City Guide: West Queen West, Toronto

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August 12, 2014
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  Nadège Patisserie This gem lies at the southeast corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park. Owner and chef Nadege Nourian takes the art of French pastry making and spins it to perfection. Her creations are known as much for their beauty as they are for their taste. Be prepared for lineups out the door on weekends.  Courtesy of Nadège Patisserie.

    Nadège Patisserie

    This gem lies at the southeast corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park. Owner and chef Nadege Nourian takes the art of French pastry making and spins it to perfection. Her creations are known as much for their beauty as they are for their taste. Be prepared for lineups out the door on weekends.

    Courtesy of Nadège Patisserie.
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  Article 27 Camilia Nicoara's concept shop specializes in natural beauty products, alongside women's clothing and accessories. The heart of the store's philosophy lies in its name itself—Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads "to enjoy the arts and to share scientific advancement and its benefits."  Courtesy of Karen MacKenna.

    Article 27

    Camilia Nicoara's concept shop specializes in natural beauty products, alongside women's clothing and accessories. The heart of the store's philosophy lies in its name itself—Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads "to enjoy the arts and to share scientific advancement and its benefits."

    Courtesy of Karen MacKenna.
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  White Squirrel Coffee Shop Named after the legendary albino squirrels that roam Trinity Bellwoods, this coffee establishment at the entrance of the park is a hub of activity, receiving heavy foot traffic. The coffee is good, fair-trade, and organic.  Courtesy of Michael Schmidt.

    White Squirrel Coffee Shop

    Named after the legendary albino squirrels that roam Trinity Bellwoods, this coffee establishment at the entrance of the park is a hub of activity, receiving heavy foot traffic. The coffee is good, fair-trade, and organic.

    Courtesy of Michael Schmidt.
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  Horses Atelier Best friends Heidi Sopinka and Claudia Dey took a leap of faith in 2012 when they set their writing careers aside to make a line of dresses. After two years, the Toronto designers now have a roster of boutiques from Toronto to Tokyo featuring their deceptively simple pieces.   Courtesy of Mark Peckmezian.

    Horses Atelier

    Best friends Heidi Sopinka and Claudia Dey took a leap of faith in 2012 when they set their writing careers aside to make a line of dresses. After two years, the Toronto designers now have a roster of boutiques from Toronto to Tokyo featuring their deceptively simple pieces. 

    Courtesy of Mark Peckmezian.
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  Union Restaurant Chef/owner Teo Paul has an impeccable pedigree and an artful eye. The food is local and organic, and the setting is charming. Large murals of barnyard animals provide the backdrop for indoor dining, and there's also an intimate patio out back. Up the street, Union's offspring, Cote de Boeuf, resembles a Parisian butcher shop circa 1890.  Courtesy of Karen MacKenna.

    Union Restaurant

    Chef/owner Teo Paul has an impeccable pedigree and an artful eye. The food is local and organic, and the setting is charming. Large murals of barnyard animals provide the backdrop for indoor dining, and there's also an intimate patio out back. Up the street, Union's offspring, Cote de Boeuf, resembles a Parisian butcher shop circa 1890.

    Courtesy of Karen MacKenna.
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  Jonathan+Olivia Transplanted from the original Vancouver location, this designer clothing boutique brings with it an air of sophistication to the Ossington strip. Local designers like Horses Atelier share space with international labels such as Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang, and Rag & Bone.  Courtesy of Donald Gillies.

    Jonathan+Olivia

    Transplanted from the original Vancouver location, this designer clothing boutique brings with it an air of sophistication to the Ossington strip. Local designers like Horses Atelier share space with international labels such as Isabel Marant, Helmut Lang, and Rag & Bone.

    Courtesy of Donald Gillies.
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  Bellwoods Brewery For craft beer and a buzzing crowd, this is the place to go. The patio is lit up at night with strings of tiny lights, and the cantilever design by Unit A Architects make this an inviting space to while away an afternoon or evening. There is even a bottle shop next door if you want to take home a local brew.  Courtesy of Karen MacKenna.

    Bellwoods Brewery

    For craft beer and a buzzing crowd, this is the place to go. The patio is lit up at night with strings of tiny lights, and the cantilever design by Unit A Architects make this an inviting space to while away an afternoon or evening. There is even a bottle shop next door if you want to take home a local brew.

    Courtesy of Karen MacKenna.
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  The Drake Hotel If the Design District of Toronto is your destination, then The Drake is your hotel. Each room is unique and art events, live music, food make it a worthy stopping point.  Courtesy of Keith Pace Asciak Photography.

    The Drake Hotel

    If the Design District of Toronto is your destination, then The Drake is your hotel. Each room is unique and art events, live music, food make it a worthy stopping point.

    Courtesy of Keith Pace Asciak Photography.
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