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The Best Eyeglasses in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / December 16, 2013

Eyeglasses torontoThe best stores for eyeglasses in Toronto have the four-eyed among us sporting their specs with plenty of pride (and style to spare). These boutique optical outposts (many of which scour the globe for the best eyewear brands, or hunt tirelessly for deadstock vintage glasses) will sell you anything but cheapo plastic frames or dated wire specs.

Whether your style is conservative (perhaps a subtle titanium frame), bookishly hip (a vintage tortoiseshell pair) or outlandish (the sky's the limit), the wide-ranging frame selections at many of these spots means you won't have to look too long (or squint too hard) to find what you seek. What if your vision's 20/20, you ask? There's always designer shades.

Here are the best eyeglasses in Toronto.

See also:

The best sunglasses in Toronto
8 places to find vintage eyewear in Toronto

Opticianado

Opticianado

This Junction boutique is the culmination of owner Jordan Paul's 15 years in the optical industry. Vintage frames are a specialty, but the shop also carries plenty of contemporary lines, including local exclusives like Yellows Plus and Matttew. As a bonus, they also hold monthy concerts and other events. More »

Spectacle

Spectacle

Spectacle's product lineup reads like a who's who of legendary optical designers, including Oliver Peoples, Oliver Goldsmith and Thierry Lasry. The chain, which includes locations on Yonge, Queen West and in the Distillery, sets itself apart by carrying exclusives like Kuboraum frames from Berlin; it also offers an in-house line of frames made in Italy at $385 a pop. More »

Minh Chau Optical

Minh Chau Optical

This Chinatown standby has earned plenty of loyal fans for its friendly service, in-house optical lab and wide selection of flashy frames from a huge selection of high-end brands, including Cartier, Chrome Hearts, Starck and Lindberg. More »

Rapp Optical

Rapp Optical

A fixture on College St. for 35 years, Rapp Optical is best-known for its in-house line of Canadian-made frames, which are sold all over the world -- owner Mel Rapp says they're the last to be made in Canada. The well-worn shop also boasts cases full of brightly-coloured, unusually-textured frames from heritage companies like Oliver Goldsmith and Cutler & Gross. More »

Eyes on Church

Eyes on Church

Eyes on Church focuses on fashion-forward, one-of-a-kind frames; owner Farhad Gharemani prides himself on never carrying the same pair twice. Their roster features mostly high-end European brands in a sleek, modern atmosphere (their store environment recently won a design award). More »

LF Warehouse

LF Warehouse

This far-flung chain of eyewear stores, which includes locations in York, Thornhill, East York and downtown, capitalizes on low-overhead locations by serving up deals on high-end brands. The selection ranges from boutique optical companies like Lafont and Kliik to real-deal designer sunglasses from Chloe, Celine, Alexander McQueen and Bulgari. More »

Gafas

Gafas

Gafas' Queen and Augusta shop goes for an edgier vibe than your standard modern, all-white eyewear boutique, featuring concrete, exposed brick and a selection of frames from superstar designers like Tom Ford to boutiqe brands like Ovvo and Leisure Society. Head to the back and you'll find a comfy lounge area. More »

Face Furniture Optical

Face Furniture Optical

The brainchild of a former optical lab technician with 25 years of experience, Face Furniture is giving a swiftly-changing part of Cabbagetown a whole new look. The minimalist shop is stocked with a mix of vintage and contemporary frames, including tougher-to-find lines like Tart, Heiro, Woody and Anglo American. More »

Eye Studio

Eye Studio

Head north to Mount Pleasant and Davisville, and you'll find this family-run eyewear outpost with a focus on clean, modern design. Their ever-expanding lineup of designers features Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Orgreen and Salt, among many others. More »

