From Trinity-Bellwoods to Liberty Village, I love the neighbourhoods that make up Downtown Toronto West. Having worked as a professional photographer, I see the area differently than others.

From Trinity-Bellwoods to Liberty Village, I love the neighbourhoods that make up Downtown Toronto West. Having worked as a professional photographer, I see the area differently than others.

There are many great neighbourhoods that make up Downtown Toronto West, but without question, Queen Street West is the most iconic to me. It encompasses everything I love about living in the city: the easy access to streetcars, the abundance of shops and restaurants, and the charming people that live there.

I love that you can get almost anywhere on foot or by bike. Living here, my goal is to drive as little as possible, and that’s not hard to do at all. My friends live here, my favourite restaurants are here, and Trinity Bellwoods Park is just a short walk away. Everything you could ever want is all within a few blocks.

Here are a few of my favourite places:

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Nadège Patisserie

780 Queen St West
www.nadege-patisserie.com

Come here for the endless selections of French pastries, like macarons and too-pretty-to-eat cakes.

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Tokyo Smoke Coffee

850 Adelaide St West
www.tokyosmoke.com

Here, you can expect to get a unique, tailored and luxurious experience that’s not just about the coffee.

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Grand Electric

1330 Queen St West
www.grandelectrictoronto.com

Experience great Mexican food at communal tables with music and a bar. No need to make a reservation.

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Sanagan’s Meat Locker

176 Baldwin Street
www.sanagansmeatlocker.com

In this old-fashioned butcher shop focused on quality, you can find fresh meat free of hormones and antibiotics.

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The Lucky Penny

189 Shaw Street
www.facebook.com/TheLuckyPenny

This is an adorable, old-timey general store where you can get baked goods, sandwiches, local organic produce and other everyday needs.

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Atomic

965 Queen St West
www.atomicdesign.ca

If you’re into boutique art, then this is the place for you to find unique furniture, lighting, jewellery and other things from the 1960s to the 80s.

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Bungalow

273 Augusta Avenue
www.bungalow.to

You will find everything from antique furniture to vintage clothing at this Kensington Market shop.

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Model Citizen

279 Augusta Avenue
www.modelcitizentoronto.com

With the tagline, “You Deserve a Better Dressed Boyfriend,” this is the place to visit if you want unique and dapper fashion for men and women.

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The Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas St West
www.ago.net

This is one of the largest art galleries in North America and houses a huge collection of Canadian art and often hosts world-renowned exhibitions.

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Paul Petro Contemporary Art

980 Queen St West
www.paulpetro.com

You will find intimate contemporary art on personal and political identity buy Canadian and International artists.

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The Drake Hotel

1150 Queen Street West
www.thedrakehotel.ca

With a strong relationship with artists, this hotel also hosts contemporary art exhibitions.

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The Gladstone Hotel

1214 Queen Street West
www.gladstonehotel.com

Calling itself the Toronto Boutique Art Hotel, it showcases locally created art 365 days per year.

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Trinity Bellwoods is Our Neighbourhood.


It’s Where I Live & Work.

These are some of the local places I love to visit: