King West: Then & Now
King West lies in Toronto’s historic Fashion District and is one of the city’s most famous thoroughfares.
However, those old warehouses have been turned into galleries, lofts and office spaces.
And instead of factory workers, the neighborhood now caters to a new crowd: young professionals.
As a result of this social and economic shift, King West is taking on a more youthful vibe.
There’s a wave of trendy restaurants, ad agencies, independent retailers, and fitness facilities in the area.
The neighborhood is also seeing a massive surge in bars and clubs.
According to Culture Trip, King West ranks as Toronto’s best neighbourhood for nightlife!
In short: King West isn’t for the faint of heart.
It’s an exciting, urban paradise rich in nightlife and bustling with activity.
That’s why you won’t find too many houses here, because King Street West is all about vertical living.
In fact, the neighbourhood is undergoing a massive condo boom that will redefine the future of downtown Toronto.
King West: Shops & Services
As Toronto’s Fashion District, it’s no surprise that the neighbourhood is home to some amazing retailers.
For instance, Riant Boutique on Bathurst caters exclusively to women.
Meanwhile, sophisticated men can step into Davido Afnani on 766 King St West.
According to blogTO, “David Afnani specializes in chic, luxury fashion for men….it’s all about men. Men’s fragrances. Bags. Clothes.”
Need something for the kids? Check out Livestock on Spadina.
The store sells stylish streetwear from brands like Nike, Puma and Levis, to lesser-known labels such as G-SHOCK and Y-3.
King West also has a wealth of services.
Looking for a trim? Stop by Steinberg’s on 585 King St W for a haircut and some highlights.
Time for a manicure, wax or facial?
Hammam Spa on 602 King St W offers all that, along with hair cleanses, algae wraps, massage therapy and more.
Another great option is Pure + simple on 725 King St W.
Voted Toronto’s #1 Facial Spa, Pure + simple offers a variety of facials and professional makeup services.
Preparing a home-cooked meal?
The Kitchen Table on 705 King West is dedicated to fresh fruits, vegetables and locally-sourced meats.
So whether you’re looking for fabulous fashion, fresh food, or just want to relax, King Street West has a place just for you.
King West: Food & Dining
For example, Buca on 604 King Street West consistently ranks among Canada’s top restaurants.
The establishment is known for its hospitality and exquisite dishes like fried zucchini and creamy smoked burrata.
Another great Italian eatery is Ascari on 620 King St W.
Named after a famous Italian racecar driver, Ascari’s menu includes pasta, grilled octopus and sea bass fillet.
For something more down-to-earth (yet heavenly), there’s the Burger’s Priest.
According to its website, the classic cheeseburger joint believes in fresh ingredients, purity and simplicity.
If you don’t consider Taco Bell authentic Mexican food, try Wilbur Mexicana.
One of the most unique restaurants is The Parlour on 642 King Street West.
The hidden beauty parlour is definitely one of the defining features of the restaurant. Located through a velvet curtain, the glamorous powder room will make you feel like a movie star….
For family-friendly fare, nothing beats The Keg Steakhouse + Bar.
Adults can enjoy steak and lobster while sipping on mojitos and martinis.
Like Asian food?
Then you’ll love Sara, an Asian eatery that cracked TorontoLife’s Best New Restaurants 2019 list.
Need your daily dose of caffeine? Fortunately, Jimmy’s Coffee is right next door.
King West: Coffee & Dessert
In fact, King Street West is jam-packed with cafes and dessert shops.
For example, Thor Espresso is an indie coffee shop in an area overflowing with chain-brand cafes.
In the mood for dessert?
Brioche Doree on 648 King specializes in European pastries.
Other great cafes, bakeries and dessert venues in King Street West include:
- Forno Cultura (an Italian bakery with a warehouse-like setting)
- Simit & Chai (authentic Turkish cafe with coffee, tea and sandwiches)
- Cops (nothing but drip coffee and donuts)
- Quantum (which uses Canada’s only Pour Steady machine to serve perfectly calibrated coffee)
King West: Bars & Nightlife
According to blogTO:
King West is a contender for one of the best neighbourhoods to drink in Toronto. From craft beer specialists to ping pong clubhouses, the street is bustling with options.
Take Belfast Love above, an Irish pub with 40 different beers, several billiards tables, a 400-seat interior, and 100-seat patio.
Or take the Banknote Bar below, which has beer, spirits, wine and Italian-American cuisine.
The bar Wellington is another popular watering hole.
Craft beer, cocktails and a classy atmosphere make Wellington a favourite among “Movie stars, musicians and regular folk.”
No list of King West bars would be complete without Regulars.
The menu is rich in deep-fried foods such as wings, fries and jalapeno poppers.
Drinks include draft beer, wine and all cocktails for just $15.
In addition to bars, King Street West is also loaded with clubs and lounges.
With over 16,000 sq. ft. of space, Lavelle boasts an outdoor swimming pool, cabanas and killer cocktails.
Other great nightlife venues include:
- Early Mercy (a trendy cocktail bar with rock, open format and hip-hop music)
- Lost and Found (a basement club with DJs, drinks and dancing)
- EFS (a 5,000 sq. ft. nightclub with leather furniture, rooftop patio and DJs)
King West: Culture & Entertainment
Because the Fashion and Entertainment Districts overlap at Front Street and Spadina, King West has the distinction of being in both places at once!
That means residents can enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options, including movies at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, strolling along Canada’s Walk of Fame, or celeb-spotting at the Toronto International Film Festival.
If you prefer live entertainment, check out the Princess of Wales Theatre.
The cultural landmark has shows for all people and ages, including classics such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera to new hits like Come From Away.
A 4-minute walk takes you to Roy Thompson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Finally, sports fans have a lot to be excited about.
Rolling Stone states “Over the past few years Toronto…has become one of the primary sports hubs on the continent.”
Hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer—it’s all here.
Other Location Highlights:
- Fantastic parks, including Stanley Park, Massey Harris Park and Joseph Workman Park
- Minutes from Liberty Village, West Queen West and the Entertainment District
- Wide selection of grocery stores, including Independent City Market and The Kitchen Table
- 100 Walk Score, Transit Score and easy access to Bike Share programs
King West: Conclusion
Youthful, vibrant, exciting—King Street West embodies all these qualities.
The neighborhood has a work hard, play hard mentality, striking a perfect work-life balance.
Everything you need is here, from designer retail and restaurants to non-stop nightlife and endless entertainment options.
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