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Staff Picks: 10 Top-Quality Tea Boutiques

Tealish offers more than 130 loose-leaf teas to hip Queen Westers

Whether you’re an authority of all things Assam or simply curious about chai, in Toronto you’ll have many opportunities to indulge in all things tea. The perfect cold-weather drink comes in an assortment of flavours—with myriad health benefits—to suit all tastes. (more…)

30 Things We Love About Toronto This November and December

2. Spirits by Karoo Ashevak (photo courtesy of the Museum of Inuit Art)

1. Crunching into stone-baked pizzas and grilled panini at Café Uno in the the Distillery Historic District.

2. Marveling at finely crafted stone and bone carvings at the Museum of Inuit Art.

3. Horses and llamas and cows (oh my!), plus a giant vegetable competition and more at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

4. Admiring Grace Kelly’s glamourous gowns, Oscar and more at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

5. Savouring straight-from-the-tandoor-oven naan—alongside chicken tikka and palak paneer—at Little India. (more…)

You Are Here: Queen Street West

Walk the western section of downtown Queen Street and you’ll find local food, fashion, books, and a strong sense of community.

LOCAL STORY An oasis for choosy readers, Type Books is one of Toronto’s best-loved literary boutiques. Aiming for quality over quantity, knowledgeable, friendly staff stock the shelves with classics, worthy bestsellers and obscure gems with an emphasis on Canadian writers. A neighbourhood hub, Type also hosts author readings and showcases local art in its basement gallery.

Nadège Patisserie

FRENCH TREAT The aroma of fresh and fluffy confections draws patrons into Nadège Patisserie. Pretend you’re in Paris while enjoying an espresso and croissant on the patio overlooking Trinity Bellwoods Park, or select from bite-sized gourmandise to take home with you—flavoured marshmallows, biscuits, pâtés de fruits and delectable macarons.

SONIC TEMPLE Compact discs may be a dying format, but vinyl records remain resilient. Expand your collection and discover new sounds at Rotate This. One of the city’s leading indie music stores, its shelves are loaded with new releases and used albums by local and international artists from all genres—rock, punk, metal, reggae, electronic and more. The store also sells tickets for many Toronto-area concerts.

A BETTER BREW Your expectations of tea will be forever changed after a visit to Tealish. More than 130 loose-leaf varieties from the world’s top growing regions comprise the boutique’s premium selection, which includes many non-traditional options that are flavoured with everything from fruit pieces to flower petals, for a fragrant drink that can be enjoyed either piping hot or iced.


STYLE SAVVY Unique women’s clothing and accessories are found at Queen Street’s Fresh Collective, one of three chic shops run by a group of local designers. The flagship label, Fresh Baked Goods, features quirky knits and colourful cotton print dresses. Other designers include Paper People Clothing, which uses upcycled fabrics, and Odd Bird Designs, popular for their domino pendants.

HIP AND HOMEY A family-run butcher shop for more than 60 years, Czehoski is now a multi-level haunt for contemporary dining—though its original 1924 sign reminds visitors of the site’s history. Among the haute comfort cuisine offerings are potato perogies and a gooey macaroni and cheese. The cozy rooftop patio is a prime spot for cocktail sipping.

Hot Shopping: A Touch of Tea

The growing popularity of tea has spawned a proliferation of specialty shops carrying loose-leaf varieties and such accoutrements as infusers and steepers. Whether it’s a cup for one or a pot for a party, put the kettle on for some black, green, oolong, chai or rooibos.

Clockwise from top left: Perfect Tea Mug, $19.50, David’s Tea; Lenox Chirp teapot, $234.50, William Ashley China; Harney & Sons tin of tea sachets, $9.99, Indigo; glass teapot, $25, Teaopia; Japanese origami tea caddy, $14.95, Tealish.