Notable Businesses: The Drake Hotel, Nadége Patisserie, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Museum of Modern Canadian Art (MOCCA), Arepa Cafe
Also known as Art and Design District, Queen Street West features a stretch where nearly every storefront is a bar, gallery, or club. Considered the coolest neighborhood in Toronto, Queen Street West began to pop off during the '90s when rising rents in surrounding areas drove people to the area. Soon enough, the creatives moved into the two-kilometer stretch on Queen West between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue, turning it into the place to be for fashion, design, and all things interesting. There's the Museum of Modern Canadian Art (MOCCA), the art-themed Gladstone hotel, the all-too-coincidentally named Drake Hotel, Drake 50/50, and Drake General Store. Not to mention, the best local and international photography is on the display at Stephen Bulger Gallery.
18. Queen Street West