Nothing beats a nicely humidified Romeo & Juliet and some high end cognac.
Ya I know I'm a snob, and I don't care!
James / November 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm
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Does anyone in Toronto sell from a collection of vintage cigars?
José Francisco Monjarrez / December 16, 2013 at 06:11 pm
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Hello! My name is Jose Francisco Monjarrez let me introduce myself
I work for Felix Assouline Cigars in Estelí Nicaragua Center America
I am the operations manager of the company.

We have been in manufacturing for over 10 years in Danli, Honduras and last year, we moved to Esteli. We are reintroducing EGO Cigars which was launched at the RTDA in 2006. We have also acquired and reblended an old brand Havana Sunrise. We call it Havana Sunrise Reserve. We are also introducing 2 new brands to our family: Ringo and Something Special.
All of our cigars are box pressed. The only size currently that is not is our EGO SHOT cigarillo. They are totally handmade, and they come in a cedar box of 100.

Our company is interested give us a chance to show our products I invite you to please visit our website for more information felixassouline.com or call us (954)367-3449

Thank you. Have a nice day
Neal / March 12, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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Greetings, traveling there tomorrow. Looking at the weather report, can you smoke inside any of these shops? Thanks!
Michael Bowe / June 11, 2014 at 09:25 am
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Heading into town late August, Where are you allowed to smoke? Any inside places? Any outside? Anyplace you could get a drink and smoke a cigar? Thank you. MB
Bigmahalo / July 8, 2014 at 06:39 am
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Bump
Ryan replying to a comment from Michael Bowe / August 19, 2014 at 02:45 pm
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Michael Bowe / Bigmahalo - you can not smoke inside any establishment in Toronto however you can enjoy on a patio with a drink. Most restaurants will let you light up a cigar.
Mike / August 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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Recommend any? Any roof tops/balconies? Thank you. MB

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