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Mapping 10 Things to do When You're Staying in Queen West

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All Hotels Week long, we're showcasing the best (and the worst) of Toronto hotels. Whether you're visiting our great city or coming downtown for a weekend staycation, here are some things to do in the trendy West Queen West neighbourhood.

In the Queen West 'hood, The Drake and Gladstone Hotels are a great option for a boutique but non-traditional accommodation. These small artsy hotels offer nightly music and entertainment and some wild art-designed suites. The neighbourhood itself is trendy and fun, filled with non-stop nightlife, shopping and art galleries (see the galleries before new condo developments destroy them). There's no subway but a 24-hour streetcar can easily transport you to another neighbourhood like the Entertainment District, where other larger hotels are available. Here's a map to get your Queen West staycation started.


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1. MOCCA, Museum of Contemporary Art

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952 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G8, Canada

MOCCA is Toronto's lesser-known art museum in the heart of Queen West. It's a smaller space with engaging art installations and pay by donation only! Better see it while you can, the museum is searching for a new home before condos are built at the site.

2. Dark Horse Espresso Bar

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684 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G1, Canada

Morning is not complete without one of Toronto's best latte art. Dark Horse raises the bar on the brew with its dark roasted drip, non-stop expressos and fresh pastries.

3. Style Garage Furniture

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938 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G8, Canada

If you're shopping around for modern furniture, Style Garage is filled with custom products and design. Specializing in dining tables to bedrooms, there's always something new in store.

4. Stones Place Bar

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1255 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6K 1L4, Canada

Stones Bar is a tribute to the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger. It's a relaxed vibe for shooting pool or grabbing a beer. The website describes the venue saying "Flamboyant owner, Jerry Stone, has been a collector of Rolling Stones memorabilia for well over 40 years and it shows."

5. Monday Nights at The Drake

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1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1J3, Canada

Weekday evenings are never quiet at Elvis Mondays at The Drake, Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Upstairs, 86'd Mondays offers free culinary tastings (free food!). The folks at Curbed and Eater partied it up there for their official launch.

6. Ossington Strip

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For dinner, head to the Ossington Avenue strip for popular restaurants like Pizzeria Libretto for authentic neapolitan pies or The Saint Tavern with late-night specials and non-stop drinks.

7. Gravity Pope Shoes

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1010 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J, Canada

Shoe fetish? Gravity Pope Shoes has one of the city's largest collection of sneakers, boots and sandals on three floors. There's always a deal and even better deals on Boxing Day.

8. The County General Restaurant

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936 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J, Canada

The County General is dubbed Queen Street's cocktail and snack bar. Formerly OddFellows Restaurant, the newer eatery took over its trendy vibe and communal seating, with a fun outdoor patio.

9. Nadège Patisserie

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780 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G2, Canada

Right next to Trinity Bellwoods park, Nadège Patisserie offers homemade macarons, in any flavour imaginable (just try their salted caramel and cotton candy). Crumbles, pies and cakes, whole or sliced, are available too, and pairs well with a coffee.

10. Trinity Bellwoods Park

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155 Crawford Street, Toronto
ON M6J 2V5, Canada

Best in the warmer months, Trinity Bellwoods Park is a public space filled with cyclists, picnic-goers, and frisbee players. There's festivals every summer and impromptu concerts and events.

1. MOCCA, Museum of Contemporary Art

952 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G8, Canada

MOCCA is Toronto's lesser-known art museum in the heart of Queen West. It's a smaller space with engaging art installations and pay by donation only! Better see it while you can, the museum is searching for a new home before condos are built at the site.

952 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G8, Canada

2. Dark Horse Espresso Bar

684 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1, Canada

Morning is not complete without one of Toronto's best latte art. Dark Horse raises the bar on the brew with its dark roasted drip, non-stop expressos and fresh pastries.

684 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G1, Canada

3. Style Garage Furniture

938 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G8, Canada

If you're shopping around for modern furniture, Style Garage is filled with custom products and design. Specializing in dining tables to bedrooms, there's always something new in store.

938 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G8, Canada

4. Stones Place Bar

1255 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4, Canada

Stones Bar is a tribute to the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger. It's a relaxed vibe for shooting pool or grabbing a beer. The website describes the venue saying "Flamboyant owner, Jerry Stone, has been a collector of Rolling Stones memorabilia for well over 40 years and it shows."

1255 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6K 1L4, Canada

5. Monday Nights at The Drake

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada

Weekday evenings are never quiet at Elvis Mondays at The Drake, Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Upstairs, 86'd Mondays offers free culinary tastings (free food!). The folks at Curbed and Eater partied it up there for their official launch.

1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1J3, Canada

6. Ossington Strip

221 Ossington Ave, Toront

For dinner, head to the Ossington Avenue strip for popular restaurants like Pizzeria Libretto for authentic neapolitan pies or The Saint Tavern with late-night specials and non-stop drinks.

7. Gravity Pope Shoes

1010 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J, Canada

Shoe fetish? Gravity Pope Shoes has one of the city's largest collection of sneakers, boots and sandals on three floors. There's always a deal and even better deals on Boxing Day.

1010 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J, Canada

8. The County General Restaurant

936 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J, Canada

The County General is dubbed Queen Street's cocktail and snack bar. Formerly OddFellows Restaurant, the newer eatery took over its trendy vibe and communal seating, with a fun outdoor patio.

936 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J, Canada

9. Nadège Patisserie

780 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1G2, Canada

Right next to Trinity Bellwoods park, Nadège Patisserie offers homemade macarons, in any flavour imaginable (just try their salted caramel and cotton candy). Crumbles, pies and cakes, whole or sliced, are available too, and pairs well with a coffee.

780 Queen Street West, Toronto
ON M6J 1G2, Canada

10. Trinity Bellwoods Park

155 Crawford Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2V5, Canada

Best in the warmer months, Trinity Bellwoods Park is a public space filled with cyclists, picnic-goers, and frisbee players. There's festivals every summer and impromptu concerts and events.

155 Crawford Street, Toronto
ON M6J 2V5, Canada