The Best Eyeglasses in Toronto
The 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.
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'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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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' 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 »
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 »