Toronto Neighbourhood Guide

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West Queen West

Lifestyle in West Queen West

Torontonians have always known that the Queen West neighbourhood is cool and hip and incredibly artsy. Now the whole world knows about West Queen West thanks to a recent Vogue article that identifies the West Queen West neighbourhood as the second coolest neighbourhood in the world. How cool is that !

Vogue wrtiter Nick Remsen describes the neighbourhood as "a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries—hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed." The online article mentions iconic hip neighbourhood landmarks including The Drake and the Gladstone hotels, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Soho House Toronto and Graffiti Alley.

West Queen West reflects the young demographic of the neighbourhood. You will find an eclectic retail mix on Queen Street West including fashion boutiques, interior design and furniture shops, antique and vinate stores and a vast array of restaurants reflecting Toronto's multicultural diversity.

Located at 180 Shaw Street, Artscape Youngplace is a creative community hub and a home to artist studios, event rental spaces, and public lounging areas. This hub features tons of artistic and community programming happening in and around the building every day! Stop by AYP to explore the hallway galleries, grab lunch in the café, hand out in the public lounge spaces and surf the web with free WiFi. Youngplace is open to the public every day of the week from 8am – 8pm, and is fully wheelchair accessible. For more information, please visit http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/

 

 

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