People walk by a wall mural that reads "This is Paradise" in Toronto's Queen Street West neighbourhood

Queen West

The dynamic energy of Toronto’s Queen Street West is unmatched anywhere else in the city. The area is a hub of the city’s best restaurants, cafés, independent boutiques, street art and galleries, and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Vogue Magazine named it one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods and it’s no surprise why.

Don’t miss:

  • Shopping along Queen Street West—there's a high concentration of independent boutiques and chain retailers here
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park for the vibrant scene and bustling dog park (tip: bring some takeout)
  • Direct access to the city’s up-and-coming artists at the Queen West Art Crawl each September
  • A stay at one of the area’s art hotels, The Drake Hotel or Gladstone Hotel 
  • Brunch at one of the many options, some popular ones being Hello 123, Café Neon and The Good Son

BOUNDARIES: Queen Street West between Simcoe Street and Bathurst Street. 

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Queen or Osgoode subway station, then walk or take the 501 streetcar westbound.

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