Yup, West Queen West is One of the World's Coolest Neighbourhoods!

01 May 2018
Joshua Chisvin

Between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue is West Queen West, also known as the Art and Design District.

For this two kilometre stretch, nearly every storefront on the north side is either a gallery, bar or nightclub — a combination that has led to the community being named byVogueas one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. In fact, the popular magazine cited West Queen West as a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels and hidden-from-view galleries — all hallmarks of hipness!

Yes, unique restaurants, boutiques and the largest concentration of art galleries in Toronto make West Queen West a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood. What’s more, the arrival of custom retailers, designers and artists has positively altered the face of the neighbourhood over the last decade. Nowadays, this funky and welcoming area absolutely hums with both culture and creativity. Not only will you find an inspiring mix of original fashions, antiques and kitsch, but an abundance of cafés and bistros, which act as an ideal lookout for some of the city’s best people watching.

Incidentally, these businesses have organized the West Queen West Business Improvement Area, which is mandated to undertake streetscape improvement projects, organize community events and promote the neighbourhood's unique commercial establishments. Its vision is to retain the unique character of the West Queen West business community in the midst of renewal and growth, while attracting visitors and tourists to an area known to boast high concentrations of art and culture. The BIA promotes the West Queen West neighbourhood as a distinct destination for residents and tourists.

West Queen West is also the site of Trinity-Bellwoods Park. There you’ll find interesting people, friendly dogs and organized drum circles that keep the park constantly buzzing with activity. Furthermore, it’s the home of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, well-established art hotels The Drake and the Gladstone, plus Soho House Toronto is nearby, as is Graffiti Alley — a block where street art is both 100% legal and lauded. And every year, the Queen West Art Crawl is an annual three-day festival celebrating the arts on Queen Street West and featuring the artists, arts organizations and businesses on the thoroughfare. It is produced by the not-for-profit Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation

Without a doubt, Toronto is currently enjoying newfound prominence — and desirability — amongst globetrotting tastemakers. And owing to its hip and artistic presence, I think West Queen West deserves a lot of credit for that!

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