Queen Street West is a 2km strip that runs between Bathurst St and Gladstone Ave in Toronto, Canada.  The area has changed significantly over the last 20 years transforming itself from a forgotten part of town into one of the hippest areas in the city.

Hundreds of galleries, shops, restaurants and boutiques call Queen Street West home and collectively they are the beating heart of the city’s art and design district.

We have picked out a few of the best coffee, shopping and eating experiences in the area  but we recommend that if you are visiting, just let your legs carry you and explore the area – that’s the RED way to travel!

Coffee – Jimmys Coffee

Jimmy’s Coffee was launched in December 6th 2009 at 107 Portland Street by Phil Morrison, a great coffee enthusiast and serial entrepreneur, who wanted to create a coffee place with a real sense of community. Dial forward and Jimmy’s Coffee shops can be found across Toronto and the one on Queen Street West is the perfect place to stop by for a pick me up.

735 Queen St. West

www.jimmyscoffee.ca

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Shopping – Nomad

Nomad is a veteran on the Toronto menswear scene. Concert floors, brick pillars and reclaimed wood sit next to clean white drywall, giving the shop a Lower Manhattan feel. Passionate staff and an army of loyal customers keep the store focused on providing quality menswear, that is always on trend.

819 Queen Street West

www.nomadshop.net

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Shopping – Old Faithful

Old Faithful stocks quality homeware goods designed for simple living. The name comes from their philosophy that the best products become well built heirlooms, classic in design that become better with age – Old Faithfuls. Located in a landmark 1903 building it is a modern day version of what would have existed on that street 100 years ago.

886 Queen Street Wes

www.oldfaithfulshop.com

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Eating – Poutini’s

Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. You can taste this Canadian classic in all its glory at Poutini’s, and we suggest you don’t leave the city without trying it!

1112 Queen Street West

www.poutini.com

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Seeing – Graffiti Alley

For all street art lovers, Queen Street West has some of the best examples on Graffiti Alley in the Fashion District which runs south of Queen Street West from Spadina Avenue to Portland Street beginning at Rush Lane. There is about a kilometre worth of wall space of varying quality so give yourself a couple of hours to explore it fully.

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Images by

Jaz Jagdeo



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