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Art and Design District, Toronto Travel Guide

Art and Design District Summary


  • Dozens of art galleries to choose from
  • Great boutiques featuring local designers
  • Diverse dining and nightlife options
  • Family-friendly activities, with lots of parks, playgrounds, and sports courts
  • The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and the Harbourfront area
  • Light Rail service along Queen and King Streets


  • Some boutiques and galleries don’t open in the mornings
  • Always busy, especially at night
  • Crowds and noise
  • No subway stations nearby

What It's Like

Once a sleepy area, the neighborhood has come alive recently, with dozens of art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques popping up every month. It might not be the most elegant part of town, but the young crowd that frequents it surely knows how to make it one of the most lively and vibrant areas in Toronto. Stroll along Queen Street West to get the most out of what the neighborhood has to offer.

Where to Stay

For easy access to the world-class Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Harbourfront parks, and the light rail, stay in the area bordered by Queen Street West on the north, King Street in the south, Dufferin Street on the west, and Strachan Avenue on the east.

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