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The Best Sex Shops in Toronto

Posted by Dayna Winter / October 3, 2010

Sex Shops TorontoThe best sex shops in Toronto debunk myths, quash stereotypes, and provide safe spaces to explore what turns us on and gets us off. They are community hubs for celebrating diverse sexuality and self-exploration. And maybe for a little help finding that elusive G-spot.

My first sex shop experience could have been pulled straight from the "Say Anything" column in (now out-of-print) YM magazine. Tragic and disastrous. That was 14 years ago, with a high school boyfriend, in the suburbs. Think wind-up penis toys, underwear-for-two and toxic neon dildos. I was hot-faced, stifling giggles and pretending to be over 18.

Now, purveyors of fine sex gadgets look a lot less like The IT Store and a lot more like independent bookshops or my GP's office. And I'm an "adult" now. Sex, in all of its weird and wonderful forms, is an art and a serious business in Toronto. The amazing folks staffing pleasure shops across the city are refreshingly candid, absolutely approachable and they love what they do. No kink is too kinky, no question too taboo.

I'd consider myself open-minded, sexually savvy and self-aware, but even I learned a thing or two. Or seventy-five.

Get intimate with our list of the best sex shops in the city, as chosen by readers of this site.

Come as You Are

Come as You Are

Currently, Come As You Are is the only worker-owned sex shop in the world. The world! It’s just another example of how the store is entrenched in community values. Gill, a 10-year employee and part-owner, is someone with whom I could discuss anything. She describes the business as “everyone’s sex shop” and the product mix is a reflection of the true vastness and diversity in sexuality. From educational literature to novelty toys to fetish gear, the selection at Come As You Are is as inclusive as it is fun. More »

Good For Her

Good For Her

This 11-year-old Annex hideaway blends discreetly into its residential surroundings. While the name may suggest female exclusivity, Good For Her opens its doors to everyone, regardless of gender, partner status and sexual orientation (except Sundays, when women and trans-only hours are in effect). Workshops, held upstairs, include “Kink 101”, “Giving Great Head”, and “Introduction to Porn by and for Women”. Many classes are available for private parties. More »

Condom Shack

Condom Shack

Late-night contraception crisis? No problem. Condom Shack’s hours are spontaneity-friendly, spilling light onto the sidewalk long after most of its Queen Street neighbours have closed shop. Don’t judge it by its name, though, or the candy-shoppe decor. True, the store stocks a plethora of Technicolour condoms in flavours like cola and grape, but the offerings go beyond latex. Toys, lubes and bondage gear round out the supporting cast. More »

Seduction

Seduction

Seduction may be a huge destination for bachelor party gags and Halloween shopping, but the massive 3-storey shop also stocks an impressive array of more serious goodies. Every sex toy, accessory and machine under the sun is likely to be found here, along with enough porn to circle the earth a few times. Amanda, an enthusiastic employee of 6 years, gives me a thorough tour. I finally understand the multiple uses of The Cone (a confusing vibrator), and I get the skinny on lube science. This is not high-school sex ed. This is actually useful. More »

Priape

Priape

While Priape’s roots are in sex goods specific to gay men, they have evolved in their 30-year history. Toronto’s location, a 20-year Church Street staple, carries a little something for everyone, and has increased its customer base to include women and straight men. Manager Ed Velasquez describes Priape as “one-stop shopping”. He’s not kidding. Along with beautiful Canadian-made fetish gear and sex-shop mainstays, the store also offers designer denim, men’s underwear and even watches. More »

Northbound Leather

Northbound Leather

A supporter of fetishism in Toronto, Northbound has been hosting parties in honour of fetish culture for 20 years. The 3,000 square foot Yonge Street store houses an endless selection of erotic leather apparel and playthings. BDSM isn’t really my thing, but yet I find myself coveting a zippered corset bodysuit. Ooh, and a leather snap-up bra! Has my “research” spurred repressed desires? Probably not. In any case, it’s obvious that there’s absolutely something for everyone here. Even for “nice” girls like me. More »

