West Queen West

WEST QUEEN WEST AT A GLANCE

A recent Vogue article named West Queen West is the second coolest neighbourhood in the world! Vogue writer Nick Remsen describes West Queen West as “a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries — hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed”.

West Queen West has undergone massive change in the last 15 years. The arrival of custom retailers, artists and designers has shaped the face of the neighbourhood, which now breathes creativity, community and lots of fun. Over 300 galleries, design houses, outlets, cafes and restaurants create a sweet mixture that has engraved itself into Toronto’s creative heart. And with the walk score of 98 and transit score of 99, West Queen West is one ofthe most walkable neighbourhoods in Toronto!

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Why do we love West Queen West?

Amazing culture sings in harmony with a diverse, colourful environment. Live music, food, art exhibitions and retail make this Toronto’s answer to SoHo.

Describe a Perfect Day in West Queen West

We know the formula for perfect morning, and it starts at Clafouti, a cosy patisserie cafe located on 915 Queen Street West. Their custard tarts with seasonal fruit (wild-berry, apple normande and raspberry pomegranate are favourites) actually prove that love at first sight is real. After an inspirational breakfast, it’s time to tune in Toronto’s art beat at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, known as MOCCA. This is huge and creative art space owned by City of Toronto features latest exhibits of pop art in a lovely environment. And hey, did we mention that it’s free? Next, we might swing by Beaver to grab their signature smoked chicken and apple quesadilla. This is an actual gallery that serves food and beverages. What a mix! We definitely don’t want to miss the chance to get free tickets for 3 p.m. film screenings in the mini-theatre at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, where there are also frequently changing exhibits of Canadian and international photography. To finish our art trip, we might visit one of the two iconic art hotels: Drake Hotel or Gladstone Hotel. They both filled with art exhibits that show Toronto’s many faces, live music spaces and in-house stores where you can purchase modern or vintage furniture, recycled fixtures or one-of-a-kind creations from featured Toronto artists. As for dinner, nothing beats Smoque N’ Bones – tiny hipster haven which focuses mainly on the ribs that have been smoked for four hours and melt right in your mouth. Combined with sides of sweet-potato waffles and bread with apple butter, this place brings you your dose of happiness — on the way home, you might hear your soul singing.

One Thing Someone Looking to Live in West Queen West Should Know

West Queen West is the best of both worlds: located right near the downtown core with a vibrant urban concentration of art galleries, outlets, restaurants and boutiques, it’s also right near Trinity-Bellwoods Park for your dose of open space and nature.

 

SCHOOLS IN WEST QUEEN WEST: 

 

Charles G. Fraser Junior Public School,

School Rank by Fraser Institute,

79 Manning Ave.,

(416) 393-1830

 

Givins/Shaw Junior Public School,

School Rank by Fraser Institute,

49 Givins St.,

(416) 393-1240

 

Niagara Street Junior Public School,

School Rank by Fraser Institute,

222 Niagara St.,

(416) 393-1371

 

Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School,

30 Humbert St.,

(416) 393-5367

 

St. Mary Catholic School,

School Rank by Fraser Institute,

20 Portugal Square,

(416) 393-5205

 

The Grove Community School,

108 Gladstone Ave,

(416) 393-9150

 

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