Discussion

70 Comments

Peanut Gallery / December 16, 2013 at 01:17 pm
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Optic Zone at King & Jarvis is tops in my books. The owner, Joe, is phenomenal.
cosmosuave / December 16, 2013 at 01:21 pm
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Yep another vote for Optic Zone... Joe knows how to find the right frame for your face and style...
DavidC / December 16, 2013 at 01:21 pm
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How could you possibly ignore OPTIC ZONE at 33 Jarvis? A great and well chosen election and superb service.
hogtown / December 16, 2013 at 01:38 pm
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This list should begin and end with Optic Zone.
Benedict / December 16, 2013 at 01:42 pm
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Optic Zone deserves the praise and it's a shame it's been left off the list.
Elysium / December 16, 2013 at 01:53 pm
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Goldstein's Boutique King & Church... personal attention and
no pressure.
Please, some of those stores on Queen St W were just trying to sell the latest trend.. don't confuse style and best stores with trend...
Parker / December 16, 2013 at 01:54 pm
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Another vote for Optic Zone. Joe rocks!
Ron / December 16, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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Again, a list comprised of searching 'opticians' and posting the results?

Optic Zone, as others have mentioned should have easily been the #1 or #2 choice.

Why not make these 'top 10' lists based on actual votes rather than some writers Google abilities?
Cori / December 16, 2013 at 02:38 pm
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Optic Zone for sure.
DJ / December 16, 2013 at 02:45 pm
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I wish that was a list of best optometrists in the city. Mine's a dick. University Eye Clinic, in case ya'll are wondering.
Brian / December 16, 2013 at 02:49 pm
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+1 for Optic Zone.
Tony / December 16, 2013 at 02:49 pm
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Pacific Mall!! Good Vision Optical. $175 for a pair of designer frames with lenses. $40 for just lenses if want to keep your frames. Have been going to them for years and never an issue.
Hazel / December 16, 2013 at 02:54 pm
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phila on Roncesvalles
Ian / December 16, 2013 at 02:55 pm
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Missing Karir Optical on here. The only place I've found in Toronto to carry Theo and Tipton frames.
Dan / December 16, 2013 at 02:59 pm
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Wow....came on here just to give a little love to Joe at Optic Zone and it turns out he's got legions of followers. I've been going there for over 10 years and it really is a great place to shop. How he manages to find order out of chaos is beyond me, but it works. It's awesome there.
Lowrez / December 16, 2013 at 03:04 pm
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Optic Zone.
MissLisaZee / December 16, 2013 at 03:05 pm
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DJ - good thing you mentioned optometrists. See and Be Seen in Liberty was a great experience, try that next time. Vibe was different than anything I have ever experienced - nice frames and knowledgeable staff. Eye doc on site was very thorough and used all the new equipment.

Joe at Optic Zone is also great too - surprised he was missed!
Sadie / December 16, 2013 at 03:12 pm
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Always have had great experiences at Spectacle.
Natalia replying to a comment from Ron / December 16, 2013 at 03:12 pm
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Hi Ron (and all the other Optic Zone fans!)