Red Tent Sisters

Red Tent Sisters

To call Red Tent Sisters a “sex shop” would be to do it a grave disservice. While the rear of the store is home to enough vibrators and porn to compete with the big guns on this list, the overarching themes are holistic sexuality and women’s issues. Products and workshops address topics such as reproductive health and talking to teens about sex. Co-owner Kim Sedgwick has a gift for putting patrons at ease with her kind and straight-shooting manner. With larger newly renovated digs, Kim, and sister Amy plan to offer a broader selection of safe and eco-friendly gadgets. More »

Discussion

59 Comments

gadfly / October 3, 2010 at 10:54 am
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Ah, yes good times! Nice, light Sunday morning reading. Get thee to Church, all ye sinners!!!
My first BF worked at Lovecraft in late '79 and early '80 when it was in Yorkville. He had a hoot waving dildos in the air for a price check. It was a great place for gag gifts. We had quite the collection of 'stuff,' most of which we had no idea how to use. When packages were opened or returned defective the staff would often take the, er, toys home.
The women who owned Lovecraft (I have long since forgotten their names) were waaaay ahead of their times. It was still stuffy ol' Toronto in those days: Anita Bryant, Claire Hoy at the Sun and Roy McMurtry in Queen's Park in charge of the police (now THAT is irony for ya!)
In some ways it is good to see that sex toys (and pleasure in general) have become mainstream. However, in other ways, I miss the skulking around and the brown paper bags....
Yvonne / October 3, 2010 at 11:12 am
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Yvonne / October 3, 2010 at 11:15 am
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Alan / October 3, 2010 at 03:08 pm
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my fav is He / She for the mannequins out on the sidewalk...i photograph them almost everytime i pass...
Max / October 3, 2010 at 03:37 pm
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A welcome addition to the "Best Of" lists. Thanks, Dayna! There are some shops out of my regular hood that I wouldn't have checked out otherwise.
Sammy / October 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm
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Im remembering back to when convienience stores were the best sex shops you could get..the standard mags...maybe a few weird ones...some lotions, flavored condoms that was about it.... those were the days....girls were girls and men were men
Jodie / October 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm
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Lucky You is a gorgeous store. I'm so glad you mentioned them!
I hope more people check it out.
Carrie / October 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm
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Hooray for including the Red Tent Sisters! This has to be one of the loveliest boutiques in Toronto!
Sex Toys / October 12, 2010 at 12:12 am
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R / October 15, 2010 at 03:43 pm
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Don't just come up with filler! Adding crappy, horrible, sexist, homophobe, plastic garbage Miss Behav'n to this list is so fucking ridiculous and desperate to fill spots. Yes it is a sex shop, yes people do know it exists. But their products suck and their staff seems completely ignorant to the fact that sex can be between anyone but bar sluts and coke dealers/ jocks. Yes if you want to over-pay for a garbage bag material nurses uniform, or want an 50 dollar pair of fuzzy pink handcuffs to giggle about while you make the purchase and then through out, be all means shop, you may have your giggle. I bought my first gay porn here over 10 years ago and remember the assumption that I was straight was overbearing, the girl playing red light in the window made the place look desperate and boring and the only gay non- mainstream non-twink porn in the whole store was like a 15 black guy on one white guy bareback gang bang. Super out of touch.
irina / October 27, 2010 at 03:37 am
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For the longest time I thought Northbound Leather was a store like Danier...
Rob Ford / October 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm
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Hope you enjoyed your shopping spree, deviants. These places will be raided and trashed and then shut down before the end of January. Our cops are tops - don't you forget that. We know where you live, so wise up.

Your Mayor
Marissa / May 9, 2011 at 11:56 am
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I am surprised Lovedreamer was not included on this list. It's one of the classiest places I have ever been, and is one of the biggest websites in Canada. I would suggest this shop to anyone in the North York area, much better than "Aren't We Naughty".
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samrand / November 23, 2011 at 09:01 am
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Greetings and respect.

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samrand / November 25, 2011 at 02:42 am
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Anyone find it odd, men are pigs and sex on the brain, and think with their little head... But sex stores are 90% plastic, silcone, glass, rubber d*cks?...

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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm
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my fav is He / She for the mannequins out on the sidewalk...i photograph them almost everytime i pass...
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