Shopping in King West: A Fresh Take on Furniture and Fashion

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Toronto’s King Street is aptly named. Once populated primarily by warehouses and industrial buildings, today its multitude of fashion retailers, high-end lifestyle shops, and trendy restaurants, are truly fit for a king. Spend a day shopping in King West. This rapidly transforming area mixes the old with the new, offering a shopping experience like no other.

Morning: King West Fashion District

Your morning begins at the area between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street known as the Fashion District. Once the epicenter of Toronto’s textile industry, the Fashion District is still home to a handful of clothing outlets and is an ideal spot to begin your day of shopping in King West.

From St. Andrew subway station at King and University, walk west. Along the way, take a browse through Cynthia Findlay Antiques, renowned for its extensive selection of antique décor and jewellery including beautiful vintage engagement rings.

Head north on Spadina up to T.O. Leather Fashion, a premium local garment manufacturer that specializes in high-quality leather jackets, gloves, hats and more (at wholesale prices). Steps away, King Textiles has 10,000 square feet of fabrics for those who prefer to fashion their own garments.

Before calling it a morning, pay a visit to Lorne’s Coats to peruse the selection of premium men’s and women’s outerwear. Then seek home décor inspiration from the custom sofas, tables, and lighting at The Lifestyle Shop.

Afternoon: Liberty Village

King Street West is a favourite spot among foodies, so there’s no shortage of lunch options. Make your way to Los Colibris for an upscale Mexican meal or Patria, for its modern take on Spanish tapas.

Once you’re sufficiently sated, hop on a streetcar and make your way over to Liberty Village, often compared to New York’s SoHo neighbourhood. Located on one of Toronto’s oldest settlements, Liberty Village still contains remnants of its industrial past, only today its one-time-factory buildings have been converted into residential lofts, offices and an eclectic mix of restaurants and retailers.

There’s plenty here to appeal to the trendy and sophisticated shopper. Liberty Village is home to the only West Elm location in Ontario that specializes in modern furniture, bedding and kitchenware. EQ3, Casalife and Kitchen Stuff Plus all offer additional goodies for the home décor enthusiast.

Fashionistas will love the selection of women’s blouses, jeans and eveningwear at V.O.C., which carries pieces by several international and Canadian designers such as J Brand, Fluxus and BB Dakota. Nearby, Cadeaux Boutique boasts an unparalleled selection of unique gifts and trinkets, while handmade soap retailer Demo Soap is worth entering for the intoxicating aroma alone.

When you’re finished shopping, head to Mildred's Temple Kitchen for a meal or one of Liberty Village’s gourmet coffee shops to relax and re-energize.

Evening: Dinner and Dancing

As day turns to dusk, head back to your hotel to drop off your shopping bags. Popular hotels in the King West neighbourhood include the Hilton Garden Inn, the Hôtel Le Germain, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Hyatt Regency.

For dinner, the world is your oyster. Choose from among the many restaurants on the King West strip. Afterwards, don your new outfit and dance the night away at ACE – a perfect way to end your day of shopping in King West.