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Type Books

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.

Tealish

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.

Toronto’s Best Books, Bookstores & Book-Friendly Cafes

In a country well known for its literature, Toronto is a particular hotbed of bibliophilia. Pick up these Toronto-centric tomes at one of many bookstores, then peruse the pages at a neighbourhood café.

Type Books

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READ Stunt, the 2008 debut novel from playwright Claudia Dey follows sharp-witted Eugenia Ledoux from eccentrically residential Parkdale to the Toronto Islands to what is now the Distillery Historic District, on a search for her capricious father. More local cred: Stunt is published by Coach House Books, a city staple for nearly 40 years.

SHOP Owned by two women with doctorates in Canadian literature—Type Books (883 Queen St. W., 416-366-8973) is an indie success story with three shops across the city. The original Queen Street West location also features a lower-level art gallery, and all locations proudly feature many small-press titles.

SIP Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves add a scholarly touch to the eclectic ambience at Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W., 416-603-7335). The artsy hot spot serves up a variety of caffeinated drinks, sandwiches and huge waffles to fuel your reading session. Weather permitting, grab a seat on the second-storey patio.
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