I was born in downtown Toronto and pretty much lived in Toronto for most of my life. Except for a short stint in Scarborough I’ve always been a downtowner. I can’t imagine living in any other areas of Toronto than the core. I have seen so much change since my childhood years. My family and I lived near Bathurst St and Queen St West. At the corner of Queen and Ryerson I remember there was a Woolworth where currently a Shoppers Drug Mart has taken it’s place. The little restaurants along Queen St West were mostly holes in the walls. Lots of little grungy stores were found all along the Queen St W strip.
Now that development has been on the fast track there are so many beautiful Queen St West lofts and condos along the corridor. One development that comes to mind is the Bohemian Embassy at 1169/1171 Queen St West. This was built by the Pemberton Group. These two buildings have some great and well thought out floor plans and the finishes are an impressive quality.
A couple of other buildings come to mind when thinking about Queen St West Lofts are the Candy Factory Lofts (993 Queen St W) and the Chocolate Factory Lofts (955 Queen St W). These hard lofts have some pretty cool units with their exposed ductwork and some old brickwork. Both buildings are just across from Trinity Bellwoods Park and TTC is at your doorsteps. In terms of location I would say they are in a fantastic part of the city.
Queen St West is definitely filled with endless choices when it comes to good eats. One of my favourite is Gandhi’s on Queen near Bathurst. Best Roti in the city! The serving size is so big that I can’t even finish it in one sitting. My other go-to place would have to be Aji Sai (467 Queen St West) for all you can eat sushi! Fish is fresh and the menu items are all very good. The selection of items is not as as good as others but the prices here are quite reasonable.
Whether you are shopping, craving a great meal or a fantastic Queen St West Loft, Queen West is definitely a cool place to live or visit! There are a lot more developments happening along this strip, check back here to find more details on any new condos or lofts.
Written by Kevin Yu
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