Written by Aleksandra Kaliszuk
Queen Street West is packed with various shops, restaurant and attractions that’ll make your day trip to Twist Gallery THAT much more fun! Aside from checking out the monthly exhibits Twist has featuring local artists, you can explore everything Toronto’s Art and Design District has to offer.
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To start your day off right, visit Cafe NEON for some great drip coffee and brunch!
1078 Queen St W
If you enjoy the aesthetic of a rustic cafe, stop by El Almacen for some Mexican style brunch; they're known for serving authentic yerba mate and empanadas.
1056 Queen St W
Sweet tooth? No problem. Sweet Olenkas is just a few doors down from Twist Gallery and will, without a doubt, satisfy any craving. This family run business makes their own ice cream and has desserts that are both gluten free AND vegan! All treats are beautifully detailed and designed. Need I say more?
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It’s always a good idea to surround yourself with greenery. While in the area, check out Dynasty, a Toronto based boutique, which carries various tropical botanicals and vintage planters! This shop is just as aesthetically pleasing as their Instagram page. You’ll likely leave with a plant.. or two!
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Stop by the Peace Collective flagship store, located just north of Queen and Ossington and purchase their infamous ‘Toronto vs Everybody’ apparel. They partner with local charities; for every piece they sell, $2 is donated to a good cause. If that isn't enough- they even have an assortment of Peace Treats, such as gourmet milkshakes!
The Drake Hotel
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If you are interested in food, Toronto merchandise, the arts, or events- this boutique hotel is definitely a place to visit. It is even a venue for local artists to perform and display their work! What’s not to love?
‘You've Changed’ Mural
This mural created by Jesse Harris is a common spot for a classic Toronto photo-op, located right at the corner of Queen and Dovercourt. It pays tribute to the ever changing city, and the neighbourhoods' recent gentrification, as well as sending a positive message to the patients at CAMH just next door.