THE SECOND COOLEST STREET IN THE WORLD
QUEEN STREET WEST
All things hip and wonderful and so completely cool one doesn’t even the utter the word cool … This is my favorite street in Toronto. QUEEN STREET WEST.
I didn’t need Vogue Magazine to tell me that. Queen West is a two minute walk from the place I call home in Toronto. Vogue September 2014 issue listed the ten coolest streets in the world and Queen West was Number Two.
My day in Toronto frequently begins at Clafouti’s on Queen West. A little worn, a bit shabby and totally delightful Clafouti’s is so totally unassuming, so beautifully French one looks for a copy of L’Express to read with your morning croissant.
The Spice Trader and The Olive Pit – oh the wonders of this perfumed exotic shop. When I first discovered this purveyor of organic spices and oils it was a tiny shop. Like Topsy it grew and I filled my spice cupboard with their small square green tins and fine extra-virgin olive oil.
I never walk Queen West without popping into Châtelet . Another tiny shop filled with irresistible objects that speak of France. The small Eiffel tower in the outside display called my name. Now it shares a place of honour in my French butler’s pantry.
Then there’s one of my favorite corners. It has three shops. The first store – Artists’ Material – long and narrow and crammed with paints, papers, artist brushes. Everything you need to create your own work of art. Mokuba is in the centre and it is the centre of my sewing universe. Mokuba with a preposterous amount of magnificent ribbons in every colour, texture, width and pattern. On the corner a place I call “the magpie store” brimming over with a collection of items you didn’t know exist and absolutely must have.
The very finest oysters in Toronto. Oyster Boy – a two minute walk from home. Can life get any better than to have these briny bivalves a hop, skip and a jump down the street.
My fav pizza restaurant – Terroni on Queen West. I love the aroma of baking pizza. The buzz of conversations that fill the room. You linger over a glass of wine and simply people watch the evening away.
This is just a little bit of my Queen West. I have walked every block and investigated practically every shop, art gallery and restaurant.
Queen West .. a street that is more than a little outrageous. Totally cool. Enormously hip
Queen West … a street with so much presence and absolutely no pretension.