A Local's Guide to West Queen West

Experience West Queen West like a local by visiting these amazing spots.

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Antikka

Stop in at this cool record and coffee shop to warm up on a cold fall day. You can browse the old records, sip on warm drinks, or just sit and get some work done in the industrial feeling atmosphere. They even have a vintage motorcycle parked in the cafe! 

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Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl

Take a blanket and picnic at the top of the dog bowl. It’s full of energetic dogs playing together. Need we say more?

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Graffiti

Hidden in the alleyways behind Queen Street is some amazing street art, varying from murals to portrait work to typography style art. Toronto is full of incredible street art and West Queen West has some of the best of it.

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The Funhouse

A new addition to the neighbourhood, The Funhouse is an immersive art experience. Each room is designed by a different artist, and as you walk through it feels as though you have stepped into a piece of artwork. 

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The Theatre Centre

Located in the Carnegie Library Building, The Theatre Centre is a little known gem of West Queen West. It’s a live-art incubator with a preference for showing experimental art that tests the limits of what is considered “normal”.

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Curry’s Flagship Shop

In need of art supplies? The flagship Curry’s Art Supplies is located on West Queen West and it is MASSIVE. 

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Twist Gallery

There can’t be a guide to West Queen West without mentioning the stunning galleries that call the neighborhood home. Twist is located in a loft space designed to feel cozy and comfortable, whether you want to look at the local art or sit at the windows and gaze onto the streets below.