Queen Street West

Because Andrew Rivkin was born and raised in Toronto, Canada the Rivkin Travel Review tries to highlight the best options our city has to offer vacationers. In today’s edition we wanted to take a closer look at an area that is quickly becoming one of the city’s hottest arts districts and tourist attractions.

Toronto Rivkin TravelQueen Street West is one of Toronto’s trendiest neighbourhoods and it’s a great place to hang out, people watch and shop. Starting just west of University in the downtown core its home to funky boutiques showcasing the latest in urban fashion, extensive art galleries and trendy bars and cafes. Visitors will encounter style-conscious crowds shopping the latest fashions, as well as the city’s arts and culture scene with galleries showcasing a great selection of contemporary art.

QueenSt Rivkin TravelYouthful, vibrant and bohemian, Queen Street West is often compared to New York’s SoHo district. It’s a gathering point for many of our city’s finest artists and musicians, and it’s actually in the heart of Toronto’s arts & culture epicentre with a variety of music shops, cafes and clubs. Due in part to the establishment of big commercial chains and the area’s growing popularity as a tourist attraction, many artists and designers have migrated towards Bathurst Ave. and Niagara St. What used to be an area that embraced Goth culture is now a shopping haven for those looking for one-of-a-kind art and high-end fashion.

A few bars in the area which are very popular include the Cameron, Easy & the Fifth, Horseshoe Tavern, Grossman’s Tavern, the Bovine Sex Club and N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining. Popular cafes and restaurants near Queen Street West are Queen Mother Cafe, Lettieri Espresso Bar Cafe, Canadian Bar & Grill, Solo Grill & Wine Restaurant and Rivoli.

Just south of Queen Street West is the club zone and theatre district, which is the heart of Toronto’s nightlife including everything from brew pubs and dance clubs to hit Broadway shows. Just west is Chinatown and Kennsington Market, two other lively communities to explore when visiting Toronto.

Visit ShowMeToronto.com to Learn more about Queen Street West, or check out QueenStreetWest.ca (Twitter @queenstreetwest) for the area’s latest updates. Stay tuned to Andrew Rivkin Travel for tourist suggestions and things to do when traveling to Toronto!