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This ul­tra-stylish neigh­bour­hood is a favourite of lo­cal hip­sters, fash­ion­istas, and art en­thu­si­asts. In­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers, trendy restau­rants, and con­tem­po­rary gal­leries reign here.

TO­KENS OF TORONTO

Bring home a unique sou­venir of your Toronto trip from the Drake Gen­eral Store. Al­though there are sev­eral lo­ca­tions, the out­post here is the flag­ship. You’ll find RCMP- and CBC-branded ap­parel and house­wares, as well as the Drake’s sig­na­ture one­sies for kids and adults.

There is also a gourmet food se­lec­tion that in­cludes maple syrup, tea, and condi­ments, as well as smaller gift­ing items like enamel pins, socks, mugs, and blan­kets. 1151 Queen St. W., drakegen­er­al­store.ca

MORE THAN JUST ART

Twist Gallery is not your typ­i­cal art space with crisp, cold white walls. In­stead, you’ll find a warm and invit­ing loft with high ceil­ings, wooden beams, and arched win­dows. Here, gallery di­rec­tor Na­dia Kakri­do­nis show­cases con­tem­po­rary paint­ings and pho­tog­ra­phy. The space is also a pop­u­lar venue for wed­dings and other cel­e­bra­tions and events. 1100 Queen St. W., twist­gallery.ca

HOMEY DIN­ING SPOT

For­mer Top Chef Canada con­tes­tant Vit­to­rio Co­lacitti’s eclec­tic restau­rant The Good Son is adorned with knick­knacks like an­tique chim­ing clocks, vin­tage plates, and framed pho­to­graphs. The menu of share­able plates fea­tures the likes of warm olives, scal­lops, jerk shrimp, and an arugula and pear salad. The star of the kitchen is the wood-fired oven and grill that’s im­ported from Italy, from which crispy spicy so­pres­sata and capric­ciosa piz­zas are churned out along with wood-grilled oc­to­pus. 1096 Queen St. W., the­good­son­toronto.com

HIS­TORIC VENUE

Since it first opened in 1890, The

Great Hall has served myr­iad pur­poses: as a com­mu­nity cen­tre with a swim­ming pool, a track, a bowl­ing al­ley, a li­brary, a print­ing house, and then a place for Pol­ish refugees dur­ing wartime, and later as a theatre, a visual art gallery, and a pri­vate event space. To­day, the 20,000-square-foot venue, which is di­vided into four rooms, is best known as a con­cert venue. 1087 Queen St. W., the­greathall.ca

MADE IN THE U.S.A.

Shi­nola is a Detroit-based brand that em­pha­sizes “made in Amer­ica by Amer­i­cans.”

The airy shop, com­plete with bi­cy­cles sus­pended from the ceil­ing, spe­cial­izes in high-end time­pieces, leather goods, and yes, two-wheeled ve­hi­cles. There’s a cus­tom watch bar, as well as sup­ple leather goods rang­ing from lap­top bags and back­packs to wal­lets and and belts. Less ex­pen­sive are their linen jour­nals, which can be mono­grammed for a per­sonal touch. 1000 Queen St. W., shi­nola.com

GO GREEN

He­len + Hilde­gard is a mod­ern day herbal apothe­cary and beauty bou­tique that stocks items that are con­sciously sourced from sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble sup­plies. Lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands such as Prov­ince Apothe­cary, Rebels Re­fin­ery, and Al­ways Bearded can be found here, along­side a se­lec­tion of ther­a­peu­tic loose leaf teas and spe­cialty tea ac­ces­sories. Aro­mather­apy dif­fusers and es­sen­tial oils round out the well­ness prod­ucts. 1174 Queen St. W., he­le­nand­hilde­gard.com

The Great Hall

The Good Son

Drake Gen­eral Store

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