Boredom becomes a meaningless concept when you live in the vibrant, hip and exciting neighbourhood of Queen Street West. This is Toronto’s Soho! A lively atmosphere marked as Toronto’s ultimate urban living space, where art, music, culture and fashion are continuously stimulating your mind and soul. Queen Street West is anything but dull!
Fashion, Arts and Culture
The neighbourhood is pedestrian friendly and always jam-packed with a crowd looking for a new boutique, an up and coming artist, a trendy cafe or a great restaurant that meshes the dining experience with live music. You can visit funky boutiques offering a collection of unique fashionable attire. You don’t have to be a consumer to take pleasure in this fashion scene as the window shopping experience in itself is delightful; of course until you find that perfect outfit!
Visit a gallery displaying the imaginative works of Toronto’s artists, like the Edward Day gallery, steps away from Cube Lofts, and chat with other art lovers. Or have a unique art experience at the Twist gallery, a welcoming atmosphere that is inviting to both the amateur art lover and the serious artist. Walk down the strip or bike your way through the busy streets to visit a neighbourhood antique shop like Art History near the Epic on Triangle Park.
There are numerous choices of cafes. Clafouti is quite popular for its mouth-watering French style pastries. One of my favourite is Cloud free Agent Espresso Bar; an ad agency/espresso bar. At night, eat out at a trendy bistro or a unique restaurant such as Banu (a Middle Eastern style vodka bar). Afterward, head to one of the many bars and clubs to enjoy a drink with friends and dance through the night. A popular destination place is the Drake Hotel near the Bohemian Embassy and Flats. I enjoy the atmosphere at Nyood – a small restaurant turned to club at night – with a great crowd! There are many more outing options – outside patios and bars with live music. Nothing beats a chilled beer and a live band to jam with. It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter; Queen West offers amazing places to have a memorable time with friends!
Transportation and Family Life
There is no need for a car here rather the easily accessible Queen Street streetcar connects to the subway line while other parts of downtown Toronto are only a bike ride away. If you must use a car, the Gardiner Expressway is a drive away. Although it is often understood that the lively and hip atmosphere of this neighbourhood may be too much for families, the choice is yours! There are many amenities available for anyone to move into this neighbourhood. There are a few public Schools in the district, such as the Parkdale Collegiate Institute and many catholic schools such as the Holy Family Catholic School. As for daycare, there are numerous choices – 131 to be exact. Come home and enjoy a walk at Trinity Bellwoods Park, near the Motif Lofts and Towns, to enjoy the day with other residents who too enjoy the serenity of nature.
Amongst singles and young professionals looking to live in a unique and hip neighbourhood, Queen Street West is the number one choice. Similar to its unique character, the Queen Street West life style is defined by its boutique style loft living. Check out the floor plan at Q Loft, with large sized glass windows and minimalist design that is a world away from the standard condoscrapers. Queen Street West is stylish and a neighbourhood matchless to other parts of Toronto.