This month Oli is making a special trip across the ocean to visit our Toronto store. We wanted to know more about the local area so we asked store manager Jon to give us his tips for Queen West.
Named as one of Vogue’s 15 coolest street style neighbourhoods, West Queen West is home to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art as well as plenty of independent retailers – making it the perfect place to while away a few hours. Stop for snacks and people watching at one of many patisseries and treat yourself to something from in-the-know brands. Also worth a visit is Graffiti Alley – where street art is not only legal, but encouraged.
Where to stay
The Drake’s building has been a hotel since 1890 but re-opened in its current form in 2004 as a true boutique hotel. With a range of rooms and suites to suit any length of stay, you’ll feel right at home with a hand-made doll to welcome you. A good neighbour to the local area, The Drake supports the local community by working with artists and charities in its surroundings. Its very own Drake General Store proudly stocks merchandise by local companies, while its restaurant boasts seasonal menus with ingredients sourced from Ontario suppliers and farms.
Another contemporary hotel housed in a Victorian building, The Gladstone was built in 1889 and restored in 2005. Showcasing creative Toronto talent, each of the 37 artist-designed rooms is unique. Choose from designs that range from elegant simplicity to nostalgic grandeur. The hotel exhibits contemporary art throughout its interior that changes with the seasons, creating an inspiring environment to stay in.
Visit Oliver Spencer at 962 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1G8