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:
Eating and Drinking
780 Queen St West
Come here for the endless selections of French pastries, like macarons and too-pretty-to-eat cakes.
Tokyo Smoke Coffee
850 Adelaide St West
Here, you can expect to get a unique, tailored and luxurious experience that’s not just about the coffee.
1330 Queen St West
Experience great Mexican food at communal tables with music and a bar. No need to make a reservation.
Sanagan’s Meat Locker
176 Baldwin Street
In this old-fashioned butcher shop focused on quality, you can find fresh meat free of hormones and antibiotics.
The Lucky Penny
189 Shaw Street
This is an adorable, old-timey general store where you can get baked goods, sandwiches, local organic produce and other everyday needs.
965 Queen St West
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.
273 Augusta Avenue
You will find everything from antique furniture to vintage clothing at this Kensington Market shop.
279 Augusta Avenue
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.
The Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St West
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.
Paul Petro Contemporary Art
980 Queen St West
You will find intimate contemporary art on personal and political identity buy Canadian and International artists.
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West
With a strong relationship with artists, this hotel also hosts contemporary art exhibitions.
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Calling itself the Toronto Boutique Art Hotel, it showcases locally created art 365 days per year.