This list actually WAS chosen by a reader poll. I myself am right there with you on the excellence of the Optic Zone -- I own two pairs from there, and it's a personal fave. If it had been my choice, it would have been near or at the top of the list, but the votes went elsewhere this time around!
Claudia replying to a comment from Ron / December 16, 2013 at 03:15 pm
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blogTO best-of lists ARE based on votes. Every once in a while they will have a survey with several new categories and anyone can vote. I voted for this one, and I remember there were 20+ options in the category of Best Eyeglasses, plus an "Other" field to enter suggestions.
AS / December 16, 2013 at 03:25 pm
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Some more love for Joe at Optic Zone. I've sent many people there over the years and will continue to do so. Great selection, great service and no pressure.
Jeff / December 16, 2013 at 06:17 pm
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Optic Zone is number 1!
Minni / December 16, 2013 at 06:31 pm
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Vizio on Bayview near Davisville is great. They have Danish frames that are very nice (Pro Design) and Laurent is especially good at picking out frames but I am not sure how many hours he still puts in there.
Kara / December 16, 2013 at 07:11 pm
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Joe at Optic Zone is amazing. I went in thinking I knew what frames I wanted. He told me I couldn't have the ones I wanted because they weren't right for my face…. and he was absolutely right.
JM / December 16, 2013 at 07:47 pm
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I bought my glasses elsewhere but brought them to Optic Zone to have lenses fitted. Joe couldn't be cooler, even suggested I get sunglass prescription lenses put in my old pair. I used to frequent another too cool for school place, even spent thousands of dollars there, and still could barely get any help when I walked in there. So now I'm an Optic Zone loyal customer. No hype, he really is great.
J*town / December 16, 2013 at 08:48 pm
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+1 for Optic Zone
Scott Highet / December 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm
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Those Look Intresting
Bob / December 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm
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Optic Zone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gen / December 16, 2013 at 10:45 pm
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Does any reliable optician sell 1.9 glass lenses such as Zeiss or Rodenstock from Germany?
iSkyscraper / December 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm
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No.
Rachel / December 17, 2013 at 10:26 am
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Where are 312, Phila, and Goldsteins?
AD / December 17, 2013 at 10:33 am
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This comment section has been sponsored by: OPTIC ZONE
Marcella / December 17, 2013 at 11:11 am
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Phila Optical on Roncesvalles consistently stocks glasses that are ahead of the fashion curve in Canada and the US because the owner- Hanna- travels to Europe regularly. I had a pair of Martin + Martin horn rimmed glasses from her at least half a year before I saw them anywhere else in Toronto
Beautiful craftsmen, excellent quality, a curated selection that shows her care to design and fashion
Vince / December 17, 2013 at 11:13 am
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PINK Optical! at Queen & Ossington
http://www.pinkeyeoptical.com/
Kay / December 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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People complaining about the absence of their favourite stores on this list: did you vote?
Tim / December 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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OPTIC ZONE!
Nate / December 17, 2013 at 02:35 pm
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It has been said over and over but how could you forgot optic zone? Did you do any research whatsoever or just google Toronto eyeglasses? . Anyone I have met who has visited Joe refuses to shop for glasses elsewhere. He picks the perfect frames for any size or shape of face. The man can find sunglasses that look great on anyone. Another useless blogTO list..
Natalia replying to a comment from Nate / December 17, 2013 at 02:37 pm
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Hi Nate -- read my comment above replying to Ron.
KD / December 17, 2013 at 03:36 pm
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Phila Optical on Roncesvalles! How could you overlook that?
Kelly / December 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm
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Modern Optical on the Danforth
Nat / December 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm
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Gen , you can visit Josephson Opticians and ask to speak with Bosco.
LV / December 18, 2013 at 07:30 pm
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Rapp IS by far the most unique and creative in toronto and possibly canada. they have one of the coolest canadian made line of frames for one! they carry amazing brands. Mel, Julia and Shilo rapp are super rad and know frames like nobodies business...
cathie / December 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm
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My last pair of glasses cost me almost $900 at the Eyeglass Factory in Thornhill. I can't justify paying that amount again, so I'm off to Loblaws. I just don't care where they come from anymore.
Roman / December 21, 2013 at 01:23 am
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Humber Optical in Bloor West Village has by far the best crafted eyewear I have ever experienced. The spectacles are hand crafted by the owner Walter who has some 30 years in the business.The lens quality is incredible and selection is amazing! Oliver People's, Lindberg, Face au Face, Mykita, Paul Smith, Robert Marc, Gotti are a few of the products they retail. Prices are incredibly fair for such quality product.Any doubts?... Google Humber Optical,go to Blog TO and check their comments.I would absolutely not purchase my glasses anywhere else. Very surprised they did not make the cut as they were a top choice of Blog TO earlier.
keinmorkel / December 22, 2013 at 04:36 am
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wow! optic zone , i search that many days.
Szpak / January 1, 2014 at 01:15 pm
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Optic Zone!

I went to Spectacle for years and but in the end, after two poor customer service incidents, I left and vowed never to return. Ugh, pretentious hipsters.

I went to Optic Zone after that and am hooked! Joe is a magician at choosing the Perfect Frame for your face.
josh josephson replying to a comment from Gen / January 2, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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carl zeiss and rodenstock are both represented in canada. carl zeiss has a factory in toronto. virtually all of their lenses are finished in toronto now.
David C / January 2, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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If your lists are the result of reader polls then I suggest that you make this VERY clear in the write-up and I wonder why a "compiler" gets their name there. A posting that ends "Here are the best eyeglasses in Toronto." needs to be qualified.
Phil / January 15, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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Optical Depot at the base of Scotiaplaza is very cheap with good service.
A / January 28, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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Most of those stores are selling for way too much. I can find the exact same product up town and save like 40% easily.
John / February 7, 2014 at 11:45 am
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Spectacle has to be the worse store I have ever been to. After spending close to $1000 on my glasses it took them 6 months to finally get my prescription right. Do not go here. This shouldn't even be on the list.
FrameQuest Coupons / February 14, 2014 at 06:13 am
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Eyeglasses in Toronto are looks fine. I would like to inform the discounts of all eye-wear orders above $100 on my online store. Kindly check our online store.We ship inside USA only.
clayton replying to a comment from AD / February 28, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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So I am definitely not going to Optic Zone. If you want to promote your stuff that fine Joe, but you have to admit you are doing it. Don't put a pile of fake reviews in an article.
clayton replying to a comment from Natalia / February 28, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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Hi Nate please admit you are Joe. Along with all of the other posts. All of your fake posts same the same things with the same word choices.
DT replying to a comment from Gen / March 7, 2014 at 02:21 pm
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@Gen I called all these stores and none of them carry Rodenstock :( were you able to find it elsewhere? I would like to try first.
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Wow, this post is pleasant, my sister is analyzing
these kinds of things, therefore I am going to tell her.
Emma / April 24, 2014 at 07:16 am
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+1 for Optic Zone!
http://www.eyeviewoptical.com
John / April 24, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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Eyes on King is the best in Canada!

http://www.eyesonking.com
Suzanne / May 16, 2014 at 06:53 pm
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Heya i'm for the first time here. I found this board and
I find It really useful & it helped me out much. I hope to
give something back and aid others like you aided me.
Bernard replying to a comment from Peanut Gallery / May 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm
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I was looking around Toronto for a new pair of eyeglasses. I went to maybe a dozen places which were friendly but not very helpful until I went to Optic Zone and met Joe who worked his magic. Immediately he knew what I wanted and needed before I could describe it to him. I would go back in a heart beat. A+++ for Optic Zone.
Bruno Carissimi / July 9, 2014 at 12:42 am
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This is phenomenal. This has leads to over all countries.
Walter / July 16, 2014 at 05:48 am
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I bought a pair of eyeglasses at Loblaw a few years ago. When I got them, I thought there was something wrong with the script. I had them check to make sure the lenses were the correct ones. They were. What a disappointment to have HD eyeglasses that were not doing a great job. During the two years, the arms broke off twice. And I did not abuse them. They just broke at the hinge. The first time I was chastised by the technician and told that if I break them again I will have to pay next time. I went in a second time, and the guy came clean, he said they were a bad frame.

This year, I went to a Optician for my glasses. The price was fair, and I am super pleased with the lenses. Never again will I purchase eyeglasses without knowing the brand of lenses will be provided. Loblaw, you guys went cheap and lost me as a customer.
jacobsgranny1964 replying to a comment from Phil / July 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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Went there 2 years ago - no problem. Went back a month ago, still waiting for my glasses. Got prescription wrong. I've never waited a month for glasses before. :(
Mike / August 21, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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I can't believe Eyeglass World at St.Clair and Vaughn is not on this list.Small shop but the guys in there do magic with glasses.
Eye hugger / September 9, 2014 at 03:23 am
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Wow such a nice Glasses. We also deal in the same field. You can buy Vintage Eyewear our store that you won’t find at the opticians. We have a collection of Vintage Eyewear
Eye hugger / September 20, 2014 at 12:54 am
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Really Nice Glasses. We also deal in the same field. You can buy Vintage Sunglasses our store that you won’t find at the opticians. We have a collection of Vintage Sunglasses. http://bit.ly/1txKEn6
Eye hugger / September 23, 2014 at 04:44 pm
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Really Nice Glasses. We also deal in the same field. You can buy Vintage Sunglasses our store that you won’t find at the opticians. We have a collection of Vintage Sunglasses. http://bit.ly/1txKEn11
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Eye hugger / October 4, 2014 at 05:42 am
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Really Nice Glasses. We also deal in the same field. You can buy Vintage Sunglasses our store that you won’t find at the opticians. We have a collection of Vintage Sunglasses. http://bit.ly/1txKEn11
Eye hugger / October 4, 2014 at 05:43 am
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Wow such a nice Glasses. We also deal in the same field. You can buy Vintage Spectacles http://bit.ly/1txKEn11

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